A long days travel of a train , plane and a bus trip got our team Aus there in enough time for race briefing at 5pm . Then lucky enough for me I was straight into doping control for some bloods . No arguments from me , its great they are trying to keep our sport clean
Friday and Sat I did some easy training and Sunday arvo was race day for the us girls.
For the first time in a while I was actually nervous pre race . Nervous because I hardly done any intensity training and to line up at a World Champs race underdone is not that easy to get away with . Also nervous how I’d react to getting the heart rate up .
After a very easy week of training and plenty of rest I actually coped a lot better than I thought I would . It was only the last 5 km of the run I panicked with a very sharp stomach pain which I’d normally run through but given the circumstances I forced myself to relax and jog the rest thinking of my health and recovery for the more important race in 3 weeks time.
So If anything It was a good training day in varying conditions . Cold , overcast warm ,and sunny , hail ,and rain ! All in a few short hours !
Boss let me stay a few extra days in Kitz to have some fun ( thanks Boss )and on Monday I was fortunate enough to paraglide over the town from the top of Hannakenham , a famous downhill ski run . It was bloody amazing ! we were then catered some great Austrian food for lunch at the restraunt on top . A ride through some quiet roads of Kitzbuhel , dinners out through the fancy little town and a few trips to the casino I have to say I’ll definitely be back again next year . Just hopefully with a better prep and race
I’ll now see how I recover and pull up after the weekend and then try and get a decent training block in before my next race in Hamburg which is now less than 4 weeks away .
I’ve only been here a few days and I’m loving the change already . Fresh air , mountains and no sound of cars on highway ( grrr Gold Coast ! ). I have a great apartment with everything I need . The weather has also been a bit freaky too . Perfect days and not too cold at all . But I have been told not to get my hopes up !
My last few weeks in Aus I was hit with a little hiccup . A few weeks ago I felt a bit off for a day or too . I had a few easy days . Routine blood tests to check everything before I head over here came back a bit abnormal . Not the best news this time of the season . I was told to stop training , if not do very minimal until further tests and I was also advised not to even travel over here . But I still stuck to my plans . I had more bloods before I jumped on the plane and got out of Aus asap (Because I really felt fine !) So the last few weeks have been a lot more of rest and recovery then training .
It’s all a bit frustrating when everyone is saying to rest even though I feel ok .I know they all have my best interests at heart . It could be worse and shit happens ! I’m lucky to be able to call Switzerland home for a while now and I’m sure I’ll be back in full training in no time . I’ll just listen to the Doc … our Doc
A very relaxed race with a 12pm start .It was a beach swim , very bumpy road on the ride & even some x-country on the run . Then presentations are held at the pub later in the evening . Good fun !
Byron Bay is a pretty big tourist spot but luckily it wasn’t too busy this weekend . The headland adjacent to the town, is the most eastern point of mainland Australia.. I love the little run up to the lighthouse so I tried playing photographer on my iphone . Here are some snaps …
Race start on the beach ..
What Bay next ?….
The water was dead flat and a little cool at 7am in the morning but still no wetsuit . I have to say after arriving into the bay I ran into this place ……
Left me just a little apprehensive about the swim at dawn !
But all was ok and I just swam to get out and on to the bike .
I lead out onto the bike and maybe a little cold It took me a while to get going and into a rhythm . 2nd Lap felt much better .
An out and back run for a change I tried to hang on to a good pace and finish well . Fairly easy win and probably more a great training session I enjoyed it and all done by 9am !
It was longish trip home back on the Gold Coast . But a quick race getaway is a good one J
Now after a kind of late decision by the Doc I’m off to Byron Bay thisarvo to race midday tomorrow . Can’t exactly say I’ll have fresh legs but its all good training .
Plus Byron Bay is beautiful (and got a great pub ) so no way I was going to argue & I’ll try get some pretty snaps to post in my next Blog .
Also a quick good luck to the others racing this weekend ! I know its Jodie’s first Ironman and I’m sure she’ll rock it !
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.
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 )
-My own bed with a sheets and blankets ( not an oversize towel haha)
-Flushing toilet paper actually down the toilet ( its not allowed here, the drainage system is not good enough apparently )
-A clothes dryer / clothes line ( with the rain it’s a little hard to get all my washing dry !)
