So it was just announced just over a week ago that the beautiful Gold Coast will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2018!
It was the announcement everyone on the Gold Coast had been waiting for, a Commonwealth Games right here in our sporting hub how very fitting!!
It is so exciting to hear that our amazing city above all other cities around the world will have the honours of hosting the Games.
I have trained here for the last 10 years and seen this bubbly coastal city grow every year into a vibrant fun happy go lucky and welcoming sporting arena!
With athletes like myself and many others from all over the world coming here to be a part of the action!
There are a plethora or reasons our city will showcase Australia so well and allow the world to see just why this is the place to visit!
After natural diasters like the floods last year in Brisbane, Gold Coast certainly took a blow to the economy, even though the floods were an hour north of us!
Now in the next 7 years its time for us to shine with amazing talent right here on our doorstep Emma Snowsill, Sally Mclellan, Sam Stosur and many more sporting icons who hail from this great city.
I am sure we will do Australia proud and definately create something everyone will remember!
I am really looking forward to helping support this event and excited about the sporting future of the Gold Coast!
Ok I better go I’m off to training!!
So it was just announced just over a week ago that the beautiful Gold Coast will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2018!
My whale watching at the light houseMe and the beautiful Bride NicUnfortanately I hurt my knee out running around 4 weeks ago, after an MRI I was ordered at least 4-6 weeks off running and no hill climbing on the bike!
Not exactly the end to my great season of two IM distance wins, as I was planning on another, but that is the life of an athlete!
Instead of feeling sorry for myself I decided to try and do anything I could, other than run or hill climb!
This has meant for the last 4 weeks (other than my 3 day holiday) I swam, pilate’d, weights, and turbo’d it as much as possible!
I also spent 3 days in Byron Bay, possibly the best 3 days I have ever had. We were lucky to be honered with an invite to the ‘wedding of the year’ for Marcus and Nicole.Two amazing people who went out of their way to make sure all the guests had the time of their life.And that we sure did, with a ‘Magic bus’ to take all the guests to the wedding in the picturesque hinterlands outside of Byron.
We were then given free beverages(not gatorade) and a three course meal followed by some live music and plenty of dancing.I beieve the moonwalking MJ also made an appearance(apparently I was good?)
We spent our time with close friends sunbaking and dipping in the ocean,bbq’s kicking the football(AFL if u dont mind) and pub dinners followed by a great dj, even i found myself on the dance floor.I forgot to mention the girls beating the boys at pool, thanks to our pool shark Michelle who won every game for us!
So the small holiday was my first ever in over 6 years without a triathlon or bike or training, and wow it did feel good!
It also felt good to wake up monday to a 5 hour training day to get straight back into the swing of things!
So back in training now and only 2 more weeks till I can run again, no more races this season,but I will sure be ready for 2012 as my focus on Hawaii Hawii Hawaii!!!
Thanks to our amazing friends for a great time(you know who you are) and look forward to many more!
This year I was aksed again if I would come on board as a TeamTBB coach,I have been asked many times to coach but have always refused to because I didnt feel I had the time!
When I was asked to coach,I was at first hesitant.Being a top Pro myself, I was nervous about being able to give 100% to each and every athlete I would take on as a coach.I also felt though, I would like to pass on my knowlege sooner rather than wait until I retired, as who knows when that will be!
At first one of the reasons I wasnt keen was because I thought I would struggle to find people with the same drive and motivation as myself .Or at least similar drive and motivation to achieve thier dreams.I also thought it might be hard to find athletes to coach that believed 100 % in our coaching ideas, and understood why we do things and how we do them.
WOW WAS I WRONG…… I don’t regret at all the decision to become an online TeamTBB coach! I certainly have found the most dedicated and motivated buch of athletes I can imagine.They are my ‘little warriors’ and Im so proud of each and every one of them for their own personal acheivements.All of them have improved amazingly and all of them have done me proud,and had 110 %confidence in the program and how we work as coaches! Now I have one athlete going to Hawaii and one winning two national titles, but all of them achieving amazing perosonal goals!
