Such a fun weekend capped off with a nice back workout this morning! Headed south to H-Town on Friday to hang out with my @mind.over.matter.athlete teammates and participate in Saturday’s charity 5k/10k benefiting @team_catapult.@annanoel_fit thank you so much for your hospitality! Was so great getting to hang with you and @erinchristine22! Felt great during Saturday’s 10k and ran my first ever sub 50:00 🙌. Hard not to be motivated when you are surrounded by teammates and of course the amazing Catapult athletes! So cooling seeing all of the virtual run pics from all over the country too!
100km's into a 130km day. Air temp around 33 degrees, very little shade, half a bottle of lukewarm coke/water left and the sweat is coming out faster than it can evaporate. I think my face is suggesting I am a little over this ride now. Another real treat though - looping out to Beng Mealea and back. Some busy roads but lots of diverse countryside to energize the body. Big thanks to the weather gods for the tailwind assist for the last 25km's - lifesaver!
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I finally got back on my bike after @redbulluk Time Laps and it felt soooo gooood 👌🏼 (good but hard, I appear to have lost my cycling legs too). I swear I come up with the best ideas for work/life when I’m on my bike... anyone else!?🤷🏼♀️ Anyway, I’m feeling v motivated and I’m excited to be at @livstoreyork this week for a ‘Pilates for cyclists’ workshop and would love to meet you there! On another note, this helmet is the new Extima Aero road helmet and I’m a totally obsessed because I’m all about being aero without looking like a complete plonker so thank you @livcyclinguk for once again managing to make practical, comfy and fast kit look cool 💕💁🏼♀️
Everything is finally coming together and I can soon reveal my new @quintanarootri PRSIX which is going to be one of the most awesome triathlon bikes in the world. That is no exaggeration. Every component is the best of the best and it is truly next level. You have not seen anything like it! Out on a photo shoot now and will reveal photos and details asap.
Was für schöne Farben da draußen 🍁
Wir haben Mitte November und die Mittagssonne hat noch so viel Kraft, dass die langen Klamotten im Schrank bleiben können ☀️ Wahnsinn 😳
An diesem Wochenende hat meine Zeit leider nur für einen kurzen Grundlagenlauf gereicht, ich hoffe nächste Woche wird es wieder etwas besser.
Ich hoffe ihr hattet ein schönes Wochenende und kommt gut in die neue Woche
The last 24 hours have been a bit of a surreal blur.
Yesterday morning I lined up to do Ironman Malaysia on the beautiful island of Langkawi. I chose Malaysia because it wasn’t a cold climate (I don’t do cold well) and it was a challenging course. I’d spoken to a few people who had done it previously and it ticked all my boxes - hilly, hot and humid.
So the day kicked off with a non wetsuit rolling swim start into calm waters that felt like soup. Everything was orderly and aside from getting kicked by a few breaststrokers I had a great swim!
Once on the bike the heavens opened up accompanied by ridiculous winds. I didn’t mind it though because at least it wasn’t hot. Unfortunately the windy wet conditions left a trail of carnage with so many athletes coming off their bikes. At the 90km mark the rain subsided and the sun came out. OMG, it felt like riding in a sauna. And the hills - they’re not particularly steep, they just go on and on with a gradual incline that pinches all the way. The bike course was awesome though and although it wasn’t my fastest, I managed to ride sensibly with hope of not blowing up on the run.
Minimal shelter, the heat and humidity made for a brutal run. There were ample aid stations with ice baths and sponges to keep the body temp down which was a god send and so I just held a slow steady pace and just got it done.
Crossing that finish line this time around was very different from my previous 2 IM Cairns races. Yes, I had the same finish line euphoria but this time it felt like I really worked my butt off. No it wasn’t a PB but I sure as hell earned this medal, which I might ad is pretty damned spectacular! The other totally unexpected, mind blowing result was that I came first in my age group which I still can’t get my head around. To my coach @jarrodharveytri -Thank you, you’re the bomb for bringing out the best in me!
Huge shout out to fellow Cupcake Cartel team member Doug @grumpy_old_diver who was simply amazing. He raced the 70.3 and then came and supported me while I finished my race. Cannot thank you enough Doug for being an absolute pillar for me. You’re a bloody legend! #immalaysia
Good Morning world!🌎 Rise and Shine, Early Bird gets the Goal. Time to HUNT. Morning Indoor Swim Session. Remember, If your going try, go all the way. Keep stretching and challenging yourself. Message to those who have the ears to listen, and the eyes to see there Dreams come to life. Have a beautiful Day. You guys got this !
Finally!! Time to pack this beauty up as we fly to South America tomorrow for Ironman Argentina (me) and Patagonman (Mark). I tested out the bike race set up today in my final big brick and it was sweet!
The last time I was on a triathlon start line was the same race a year ago. It didn’t go well. An unfixable double puncture ended my race just 10km into the bike. I was heartbroken.
The 12 months since have been testing. There have been times when I have seriously considered packing it all in. My lowest point was in Samorin the day after the Challenge Championships (where I was spectating). I was out for my 5th jog after returning to running following a stress reaction when I felt something go “crack”. As I limped back to the Xbionic Sphere I cried angry tears as I knew my hopes of returning to racing by September were gone.
A couple of stress fractures were confirmed days later, and I had to take some complete rest.
I started a slow return to training in September. It was many weeks before my runs involved more running than walking. I was scared every time I went out the door that I was just one run away from another fracture.
Slowly, both my fitness and my confidence in my body’s ability to handle the training have returned. But there is still a lot of work to do before I am back where I need to be.
The past two months of training have been amazing fun and hugely rewarding, and I am looking forward to building on them into next year.
So I am racing this one completely without expectation. Other than to finish this time!! And finish pain free and smiling. 😁
I’ve been so lucky during this time to have some incredible support from a whole heap of people. Family, friends, physios, Osteos, nutritionists, sponsors, training partners... and even the general public on social media. I’ve tagged a few but there are many more. Thanks to you all. You have buoyed me up in the dark times and spurred me on in the good times.
The triathlon community is truly special.
Oh and Mark deserves a medal 🏅 •
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Did a triathlon today... it’s been a little while since I raced, so it was good to finally just throw myself in the deep end again.
Plenty of highs and lows about the day but I’ll keep it simple :
Enjoyed the swim
Proud of my ride and power I threw out
Shuffled with a busted foot for most of the run
Overall, was a good race but walked away with my first ever DNF in my whole life. Plenty of lessons to learn and back to the drawing board with getting these legs and feet working properly.
Plenty of work to be done and excited to move forward from this and chase some bigger goals 🙌🏽 Thanks to @teambarnesmultisport@rockstarbarnes for everything so far ✨
See you next year @hervey_bay_100 📸 @firstname.lastname@example.org thanks to my best friends for being the best cheer squad, love you both 💕
Starting to prepare my 2019 season be like... 🏃🏻♂️💨
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First day in Barcelona done right: 3️⃣1️⃣ MILES runsploring a self-guided Gaudi architecture tour. 🏃🏼♀️💪🏻🇪🇸⛪️ The buildings were mesmerizing — pieces of genius that have to be experienced to be appreciated. There's no better way to connect with a new city then to run its streets. It was interesting to start/stop as we explored each site, snacking on baguettes and cappuccinos along the way. Honestly, this is hands-down my favorite part about being a runner. 31 miles of running, 13 monuments and 6.5 hours later, we finally closed the loop and made it back to our hotel. Excited to get back out there tomorrow for another day of exploration. #whoruntheworld