It’s not news to anyone that the last year and a half has been a huge disappointment in my triathlon career. The last few weeks have seen this trend continue with a niggling calf injury and a nasty bike crash that forced me to pull out of the Australia day aquathon and then Kinloch and Devonport, the first ITU races on my calendar since July 2014. The hardest part of this stretch of injuries has been not being able to run. Despite having a background in swimming, running became my passion and is what eventually led me into triathlon. Missing it has been painful. While I haven’t been able to run much in the last month, I have made good use of my time by taking the opportunity to really get things headed where they need to be in the pool and on the bike. Despite the injuries, I feel I am in decent shape for when I do finally toe the line.
For things to be where they are today, some massive changes have occurred. Most importantly, I have made a coaching change. ‘WHAT?!’ I hear you ask. ‘You always had such great things to say about your coaching situation??’ I did, and although Brian was a perfect fit for me while I was living in Toledo, after moving back to Canberra things changed. The triathlon scene in Canberra is on the other end of the spectrum to what I am used to in South Dakota and Toledo. Slogging it out alone in the snow and on the trainer was always fine to me because it was all I knew. Following surgery on my foot and after three months of absolutely no training, I began swimming with Corey Bacon’s squad Performance Triathlon Coaching and my swimming quickly got back on track. I was still fairly comfortable with my situation being able to swim with the guys and girls in the squad and do my own riding and running with Brian but that began to change when I noticed the relationships within PTC. Not only is the squad a close-knit group, but being able to form good relationships within the community and in Triathlon Australia through the squad has already been a massive benefit to me. These relationships, along with having your coach on the pool deck and at bike and run workouts are invaluable tools.
I am very happy to have made the switch and am very thankful to everyone who has made me so welcome at PTC from day one. It’s a big change for me to go from doing all my training on my own to doing the majority of my workouts with a squad and coach present but I am certain the benefits will show on the results pages.
I always looked at other athletes changing coaches and wondered where their loyalties were. How could you change coach after being so close and working so well together? Now I can answer my own questions. Sometimes situations change and in that instance the athlete has to take care of themselves first. After all, you only get one shot at it. I am very thankful for everything Brian did for me. It was not by luck that I got so much faster under his guidance and I will not forget that.
Moving forward I am hoping to join a pretty good field on the start line in Wollongong on Saturday. My calf has been on the mend day by day and I am itching to race. Thankfully I have a great team of people working with me to ensure my body is working at it’s best so when the horn sounds and I am on the start line it’s go time!