I’ve been back home at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast for almost two weeks now after my first Team TBB training camp in Krabi, Thailand. Originally I was only supposed to be in Krabi for three weeks, then fly back to Australia for my home race, Mooloolaba world cup. Despite finishing 2010 as the 5th best placed Australian on the world rankings, I was overlooked by the Triathlon Australia selectors for one of the ten start spots allocated to Australians at Mooloolaba world cup. Initially I was really disappointed to miss out on a start in Mooloolaba but as it turns out not returning home early to race was a blessing in disguise.
For those that don’t know me I am very injury prone and for the twenty four months in 2009 and 2010 I was injured for sixteen of those months. So in reality if I would have raced Mooloolaba it probably wouldn’t have been pretty. Being able to forget about racing and knuckling down to some serious training with Brett and my TBB team mates for an extended period was exactly what I really needed. I ended up spending seven weeks in Krabi and just in the last two weeks there I felt my old strength coming back to me that I hadn’t felt in years. Being able to go out and train hard day in and day out without carrying or getting over an injury was a great feeling and a massive relief. I’ve still got a long way to go but coming out of this camp I am feeling much stronger and the confidence is also on the improve.
Our hotel in Krabi was a long way from any of the tourist hotspots which I liked because I got to see the real Thailand, how people lived and worked and how families functioned. The differences between life in Krabi and life in Mooloolaba are huge. When I first arrived in camp I got a bit of culture shock because in Krabi most people have virtually nothing and the place is actually pretty lawless. In saying that though while I was out riding in Krabi it was common for a local to be driving back to their shack on their scooter and they’d slow down and give a wave and a smile and then cruise off. In Mooloolaba it’s common while I’m out riding for a local to be driving back to their $800,000 house in their BMW and while they speed past they scream at me to get off the road. So who’s got it worked out, who knows?
My next race will be Busselton 70.3 on the 7th of May so I’m looking forward to that one.
All the best.