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Archive for October, 2011

A wedding a holiday and a dress all in one weekend….

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Tiff,Creen,Tiff,Me,Steph,Mickie,

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!

The rewards of coaching….massive improvements by my ‘Warriors’

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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!