28 May 2014

Reflecting back to the very start of the year, I wanted to better my 2013 season and remain injury free. I said I wanted to string a consistent 6 weeks of training together, something I was unable to do in 2013

It was a somewhat turbulent start to 2014. A couple of months into the year my former coach, Craig Walton, decided to move on from his coaching role. I crashed in Auckland to end up finishing 20th and then made the huge trip to Cape Town only to be disappointed again. The feelings I experienced out on the 10km course were some which I had never felt before, even compared to times where I had only just returned from injury.  Confidence was low but I knew I was much better than the athlete I was at the time. Running is my strength and when I don’t do that well, it’s not a great feeling. The few weeks after Cape Town I battled some sickness and initially had to take some complete rest.  That is all behind me now and I am currently working on those goals I had at the start of the year. I am injury free and currently stringing some consistent training together- It feels great.

After Auckland I raced at Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon at home on the Gold Coast. It was a great morning celebrating Luke's life, and a bonus to come away with the win with Melinda Vernon second and Gillian Backhouse third. 
On our way over to Cape Town we were able to get a view of Antarctica , very cool!

After Auckland I was picked to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July this year. I had been thinking of the Games for a couple of years now, so to be named in the team was a big relief and obviously a huge honour.  Since the announcement, and my race in Cape Town, 2014 is shaping out to be a little different than previously planned. I pulled out of Yokohama and I also won’t be racing Chicago. The Commonwealth Games only comes around every 4 years and I do not want to let this year go past without doing all I can to produce the best possible result in Glasgow. I am still very young in the sport of triathlon and I have many years ahead of me to focus on the series.  I knew I needed a block of consistent training, especially to get some running done. It has also been a great opportunity to get further acquainted with my new coach Cliff English, and I'm throughly enjoying the program. 

Australian Triathlon Commonwealth Games team. Ryan Bailie, Dan Wilson, Aaron Royle, myself,  Emma Moffatt , Emma Jackson 
Celebrating Mothers day at home on the Gold Coast

Thanks to the great guys at SRAM, I have some new SRAM red 22 for the year! I can’t wait to show you what bike it has been fitted onto!!