Talking to us about her daily routine, super early alarms and her favourite moments 😉
A bit about me….
Hi, Im Erica! I live and work in Leeds running my own clinic from a Crossfit gym. I have a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy and a Sport and Exercise Science Degree from Loughborough University. Sports has always been a huge part of my life and I spent years competing in netball, hockey, swimming and athletics. Now you are more likely to see me training at a CrossFit Box or Snowboarding.
Alongside being a full time Sports Therapist, I am also a sports massage teacher. I love that this allows me to pass on my knowledge and passion for the industry by teaching, encouraging and developing other therapists.
I have worked in a number of different sports and sporting events with all level of athletes including the British Diving Team, British Swimmers, Football Teams, Rugby Teams, Dancers, Cyclists and CrossFit Athletes.
- Is this your first event with Roadside Therapy? If not, how did it compare to your previous event?
No, I have done a few events for Roadside Therapy now, including Cycle to MIPIM last year. This year was the longest event I have done so far with Roadside though (8days) as I covered both The Northern Power Leg and Cycle to MIPIM.
Compared to previous events I would say this was one of the busier events and we probably had the least amount of sleep (haha!) but it was lots of fun working with such a great bunch of crew and riders.
- What had you hoped to get out of the event?
I love getting out of clinic for a few days and being able to help people complete a challenge, and Cycle to MIPIM is definitely a hard challenge for the riders. It’s great to see how happy they are at the end for getting through such a tough 6 days!
I also love having the opportunity to work closely with other therapists, as normally in clinic you work by yourself, so it is great to get out and mingle and learn things off other people in the industry.
- Tell us about the event…
Duration – 8 Days (Northern Power Leg – 2 days, Cycle to MIPIM 6 days)
Destination – Leeds to London and then London to Cannes
How many riders? – NPL – 70 Riders, Cycle to MIPIM – about 190 riders over two routes (Folkestone and Portsmouth)
How many therapists? – NPL – 2, Cycle to MIPIM – 8 (4 on each route)
- Talk us through a typical day:
4.30am – Wake up
5.00am – Breakfast
5.45am – Warm up for Riders
6.00am – Riders Set off for the day
8.00am – First stop & Treatments
10.15am – Second stop and Treatments
12.30pm – Lunch stop and Treatments
2.30pm – Fourth Stop and Treatment
5pm – One therapist would go to the final stop of the day for treatments and stretches, whilst the other therapists headed back to the hotel to set up for evening treatments.
6.30pm – Dinner
7.30pm – Riders finish for the day and arrive back at the hotel
7.30pm-11.30pm – Evening Treatments
12/12.30pm – Bed
- Types of issues most often seen on your massage table?
Lots of stiff and sore necks and shoulders and also a lot of painful knees this year.
- Favourite moment?
I loved that in the evening treatment room (normally about 10pm) tiredness would kick in and everyone seemed to get the giggles. This was always the time for the funniest conversations with the therapist’s and the cyclists. It was a great way to get to know the cyclists better!
- Worst moment?
Getting home and feeling a little bit tired and then getting a massive cold for a few days which made exercise really hard!
- Do you have any tips for future Cycle to MIPIM therapists?
Acupuncture needles – very popular on this trip with all the riders!
Major tip for all the riders – make sure you stretch and foam roll – don’t just hope your muscles will loosen off by themselves. There were a lot of people struggling once they got off the bike and sometimes all they needed was a good stretch. The more you do this at every stop the better your muscles will feel.
- Other skills required?
Helping out where ever possible during the day. For example helping the other members of crew with setting up and packing away equipment to make the job quicker and easier.
- Enjoyment factor:
10/10 – another great event!
- What would you recommend to the 2019 therapists?
Bring a pillow with you to try and catch some sleep on the coach between each stop – its helps with the long days to be able to nap and have some down time.
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