When we last caught up with Simon he was battling a cold and the extreme temperature change between Australia and northern Europe. He's now back to full fitness and looking forward to his debut race in Team Sky colours:
February 17 2010
Since the last blog I needed to take a little bit of time to get back to 100% - it probably took a good week or so before I was feeling fit enough to go out and train properly. I'd been working hard at the first training camp and was due for a little bit of downtime anyway so it wasn't a huge problem in the big scheme of things to have a bit of a break.
After that I headed over to England for some wind tunnel testing. I thought it was fantastic to have the opportunity to test both my time trial position and my road position and I got a lot out of that.
We had Matt Parker and also Chris Boardman working with us on that; with the knowledge those guys have it was really beneficial and we tweaked a few things. We tried different clothing combinations, time trial skinsuits, helmets, shoe covers - all sorts of things. It was really good to see the difference it could make.
The only real downside was that it was quite cold in the wind tunnel. You're sitting on your bike and not moving too much in a 50km/h wind so it got pretty fresh in there!
I then went back to Spain for 10 days or so and got some good training done before joining the rest of my teammates near Valencia for the second training camp which is where I am now - and it's been going really well.
We've been doing a few different things at this camp compared to the last one. We've probably done fewer long rides but plenty of shorter and more specific training sessions, including interval training and time trial work. Today we did a mock time trial with the team, a 10k one which we treated like a race. It's been good training and all in all has gone really well - you can see that everyone's lifted a level since the last camp.
For me the first race is the Ruta del Sol at the end of the week so this is my last opportunity to get those training miles in before it gets under way. And once I start racing I'll be really busy for a couple of months.
The Ruta del Sol is my first race since mid-October so I'll be looking to find my legs a little bit there and get some racing miles. The racing is just at an intensity you can't quite train at. I'll be looking forward to getting a bit of race rhythm back again in preparation for Paris-Nice which is more of an early-season objective.
I think that doing the five days at Andalucia followed by Almeria a couple of days later should bring me up another level.
It's also been great this week to see how well the guys have been doing in the Tour of Oman. It sounds like they have worked really hard to defend the jersey and then Edvald was able to win stage three as well. It's good news for all of us to get another win up.
I can't wait to get started myself now and I'll next report back after Paris-Nice in mid-March.
(Simon has revamped his personal website in the last couple of weeks and there are regular updates on there for viewers who would like to keep in touch with what he's been up to in between his blogs here on TeamSky.com. There's also the opportunity to ask him a question over the next few days and he'll be posting answers to the best 10 - simply click on www.simongerrans.com to check it out.)