"I started imagining my career as waves crashing to shore. In order to get out into the open, or even better, surf your way in, first you must duck through a series a waves coming hard at you. Some you manage to duck under, others crash into you and push you back to shore, tumbling almost all the way in leaving you a little bruised and battered. So you start again, and again. Eventually, if you get far enough the waves become easier to pass and you are free to swim in the calm waters. The ride back in, rocketing to shore on top of the wave is the reward for your efforts. Those few seconds of elation make it all worth it. This is sport. Every fracture, torn ligament, concussion etc I've ever had is just a wave that knocked me."
I finally caught a wave! It took a few years (and they call surfers patient! ;)
But let me tell you, it's worth every tear, minute, dollar, appointment, scan...everything I put into the last 5 years. It's SO worth it! It was only one performance, I realize this but that feeling of expressing your potential, even just once is just the greatest one there is! Especially when you thought you may never get the opportunity again!
I returned home from Yokohama this spring a little broken down from too much travel and a nasty virus. I took a holiday when I got home and ironically, went surfing! haha
I gained a lot at home. Fitness, time with friends and family, a little surfing trip, and a little relaxing time in Whistler. It was a really great month!
From Victoria I left for Europe with a stop over at round 5 of the World Series in Chicago. I was feeling fit and excited and ready to race. It turned out the be quite hot and humid on race day which didn't really play into my favor this time around. I can be hit or miss in the heat but the humidity really got to me that weekend. I had a really rough swim, right from the get go. I think I was like 50th after the first lap of the swim! I don't remember how or when really but I put my head down and managed to get into the breakaway group at the front on the bike. We came off the bike with a 1:00 gap I believe. I started the run with Helen and Juri Ide at the front and was feeling great. After about 3km I started to get really hot though. Cold shivers were running down my back and they were only handing out hot water at the aid stations! I had flashbacks of Des Moines World Cup in 2007, the Olympic qualifier where I fainted 400m from the line due to heat. I decided to respect the conditions and backed off. I started to fade quite a bit on the last lap and ended up in a sprint finish with friend and training partner, Emma Moffatt. We ended up in a photo finish for 6th and 7th haha. I got 7th of course!
One day we'll ride down these ;)
Muchas cafe con leches (soy ;)
Next up was round 6 of the World Series in Hamburg, Germany. A sprint distance race with something like 47 of the top 50 world ranked girls. 10 days out of the Commonwealth Games it was a perfect little test of the legs!
I was feeling really good in training and in the days leading into the race but I wasn't thinking too much about it. I never get nervous for races and this was no exception. I just love soaking up the atmosphere!
I had a good start and got a little hung up at the buoys but didn't lose a ton of ground and exited the swim 10 seconds back of the leaders. The bike went by really quick. I did a fair portion of the work but preferred to stay at the front through all the corners, especially with such a big group! T2 went smoothly and I was out onto the run in the top few. I felt so good running. Well, more like I felt nothing running! I knew my legs were turning but I couldn't really feel it. It was the best! I've only had that feeling in a race once or twice before. It makes racing quite enjoyable! :) Emma Jackson and I ended up in a battle to the finish, changing positions back and forth a few times before she eventually nabbed me about 10m before the line. I finished elated! My cheeks were cramping from smiling so much! I've always wanted to be on the podium in Hamburg so I could pour the beer!
What an experience! Congratulations to Gwen and Emma for 1st and 2nd, class athletes they are!
I have to thank Red Bull for supporting me without question over the past 3 years. All the trips to specialists in the US for my feet and stomach, setting me up with my coach, spoiling me when I needed it most. These guys really saved my career! Libby Burrell and Triathlon Canada for welcoming me back in after a rough few years both physically and politically, Roger and Kristi Leeson, my chiropractor Jamie Grimes at Synergy Clinic, Oakley, Aquaman, and Funkita for outfitting me and of course my friends and family for their unwavering support and adding so much to my life outside of triathlon!
Up next is my first major games! The triathlon at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is 8 days away! Can't wait! Thanks everyone for all the kind messages this week. I've read and appreciated every single one and apologies if I haven't yet responded!