Wow, what a whirlwind. I can’t believe how time flies. First I must apologise for the radio silence. I’m rather superstitious and I suppose I had a real fear of jinxing myself before my ‘A race’ of the season – anyways, I smashed it. Here’s how it went down. Despite the pressure which I felt slowly mounting as the date got closer – mostly … Read More Madness in Mooloolaba
Well they say no pain no gain right? It turns out the additional adrenalin you get when you hurtle yourself off a bike also results in making rather interesting decisions, despite the pain. So, last week I did Thonon Triathlon (olympic distance) in the most stunning setting on Lac Leman. Other than absurd traffic getting there, race morning was rather uneventful. It was a hot day … Read More Triathlon de Thonon: fight till you’ve finished, not till it hurts.
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 … Read More Aggression vs Patience
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 … Read More Going Solo
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 … Read More Target your weakness
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.
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.
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 … Read More The ‘F-words’ I learnt at the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon
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, … Read More Subic Bay 70.3 -Part 2, The Race
I’m breaking this “event” into two parts, as I feel that the stress, anxiety and emotional journey of 3 days leading up to the race are worthy of their own post. Unaccording to Plan This first part has few pictures to document it. Apologies. Here is why:
Most people who do triathlon competitively, or any other sport competitively, or any other hobbies competitively, are likely to be very good at putting pressure on themselves. It’s one of my fortes. In some situations it is a forte- but for some it can be harmful, and just end in disappointment. So for my first triathlon of 2016 – my first real “test” since … Read More Race Report: Bangsaen Triathlon 2016
Ok, admittedly this isn’t front page news: Today I had an Awful Swim Session. But, every cloud has a silver lining, and I managed to draw a few important lessons from it. So Wednesday is open water swim morning: we all meet at the beach early to avoid the jet-skis, and generally tend to swim out to a boat or landmark for about half … Read More Lessons from a turbulent open water swim