Training was difficult to start...mainly as I didn't have a clue about the correct way to handle gears, still don't but I'm better than I was.
The one thing that was noticeable tho was how easier thing got the more I did it. I remember one hill by me when I first started training, afterwards I thought 'I'm in trouble here'...couple of weeks later, I wouldn't say I breezed up it but I handled it better and as the days went on the stronger and easier it became.
Going back to the daily work routine had an effect on training. Going from 4x a week on a decent distance to once or twice for not very long has been difficult, mentally as well as physically.
But through it all, Stans constant fight has been an inspiration to us. His willingness to help us as much as he could showed us how to handle difficult situations when we've been dealt with them.
I've met some great people too who's words of encouragement have helped to keep me going. There's too many to name right here and now but I'd like to mention James Lyne who's son William is ill at the moment.He was one of the first people to contact me on twitter about how it affects his family and how its so important to do all we can to help.
His updates on William and his photos have been a constant thought on my mind and through the hard times have kept me going.