2014 in numbers. Cause triathletes love stats... 880: average km's swam since the New Year. 53: kg. race weight 40: seconds taken off 400m swim 24: flights taken 22: age this year. one more year as an U23 18: races 12: kg dumbbell weights in gym. progression from 4 at start of year. 10: hours spent asleep in every 24 5: a.m, alarm call for swimming 4: position finished in Elite British Superseries 3: new countries visited 2: alcoholic beverage consumptions (N.B. occasions not quantity) 1: bike crash. during transition practice in Portugal. 0: injuries or illness
2015: round two
2014, it's been a hoot. I know we're a few months till the end of the year, but, that's the end of the race season for me. I had a really bad race in Liverpool, which confirmed the thought that my body was ready for a break. So rather than push on to a European Cup in Madrid later this month, and my first World Cup in Turkey at the end of September the aim of which would be to collect more ITU points for next year, coach and I made the decision to call it a day. Moving to Loughborough this time last year was a big decision to make. Moving somewhere away from home, where you know no body, could have gone one of two ways - but it's definitely paid off. A year ago at super series races i stood (and remained) at the back of the races in awe (cringe but true..) of the girls i now train with. I was confident i could be as fast as them, so, as a firm believer of taking every opportunity that comes your way (and if it doesn't come, i'll make it myself!), and realising i needed to just go all in on achieving this, relocated to Loughborough. Arriving at this hub, i have little doubt the squad wondered who i was, what i was trying to do and when i was going to stop. I was dropped on rides and lapped in every swim set from anything and everything over 50m.
I said I would review the year at the end of the 2014 season and decide whether I would call it a day and start a new adventure, or carry on. This can become a reoccurring situation, for any athlete in whatever sport - where they keep going, following the dream of being a professional athlete but never quite catch it. It's hard to realise that this might be the case, and probably harder to admit it and give up the chase. However, I don't think I'm at that stage yet. The margins of progress that have been made this year are quite big, and there's still many areas left to target which haven't been this year purely because you can't do everything at once.
I'm now taking three weeks off completely from training. No lycra, alarm calls, chlorine and nutrition crack down for 21 days. So, with all my holiday days used up for a year, it'll be back to 'work' on the 1st of September where i'll begin a three week build into training before flying out to Lanzarote for 9 weeks to kick of 'winter' training in sunshine bliss. I'll be basing myself at Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, where as many of you know I spent a couple of months last winter and during the summer working press at Ironman Lanzarote. In term's of the rest of 2014 and training, I'll then be flying back early December for a week to review how training has gone with my coach, before the squad fly out on the winter training camp (location tbc) before it's back to the UK for some much needed time at home over Christmas and the New Year, and to show what will hopefully be a well polished tan to the Brits.
So as i tweeted earlier in the week; Loughborough, it's been a blast. Back in the New Year 2015 to resume the party.