Everyone knows athletes post on social media more often at training camp because we have nothing to do outside of training. I'm no exception. It's not that I do a ton at home but for some reason I always have way more free time at camp. Although I am sorely missing family time and coffee dates with non athlete friends!
This year Triathlon Canada has set up summer camp in Vitoria, Spain. When we arrived I was expecting a small village type town and our accom to be a Spanish style villa. I was way off. We are in a super modern hotel next to a massive shopping mall in a fairly big city! The best part is, if you bike for 10 minutes you are out in the countryside among the small towns and villas I had imagined. We get the best of both worlds! I spent a few days checking out old town and the shops but now I'm back to training.
After Kitzbuhel I came here quickly, dropped my bags and left again for a Palamos world cup. I wasn't sure how I'd feel soon after the beast that was Kitzbuhel but I actually felt good! I had some unfortunate events in the swim and was trying desperately to stay in somewhat close contact with the breakaway group so I could ride up but a penalty in T1 for a false start (which is being reviewed now) forced me to chase the main pack instead of the breakaway. I worked hard, almost completely on my own to bridge the gap to the group out front with no luck. We were a large group with me and 1 other girl working against a small organized group out front..not exactly a recipe for success! I had a better run than I expected though and we ended up chasing down most of the breakaway on the run for 5th place.
After Palamos I arrived in Bilbao airport to a nice surprise. My boyfriend, Brandon was waiting there for me! He stayed for a few days but then we were off again for Hamburg WTS. This would be my 4th race in 5 weeks. Sprint distance is not in my favor and neither is the flat, technical course so I was going in with really no expectation of doing well, just learning and having a good time. I exceeded my expectations though which seems to be the theme for this year (not that the expectations were high!!) I had a great start but got majorly caught up at the first buoy. If anyone watched the video, I'm the one hanging on to the kayak ;) I survived the bike and ran alright considering the circumstances! The crowd in Hamburg is incredible. This was the 4th time I'd raced there and the 1st time I felt somewhat good but no matter how I feel, the crowd always seems to give me an extra boost! 300,000 triathlon fans will do that! I placed 15th in a tight women's race. There was less than a minute between the podium and 15th place. The depth of women's racing is certainly at an all time high!
The next day was the team event. This was my first team race experience and it was so much fun! I started us off then tagged off the Kyle. He had us right in the mix but suffered a small crash on a sketchy corner where a lot of people seemed to be crashing at the tail end of the ride. Sarah-Anne went 3rd and Andrew Yorke brought us home in 9th place. Libby, our high performance director's goal for us was top 10 so we just squeaked in there!
When I got back to our home base in Vitoria I was pretty tired. I felt good through this whole 5 week racing block but it finally caught up with me when it was all finished. I took a week off/easy and now I'm ready to get going again for my final block of training for the ITU season! I'm excited to get a bit of running in before Stockholm and London.
Here are a few photo's of the past few weeks!
My attempt to show how steep transition was in Kitzbuhel...doesn't do it justice! :)
My friend took of photo of the TV watching live. Nice background...didn't notice in the race!
A girl's gotta know how to unwind! :)
That's all for now! I've got 3 solid weeks of training before Stockholm. I'm sure this blog won't go untouched before then!