Every athlete has been able to reach goals and post numbers way above and beyond even what I thought was possible in 6-12 months.
I have to say although I have helped many athletes along the way, taking on my first few athletes as thier full time coach there was still some hesitation.Mostly becuase I wasnt sure if I could give them the time I needed, andpartly because I wanted to see them get results , If they didnt I too failed.
Refelcting now on my 12 athletes I took on this year, I realise just how well they have done! I am looking forward so much to helping them achieve thier next goals.Whether it is to run a half mafathon or qualify for Hawaii ,I know with my guidance and OUR relentless determination we will be able to achieve those dreams!
Thanks to Emerson,Dylan,Kieth,Nacho,Matt D,Terri,Fiorella,Bretty,Christine for the great ride and making it ao enjoyable, and I cant wait to see you achieve so much more!
Well I returned to Oz about 4 weeks earlier than I had expected
I wanted to be close to my amazing mum who is not very well
It’s great to be home in my little place with my partner my family and my dogs
I hope to race as soon as possible as I am so fit from my Swiss training camp I don’t intend on wasting any of the fitness!
The next blog will be about cherishing the small things in life and never taking life for granted
Copenhagen Denmark the beatiful Danish city played host to its second Iron Distance event to be held in the middle of its amazing city!
This is the only full distance race to be held in a city, and they sure know how to host an evcent like the Challenge!
Race day was cooler conditions with 17 degree water temperatere in the swim, quite a bit of wind to fight on the bike, then a crowd over 150000 on the run to bring us home!
My swim despite having a shocking start,( both jodie and i seemed to have picked the wrong side) was one of my best(thanks to me lovong my 2xu suit) and saw me exit in over 49 minutes around two mins down from my very good mate and Teamtbb swim star Swallow.
I built the bike and by around 40 km managed to take the lead, but was quickly overtaken again as Jodes smashed up the bike course from then on.The whole bike we managed to put over 15 minutes into the rest of the field, she lead the whole way riding amazingly strong. I paced myself and prepared for a good run.
Off the bike into T2 in 4hrs 54 min and the other girls were” no where to be seen ” I ran out solid and tried to maintain pace through out the 42.4km (it was 200 mtres long).Each4 laps of the run I was able to hold quite similar splits, and didnt fade like I usually do with 8 or so km to go.
Unfortunately Jodes had to pull out, again a sore foot, which was disappointing as I know she would have been in contention.
I felt extremely strong on the run, it was crazy to keep pushing when I heard I had 30 min lead.I certainly didnt take the pressure of the pedal though ,wanting a solid run split, like I have been renowned for was my goal.Doc said before the race” the run will be there” , so the whole runI kept reminding myself of my lovely 30km and up the hill runs ,and knew I had done the work!
I backed off to enjoy a huge screaming crowd with about 2 km to go ad soaked up the Danish atmosphere ,one of the biggest crwods I have ever seen!
I broke the tapae in 8hrs52 minutes a new recordand ,a 3:05 run split and around 40 minutes infront of the 2nd placed girl.
It was great to take a second win here and my 6th Iron distance title, along side fellow Albury boy and friend Timmy Berkel.
Thanks to Jodie for being so amazing and bringing me a Frappe my favorite after the race, and for the smoking pace on the bike.
I also want to mention Stephen Bayliss for his gutsy finish, he was certainly in the mix and could have won the race, with his 3rd position off the bike.He suffered bad stomach issues as did many, and wasnt able to run like he would have!
Thanks to Copenhagen and the amazing Challenge family for hosting the race and putting on yet another superb event as always!!!
USA is my next event REV3 Cedar Point, then finally I get to go home and see my partner and enjoy everything I have missed at home in the last 3 months!
Two days ago was my 4th Challenge Roth.A race that I look forward every year as its my favorite!
Its not just the atmosphere during the race its the whole lead up to the race.The pro athletes are treated like royalty and Felix and the Challenge family are so amazing when it comes to hosting competitors!
