Only a month late - but Happy New Year 2014 y'all!
My celebrations took place down 'sowf, in Exeter with best friend Sophie. Three great days to finish off what had been a lovely Christmas at home with my parents in Bristol - though this year without little sister Lucy, who was jumping out of planes, bungee jumps & galloping round on horses through various Lord of the Rings sites in New Zealand. 2013 was a great year, highlights including my 21st celebrations, graduating from Bath, spending so much time abroad in Lanzarote & the opportunity to move to Loughborough. However, I was awaiting the New Year eagerly for a really fresh start, in many aspects of my life.
Training is going really well, & i'm excited with improvements that are being made. Various other developments in 2014 so far include that I am now a team member on the D2 team 'CRV Lyon' as part of the French Grand Prix series. This will consist of up to four races across France over the summer & two trips out in March and April to meet the team and do some more minor races. Also, after someone reading my blogs, I have been asked to write some sponsored posts for a company's clients which was a nice surprise! Driving test is booked too, though i'm not revealing the date...just in case! Yesterday, I was offered a job - part time waitressing in a Bistro - Restaurant in town, which combined with modelling & some coaching keeps me ticking over while allowing as much time as possible to train.
On a non triathlon related note - I'm also excited to be working at Bath Racecourse (horses!) during September 2014 - once my race season has ended & I have some time off. I will be working in events & corporate hospitality, & be in attendance at races. Although I hope to be in Loughborough next year - this is a great opportunity to head home for a month, & gain some experience and knowledge in the industry and environment I am very passionate about. The life of an athlete is an insecure and unreliable one - & I have always thought it important to ensure other qualifications & experiences are in place - should it ever come to an unexpected or unforeseen end.
(Left: presenting prize to the winning owner of the 3yo handicap stakes at Bath Racecourse on my 21st)
The 2014 race calender is taking shape, with a few events in the leadup - next weekend I will be travelling with Dad to the Lake District to compete in the Grizedale trail half marathon. Soon after that will be the first trip out to France with the team, before the National Duathlon on the 30th March. Hopefully - there will be another sunny training camp squeezed in sometime before the race season starts in June too, which is good news - as my Lanza tan has now completely gone :( Will update after the half marathon - though when the compulsory race kit includes foil blanket, compass and torch - don't bank on it!