SCHOOL’S OUT! I feel like I’ve been waiting to say those two words for far too long, but after a pretty stressful last few months I am free from the books (for now) and ready to take on the life of a full time triathlete. Spending six weeks on the other side of the world didn’t make it easy for me. I did take work to do while I was away but after not long at all decided my time would be better spent taking a nap before the afternoon session rather than doing school work. Surprisingly I didn’t find this a very hard decision to make…
Skip forward almost three months and now it’s all done, not in ideal situations but done. I had planned to race the Victorian 5000m championships but
knew it was during the exam period so knew it would be hard to fit it in, but it
was a little bit tighter than I had hoped. I had one exam the day before the
race and then one the day after, the race started at 9:20PM so I had to fly home
to Launceston the morning of my second exam, not ideal. I’m usually pretty
confident in my ability to “wing it” when it comes to tests so fortunately I am
used to minimal study/ preparation which meant that the time the seatbelt sign
went off on the plane until it went back on I was able to lower my tray table
and go through just enough revision to get me through the second exam, no
worries. I also had two new GIANT Bikes Taunting me downstairs in the bike room (actually the spare bedroom but has been taken over by bikes and tools) waiting to be set up and ridden after my final exam. I’ve been able to give them both a try since and I’m absolutely loving them both; the Propel Advanced SL0 and the Trinity Advanced SL1. The Trinity won’t get as much use as the Propel so I’m looking forward to racing on it for the first time on December 29th at the Bridport tri.
The Vic 5000m Champs didn’t turn out to be the race I was hoping for but I was still reasonably happy with it considering how early it was into my season, I’d started base training just 5 weeks before the race. The time was 4 seconds slower than the year before, and my PB of 14:19 but I had 6 months less training under my belt so I’m just hoping I get another chance to take on the distance before the season is out because I’m confident I’ll be able to go well under that in a good race! I just don’t know where or when I will have the chance to race the 5000m again. Briggs meet in Hobart may be my best chance, but just 8 days before Briggs I’ll likely be coming home from my first altitude training experience in Falls Creek so who knows how my body will cope from that. I’m not sure how my tri coach will feel about that, I’m not even sure who my tri coach will be actually…. I have some big decisions to make in the near future. As much as I love it here in Launceston I’m not really sure it’s the best environment for a developing elite ITU triathlete. So some changes will be made!
Before heading up to Falls Creek I’ll be racing at the Zatopek:10 track meet in Melbourne, it will be my second last race in the junior 3000m so I’m hoping to have a good race. My results in training have improved a heap since racing in the Vic 5000m so things are looking a bit more positive in my lead up to the race this coming Thursday.