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Who lead me to Team TBB ….

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I thought for this blog I would actually explain  how I  came about joining Team TBB and Brett .

Its coming up to three weeks in camp on the gold coast  & it has been absolutely great fun.  Although I’ve only ever lived here a few years of my life  ( gold coast ) – it feels more like home than the busy Brisbane where I grew up.  I have a large group of friends down here too- including 1 awesome chick and team TBB member Bek Keat .

So about 2 and half years ago ,probably the end of 08 or early 09  when I was training with Snowsill, I met up with Miss Keat for a long ride ..  we got chatting as usual and of course the subject about training   came up…

Bek: So how’s things going with Snowy babe , enjoying it all ?!

Me : yeah yeah its good  . ( or something like that . I didn’t really elaborate haha)

And what about you ? Who you training under at the moment ?

Bek :  I’m with Brett .

Me : Sutto?!

Bek : Yeah babe !

Me: F**K isn’t that like super hard shit?!

Bek : Yeah but chick he’s soo good I shoulda joined the team sooner . I’ve never been soo fit .

Me: ( huffing ) yeahh I reckon haha

So that was the end of that subject… But its funny how a little conversation like that can stick in your head……. .

Then only 6 months ago I had my hip operated on and was one frustrated girl . I wasn’t happy with my coaching situation and I didn’t know what to do .

I called up Bek and we met for a pilates session ,where I think we did more talking than pilates ( sorry Creeni ! ) .  I told her the situation I was in and how I thought going to Brett could be an option .

Now back 10 years ago as a 14 yr old my tri coach would link me up with Loretta now and again for a session . She was someone I really looked up to as a youngster and I learnt a lot just training side by side her.  Loretta was coached by Brett at the time and I always wondered wether one day I would ever join team Sutton ..

Bek : Babe you gotta email the Doc . Just do it !  Join the Team and then you can train with me . Yeooww!

So I did .  But I can’t  help but say it was her bright , bubbly , optimistic and friendly self  that just gave me that extra little push to contact ‘the Doc’ .

Anyways It’s funny how things turn out .. I always say everything happens for a reason .

I’m loving it :)

So to end that little story – thanks ‘big Sis’  Bek

and thankyou Brett and Team TBB.

Flicka x

Sydney WCS

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Sorry I’m a little late on the race report !

Last weekend was the opening race on the ITU WCS  circuit . Arriving at race briefing  the Friday before and catching up with everyone  was great  and also a good reminder why I’m so lucky to be able to do what I do .

First race of the season and 6 months since my last one was always going to be a little rusty  but it was great to be on the starting line again .  I love to race !

Luckily the water was a warm 22 degrees and a non wetsuit swim . It was quite choppy however and sighting the buoys were a little hard which is why I think the swim was quite messy . Girls all over the place and a shit fight as usual !

I exited the swim a little bit behind the lead girls but  after riding hard for a lap I quickly caught up and was in the lead pack with 2 other packs following a min or few mins behind.

There was no need to do much work in the bike . I simply sat in the pack . The course was quite hilly , with a lot of u turns so still a bit of a sting to the legs no matter where I was .

I hopped off the bike and my bike fell over which meant a slow transition as I didn’t want to take a penalty for not having it racked perfectly ( ITU have suddenly smacked down on penalties  That would be 15sec or 30 sec If I didn’t place my helmet IN the  box  ! )  So it meant I slowly played catch up throughout the run . I didn’t  feel  great but I didn’t feel too bad .

So I’m fairly satisfied with 15th for my first race of the season and for what I’ve done in the lead up . Now I’m really looking forward to putting in some good training before the next  race .

For more info and exact splits on the race check out  www.triathlon.org

After a fun weekend in Sydney I flew back to Brisbane for a few days to my parents place then packed up for the Gold Coast .  It’s great to be back  :)

(Last photo credit -Delly Carr )

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