ITU Triathlon World Championships 2015 - Chicago, USA
Chicago is an amazing city and a great place to host a World Championship. I grew up not far from Chicago so going back home to compete was even more exciting for me. Many of my family were able to come and stay for a few days, watch me race and reconnect after many years of being abroad.
John, Mason and our friends Victoria and Lee arrived a few days before the race, we all got settled in our hotel and then put on our walking shoes to go and see where it would all be happening. Buckingham Fountain was the finish to the race and the hub of the action so that was our first stop.
Racing kicked off on Wednesday with the Aquathlon (swim + run) which John and another RG Active coach, Phil, competed in....and did great!! The rest of the racing started on the Thursday with the Sprint and finished up on the Saturday with the Standard distance.
Race morning started quite early, John likes to be extremely organised so we are usually the first ones there....yawn! We bumped into a Brazilian athlete from our hotel who was already in her wetsuit as she wanted to make sure she could get in it...bless her. She had 5 hours of getting use to it before her start time.
The temperature was slowly raising up into the 30s so when it was my wave start at 12:40, it was a little bit like Dubai in the summertime, no breeze, or so it seemed, and not a cloud in the sky....HOT!! My only complaint was the positioning of the water stations. Coming off the bike from T2 I really could have used a drink then, where they normally are, but I had to run almost 2k before I got one....not ideal!
Finishing up on the blue carpet in front of my family was truly a moment for me. I raced hard, even had a sprint finish with another athlete in my age cat to beat her by 1 second to the line but most importantly I enjoyed myself! I loved the race, I loved Chicago and I loved having my family there!
RG Active Pre-Winter Triathlon Training Camp 2015 - Majorca
After racing The Triathlon World Champs in Chicago I had 5 days at home then off to the annual RG Active Training Camp on the beautiful island of Majorca. We do this camp every year as the weather on the island is spectacular, however, this year we arrived into a bit of a storm which thankfully blew over in a day.
The week started with early morning swims in the sea before breakfast. The water temperature I am guessing was about 20 degrees so some of us had wetsuits and others didn't. I went in my core shorts or floaty pants as they are known by some. We would swim at least 2k every morning working up an appetite for the fabulous buffet breakfast back at the hotel ..John's favourite.
We then headed out on the bike for anything between 70-150k a day. Majorca has some beautiful rides and knowing the island as well as we do, we were able to show the clients the lanes that normal tourists never see. We took in the iconic Sa Collobra ride in mid week which is a climb every cyclist has or should have on their bucket list.
Fitting in a few pool sessions and swim analysis at a local 25m pool kept everyone happy including myself. As a coach I always make the most of the swim videoing as bad habits can crop up in ones stroke. So being able to see above and below the water can be crucial for helping with training and fixing an inefficient stroke.
We finished the week off with a Brick session
(Bike + run/ repeat) and a last 70k ride up to the most northern and picturesque part of the island, Formentor. The infamous Lighthouse sits at the top of Formentor and is definitely worth the ride there. Yes .... there is cake at the top!
I am so thankful to be able to travel to all these beautiful parts of the world especially with John....I love my job!
Duathlon World Championships 2015 - Adelaide, Australia
After a 26 hours, 2 flights and a long lay over in Malaysia we arrived at The InterContinental Hotel in Adelaide. Long haul traveling is never much fun but it seemed to go by quickly this time and without any problems. We arrived in the morning so had to wait a bit to check in...ugh!
Race morning went exactly to plan. Christine and I were both off at 7:45 and we finished just over the hour. I came in first in 12th position and Christine was 26th position out of 30. I was thrilled with pre-qualifying for next years World Duathlon Champs in Aviles, Spain. I will definitely be working on my running this winter!
As a coach and an athlete I was thrilled with both of our results. Christine and I worked hard and this hard work got us to race for GB. It is a tremendous honour to be able to do these races and I am always thankful and very grateful to be a part.