2014 started off pretty much the same way 2013 ended, just in reverse. A few days at home before heading up to Wollongong on the 3rd ready to make the trip back up to Falls Creek for another altitude training block, this time for 3 weeks. I was then fortunate enough to spend eight hours in a car driving to the top of the mountain on my birthday, I definitely could have thought of better ways to spend my day but it was good to finally arrive and get settled in. The squad had doubled in size and now included a mix of nationalities with the added Canadians, a Chilean, a Hungarian and an American.
This period up at falls for most people had a focus on building
back up the miles after the off season breaks. For me it was a little different though as I had been back training for a little longer as my season ended sooner and I also had to begin racing earlier in order to race to gain selection into the junior team for the world championships in Edmonton later in the year. We had one cold week, then a heat wave… Swimming was both the best thing to do in the heat, as well as the worst thing as in Mt Beauty where the pool is it was an extra 10-15 degrees warmer than what it was up top. My body didn’t know whether to be happy or not about the swimming situation. Life is clearly
The day after getting back to Wollongong my season kicked off with the Australia day Aquathon, it was a good fun race and I was able to get the win over Brendan Sexton and Ryan Bailie. Australia day was also moving day for me where I moved into an apartment near the Beach in North Wollongong and said goodbye to being a freeloader in the household for a while. No longer are the days I can I sit on the couch and have dinner made for me or be out training when the house is getting cleaned, I’m a big boy now! Apparently.
After not even a week of settling into my new home I was on a plane to New Zealand for my first triathlon of the season at Kinloch. I wasn’t expecting a great result from here just due to the timing of the race and how it fits into my season but I still wanted to go out there and give a good performance. I can tell myself this all I like but I don’t think I will ever be happy with a race unless I win so it is
difficult to take the positives out of it but there was still some things to
come away and be happy with. It’s a good starting place for the season and I’m
sure there will be some very big improvements throughout the year!
I’m really enjoying it here so far in Wollongong and am starting to get a feel for the place and know my way around. I’m looking forward to the next few months living here during the Australian triathlon season. My next race is at Brighton in Melbourne which is the first selection race for the world championships later on in the year so I am looking for a pretty big one there! I really am getting excited to start racing again now that I’m starting to show some form in training.
Thanks for reading.