So it has indeed been a while since I wrote a blog, the monthly updates somewhere along the line turned into a bi-annually blog. So closing in on the end of the season and then the end of 2014 I feel it’s time to get back on track and keep some updates coming.
A lot has happened since June, so let’s skip though a bit, from Vitoria straight to Edmonton in Canada for the World Championships. My last race as a junior and my chance to redeem myself after what was a bit of a failed race last year in London, after a crash and a time penalty I knew what not to do in 2014. I did stay upright on the bike, and wasn’t penalised for any transition infringements so already things were looking up. After a solid swim I comfortably got myself up the front for the ride but not much was happening there, the group grew and grew as the pace turned pedestrian. I planned to put some sting into the legs of the competition on the bike so was a bit disappointed how that panned out, but with 40+ guys in the group there was always someone to mark the moves so it all stuck together. All to be decided on the run, which was also alright with me, I hoped.
I had played it over and over in my head before and each time the race was between myself and Montoya from France, which just so happened to be exactly what played out in the race. However in my head I never let him pip me in the final seconds of the race which is exactly what ended up happening. While running with Montoya I decided to let it come down to a sprint, I just stuck on his shoulder and waited. Unfortunately on the day it didn’t quite work out as I had planned. It was pretty disappointing to come within a second of being the world champion but after the initial disappointment I was able to see some more positives from the race and if anything it will keep the drive alive until one day I can finally become the world triathlon champion.
Just a few days later we were lining up for the mixed teams relay championships, where alongside; Gillian Backouse, Matt Baker and Brittany Dutton I managed to pick up another silver medal.
Post Edmonton I had a bit of downtime before heading back Home to Launceston while spending a few days in the most impressive city in the world, and my new favourite place, New York City. From there I was onto Los Angeles and then home time.
I am currently training back at home in Launceston in the lead up to Nepean and Noosa where I will see out what has been a very long season!