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Missing the thing I truly love

Missing the thing I truly love

by Sam Twiston-Davies |  27 Nov 2017

I wouldn’t be honest if I said that I’m not missing riding, the thing I truly love, and I do find it weird to be surrounded by horses every day and not be able to ride them. That’s the life I lead and the only life I know.

I’ll hopefully only be off for a short period of time, and I am surrounded by truly good people, so that the time isn’t hanging too heavy on my hands.

Once again I was a racegoer at the weekend, this time at Ascot rather than Haydock on Saturday, together with my brother Willy and best mate Ryan Hatch. As everyone knows, it was another great weekend for the Twiston-Davies family with Bristol de Mai’s big win at Haydock.

Looking smart proved a bit of a challenge for me, as trying to get a shirt over my cast is not easy, but that was as hard as my day got really, as there is so little pain from my arm.  

The swelling is starting to go down, and the huge bruise I had, that looked like a giant tattoo, is also now on the wane.

I’ve been trying to follow my 5-6 meal nutrition plan as closely as possible, but as you can imagine, to try and eat that many meals when you are always moving around is quite hard! Chicken seems to be the protein that works best.

I also got a rather strange look from the pharmacist when I went in to try and get the strength of vitamins I need! In the end, I opted for special ones for athletes that you get online.

My cast is quite heavy so I’ve stayed off the scales – and will only get back on them when it comes off next Monday and we get to the next recovery phase.

I downloaded a seven minute workout exercise app and have been following that to the best extent I can – it’s basically doing 30 seconds of exercise with 10 seconds rest for up to seven minutes at a time. 

I’m hoping to start some gentle running in the next few days and am going to Oaksey House later in the week. There, I’ll see the Sports Therapist and Fitness Coach and hopefully will be able to get back on the wattbike.

I can’t wait…


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