It was like being caught in one of those dreams you have, that you never want to end. Where everything is taken care of and you are sheltered from the real world. A place where so few get to experience, though a place I’ll look back on with some of my fondest memories so far. A massive dining hall, Free MacDonald’s, kit for days and good-looking birds as far as the eye can see!
The journey was intense and feels now like a lifetime ago. The dust has settled and I have had some time to reflect on the race and becoming an Olympian!
10th at your first Games you must be happy with that? A lot of emails have come my way with this kind of phrase.
I guess I’ll use the word "satisfied" with my race, though left with wanting more.
Those critical moments on the big stage can cost you, like having your helmet done up in transition after it had been knocked off your bike. Don’t stress no panic we have practised these situations day to day in the daily training environment, its noth...
The build up to Rio continues with my final hit out pre the games occurring in Hamburg on the weekend. It's possibly one of the best stops on the WTS Series and zee Germans love a good Triathlon and turnout in their thousands to watch the great spectacle us athletes try to put on! And what better way to spend a Saturday evening than watching dudes running around in there lycra at 6:52pm..
I was good enough for 5th on the day which has moved me up to 6th in the series! In the end I ran out of legs to have the kick to fight for the last podium spots, being dropped with 500m to go. That elusive WTS podium still awaits!! Though it was the start of the race that put me in this position being in contention from the get go being top 10 out of the water. With the streets of Hamburg resembling a slippery ice rink on the bike, being cautious was at the fore front of the mind. As the bike twisted and turned through the streets, with rain falling the deeper into the bike we went. To come...
Dreams do come true with a lot of hard work and self-belief.
It hasn't been easy and there has been plenty of investments on the way. Some of which came back with no return and the common why me? Ultimately the why me's were rewarded with the biggest return possible a number of years later.
A start on the 18th of August at the Rio Olympics.
I have so many people to thank who have supported me on this journey from day dot.
So how did that automatic nomination get sealed at WTS Gold Coast?
A dream lead up was had in New Plymouth New Zealand post Abu Dhabi! There was no wind, no rain and no hills!! What a perfect place to train with the Wollongong Wizards! Add to that a chef, a bike cleaner and you have no reason not to be able to put together a solid 4-week block, with no worries other than having to train.
Patty Cakes I owe you big time, you’re a legend mate, though my only request would be sometimes a little less spice in those curri...
Where in the world can you get an option of gold sprinkles on your cappuccino instead of the regular chocolate sprinkles? Or just casually get gold from the ‘Gold to Go’ vending machine? Abu Dhabi, that’s where!! Unfortunately I didn’t get to try either, as I was there to race a Triathlon, though pretty cool to think you can eat gold in a weird kind of way…
Unfortunately there was no gold medals for me at the first round of the Wold Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi though I did record an 8th place and gave myself a gold star. Interestingly it was my 11th top 10 finish at a World Triathlon Series race and has got the 2016 season off to a solid start.
The race itself didn’t really get off to the start I wanted with a very off swim. I was down on what I expected exiting the water in the large third chase pack, which left a bit of work to do if I wanted to get back into this one.
Luckily the group was motivated on two wheels and the race would all come back together. With such a large front p...
And just like that the season 2016 is about to get underway in Abu Dhabi in just over a weeks time to start round one of the World Triathlon Series..
Where has the time gone since my last update?
I got a sweet new ride for the season thanks to Specialized Australia, which was the much talked about S-Works Venge ViAS. Seriously next level and the hype was real, this thing is seriously fast!! The honeymoon period is still well and truly alive as she sleeps inside! Favorite quote from someone whilst aboard her is; "you look like Batman on that thing"... I’ve always wanted to be like Batman!
Another stint of three weeks at Falls Creek was endured. It had a new experience as I got dropped by a chick whilst climbing up to Falls one day and contemplated life as I stared at the coke can for answers, which for those interested it had nothing to give. It was a rough day and I just put it down to maybe I was unfit and swept it under the carpet.
