As I sit here entrenched in the quality television viewing of 'Geordie Shore,' a vital part of my short taper for Sunshine Coast, I thought it a golden opportunity to take the time to reflect on the year so far and also what lies ahead. I would also like to take this time to thank Peter Rox and everyone else at Transitions for giving me so much support in my endeavours as a 'pro' athlete, as well as giving me access to the website and forum as a means of sharing my thoughts, keeping those who are interested updated, and, trying to give as much advice as I can from my still short foray into the triathlon world.
Well, where to start! At the end of last year I decided that the Physiotherapy course that I was studying simply wasn't for me, potentially to the displeasure of some of my family and friends to be honest. What this meant was choosing a new direction and Law/Commerce that was to be, but not for another year. 2014 was going to be the year to have a crack to see just where I stand on the triathlon spectrum and whether or not I could potentially go further with the sport in the future.
As a younger athlete, especially in the long course game, the logical thing to do was get myself to the good ol' US of A and have a dig against some strong fields, many of which included athletes whom I have long idolised. Long story short, over my eight weeks in the US I raced four 70.3's and one Olympic Distance, a schedule which, especially looking back, was very heavy. I never really got that 'breakthrough' result for which I so longed, in fact I cooked myself at Hawaii and Buffalo Springs, got two flats leading to a DNF at Boulder, had an ok but not great race in Vineman, and, had more of a 'fun' race(well as fun as it can be) in Philadelphia. But, more importantly, I had the amazing opportunity to travel around the US, meet amazing people and families through my homestays at each race, and, got the opportunity to race, train, and, learn from some of the best athletes in the sport.
For me personally, with where my miniscule career is, that was what made my trip so worthwhile and so enjoyable. Those things simply trump any race result at this stage and in fact I truly believe that they will aid me in any future endeavours. So to all those people involved in my trip in anyway, thank you. Your support, guidance, and, friendships will never be forgotten and I will be forever grateful! Also much thanks to my sponsors, Jaggad, ENVE, Cannondale, Sram, and, Fizik as well as my parents and my coach (Andy Sleeman - Tri-Bal) for making it all possible.
So, what have I been doing since I've been back?
Eating pizza and cake, watching movies, and, going out every weekend? Not
quite.... The last 5 weeks has been all about focussing on Sunshine Coast 70.3, and it has been a build that I've been quite proud of, that's at least one positive. For those interested in the numbers, weekly mileage has been circa 20-30km swim, 400-540km bike, and, 70-80km run. There are definitely athletes out there doing more, as there are doing less, but that was just found to be a good balance at this point in time and at this time of year. It has shaped up to be a very strong field that will be lining the Mooloolaba shore come Sunday morning at 5.55am, another challenge that I can't wait to attack especially with the support of all the 'Trannies' behind my back!
As for the rest of 2014, well I will be heading to Noosa where I will be staying with Transitions member Rocket Salad and will hopefully take out the gold in the 'after partyer' of the year. From there it will be straight to Forster for the Challenge race the following weekend and then onto either Phuket (if I can get accom.) or Western Sydney.... I certainly know where I would rather be!
Sorry for a bit of a short and mundane first blog but I find a bit of reflection is always good. I look forward to writing about some of the bigger issues in triathlon as well as giving some insight as to how things are travelling in the near future.
Good luck to everyone racing in any upcoming races and till next time I'll be lurking around the forum as usual.
Ed: Best of luck Lachie from all the "Keyboard Captains" at Transitions.