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Goodbye Season

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog ‘When Foot Takes Over’- a rip off title from the famed classic ‘When Love Takes Over’,  by Someone Shit.  Brett didn’t comment about it.

There was a reason for this.  Three weeks later I’m in South Africa, resting and recovering from a nasty season of injury frustration.

One of the difficult dynamics of having an injury is the mind games that incur.  The best part of  my day is run training, the best part of my race is running, these two factors combined with the fact that racing is my livelihood, my income and my sanity – it becomes pretty important in the big scheme of things.

When you are injured you can train at triathlon- when you have a race dynamic like me -you can even still race triathlon.  That is what we were concentrating on……swimming and biking away and hanging on to finish the run.  No doubt, once my foot was strong enough, I could have won a few races, got a few pay cheques and made my day a little better.

That is the difference though.  It wouldn’t have made my week, or my year.  Anyone who saw my reaction at South Africa 70.3, in January, can confirm that I wasn’t happy on the finish line.  I was in pain.   A year later I realise that I wasn’t happy because that pain hurt more than my boost from winning.  For someone as competitive as me – someone who races warm ups and warm downs – who relies on race results as measurements of self worth- there is a major problem here.

The months of questioning have taken their toll.  Many questions and scenarios play on my mind.  I have even considered that I only want to race on my own terms-  that I don’t want to win tough or fight through pain.  Then I stop….are you f**ing kidding me?  I have run on stress fractures, got up after crashes.   I raced in the Olympics in 2004 with a bruised rib and a hole in my Achilles, I’ve trained through a broken rib, foot and mind. Racing through adversity is something I could almost specialise in- what I should have realised- is that there is a difference between perserverance and stubbornness.

What I have learnt about injury (and injury categorisation is an impossible concept) is- that when thought, diagnosis and time pressure is taken away- then intuition is usually right.  My legs understand what is tightness and what is damage.  Damage needs recovery, tightness needs strength.

So foot has officially ‘taken over’ ,and while it recuperates, my mind and body is getting ready for next year.  I have been through much worse and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Thanks J x

more lookalikes

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Jenson and James

Stephen and Freddie

hihihihihihihi love it…..keep them coming

J x


Monday, September 12th, 2011

I thought I’d write an informative, relevant and inspiring blog this afternoon but the little boy in the flat below has fried my tolerance level to such that I can only write gobbledegook and mild trivia at this time.   I’d  write for ‘Heat’ over ‘The Times’ any day anyway.

If you want to learn about triathlon then this blog is definately for you.  Our team is the best in the world and now when you see my teammates you will recognise them as mega triathlon stars and not the megastars they so identically look like.  Thus, instead of asking them for an autograph -you can approach them and ask them questions about triathlon……they will be honest, forthright and lovely….unlike many educational forums about triathlon.

Also please post any other ones you can think of on the www.teamtbb.com forums :)

  • Mr Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 91210 Baby) is actually a TeamTBB triathlete ironman and coach.  No wonder he doesn’t want a girlfriend….he has the beautiful Megan Fox on the sly.   Funnily enough, I saw an old episode of  91210 in Copenhagon and Brian’s character was taking Tori Spelling’s to a hotel to try and get his dirty way with her.   Very funny – not that it is relevant in any way haha :)

Scottie D!!!!

  • They say that your past determines your future. Well this explains everything.  ’Especially for you’ was my first record, I had all of Kylie and Jason’s albums and I covered my school books in their posters.  I would throw a tantrum if Dad forgot to record Neighbours whilst we were swimming so we could watch it over dinner.  Jason was my first true love and  I was a brat, yes ;) . More importantly Mr Jason Donavon is……..

James Cunnama

  • Ok, a lot of athletes have a look and it can be very different on and off the field of play. This tennis player has stolen her look from one of our Team TBB girls.  No doubt.  I’m not positive about who is older although I have a feeling it’s my girl? ?? (I’m going to get shit for that).  Anyway, if I’m right the identity theft is confirmed…Sam Stozer is…..

The beautiful Bek Keat!

  • With the floppy hair, winning smile, dark good looks and a wonky nouse ;) -this one is pretty obvious….Team TBB’s version of Cruise is not weird and he doesn’t jump on couch’s but maybe that is because he married for love …ahhh!!!!  Tom Cruise is….

Brandon Marsh :)

  • The awesomeness of figure, stature and power of Xena Warrior Princess, can be matched by….our own…..

Caroline Steffen :) fortunately she is a peace keeper ;)

  • Can I do Encino man? Oh, I think I must- but only because he gets all the ladies, has amazing legs and has a little improvement to make on his English ;) Everyone loves Encino man and everybody loves……

Our Georg :) (He is the tall one ;) )

  • and………………….

Jewel – could be confused as a prettier version of….

Me :) (apparently-although this lookalike dates back to my days at school- which is an awful long time ago.  The botox and surgery we have both had may have sent our faces in contrasting directions).

So there we have it…..celebrities have nothing on the equally able faces of our team.  Yes, they have bigger bank balances but do they get to train 6 hours a day?  Who wants the life of a star anyway?  Now, I will speak to you soon ,I must go and find my agents number……..

J x

When Foot Takes Over

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

They say karma’s gonna getya.  Damn they are right.

After living with James for so long- a love for his taste in music has silently crept upon me.  I find myself mumbling Springsteen, Clapton, (even Air Supply ;) ), far too often and thus last night I did the dirty deed.  I stole his music files.

I was so much looking forward to my new playlist and it was the honey in the bitterness of waving goodbye to my boy in Aigle.  I get to run home accompanied by the old rock classics.

So I set off up the mountain (yes-don’t ask ;) ).  Press play…….Fine, OK…….Hang on is it on repeat? ….shit, it’s the only bloody song on there.  The ipod has been restored to owning a title of one song.

http://youtu.be/TbfYAYNFOos When Love takes Over………..x 16

It actually could have been worse….it could have been Air Supply, surely I would have been crying by round 5.

As I ran on, I made up new lyrics for my coach.  ‘When foot takes over, oh yeh, you know u can’t deny’……-you can replace foot with knee or toe or head or bum etc depending on your injury.

He has been saying it all along.  I’m such a lucky athlete.  I have lots of great tools, I live in the mountains, I have all I need, the kindest, most genuine friends, an amazing boyfriend, a great family and yet I let a sore foot cause mayhem wherever it is planted.  Swimming pool, cleat, treadmill, and pavement have all suffered the plague of my foot injury.  I’m really sorry.  Foot took over.

Anyway end of chapter, lesson learnt.   Everyone knows it’s coming right because the smile and the attack are back.  And everything is rosy again.   Next time I promise I will do my best to make sure that an injury will never determine my mood.  In the end it’s an injury and it will come right.   Work and talent will shine as always and titles shall be reclaimed.

If you are injured-remember that, it’s so easy to forget.  And don’t steal music ;)

J x