- Roll out my 2014 triathlon season with an early season race, travel, be a tourist, & support triathlon in New Zealand! :-) Love racing within the Asia Pacific Region. I like the timing of this race during New Zealand’s summer. As a destination race, the event features Auckland Harbor Bridge, Viaduct Harbor, city waterfront & foreshore areas.
- After 3 weeks of foundation work, see where my fitness is at & where I need to improve.
- Race experience among a super talented & stacked field of international athletes. The opportunity to meet other pro girls on the circuit. I'm constantly inspired & motivated by the talent in this sport. There is something that you can learn from everyone.
- Race in my new Scody Australia race kit!
- Good friend and supporter Larisa Alexander, also Director and inspiration behind TriShave Australia watching the race :-) http://www.trishave.com.au/
- Perfect weather conditions on the day for a triathlon event! We scored a ripper weather wise which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone from athletes to family, friends and volunteer support.
- The event as a whole ran extremely smoothly. Logistically running a triathlon event in a capital city is a challenge but also presents many opportunities as an iconic destination race. WTC Asia Pacific combined with key stakeholder and sponsor support, did a fantastic job building and improving this race from 2013 – congratulations on making it such a memorable and positive experience.
- I LOVE my new Scody Australia race kit! A big thanks to Phil and Scody for arranging my kit in a very short period of time. High performance, comfortable and looks awesome!
- Seeing Larisa, TriShave Australia at the finish line – that was great. Thank you so much for your friendship, support and words of encouragement.
What is working well...
Run - My run felt strong and consistent. With 3 weeks of foundation training, my run strength was the most obvious improvement and felt good on the day.
Lots to improve!...
Swim - My swim has improved over the past 12 months (33.03 - 2013, 29.16 - 2014). But always needs a lot of work and there's always room to improve – getting the training done and my attitude towards it.
Transition - Woeful! Snail's pace. Rookie errors and got what I deserved.
Recovery 101 – As Nigel often reminds me, you don't get fitter when you are training. You get fitter when you are recovering from that training.
"Being committed to recovery means that sometimes you don’t train hard, even if you really want to, and even if everyone else is doing it.
- A commitment to recovery may mean that you take ice baths sometimes
- It means that when all you want is pizza and a beer, you choose a nutritious meal instead.
- It means that you put away the computer/TV/smartphone/video game/facebook! and go the heck to sleep.
- It means that you spend some intimate time with your foam roller, lacrosse ball, stick, ice pack, or other self-care tool/torture device.
- It may mean that you seek out a reputable practitioner of your preferred therapeutic approach: massage, Rolfing, acupuncture, chiropractic care, naturopathic or functional medicine..."
Time management and organisation – If you fail to plan you plan to fail. A simple, balanced and consistent weekly routine is key in all aspects of lifestyle. And I need to get stuck into my Cert 3 and 4 PT study and plan study blocks as part of each week!
A very big thank you to Anna Ross and Hayden Russell who welcomed me into there home for the weekend and for all the support given during the race. Anna is a great inspiration and talent who gives so much to this sport as a mentor and professional athlete. I really enjoyed spending the weekend with you.
To my sponsors and support team - Specialized, Scody, TriShave, Eyeline, Compressport, High 5 Nutrition, SaltStick, AquaShop/Blueseventy, FuelBelt, Asics, TeamLatitude, Gilesy/Aeromax Team, M5 Management, friends and family. Loving summer and looking forward to the training and racing ahead :-)