Mad Chills have long-time come and gone. They were good times though the craving for a routine started to creep in after a few weeks of doing bugger all. Seeing my waist line grow and hairy normal male legs return maybe was the last straw and it reminded me it might be time to get back outside and do a little bit of swim, bike and run and shave those pins again
I was lucky enough during my Mad Chills to get out in the community and do a few School visits back in my local town of Bunbury and it’s surrounding areas. Interesting questions always come from the crowd and my favourite was “You are skinny what do you eat?” Ahh I eat more than the normal person! A concerned look comes back! Another crowd favourite is how many crashes have you had? This is where I get to pull out the video from the Rio Test Event of me flipping over the barriers and the street cred goes up another level! All in all it was a great opportunity and I loved every minute of it....
‘Mad’ chills down the beach, a few beers here and there and catching up with friends and family. This time for me is a rarity. Whilst on a break and away from the sport of Triathlon I make these ‘things’ a priority as Triathlon usually takes over for most of the year! These ‘mad’ chills and family time have come around quicker this year than normal as I call a close to season 2015. A niggle in my calf has unfortunately put me out of this weekends Nepean Triathlon and Noosa Triathlon the following weekend.
It’s been a good year and as much as I want to race on Australian soil, with two iconic races to finish season 2015, the body has said enough is enough and it wants a good rest ahead of season 2016.
Without doubt 2015 has been my best year to date on the ITU circuit finishing the year 6th on the WTS Rankings. None of this though would be possible without the support...
"You guys are fast. Yeah?" "Yeah you guys ‘got game’!" Ahh cheers mate! I love America and the people and how encouraging they are. Everybody is generally pumped for you and wants to be your mate. This exchange happened a day out from the Chicago Grand Final WTS as myself and Aaron rolled the arms over for our traditional pre race day splash. It was no ordinary place for a splash either as we went about doing our ‘workout’ or ‘practice’ amongst the skyscrapers on the second floor of our hotel in an outdoor 25 yard pool!! They go big in America!
I was excited to roll the dice for one last time in Chicago. The course was deceptively hard from what on paper would look like a walk in the park, though there was plenty of dead turns on a challenging bike course that could potentially ‘deep fry’ the legs if not given the respect it deserved. As always coach JT ensured the bike course demands were exceeded in training as the ‘Wizards’ went about mimicking the course in an old rundown shopping...
Cobbles, tight corners, a hill and some sweet Euro style narrow roads; Stockholm really is a cool city to host a WTS race. Add to that some fine looking ladies and it is a must see city for males, not just a Triathlete going there for a Triathlon. I was obviously there for the Triathlon and was eager to get ‘amongst it’ on a course that plays to my strengths.
The two lap choppy swim had me exiting within a large front pack of 21 athletes. It was pretty uneventful as far as swims go as I barely got touched or caught in the fighting that can sometimes take place. My goggles did fill up with water, which was possibly the worst thing that happened! Happy days!
The bike course in Stockholm really is awesome. It really zaps the legs and if you aren’t careful with positioning you can find yourself easily doing more work out of the corners than required. With a good working group we managed to extend the lead to over a minute come transition two and I kept it rubber side down through...
Hey are you that guy that did the front flip over the barriers at the Rio Test event on that descent on your push bike?! Yeah that was me! Dude that was crazy! Thanks.
A few conversations have gone along these lines lately…
Nothing quite worked out the way I had planned in Rio on the 4th of August. This is racing and sometimes things don’t go your way no matter how hard you try.
For those unaware Rio had an automatic Olympic Spot on the Australian team for the first Aussie in the top 10. With a solid build up in training in the lead up there was no reason this wasn’t possible if the cards fell my way and the processes were followed.
A beach start on Copacabana beach was a pretty cool way to start the Triathlon. A swim slightly down on my expectations was how the day started slightly missing the allimportant front
group by 20 seconds. There was a good chance we could catch the lead group if the chase pack were to work togeth...