Its so true what they say - week to week nothing changes, but when you look back over a year, everything is different! This time last year arm in sling, I was studying to become a Personal Trainer and planning a relocation down to the South Coast. Now I'm back in the 'bubble' and seven weeks back into full time training. Our six bed, all-girl athlete house in Loughborough is made up of two British badminton players, two runners, myself and Sophie (Coldwell). Never a dull moment, there is plenty of giggling, always someone in and something going on, oh, and the six of us solely fund the Cadbury crème egg business.
Training has been really consistent since the New Year, and I am doing my best to try and push all three disciplines on evenly. My gym programme (three times a week) has been of high importance to build strength back up quickly, so I can cope with the volume of training my body has had a year off doing! So far - so good and no injuries on the horizon which is ultimately, half of this game. Swimming and I picked up our love-hate relationship where we left off. Every swim I hold my breath (literally) for the first few strokes until I know if its going to be a love or hate day. Its complicated, but we're trying to work things out.
I am really excited to be on the elite Jackpot Racing Team for 2016. Please click the link to check it out :) I am hoping to kick off my 2016 season (team to be announced) in Portugal on the 2nd of April at the Quarteira European Cup. This was my first European Cup back in 2014, and, to lift some of the stresses that come with international racing, starting back on a familiar course for my first ITU race in two years seemed like a good place to resume.
One thing I did struggle with last time I was in Loughborough, was the time life as a full time athlete leaves on your hands when you aren't training. Sometimes there is nothing you need more than time to recover and refuel, but many days I felt at a loose end and unproductive. So, this month I am delighted to have begun working a few hours a week as an Events and Marketing (something I delved further into in my final year at Bath University) co-ordinator, based at Racehub (click the link). Its a great opportunity to develop my practical knowledge in an industry I'm become rather familiar with (!).
Last week I spent a couple of days at home with Mum & Dad in Bristol. It was the first time I had seen them since Christmas, and desperately just needed some home comfort lovin' to recharge the batteries. Towards the end of 2015, Mum was offered a job at Exeter University (where she and Dad met - what a journey they are having!) as an Associate Professor of Law. This is hugely exciting as the Synge family head back to the countryside after almost eight years in our city home. On Friday, Mum & Dad had their offer accepted on our next family home (no.7) on the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. As part of the visit home, Dad and I ran the Exeter Half Marathon. Amidst a normal training week I had swopped my Friday tempo run for this race. It was a really bleak day and the out and back - 3 lap, very open 21km course made it a good training session to have in the bank both physically and mentally. I feel encouraged with various splits (83" overall time) for the progression of my run training.
For day 51 of 2016, in true Synge style, I feel pretty satisfied that I'm getting as much into each day as possible. Everyone will at some point in life, experience an event, a loss or a lesson which somehow gives thereafter enables you to see possibility in everything and opportunity everywhere. The realisation, maybe, that week by week nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different - means that how we chose to spend our days, is how we chose to spend our life. Someone once said we age not by years, but by stories, so, I guess we should all strive to have at least one bestseller.
I leave you with two things...
1. Sometimes, when things seem to be falling apart, they might actually be falling into place
2. There's a lot to be said for 'coming back stronger'