After only 10 months with my new team, its time to finish of the year with one last race.The year has been totally awesome with camps in Phillipines, Switzerland and finally our heat camp in Korea.Jeju has been the most amazing host for our team, and certainly turned up the perfect pre race prep we have all needed!Thankyou Jeju and Ariel for making our stay so warm and welcoming. I have loved it here and cant wait to get back next year.I will also do my best to spread the word on what a fantastic’ honey moon’ place this is when back home in Oz! Who knows I might even be here for mine one day?
Some fond memories come to mind when I think of all the crazy sessions we have endured, my team mates know about these! The epic tracks sessions, bricks and killer swim sets, how can we ever foget them? Not all the memories are of pain and suffering, I have some funny memories and some stand out ones.I thought I would share afew of them from my experience here on camp!I hope I dont offend anyone?
The most impressive session would have to be the boys long track run,with out giving too much away I have to say I was in ore of Rei, Stevie and Jamesi’s effort, lets just say it was a looooong day!When it comes to running in the womens it would have to be ofcourse ‘The Spirits’ and my sprint finish after our long track set! I still dont know if she had some’in the bag’ and was just too afraid to beat me by too much?How ever, any girl who runs a 30 second 200mtr after 30 km has my respect! Then other memarable moments like Hiro blasting the boys in the last 200 sprint (28sub) set.I can’t foget Miss Lucie’s 200 time(2:22) in the pool,(although her best is 207) she just makes it look easy! Lastly, I can’t foget Wongstars 3:15 Half Marathon split after having a PR of over 4 hrs less than a year ago!
Other than training there has been some funny moments too such as the girls spa incident.Tez and us girls were told we couldnt wear our swimsuits in the local spa becasue it was ‘unhygienic’? A korean lady who joined us in the spa, took it one step too far,and decided she would try to take Tezz’as cossies off for her!Lucky we were’nt in the USA, we could have sued her for indicent touching or something surely?
As I look back at the past 10 months I have no regregts and certainly nothing left undone,the work has been done the effort has been there and now its upto me and the team to post the numbers!The womens team have been fantastic, the girls all get along extremely well, despite the fact we all have to race each other in what they call the ‘big showdown’ but for us just another day at the office! We have worked together each day pushing each other, and encouraging each other to get the very best from every session!The comradery has been fantastic even though all of us know we will be out there together racing against ourselves and each other!We also know there is some comfort, as crazy as it seems, to know we will all suffer together as we often did here at camp Jeju.I’m sure we will be cheering each other on during the run!
I want to personally thank Brett for putting in ridiculous amounts of time and effort( I swear Brett doesnt sleep?) into everyone of us and own own individual needs!I think many fail to realise that Brett’s lifestyle choice is the team and everything he does is to help his athletes.Its very rare and I am exremely grateful although I may not show it often enough.I want to thank every member of our amazing team for putting up with my loud burps, bad jokes and constant whinging!
One last thankyou to Alex for everything you do for the team, even though alot of it is behind the scenes, it doesnt go unoticed.We all know how hard you work for us to help make this team happen.Lastly I want to say a huge THANKYOU to all of our sponsors this year, for keeping my dream and the team’s alive!