Jody_Cundy_in_Sky_Team_kitI can't believe that with thousands of people running the London marathon, another mile stone on the run in to the Paralympics rolls around with today marking exactly 500 days to go to the Games.

All of a sudden the Paralympics in London are becoming very real and I couldn't be more excited.

With the World Track Championships all done and dusted for another year, it's time to switch focus to the road but not before hitting the track at the Good Friday (April 22) meet which for the first time in a few years won't be rained off as it's moved away from the outdoors of Herne Hill Velodrome in London to the indoor Velodrome, and my home track Manchester.

The event is going to be the racing debut for the team I helped set up and all our riders are down to ride.

I can't wait to pull on my skin suit in the Para-T colours for the first time, and fingers crossed the couriers manage to deliver it in time.

I'm going to be racing in the international sprint and keirin, which is a change from the normal track racing I do, which is usually me against the clock, but with others riders on the track elbow to elbow, it should be good fun.

Following the Good Friday meeting my road season really kicks off as I fly out to Sydney for the first round of the Paracycling Road World Cup series. I'm part of a small team of eight riders heading down under aiming to score more essential points for the London qualification process.

First up with have a ten day training and acclimatisation camp in Wollongong, and then we head into Sydney and to the Eastern Creek raceway for a 75.6 kilometres road race and then a few days later it's a 24.8km technical - tight and twisty - time trial around the Sydney Olympic park in Homebush Bay.

Since the World Championships I've had a very chilled few weeks and been busy with a few appearances. I returned to my home town to give an after dinner speech at the Rotary Club of Wisbech's 74th Charter Night.

I was also present in Salford Quays at the opening of the second of eight nationwide volunteer selection centres, where over 5,000 people will be interviewed for an opportunity to volunteer at the London 2012 Games.

As a team we had a day of meetings at the Celtic Manor in Newport Wales, a venue that we'll be seeing more of in the future, as it will be our base for the holding camp into the London Paralympics.

During our day of meetings we had chance to find out what was in store for the next 500 days and how the team was planning to take us forward. We also had an update about the now complete Velodrome and the equipment that we're developing for London, as well as a fitting session with Adidas and Next who will be providing the sportswear and formal wear for the Paralympic team in London.

With my new found endurance legs it turns out that in the quest for qualification points I'm going to be racing more than I ever have, so should be an exciting year. However we did hear some disappointing news, the UCI have decided for no apparent reason to change the rules for the Paracycling team sprint event, and have reduced the number of points a valid team can be comprised of.

It's an odd change of rules as the top four teams from the recent World Championships are now deemed to be illegal under the new rules. As world champions we'll never be able to ride all together in the world stripes we earned in Montichiari and the world record we set will no longer be valid.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement and I have no idea why it happened, but the UCI are famous for this and we'll just have to adapt our team and continue to challenge at the very top.

However, I will enquire to find out why, as it seems like such a strange rule change at a particular sensitive time in a Paralympic cycle, and is bound to upset and disrupt many riders who were aiming to ride the team sprint in London.

Next week I will be at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Park, for the official opening of the first Olympic venue that will be open to the general public prior to the games next year.

It's going to be a scary and exciting day as by the sound of it I'm in a raft with a bunch of others to test out the course.

Oh boy, the things I have to do!

I also have my rider review, where I'll sit down with my coach and managers and discuss how the last 12 months have gone, and how I can maximise my performance and make sure no stone is unturned on route to London.

Jody Cundy was born with a deformed foot which was amputated when he was three-years-old. He represented Britain three times in swimming at the Paralympic Games from 1996 to 2004, winning three gold and two bronze medals. He then then switched to cycling in 2006 before winning gold at Beijing 2008 to become one of only a handful of athletes that have become Paralympic champions in two different sports