Aggression vs Patience

Following my race at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil, I realised the importance in having the right mental attitude when going into a race. I had qualified for the World Championships already, so I was racing with the aim of achieving personal objectives.

Perhaps for some this would involve less self-inflicted pressure, but considering my self-competitive nature, it did not feel that way. It also turned out to be Switerland’s national Championships – which given the quality and depth of Swiss triathletes, there was undoubtedly going to be some tough competition. Continue reading Aggression vs Patience

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Going Solo

So I’m in Europe for the Summer/ Monsoon season – depending on the reader. If I’ve learnt anything in the past year is that you don’t know where life is going to take you next. What’s waiting for you around the next corner.

Whether a decision you make today will have a major impact on your life – or not at all – is a scary thought, but it is only through commiting to something that you’ll ever find out. So here I am, following my decision to follow my dream towards becoming a professional athlete. It sounds dreamy, but mentally it’s actually quite challenging.

Continue reading Going Solo

Target your weakness

We all love to do what we’re good at, it’s only natural.

If you are able to hold a note and sing like a lark, of course you will enjoy showing off this skill in front of an audience – I still don’t understand how people do this, one karaoke night was enough to prove I’m tone deaf.

It’s hard to admit but at the end of we are all (mostly-some claim not to be) self-interested individuals and with that comes retaining, and boosting our ego. Continue reading Target your weakness

Training in the Tropics

Despite the unexpected recent snow, hints of Summer are supposedly beginning to shine through in the more Northern northern hemisphere (i.e Europe). With these longer days and warmer weather, and more people training in hot conditions away on training camps, I thought I would share some of the most important lessons I’ve learnt over the past 6 months about training in the tropical heat of Thailand. Continue reading Training in the Tropics

3 Sports in 3 Countries in less than 3 hours: The Golden Triangle Triathlon

How many of you have had the experience of visiting three countries in one day? Now imagine doing that in one race – it’s a truly unique experience.

Last weekend, my team-mates and I travelled to Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand to take part in the Golden Triangle triathlon. I didn’t fully appreciate the awesomeness of the race until race morning. Continue reading 3 Sports in 3 Countries in less than 3 hours: The Golden Triangle Triathlon

The ‘F-words’ I learnt at the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon

Last weekend was a new experience for me. I was lucky enough to be invited to race as part of the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon race team at their own event in Cha’am. What a race- with not only a few jellyfish dramas but also my first overall female win in Asia.

Rather than bore you all with a step-by-step account of my race which went relatively smoothly compared to the last one, I’m going to talk about the “f-words” that I took away from the weekend. On reflection, I realised these two words were crucial to my development as an athlete, and alas, as a person. Continue reading The ‘F-words’ I learnt at the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon

Subic Bay 70.3 -Part 2, The Race

Following this rather unfortunate series of events (see Part 1), I managed to get myself to the startline.  Or rather, various incredible got me there. With my bike.

Now for the actual race:

Lining up for the rolling start of the swim, I was so ready to get going. With well rested legs after several days of mandatory rest, I was still feeling pretty rough, but I was ready to roll.  Continue reading Subic Bay 70.3 -Part 2, The Race