Tuesday 31st of August - I found out I was injured. Initially I wanted to go home that day but there were a few factors that played a part in me deciding to stay another week in Spain. I stopped running and cycling but continued to swim (usually in the Open Water) but mentally I had switched off which was actually a huge relief after the past months being so full on.
I took the opportunity to go to two stages of the Tour De France in the Pyrenees, spend a day in San Sebastian (working on my tan because that’s all I needed?!) and it was very timely that the biggest week of partying in Vitoria-Gasteiz known as the ‘Fiestas de la Virgin Blanca’ was on.
Fast forward some long travel days and I arrived into Sydney airport on Friday the 10th of August at 6am. I stayed in Sydney for a few days to catch up with my family and some friends from school who I hadn’t seen for too long!
I know some people like to go somewhere for their time off but I was more than happy to get back to the apartment in Wollongong, go back to my local cafes and be living by the beach again.
The next four weeks was unstructured training. So when I felt like it, I would ride for coffee, swim in the sun and by September I was back running around grass ovals. This also gave me the opportunity to catch up with sponsors and start back doing some PT work with the Savvy Fitness crew who I love working with. I have also teamed up with the BaiMed Performance Centre, where I will be doing my strength and conditioning to become a stronger more resilient athlete. This is so important post injury and during a training load build up. There is also some exciting things happening with BaiMed so stay tuned for more!
While there was a lot of business during my down time, there was also some fun. Café visits, housewarmings, game nights, Towradgi Beach Tuesday dinners and AFL games. To finish it off, I went to the Triathlon World Champs on the Gold Coast to support my Mum in the Sprint Race. This was her third World Champs and her previous two attempts she was second. With my Dad and I as support crew we watched her finally become a World Champ in her age group which was really exciting and I know something she has been working very hard towards.
Next week, I start some more structured training and begin my build up for a summer of racing. Hopefully I will be doing a few different local events so bring on the sunshine and warm ocean water!