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2013 here we come!

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 I’ve been living in Loughbrough just down the road from the high performance university since 2005 so I have decided to move back to the big smoke of London after 7 years.  

My triathlon career began in West London,  I grew up riding around the Surrey hills and Richmond Park so it will be good to be back in the area.

In 2013 I will be concentrating on Olympic Distance non drafting and some ITU drafting races.  I would like to try and qualify for London Hyde Park WCS Grand Final but this all depends on my ITU points.  Over the last 2 months I have been spending a lot of time in the gym so my body is well conditioned for when I start the heavy training in January. With a majority of World Championships being at the end of the next year, I have found if I start too hard to early I usually have burn out before the major championships

I have been doing some motivational talks for Energize Performance with Kim Ingleby, I spoke to a crowd from a professional company about my Olympic experience and the fact they found my talk inspirational gave me a massive boost like the feeling you get when you have a great race.  The talks are a little nerve racking to begin with but once I got into them I found it very enjoyable and by the end of the third and final talk they couldn’t shut me up. lol This is definitely something I would like to pursue in the future and I was disappointed when I did the final talk as I didn't want them to end.

My third biggest highlight of 2012 after my wedding and the Olympic Games was the BTF annual dinner believe it or not. It was a fantastic night and the best one I have ever been to, mind you the last one I attended was back in 2005. There was over 400 people there on the evening and Steve Cram was one of the hosts of the evening. It Just shows how triathlon has really grown over the last couple of years and its only going to get bigger after the success in London. I remember when it was just 50 people held in a hotel in Leicester and this year it was at the National motor sport museum in Birmingham. 

I was fortunate enough to have won an award this year which was the Peter Homes Inspirational performance at the Olympic Games along with the Brownlee Brothers. I was very humbled to be up on stage to receive the award.

It was also honor for me to take this award in memory of a person who was so passionate about triathlon, Peter Holmes. I am off to Australia in December to start my winter training and I am very excited because I have a new training partner, her name is Emma Pallant and Michelle is now coaching her. Emma is someone to watch for in the future, with a fast running background, she is the current European under 23 cross country champion and a highly motivated athlete which is great to have around especially when your tired. She is also a qualified physio which I’m sure will come in handy and because I am very inquisitive when it comes to the human body!

Until next time, I hope everyone is staying motivated in this winter weather, just keeping thinking about what you want to achieve next season to get you out the door. Good luck!

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