When I haven’t been organised enough and there are no bags of ice in the freezer or just because it is the easier option, our backyard pool has become a regular part of my recovery. It can be freezing so I feel can do the trick in helping those sore and tired muscles.
Except the other day after a long run session I found myself with a slight dilemma! The pool was empty! No water! Apparently it was time for a new paint job so I was going to have psych myself up for those ice baths until the job was done!
Only 2 weeks to go and I leave Oz for 6 months! These next 14 days are going to be crazy! Number one on the agenda is catching up with family and friends as much as I can before I leave (and off course a little half ironman this weekend in Busselton!)
Last weeks mission was dinner with my brothers, their wives and my niece and nephew Ella and Nate. You can speak to Ella all night long if you like. It is almost similar to having an adult conversation. The amount of information they take in at such a young age is amazing. Like a sponge. Something we as adults I am sure tend to forget. It is great to learn something new every day!!
With more races just around the corner some wetsuit swimming was in order. Thankfully Nat was all for meeting me at North Cott for some in’s and out’s and swimming with the fish over the reef. I was even able to convince Blake and Robbie to meet us down there as long as it included breakfast at the Blue Duck afterwards. They enjoyed a stroll along the beach while we swum. It was pretty tough on such a beautiful day!
There has been plenty of training going on as well.I have just been able to combine the catching up with friends and training quite successfully over the last week.
Yesterday was my final ATTA Time trial. The Super Hilly 40km in Gidgie. I was all fired up and ready to go! Arrived nice and early. Had a good warm up. At 8.42am I was off! 2km later I was stopped and walking my bike back to the start line. Unfortunately my head stem had come loose over the rough roads and I didn’t have a allen key with me. Back to the start and Logan was able to fix it. 20 mins later I re-started but it was just not to be. Although I felt my head was in the game, the legs did not want to cooperate. It hurt right from the start. It has been a big couple of weeks as I prepare for Ironman Lanzarote and the accumulated fatigue was taking it’s toll. I pushed with what I had, but to be passed within the first 5 mins by the guy who was 1 minute behind me was not a good sign! Although I do think he went on to post the fasted time of the day and break the record! I was just glad to get through it!
Congratulations to Bec Halliday who smashed it, riding to a new PB and course record! When your hot your hot and she just new right from the start it was going to be a great ride! All that extra hill training is definitely paying off!
The best way to recover from the TT? Straight out to lunch with Barry, Julie, Kendal and Wes! I was to be spoilt again with a Sunday cooked lunch, great company and plenty of laughs. A great reminder of the important things in life!
There was one dodgy thing though about lunch! I know Barry and Julie were the hosts but I still had to question his glass of Red Wine compared to everyone else sitting at the table? It must have something to do with him being a Dockers supporter?
Busso this weekend!! Bring it on!!
I love racing at home and really don’t get to do it often enough. Although the rain and wind seem to be joining us on Saturday, it is going to be a fantastic day for everyone involved! It is the biggest Half Ironman in Australia!!
See you down South!!