As I write this I’m currently sitting in a Las Vegas hotel room enjoying a break from training before coming back to Australia to start preparing for the 2016 season. 2015 was an up and down year for myself which is quite common for any athlete as it is impossible to achieve perfection but we all continue to try. It started with myself overcoming a tear/small stress fracture in my hip. This took a few months to recover properly and was very frustrating as this was my first major injury as a senior athlete. This setback made me more determined then ever not skip on the 1% in training/recovery to minimise the chances of sustaining another major injury.
The first few races of the season were nothing too fantastic with a 9th place at Challenge Bateman’s Bay and an 8th at 70.3 Busselton. I felt my fitness coming back well and was confident leading into 70.3 Cairns which was going well until a flat tyre near the end of the bike finished my race early which was extremely annoying but that is racing. During the Australian winter there wasn’t any long course races so I just enjoyed competing in a few running races, as this is where i started before switching to triathlon.
The 2nd half of the season I started working with M5 Management and Pete Clifford (HTP) to become more of a professional athlete and maximise my potential. I have really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what the future holds. I had the plan of targeting 70.3 Western Sydney and had few races lined up beforehand to gain some race fitness. It started with 5th Place at 70.3 South Korea with some vital lessons learnt from mistakes I made. This was followed by 8th place at Nepean Triathlon and 2nd at Challenge Forster. These races were good hit outs which gave me good confidence coming into 70.3 Western Sydney. Western Sydney went exactly to plan as I crossed the line for my first major win in long course triathlon a feeling I cant wait to repeat.
Looking back on 2015 it wasn’t spectacular by any means but I’m happy to get my first 70.3 win and this has just further filled my hunger for 2016 to compete and perform on the world stage of long course triathlon. My first race for 2016 will probably be Husky Long Course triathlon with my main aim being the 70.3 World Championship on the Sunshine Coast in September. I just want thank to my sponsors who provide me with the best gear possible it is greatly appreciated without it none of this would be possible.