The top pro athletes were once again lucky enough to be given AUDI cars to drive.I was given the A4 to drive for the week,it waS super and it got me to places in half the time ;)!This was a good thing when I was staying 30km away at the lovely Land Hotel in Spalt.its a gorgeous little hotel nestled on the lake and thankfully away fromall the hype!
The race itself for me was ok, but disappointing too.My swim was around the same time as always, 51 minutes- over a minute slower than obvious race winner Chrissie W.The bike was good once i hit 60km i warmed up and felt strong coming into T2 only 10 mins off Chrissie and looking at a sub 840, which for me made me extremely excited.
Maybe a little too excited,going into the race i knew my run fitness was not quite there.The time off at the start of the season( an Irondistance 4 weeks before) and lack of quality running meant that I might suffer more than normal in the run!
Despite this though I felt incredible off the bike and thought wow I can really do a PB today, I expected the way I was feeling to run a 3 hr marathon.Well that was until about the 20km mark,( who was i kidding? lol) when my wheels fell off.This has never happened as usually I use my heaD going out onto the run conservitive and solid, going out of T2 so hard like I did, sure made me pay for it.
I really suffered the last 2o km and lost huge amounts of time, so disappointing but it was too late to do anything.
My 2nd place went to third with just 4 km to go and i could barely life my legs up the last 3km, it felt like I was running backwards.
I fnally crossed the finish just under 9 hours over 2 min behind 2nd and ofcourse miles from Miss Wellington who got another world record and ran a 2:44( to be only 4 mins of Andys run split!).
After I croessed the line,I was grabbed my the paramedics,I couldnt stop throwing up!Once I stopped,everything seemed to shut down.Its crazy how your body can keep going, then once you stop it wants to shut down.
The docotor checked everything and soon ther were 3 doctors around me,which scared me a little as i didnt understand the fuss, and they spoke in German i understood nothing!
Apparently my blood pressure was 170/110 i didnt see the issue as I had just done a bloody Iron distance!I was very light headed and dehydrated,they gave me three drips! I soon felt much better, and finally stopped dry- reeching thank good ness!
The recovery though has been great,I think the drips certainly helped!Thanks to the docs for looking after me and getting me back on track!Congrats to my fellow team mate James C for a gutsy Swim/ Bike, and thanks J for a great road trip!
Once again huge huge thanks to Challenge family and Felix for another amazing event!See you next year!;)
The table run world championships is held every year after Roth and Challenge Family owner Felix has never lost a race.Its probobly one of the most dangerous and funniest things I have ever seen in an afterparty.I thought i would share it with you as im sure you too will get a big laugh!!
I think our forum could do with some more video footage, entertainment for you readers and supporters out there!So to make it interesting so my goal is try to entertain you with a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ footage.
I think some of you might like to see some team footage and videos of the ’behind the scenes’ action.
So thought i would start with this one of our train trip,which we are really only allowed to take on our arrival day.Every other day we must ride up the mountain ofcourse!
Its a 20 min train ride from Aigle to Fedey,Leysin where our residences are.Riding though its much longer around an hour and 15oo metres or 15km of climbing( for me) to my ‘Residence Chamossaire’!
check out this video and where TeamTBB are living for our Swiss altitude camp!
Part 1 the beginning of the climb from Aigle station:
Last night we went to the athletics to watch some HOT track and Field action with Fi ,Zali Scottie and the Swiss boys!
It was certainly a great night getting to see some top athletes like Asafa Powell and Sally Pearson both win their events.
I even bumped into the famous Caster Semenia and congratulated Sally on her win ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!
Its pretty cool the track at Lausanne, quite small- making it easy to see the events A packed stadium meant the atmosphere was electric!
We bumPed into fellow Aussie’s Macca and Sticksie who had come to watch from Aix Le Bain, and I gave Macca a rev up about Hamburg…I hope it works!;)
Here is some footage of the womens Hurdles, where fellow Aussie Sally Pearson takes the win~!
Asafa Powell won the 100 in world best time for 2011 of 9’78 ….not too shabby!