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    So this year our Mooloolaba trip turned into a bit of an adventure! Thursday night after briefing we were greater by flash floods! I’ve never seen anything like it! At first I thought we’d be able to get home in the car. You know what us triathletes are like, determined to do anything and we never give up. At first it wasn’t so bad, but the water was rising and rising by the second! The traffic was also building up! Getting home by car was going to be trickier than we first though! So Michelle and I decided the best thing to do was to leave the car and walk back! We parked the car on top of a hill and began the 6km walk back!  

    Walking back in the floods was an experience I’ll never forget!! At some points the water was waist high! I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was also pretty sad too as we saw shops being flooded, cars being ruined, people stranded. It’s not something I’d like to experience again in a hurry. 

    When we got back to the apartment, our power was out! Dinner turned out to be chips and dip, thank goodness we had some food we could eat! Our salmon dinner had to be abandoned as we had no cooking power! It’s all about getting the fuel in though! 

    That night we thought the race would be cancelled, there was no way it could go on! But we were wrong, the next day we woke up and it was like the floods had never happened. I went out on my bike and everywhere seemed fine. Yes, some shops were ruined, but the roads were clear and there was no flood water in sight! Man! I was chuffed that the race was still going ahead. 

    So the race - I knew the swim was going to be hard as it’s a sea swim in Mooloolaba. I was confident with my swimming before going into the race. I had a solid swim, coming out in the front pack. The first swim of season is always a bit of a shock to the system! 

    Out onto the bike and the pace was on. I love the Mooloolaba course. It always makes things ten times more interesting when there are some hills and technical aspects involved. I was feeling good on the bike so wanted to push the pace. I made a few attempts at breaking away, but some guys were a bit too switched on and kept dragging the pack back. It’s a bit annoying when that happens, but I guess it’s racing hey! On the last lap we got a gap of around 30seconds. A good gap, but not big enough. 

    As you know, I’ve been injured so I was unsure if I was going to run or not. My run shoes were in transition and I really wanted to run, but my legs were saying no. I didn’t want to risk running and doing any damage. Things have been heading in the right direction and I don’t want to ruin anything before Sydney. 

    So Sydney is my next race. I love Sydney and can’t wait to race there. I’m looking forward to another tough hit out! The first one is always a shock to the system so I’m sure Sydney will feel a bit easier on the legs and lungs! 

  2. March Blog

    As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had a bike crash! The crash stopped me doing my normal training routine for a couple of weeks. When I look back, I think I managed it pretty well. I learnt a lot how you can still train really well, even when you have an injury! For this blog, I thought I’d write a bit about managing training with injuries. 

    My first tip is to stick to your the program. I train with my squad, Team Dillon, out here and we are all on the same program, each day, every day. When you’re injured, you can’t do every session, but you must do what you can with the group! Having a group around you helps you stay motivated and positive.  If you can’t run, still make sure you do every swim and bike with the squad still.  Perhaps your coach wants you to ride more when you can’t run. If that’s the case, you can just add on extra to the end of the squad ride. It’s the same for swimming too! 

    One thing I’ve learnt is to not rush your recovery. If you’re told not to bike for three weeks, don’t bike for three weeks. It’s sometimes tempting to bike sooner than when you’re told, but don’t do it. From my experience, you’ll just land yourself back in square one. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always be over cautious. 

    I cannot stress how important it is to have a rehab program. Get yourself to a physio and get yourself a set of exercises that can help you strengthen you’re target areas.  Strengthening your problem areas will help prevent your injury from happening again.  A rehab program also helps to keep you occupied, especially if you can’t train as much.  Also stay on top of sports massage! 

    Be honest with your coach. You have to give your coach honest feedback about how your injury feels each day. I know it’s tempting to say everything feels okay, but fibbing won’t get you anywhere. If you’re honest, your coach can help you get back to full training quicker! Also, you can both learn a lot about how long your injuries take to heal. Some people can get over their injuries quicker than others. This will be useful for the future. 

    My last tip is to keep yourself distracted. Sometimes when we’re injured we can get pretty down.  Our heads can be our own worst enemies sometimes. Try and distract yourself with a book or a DVD.  In between training, maybe meet a friend for a coffee or head to the cinema. Obviously don’t do things that will determent your training (like laying on the beach in the sun all day!), but do what you can to keep the mind active.  

    Injury is part and parcel of an elite athlete. I’ve had many in my time. But like they say. That which does not kill you, can only make you stronger!

    So it’s not long now to till my race season kicks off. Mooloolaba is in a couple of weeks! Not only is it a great race, but there’s an awesome atmosphere there too. Our whole squad is going down, so it will be a great weekend. I love the course in Mooloolaba too. It’s tough and honest! 

    Next up is Sydney! Two reasons I’m looking forward to Sydney: One being the race, two being the hotel! This year I’m lucky enough to be sponsored by View Hotels. They have a great hotel in Sydney, which I’ll be staying in when we go there. It makes all the difference when you can stay in a comfy and enjoyable place! Especially before an important race. It’s all about rest and recovery! 

    Stay positive,