After taking some time off after the Noosa tri and the completion of the 2017 season I began the build up of training from home in Tasmania. Launceston is probably my favourite place to train and being my home town makes it that little bit nicer as well. The running options are some of the best I have seen around the world, the swimming is easy and some amazing roads for cycling always make it pretty enjoyable to get out and get work done. Once the new year rolled over it was time to jet off to join up with the rest of the JFT crew for the first camp of the year in Fuertaventura which is probably about as far away as you can possibly get from home. With 40+ hours of travelling down I finally got settled and began the preparations for my first race of the year in Abu Dhabi.
Fast forward six weeks and we’re racing. That is kind of how it felt as well, I don’t know why but before you know it you’ve gone from the off season with no training and eating chocolate cake for lunch, to eating chocolate cake for lunch, in Abu Dhabi.. and you’re about to race!
If you’re reading this, you obviously have an interest in triathlon so you no doubt know all about what went down on race day in Abu Dhabi so I’ll keep it brief, and just take you through the race from my perspective. Being the first race of the year I didn’t really know what to expect, it is always hard to make predictions but I knew from training things were going well so I was looking forward to the hit out. The swim was pretty uneventful for me, it wasn’t the best but I got through it and onto the bike where the real action began. I managed to make my way around the circuit safely which was better than most and finish up the bike with the main hitters. Unfortunately I was just missing the legs to go with the pace set early by Mola but managed to back end the run pretty well to finish up in 5th. My best first race of the season result to date, so I’d say things are looking good for the year.
I am just closing in on 12 months of training under Joel Filliol and with his group and I am really excited to get a whole season under my belt beginning a program from off season all the way through to the end of the season.
Fast forwarding again to today, I am home In Tasmania adding the final touches and working on the things I was lacking in Abu Dhabi ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Everything is going well and I am really looking forward to competing on the 5th in front of an Australian crowd at my first ever games.