INTRO | DAWN
Times moved forward, we’ve had the nose down and as far as being hard at it that hasn’t changed.
Cold mornings are quickly overcome…
Chatter boxing in the dark, footsteps, new routes. You cant feel much and after a few reps the cold air sweeps through the lungs, eyes are open, hearts pound, skin prickles.
Look to the mountains in the background , sun rising , dawn is the best time of day.
90 minutes ago you were tired in your bed but there was work to be done and promises to keep.
There we are with life right on the edge, pushing our boundaries and creating new experiences.
The reward is today and the rewards are tomorrow.
XC / ATHLETICS RESULTS
The Junior crew have all been busy competing through the school sports pathway in both Cross Country and Athletics.
The racing has provided great motivation and allowed everyone to increase their running volumes.
There has been a notable improvement in aerobic speed and plenty of personal best being achieved from 400m - 5k.
Xane and Loch went to State representing North Coast
Primary - Loch, Lomani, Ethan and Hamish have the North Coast Carnival with 800m and 1500m events.
Secondary - Xane came 3rd at North Coast with a PB time in the 1500.
CRAIG - NICE 70.3 WORLDS / GLENORCHY 10 PB / MASTERS 1500M RECORD
Craig is currently in transit to Nice, France for the 70.3 World Championships
Its been a solid winter block for Craig with some remarkable outcomes along the way.
Craig set a new Australian record for 1500m freestyle in the 30-34 Age Category
We worked his running volume and specificity also which led to a massive 10k Pb taking over 1 minute 20 from last years time at the same event - He went 34:38
Plenty of effort has been put in on his behalf with the race prep. International world class event, audacious bike course, travel logistics. The boxes are all ticked.
COACHES UPDATE - CONSISTENCY // AAA TRIATHLON
Personally I’ve been motivated by my goal race in February 2020 - The Australian Alpine Ascent. Its requiring me to level up both physically and mentally - I recently posted a journal entry on the importance of Consistency / Working towards a goal in general. Check it out for some detailed insights.
Last Tuesday for our run session we tackled Mt Warning. These kids love an adventure so for a while I have been keen to share the voyage. We have been knocking over 8-10Km run sessions every Tuesday and I have taken the older boys for a couple of Trail runs so the mountain was not out of our depth at all.
We ran / power hiked up with consistent movement aside from a few quick gear strip offs and looks at the view. Up the top including the chain took us about 63 mins. We sung happy birthday to Lomani (Candle in a cupcake), ate cupcakes and then raced down in 45 mins.. The kids were swept away in the adventure - There are plenty more ahead.
COAST CYCLERY / FELT FR3
A new road bike has been on the cards for about 18 months and with the disc brake technology switch in play its been a patient wait to find the perfect bike.
Brendan and Paul at Coast Cyclery helped me navigate the options..
I was after a performance road bike with the priorities being climbing ability and suitable to race on.
The debate was mostly due to the Disc brake technology changes..
Disc or calliper brakes? Slight weight disadvantage with the disc and it meant not being able to use my current race wheels - So the new bike would need to be packaged with a quality set of wheels
My existing race wheels would still be used on my TT bike
I quickly got my heart set on a FELT - Beautiful aesthetically and I love the brand.. Pioneered from California, embedded in the sport of Triathlon and rep’d by some of my favourite pro’s .
We looked at the Felt FR3 range and found this Indigo beauty at the right price point.
Coming in at 7.5kg, Ultegra, DT Swiss wheels, disc brakes.
A few weeks in and I’m glued to this thing. Its seen some mountain assaults and effort on the flats and just gives you everything you throw down. The only questions now are what climb, where are we exploring next?
Sometimes you have to look sideways. Get free. We have our heads buried down a path and determined. All good staying in control but sometimes u see that point where you are getting stuck..or bored, at some point by our own bs. Which has no real truth, nothing wholeheartedly valid. Listen to your dialogue and don't seek excuse or default to pain. What's to be new, takes creativity and a positive light.. bravery.