It feels like such a short time ago that the season was beginning, and come the end of March it’s now all over again. A successful season it's been and the past month one of the highlights was clocking my first of hopefully a few international travels for the remainder of 2013.
March began with a trip to Wellington in New Zealand for the
final race of the 2012/13 junior Australian series. This race was also the
Oceania Championships. I was travelling with training partner, Dylan Evans and
NTA coach, Jan Rehula and we arrived on the Thursday before the race so that we had a bit of time to locate ourselves and familiarize ourselves with the
course. I'd just received some brand new ZIPP Firecrest 404's so I enjoyed
being able to ride around and get use to them while riding the technical parts
of the course and commuting through the city down the hill to the course area
hardly having to pedal. Coming home was not as much fun but I still enjoyed
being out on the bike in an unfamiliar city. The race went well with a few
things for me to work on. Overall it was a good race and I'm happy to have
ended the season with another win.
Back to school, Five days, two tests and an assignment later I
was off to the airport again. This time for the World Cross Country
Championships held in Bydgosczcz in Poland. During the week I had seen the
weather forecast so knew to prepare for the worst, lows of minus 16 and highs of minus 5. Thankfully after meeting the whole team in the Dubai airport we were off to London for a few days first to climatize to London's near freezing
climate and take in some of the London sights. I'm glad we got to be tourists
for a little bit in London because there wasn't a great deal for us to see in
Bydgosczcz apart from snow. I'd never seen snow like that before though so I was pretty excited, and as a group we managed to turn almost every moment outside into a snowball fight, even getting some British, Brazilians and Rwandans into a snow ball fight post race waiting for the bus.
I didn't race as well as I would have liked although once having
seen the conditions I knew my running style would suffer more than most. I like
to get into a rhythm and apply pressure when I run but on a course with so much
tight zigging and zagging on ice, snow and mud, with my stride length I knew I
was going to struggle a bit. But 41st in the world is still alright!
I'm home now on a break from training for the next few weeks, I
have had heaps of homework to catch up on but am beginning to get pretty bored so cannot wait to get back into some training!
Thanks for reading,