My first official JFT training camp is now well underway. For the past couple of weeks we have been training in Les Angles with the group which is situated in the Pyrenees at 1650 meters above sea level. It has been quite a long time between racing for me which has given me the perfect opportunity to start fresh and with Joel work out the best training program for me. There have been plenty of long training days banked during this time and the speed is coming back now as we get closer to the next block of racing. Les Angles has probably been one of the nicest training locations I have ever been to with some great running options and probably some of the coolest rides I have ever done. I will certainly be happy to be back later in the season to prepare for the WTS final in Rotterdam.
Hamburg WTS is next up on the race schedule, I got my first WTS podium there in 2016 so I am looking forward to returning and I will be looking to do something similar this year. Training is going well and everything is feeling good so I’m starting to get pretty excited to be back on the start line ready to go again soon.
Before leaving Australia in early May I spent a couple of days shooting some images for an Australian Triathlete Magazine feature. I was fortunate enough to have Glen AKA Korupt Vision come visit me in Wollongong to capture some new content, including a shirtless cover image...who would have thought! If you haven’t already, go and grab yourself a copy to find out a bit more about my plans for the years ahead and catch an insight into my move to train with Joel Filliol Triathlon.
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The 2017 season has begun and I’ve left Australian to continue chasing the sun. First up I made my way over to Yokohama, destination two (for me) of the 2017 WTS season. During my last few weeks in Australia I had been going solo with training which I always find pretty enjoyable. Over the years I have spent plenty of hours training solo during my time at home in Tassie, and have really grown to like putting in work with just myself as motivation. The reason I was training solo this time though, was because I had made the move to train with Joel Filliol and his squad which has been a great change. I am really enjoying training and excited for the year ahead of racing and training in many new destinations. My new current location is Banyoles, ESP. I was here briefly a few years ago competing but it is a really nice place to settle for a while and begin some solid training.
The race in Yokohama wasn’t what I was hoping for, I think thanks to the weather gods it wasn’t the race a lot of people had hoped for.. I haven’t spent a winter at home in almost 5 years now so apparently my body doesn’t quite handle low temperatures like you would think it would after growing up in Tasmania. The race simply was not a reflection of where I was at physically at the time which is annoying, but it is done now and we are moving forward to what’s next!
Next up was The Dunkirk French GP where I started again with my team Valance. It was a very quick weekend in and out of France, it was also a very quick race. Dunkerque never disappoints to deliver a super fast, action packed race. With almost 100 on the start list, and a couple of hundred meters to the first turn buoy, things get ugly. I finished up 6th after chasing hard all day which I’m reasonably happy with for the day.
Whilst making my way to Dunkerque I had a night spent in Barcelona where I made sure my hotel was located across the street from Foto K, a camera store. With a new purchase and new motivation to create, I just wish there was more hours in the day.. If you want to see my life outside of triathlon, have a look at my other account, @eternal_chase, on Instagram.
Also check out Multisport online magazine for all the info on Super league. Thanks to the team for supporting what was probably my favourite event ever.
Now I am in to a long training block here in Banyoles and onto Les Angles before I’ll be lining up to race again. Time to get back to work!