Travis Gaertner

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Time to Reset and Train to Train

I've written in previous blogs about my goals post World Championships and how this time is meant to be a time to reset. This has been difficult for me, and I've had to change how I think about my training and up coming season. As much as I want to do what it takes to be better, my natural response to that isn't always what it should be. This is all another way of saying this period of reset is starting...

Back at It!

I've been super blessed that the healing since my crash at the world championships has come along better than expected. Follow-up x-rays showed the fractures have completely healed! So I'm back on the bike and working towards a slow rebuild of my fitness through longer rides at lower intensities. I find this hard as I enjoy going hard but I've likely peaked too early in the season the past few years and need to look at things differently. Now is a...

Reflections on the World Championships

The 2022 season has come to a close and I've returned from the 3rd World Cup and World Championships with a 4th and 7th place finish. Despite a fairly serious crash captured by the epic picture shown in this blog, I also came back a much more confident rider than when I left. My Time Trial performances were among the best of my career. I have learned at what point in the race I tend to drift in power output...

World Championships Bound!!!

This is my first post with Team PossAbilities and I couldn't be more excited. I'm relatively new to handcycling but not to international sport. The much younger version of myself has been to the Paralympics twice and earned two gold medals in wheelchair basketball. In 2017 I decided to see what was possible in handcycling. While I earned a few international medals I missed the Tokyo 2020 games by one spot. I am a firm believer that each individual...