The BIG move!
The Big Move..
I know it's been a while, but I have finally brought together my adventures from the past few months and I promise you it was worth waiting for. As you all know, my university came first in 2014, however since completing my degree I have been puting in the miles and setting the lines straight for 2015.
At the beginning of January it neared 12months since I had last raced in any Triathlon, however I was kick-starting 2015 with the first Tasmanian state series race in Bridport, a non-drafting Olympic distance race. Unfortunately I was struck with a bad case of gastro losing a lot of weight but I was determined to have a crack on the day. With a shortened swim it made my day even harder competing against some of the nations best Age groupers, whom may I say can ride a bike. Accompanied by a few other ITU athletes I managed to finish the race in 2nd place after being fairly out ridden by some great riders. This result was far better than it sounds for myself considering my health and my first hit back at the sport in over a year.
In 2014 I was fortunate enough to run with some of the local top runners which presented me with the opportunity to run in the first national Track series meet in Hobart on the 25th. It was a 5km run on the track and I had targeted the race for a quick time and I was not worried about my placing. Rocking up in my stylish 2XU gear I gave it my best shot in a very windy and wet race finishing with a time of 14.41, which was a new personal best.
The following day, “Australia Day”, I made my way to the North West of Tasmania to race in the second of the state series races in a great community, Latrobe. Before the race I felt like I had recovered well from the night before, which was aided by the use of my 2XU compression for the night. In a slightly shorter sprint non-drafting Triathlon I knew my main competition was to come from some speedy 18-19year olds. With the swim and ride down I had found myself well positioned coming off the bike with three others. Onto the run I managed to get away from the other boys within the first 500m and run away for the win, making me the new leader of the Tasmanian state series. It was a great way to celebrate being Australian, enjoying doing what I love.
After a few local hit outs I made my way up to Brisbane for the first week of February for a trial with a new coach and training group with my mind firmly set on having a real crack at the ITU world circuit for Triathlon. Instantly I new that the move would be the right way forward to becoming a greater athlete. I am now sitting in the airport on my way back home for 3weeks to race our state championships tomorrow and my first ITU Triathlon for 2015 at Devonport. Then I will pack up my bags and the comfort/security blanket of ‘home/Tasmania’ to make a name for myself as a Triathlete under a new coach. I would especially like to thank my sponsors Look cycles, 2XU, Andrew Jones Travel, Jail House Grill and Active Physiotherapy launceston for their support over the past years and for sticking by me through 2014. I am ready for a big few years and I can’t wait to spend my experiences with every one of you.