2017 started with the world eagerly watching the US election. Unsure of what the next four years would bring as Barack Obama ended his final four year term as President of the United States of America and for the first time in history a businessman became the most powerful man on earth.
While all this was going on, I was back at home in Wollongong Australia, putting in some base miles to prepare for the 2017 season. Like the rest of the world, I was unsure of what the next four years would bring let alone 2017 but everything I have been doing is with the goal to be back racing consistently and consistently well.
As most people would have experienced before, things don’t always go to plan perfectly. I battled a little niggle through January which stopped me running for a few weeks. A little bit of time off very early in the year is much better than potentially months off come March or April, so while it was frustrating at the time, I feel as though it was still the right decision to make. I still had plenty of training to do as I could focus more heavily on my swim and bike, take extra time working on rehab with my physio Alex Price as well as starting with a new Strength and Conditioning coach which has been a really fun element to add in to the program.
My training group who are coached by Jamie Turner, the ‘Wollongong Wizards’ started the year differently. Instead of heading up to altitude during January, we stayed in Wollongong and enjoyed an extra month of summer by the beach. Some athletes have not returned to the squad although we have had some really valuable additions! You can keep up to date with the group on the @gongwizards Instagram page!
We also added in a ten day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra during February. I found this a really valuable experience, as the training and recovery facilities are phenomenal along with great running trails and quiet roads to cycle on. We will be going back to Canberra in April for a longer period of time.
Outside of training, I was an ambassador for the Weetbix Kids Try-athlon, which is always a fun event! I also completed by Certificate IV in Personal Training, which I believe will match really well with my Bachelor of Nutrition, which I am slowly, but surely making my way through via Open Universities! I’ve also been coaching some indoor cycling classes at Blue Athletic in Wollongong. The whole team there have welcomed me and always make things fun!
Now that I am back on my feet and running again, my race plan for 2017 is coming together and I am becoming eager to get on the start line! So watch this space!