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Champ Kenny gets back in the saddle

October 24, 2012 14:34 pm

Three-time Olympic cycle champion Jason Kenny is now back on his bike after struggling for motivation after the London 2012 Games.

The World Championships in February "is my only goal at the moment," Bolton-born Kenny, 24, said. "The aim is to go for that 100% and hopefully get something out of it."

Kenny won two golds at London 2012, in the team sprint and individual sprint, to add to the gold and silver he won at Beijing 2008. Coping with the abrupt end to the long-term intensity of training, competing and winning at a home Olympics followed by a much stronger-than-usual public interest in the British athletes has been a challenge.

Kenny said: "There has been a lot of distractions. I think that may have been the problem. You come off being 'no compromise' and then you crash back down to earth and have to start again.

"I got back in to it (training) after the athletes' parade (September 10) but I really struggled with motivation and getting any kind of flow in to training. I think I am someone who relies on momentum for training at the end of the day.

"For me, I need to get the first few weeks out the way and the momentum is there. Then I can get my head down and get the hard work in. It is important to get to work as soon as possible because the hard yards need to be done."

Kenny is now relishing the chance of getting back to the gruelling work involving in being one of the world's top track cycle sprinters alongside Britain's six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

He said: "In the last week or so it is like someone has flicked a switch. I am looking forward to getting my head down and getting some hard work in.

"The plan stopped at the Olympics and you do not really think about what is going to happen after. It was really good fun for that first month (after the Olympics) doing lots of weird things.

"There was lots of different things, lots of parties and having a laugh but making the transition back from that in to being an athlete - but still having a little distraction going on is not straightforward."

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