There’s nothing more satisfying than having a team around you that believe in you. And today that’s what Giant have done – believed in me.
I’m so happy to tell you that I’ve just resigned with Giant for at least another 2 years… hopefully more to come after that. The guys here in Australia have been the best! They are so professional and have believed in me for a while and I can’t thank them enough for all their support. So it looks like they are stuck with me for a few more years.
I really look forward to working closer with the local team here in Australia and also the global team on some really exciting things. There’s so much to get excited about. But more on that another time.
Before stepping into the rain this morning I knew it was a 50/50 chance of me getting to the finish line in one piece, or in this case, with my hip functioning correctly.
It’s no secret that hip issues plague this sport and from time to time I’m one that has a hip problem. A few days ago while picking up my bike I felt a little twinge and knew right away that I was going to struggle unless I had it looked at – which I did. Fast forward a few days and I had another physio attempt yesterday to sort it out which I was not entirely sure was going to be the fix I needed. Today showed that I was correct in my thinking. Needless to say I wanted to solider on and see how far I could go.
Entering into T1 in the large pack of 8 with Josh ahead by about 1:30 minutes and feeling really good. Out on the bike I wasn’t getting comfortable and truth be told the weather was eating into me kilometre by kilometre. Looking down at my Garmin and seeing how far was left and how bad I was now feeling I believe that exiting the race following the end of lap one was in my best interest.
A huge congrats to Josh Amberger and Stickys for hard fought race due to challenging conditions.
I can’t wait to get back here and give it another crack.
It’s not often I get a little downtime to chat with Kristian and Pete on their awesome podcast. I’m usually the one listening rather than being interviewed.
Here’s the topics we cover;
Mental preparation for Kona
Dealing with low points
Getting the hunger back
Learning to take care of the body
Fuelling the machine
Finding enjoyment in the day-to-day
Understanding coaching relationships
Staying in the moment when under pressure
If you spend a lot of time on your bike, training, racing, getting to and from work, or just because you can, why not consider joining the Ride for HeartKids? These guys motto is to ‘Challenge Yourself, Make a Difference’ and by setting yourself a goal and raising funds to help HeartKids in Australia I know that we can all make that difference. Ten year old Thomas Henderson-Smith is a HeartKid who can’t run because of his heart condition. But he is participating in the Ride for HeartKids and has raised over $1000. What a little champion!