- Drinking water out of the tap ( definitely a no go here! )
-Not being chased by dogs
-lane ropes in the pool ( although now I’m quite used to the chop now & we do race in open water )
- A good steak !( cows are sacred here so its hard to get a good steak anywhere )
But in all reality these are minor things in life and although it’s a challenge for a small amount of time it always makes me realize how lucky I am to live in Australia and to be able to do what I do .
Every time I ran or rode my bike down the road , hard or easy the local kiddies yelling out ‘Hellllooooo hellllooooo ‘ it made me smile and I can’t help but think it made them smile and laugh too . Its was just a nice feeling :)
I can’t believe how quick the camp went . Probably because I’ve been surrounded by such a good group of inspiring , hard working people all with similar goals . I’m very grateful I’m in the team . I really can’t thank Brett enough , the man who guides us all so well . Also I can’t not mention the Swiss athletes as I say goodbye – Its been great training with them and they help get the most out of my sessions while I was in Krabi . If only understood swiss haha . Maybe it’s better that I don’t . Anyway , I can’t wait to catch up with everyone again in Leysin
So back home to Brisbane for a week before I fly to Sydney for my first race of the season . Then it’s back to my second home , the Gold Coast until the next race .
p.s I hope the rain and floods clear up quickly !]]>
It was a new experience for me andI’m thankfull it was a cooler, wet day as these baths are not just luke warm haha .
Here are some pics
And my toasty experience didn’t stop there . On our way home we stopped for dinner and I ordered a soup that was not meant to be spicy . I chewed on what I thought was a green bean but was quickly surprised to find it was actually a full green chilly ! 2 Icy Frappe’s later my lips and mouth were still on fire haha .
He’s my blue staffy and the most loving dog ever . He doesn’t just settle for 1 stick when out on a walk, but has to fit as many as he can in to his jaws . He loves it !
Anyway while I’m here in Krabi I’m now the one carrying the sticks – for protection ! It may be going a little far but I’m really not a fan of the random dog chases here and it scares the crap out of me . I’ve shouted louder than I ever have before to fend a few off but have found if I carry a stick It helps !
Don’t get me wrong some are cute and I really feel sorry for them …
But I’ll still carry a stick
So here we go … My first post as a Team TBB member . Yep , a newbie . So new I haven’t even met the Doc in person yet ( he arrives this arvo ) However I do already know a fair few of my teammates so I don’t feel to out of sorts and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the others when they arrive in Krabi .
I’m not normally the ‘blogging type ‘. Well ,actually maybe I should say I’m not really the ” blogging about training ” type . I guess I’m a little like Jodie in the sense that if I don’t have to think or talk Tri I won’t . Anyway I’ll try hard to make my blogs as non boring as possible !
So a little about the last few months and what has lead me to where I am right now , here in Krabi , Thailand . About 6 weeks ago I was confirmed my spot in Team TBB and ready to start a new phase in my career . I’ve been coming back slowly from a hip op I had late October . I followed the Doc’s orders , stayed in my home town of Brisbane and have slowly been building back up to some kind of fitness . I traveled from Aus a few days ago with a stop in Singapore to Team TBB headquarters to meet up with Alex and the team management & pick up my new bike beautiful Cervelo S3 ! ( I’m yet to name it ,weird I know but I like to name my bikes ) A big thanks to Azmil our bike mechanic for building it all through the night for it to be ready for me .
It was then on Krabi the next day . I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Tiger airlines ! No charges , nice plane , just no fuss ! Unlike Qantas ! Anyway , Xena , Dave & I arrived yesterday arvo . I’ve never been to Thailand before . I’ve had many friends and family who have holidayed here . But I’m not here for a holiday . Far from that . I don’t even think that we are close to the beach really . Perfect training environment I suppose . A bit dirty but all liveable . If I look outside my window I can see elephants , cats , dogs , cows , crazy people on scooters . A very different experience and one I’m very grateful for .
I’m here for 5 or so weeks and I’m looking forward to training under the Doc and with some great athletes . I’m sure I am going to learn a lot !
Until my next blog …