European Update – Up then down, the life of a professional athlete.
Well I can’t remember when I last wrote my blog – it’s been a bit hectic lately! After a well- rounded NZ summer, 6 podiums and a top 10 finish in World Series, I went to Ishigaki, Japan for the world cup ranked number 1, but ended up crashing out on the bike – ended up in yet another overseas hospital! Not to worry though as I was only in there for a brief time.
After that my European season began. It was a big three weeks, racing every weekend. I first raced two French Grand Prix for my club TCG Parthenay. This was definitely tough – straight off the plane and racing a few days later! And it taught me a few lessons – jet lag killed me and this showed with some disappointing results.
The next race – the ITU World Triathlon Series race in Madrid was going to be another challenge. This race is one of the toughest courses – hot, humid and hilly! There is always a break away on the bike so my goal was to get away with this top bunch and stick with them. I was ready for the race but I was NOT ready to be in the breakaway.
I came out of the swim in the top bunch and we made good distance, but straight up the first climb ‘POP GOES THE WEASEL!”, and straight out the back I went. I tried again and again and gave it everything I had to get back in the breakaway but my fitness just wasn’t there.
So a disappointing start to my overseas season, but I was determined to keep at it and pull out some positive results! And sure enough, last weekend saw the next French Grand Prix and me placing a solid 6th place – but it came at a price.
Onto the run I went out flying and was in third place until 500m to go. I started to get past by a couple of guys sprinting past me and as I tried to keep up I lost my form and my calf gave a minor tear, meaning I limped to the finish line!
Good to get a decent result under my belt, but what comes after getting a top placing is lots of administration including drug tests etc which take time and saw me miss my flights to the next destination… More dilemmas but I LOVE IT!
I’m still sorting out my calf now and haven’t been running on it since, but that’s ok – I’m focused on being on top form for the upcoming London race (Commonwealth Games qualifying race) and have plenty of time still to prepare for that. I have to keep the big picture in focus!
Moving forward I hope to show some more class and less ups and downs in my overall season, but we will just have to see how we go! I’m up in Font Romeu for 4 weeks at altitude training for the next World Series race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. It’s a race similar to tour de France format – 11km of climbing up hill! Can’t wait.
I hope everything is well in Kiwi land, and thanks to everyone for the support! I am very grateful to my sponsors for having faith in me and will continue to do as much as we can to endorse and promote the awesome brands behind me!