Ennis-Hill shares post-natal training tips with Olympic cyclist Laura Kenny
Cyclist Laura Kenny has revealed she has been taking tips from Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as she returns to racing just six months after giving birth.
The four-time Olympic champion is due to make her comeback after being names in the Great Britain squad for the Track Cycling World Championships, which start on February 28 in Apeldoorn, Holland.
With husband and six-time Olympic champion Jason also in the squad, baby Albie will be travelling too as cycling’s golden couple adjust to juggling parenthood with elite competition.
And Britain’s most successful female track cyclist has been getting help from London 2012 golden girl and Sheffield mum-of-two Jess Ennis-Hill, who won her third heptathlon world title in 2015, 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie.
“She’s been there on the end of the phone and that’s been great, to have that kind of support,” Laura said.
“My body has gone through something it has never been through before and you don’t know how you’re going to feel until you go through it. Obviously to have Jess there, having done it and having been quite open with questions I can ask her, has been really helpful.”
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The pair were put in touch by a mutual friend, and since meeting up in Sheffield during Kenny’s pregnancy, they have been in regular contact.
“She’s told me just to take it slowly,” said Laura.
“The thing that was key was just forgetting how I felt before and not rushing straight back to that point.
“Our programme is very power-based, everything we do is recorded, and I could see my power numbers on a daily basis. It’s about forgetting that because I was chasing numbers that were pre-Rio and I’m not even there now, so I couldn’t expect to be there straight away.”
Ennis-Hill may have told Kenny to expect things to happen slowly, but she has surprised everyone – including herself – with how quickly her form has returned once she started doing efforts on the bike.
“Initially it seemed quite a slow process, six weeks to get back on a bike,” she said.
“But after that it came back pretty quick. I think it was more a confidence thing just to put myself into an effort, but once I was in an effort I felt like myself again.”
While Kenny insists she is going to Apeldoorn with no pressure on her shoulders, the seven-time world champion will not simply be going through the motions.
“Like every race you enter, you go there because you want to win,” she said.