Shawn Morelli

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Tokyo is Wrapping Up

Hello everyone. My Paralympic adventure is coming to as close. Today I will head to the village for Closing Ceremony. Since my last update I have completed two more races the Time Trial on 31 August and the Road Race on 2 September. The time trial was my key event it (besides the pursuit on the track) was what I had been training for. We knew it would be very difficult race for me due to how my body...

Race Day Tokyo 2020

round.Photo by Casey GibsonHello everyone, today was race day. I competed in the 3km Individual Pursuit on the velodrume. It was a hard day in many aspects. We had some problems with the front end of my bike which caused a delay in my qualifying. This was a very stressful time. I could have been disqualified because my bike was not ready to go. I am grateful that Team Australia was understanding and that the officials gave our...

One Week To Go

Today I looked at the calendar and realized next week at this time I will be on my way to Tokyo. It’s crazy to think that it will be in here so quickly. I returned Wednesday last week 3 Aug from our final team prep camp. This camp went extremely well and I could not be happier with were I am sitting right now, things have really come together these last couple months.I am thankful that my coaching team...

Final Prep Camp Tokyo

Well just wanted to put out a quick update. TeamUSA ParaCycling is well into our last prep camp before we head to Tokyo. I attended a few days of the road camp in Solvang before transition to Carson Ca to train for 7 days on the velodrume. It was great to have the entire team in one place for a few days, we got to catch up with some teammates we have not seen since Covid hit. I have...

First Tokyo Prep Camp Complete

Hello Everyone, I wanted to give you a quick update on how my final month of Tokyo prep is going. I spent 6-10 July at the Velodrume in Carson, CA. Here we conducted a Team Track Camp, this consisted of two sessions each day. I was very nervous about camp because it had been almost two years since I had ridden the track. I had no idea what to expect. My coach put together a great training schedule and...

Team Trials in the Books

Well it was a long prep which included some hard training blocks, revamping my nutrition, one on one camp with my coaching team and time away from family. It was well worth the effort as I am Tokyo Bound.It started with a drive to Minneapolis where team trials were held. My coaches and myself rented an AirBnB right off the course but away from the main event area so that I would have peace and quiet. This made it...

Recovery Week – WOOT WOOT

Well I am a week out from leaving for the US ParaCycling Tokyo Team Trials. I have just completed a four week training block and it is time to recover before I travel to Minneapolis. I am arriving early so I can learn the lay of the land, ride the course as much as possible so I memorize every turn, grade change, asphalt change or what ever else I need to memorize so that I have the best...

Great Training Block

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share that I just completed a great training block. I am so grateful for the training team I have working with me to prepare me for Team USA ParaCycling Trials.They traveled to Kansas from Greenville, SC to work with me on nutrition, bike fit and power for 10 days. It was extremely beneficial in my preparation.We made some changes to bikes that will allow me to not only be more comfortable while racing...

Training does not Stop

Have to keep training no matter what the weather. Today was one of those days. Poring rain and 55 degrees so what did I do; I raced my bike. It was a small field due to the weather but I rode hard anyway, used the time as a training event. I was a great way to start my 10 day Tokyo Trials Prep Camp.That’s correct, I will travel to Minneapolis, MN on 13 June to prep for 19...

COOL HAND LUKE GRAVEL GRINDER

Hello everyone I am back with a short update. This last weekend I decided due to a lack of road races in my area I would do a Gravel Grinder. If you are not sure what this is it is a race on dirt, gravel, B roads with some goat paths thrown in. I raced the CHL in Leavenworth Kansas. This was a 64 Mile race of which I made 68 miles due to a little misdirection trying to...