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A Day of Favourites

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Today, I decided to have a day of favourites. 

First up was the swim.  One of my favourite things to do in the water is 25′s, so the main set was 100 x 25.

Then my favourite breakfast.  Egg whites and oatmeal.  In fact, I love this breakfast so much, I have it everyday :-)

Today was a ride day, so what is my favourite thing to do on the bike?  Windtrainer.  Yippee!!  3 hrs on the trainer, and of course, my favourite windtrainer set was inlcuded-  30 x 1 mins.

No windtrainer session would be complete without great entertainment, and keeping with my theme of favourites, it was discs 5, 6, 7 & 8 of Grey’s Anatomy Season 2.

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My favourite fuel during the windtrainer session?  Chico’s of couse.

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Following the windtrainer, I had my favourite meal-  a big fat salad with turkey breast.

Then to round off my favourites day, I watched my latest favourite reality show, Celebrity Rehab, while drinking my favourite beverage, diet coke, with my favourite (and my only) cat, Xena.

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The Grass Is Not Greener, Just A Different Shade

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I am one of those people who will often look at another person’s situation, and assume I would be better off if I was doing that, rather than what I’m doing right now. One of my biggest fears about taking a small break from being a professional triathlete, is that I would regret my decision, and immediately want to be back in camp.  Well, half of that is true.  I do miss my team mates alot (even though I haven’t met half of the newbies), Doc and the lifestyle.  However, I’m not regretting my decision to return to my job as a speech therapist.  So I’ve come to the conclusion that the grass on either side (triathlon vs conventional job) is not greener, it’s just a different shade.
Before turning a fully fledged pro in 2005, I juggled my part time job and my training, so I knew it wasn’t an impossible task.  Some mornings I am up on the road getting some early miles in at 4.15am, but to tell you the truth, I quite like those early morning rides and runs.  In some ways, I have re-learnt some excellent time management skills during the past 5 months.
For everyone out there, that doesn’t know what I’ve been up to this year, I’ve returned back to my previous postion, working as a part time speech therapist at a private practice in Brisbane.  I’m really lucky to have a part time position, as it allows me alot of flexibility and I am still able to get some quality training done.
The type of clients I typically see at the clinic are those with complex communication needs, such as autism, development delay/disorder, and acquired brain injury.  While the job is demanding and challenging, it has given me a lot of satisfaction to help my clients.
Recently, I’ve been exploring the possiblity of racing again.  I wanted to take a break from the triathlon world to see if my passion for triathlon was still there, despite stepping away.  Yes, the passion is there, and I do eventually want to return to the world of professional Ironman racing.  I’ve finished 10 Ironmans along the way, and I don’t want that to be the end for me.
For the next few months, I am going to combine racing with my conventional job.  I’m lucky that I have such a great support network at home and with Team TBB, to help guide me along the path to being the best I can be, in everything I do.