As the new year fast approaches, and I have had lots of time this past week out in France to reflect on this year, and look forwards to next, I wanted to share some of my thoughts, as well as goals for next year.
Not entirely sure where to start as this year has been pretty epic! Winning the European 70.3 champs, coming 3rd at the World champs, and winning both Hever Gauntlet races were probably some of the main highlights in terms of races, however some of the other highlights have been:
- Being shown how strong my support network is – I have been blown away by just how supportive and loyal my friends and family have been, and how much they also take from my successful races – I really appreciate the support and it is part of what makes racing so great!
- Travel – as ever triathlon has take me to some awesome places where I have met lots of lovely people
- Enjoying swimming. . . Not sure what it is, probably the variety of sets Will has been setting me but seem to be in a place where I actually enjoy swimming most of he time!
- Joining Team Freespeed – complete honour to now be a part of a team made up of some absolute age group supserstars, hopefully I can learn some valuable lessons from them
- Erdinger Athlete of the month – this was awesome and completely unexpected!
- Being one of the nominees for 220 age grouper of the year – again so unexpected and an honour to be amongst some ladies I look up to for inspiration
- Being interviewed for Cup of Tri – my favourite triathlon podcast and a real pleasure to have a chat with Helen
So as you can see lots of great highlights – hopefully there will be more to come next year.
So far I have a few key goals for 2017 which may change depending on results:
- Win Ironman Lanzarote to qualify for Kona
- Win Exmoor 70.3 to make up for this years performance there
- Continue to make improvements in all 3 disciplines
The races I have planned at the moment are:
- Ful on duathlon 9th April
- Gran Canaria half distance 22nd April
- Ironman lanzarote 20th may
- Exmoor 70.3 25th June
- Sweden 70.3 9th July
Training since my end of season break has been going really well – I have just had an epic week out in France with Barney and his parents getting some good training in all 3 disciplines. We have a training camp at the end of January and I imagine it won’t feel very long until the first races come up!
Huge thanks this year to everyone who has helped me progress so much – Will Clarke for your awesome coaching, Train Xhale for helping track and analyse my training, Precision Hydration for keeping me cramp free, Walker Brothers for the great wheels, Torq for sorting out my nutrition and recovery, Barney for motivating me and putting up with my tiredness and grumpiness, and friends and family for your never ending support!