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Itching to get into the season

January 27, 2015

The beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Fran

The beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Fran

This season cannot come quickly enough for me.

2014 was a quieter year than I‘ve been used to but I ended it well with top-five finishes at 70.3 Vineman and Calgary and second at Challenge Rancho Cordova.

This year will be my 10th triathlon season and my experience over the last decade has shown me that the key to being successful, and particularly to being successful over a long period, is to keep learning. I learnt a huge amount last year and I know that I am coming into 2015 stronger than I have ever been.

At the end of last year, I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco to be with my coach, Matt Dixon of purplepatch, because we both felt it was important for us to be working more closely together. It was a tough decision to make – LA had been good to me – but I knew, too, that it was time for change if I wanted to keep finding the improvements.

There’s a great quote from Will Rogers which two friends gave me on a farewell card when I left LA, which said: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Those words really resonated with me and stayed with me during my move; the thinking they represent was behind my decision to come to San Francisco.

I took a good break over Christmas to be with my family in the UK and when I landed back in San Francisco three weeks ago I felt a fresh impetus. I’m buzzing about what 2015 holds for me.

San Francisco is a beautiful city and I’ve managed to see some of it, but there’s still plenty left to explore. It’ll have to wait for now, though, because today I fly to Hawaii for a two-week training camp. As idyllic as the location may be, the volume and intensity of the training makes it anything but a vacation!

I’ll be pushing myself to the limits and trying to set new ones in one of the most inspiring places a triathlete can be. Kona is the race that every triathlete wants to conquer (even if they don’t say it out loud) so it’s the perfect place to lay the foundations of your season.

I will have a strong team around me – Matt, our bike coach Paul Buick, swim coach Gerry Rodrigues, camp manager Anthony DuComb – as well as all the other purplepatch pros.

Huge thanks too to the strength and conditioning guys at Foundry Performance and nutrition guru Dr Stacy Sims of Osmo Nutrition for all their help through the winter so far. I know that the next two weeks will hone my strong winter base and set me up for a great season.

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