As the month comes to an end it’s getting closer and closer to the day myself and the rest of the Australian junior team depart for our six week tour in Europe. However before my last update and take off there was still a lot of training to be done, the majority of this was done on the Gold Coast for the National Talent Academy annual camp. The camp lasted for a week and a half but because I was on school holidays we had planned to make the most of it and stay for longer to get some training
under the guidance of NTA Queensland coach Craig Walton.
Some athletes who weren't in the NTA were also invited to add some numbers and make it a quality group to train with. Because of the larger numbers we needed two mini-vans to get us all to and from training, instead of just one. This seems irrelevant now but on the morning of the third day at camp while doing a run session bus number two was broken into... The bus that my stuff was on. The only thing left on the bus was I think someone’s drink bottle and my pair of running flats (which I have no use for now anyway- I'll get to that later). To stop this happening in future camps I think it would be appropriate for Triathlon Australia to buy us all a Lexus for transport because the Lexus parked next to the bus was left with just a little crack in the window where the robbers failed to get in. I’m not sure how that will fit into the budgets but I’m sure us athletes will all be fine with it!
In my bio on the Triathlon Australia page I mentioned that the one thing I couldn’t live without was a smartphone... And of course in my bag was my iPhone.. I didn’t die not having it, but it did make the next few days very difficult. People say they survived back in the day by talking face to face or sending letters, unfortunately though neither of these were able to help me when I was locked out of my room at 9:30 at night and my roommates were already inside with both the keys. There were so many business e-mails and messages I needed to send and check also. Arguably the hardest thing was to last without checking instagram and twitter. I felt like I was missing out on so much!
After almost 3 weeks away it was time to come home, just in time for school holidays to end. Perfect... I was looking forward to coming home but there was no doubt I would miss the training environment that Craig has set up for his squad. It’s a great place to train and an even better place to live. And of course one other thing I'll miss is the weather! It was a bit of a shock to the system arriving back in Tassie to freezing mornings! And nights... And days. But the training must go on, and thanks to my wind trainer I’ve been able to get in some really good training over all three disciplines. My swim and ride are both well on track and my run off the bike is better than it’s ever been so I’m really looking forward to my first race in Tizzy over the super sprint, heats/final race format. After just the one day of being home I was flying off to Melbourne again to represent triathlon at the “one year to go” Commonwealth Games media launch. A good experience and an enjoyable day, but then it was back home and back to business.
Back to the shoes though, it turns out that even though I was fortunate enough that the robbers left my shoes it wouldn’t have really mattered anyway as I've just signed a deal to join the team at ASICS. I'm super excited to be joining with ASICS and I can’t wait to represent the brand on and off the field all over the world.
My next report will likely be written on a plane from Tizzy to Spain before our stay in Vitoria Gasteiz, there's a bit to do before then but that’s the blog for
Thanks for reading,