2017 is done and dusted. I thought a way to re cap one of my hardest years on tour, where I was plagued with a calf injury for the better part of the year was to re play the year in photos! As they say a photo is worth a thousand words and I could potentially have a small novel by that stage!! So here it is with some small captions!
2017 got off to an unusual start with the exciting launch of Super League in Hamilton Island. 5th for me over 3 brutal days of racing where the traditional Triathlon format was thrown sideways!! New and exciting, I loved every minute of it!
2 weeks later I headed to the Gold Coast for my first crack at a WTS for the year and would walk away with 16th, disappointed though not overly surprised at the result as the body was still in a hole post Super League.
4 week camp at the AIS in Canberra followed which laid the perfect foundations to let rip on the European season.
WTS Yokohama was up next in May. I was confident in a good showing after getting the body into some good form, though I misfired in the unusually cool wet conditions that Yokohama dished up to finish 19th.
Onto Europe we went to our home away from home Vitoria in the Basque Country to set up camp for another European Summer.
A week away in Italy, drinking good wine, eating good food and racing Calaponte Tri Week 2017. Amazing experience!
Trying to defend the Title at Bilbao Olympic Distance Triathlon, though sadly withdrawing with a small calf niggle during the run leg after leading off the bike.
Pulling out of Leeds WTS in favour of getting the body right with a refocused gym program with all eyes set on delivering at Hamburg WTS.
Body back on track and feeling like my old self with a win at the famous 25th anniversary Lekeitio Sprint Triathlon.
Following week testing the body again over the Olympic distance this time at San Sebastian. Unfortunately a mechanical on the bike reduced me to free wheel down the final decent before a 5km walk back to transition area with another DNF. Clearly some luck has to come my way again soon.
Hamburg WTS was next. All was on track. In the top 8 comfortably on the run body feeling good and ready to keep pressing on. Next minute bang out the U-turn a bit over a km in the calf goes reducing me to limp home to 42nd. A teary call back home hating the world and wanting to call it a year prevailed.
Took some cement, hardened up and did a 3 week block of work at the AIS ETC centre in Gavirate Italy. A chance to see specialist re build RB39 and make the 2.0 version more resilient. An MRI post Hamburg reviled a tear in the Tendon along with the Soleus. I was again left perplexed as I don’t even have calves!!
After a solid couple of months of continual work in the gym and some tedious amounts of aqua jogging during the rehab I was pumped to line up for Rotterdam Grand Final WTS. I was rusty as to say the least not having raced since July and battled away in the freezing conditions to finish 18th.
Jersey Super League was up next where I would crash out to finish 14th. Again maybe no luck on my side. I was running 60psi in the front 26mm tubular and 65psi in the back wheel in perfect conditions for ducks! Though I still loved the two-day format and am defiantly pumped for more in the New Year.
After returning to AUS and getting dialled on the TT bike for some Non Draft action to finish the year I would walk away with a 2nd at Australia’s oldest Triathlon in Nepean.
The worlds biggest Triathlon was up next in Noosa and after a tactical battle all day I would come away with 3rd. Thinking my year was done; my luck had changed with a last minute call up to The Island House Triathlon!!
The most amazing Triathlon I have ever done was to round out the year in the Island House Invitational Triathlon at Highbourn Cay in the Bahamas. 2 days of racing with again the standard Triathlon format thrown sideways would see me finish 5th!
And that lead me to a couple of weeks off in the beautiful South West of Western Australia in the Margaret River region. Getting fat and drinking plenty of good grapes and plenty of good beer!
Thanks again to all my sponsors, supporters and everyone else who have stuck by me in one of my most testing seasons to date. A safe festive season to all and will see you all again in the New Year.