I started the year off with a real bang! I attended a training camp in Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands in Spain. I have been fortunate enough to have been invited by Javier Gomez to train with him and his squad. It’s a great opportunity to train alongside a multiple and current world Champion and also one of my biggest role models in sport.
The 4 week training camp was a really good experience. Unfortunately it didn’t all go as planned due to me being sick the first week there and injuring my knee in the final week and a half. It was a big upset because I am working hard on my running and suddenly it came to a halt with just under 2 months to the first big race of the season.
We stayed in the Playitas Resort. It was an absolute pleasure to train there. All the facilities were in the resort and the roads and running trails were ideal for training. The weather was perfect for hard training an it was really good for me to put my mind and focus just on the training for a while.
This season will be very important as it is the year of the Commonwealth Games as well as the start of Olympic Qualification. My first race for the year was in Blouberg for the Africa Sprint Cup on the 16th of February. Without having any intense runs because of my knee injury I couldn’t expect to be sharp and fast on the day. My knee was getting better and with inconsistent training, I trained hard throughout the race as there are bigger races to come.
Saying that, my performance on Sunday was not as good as I would have liked it to be. I was very flat, tired and sluggish in the run. The 7am start didn’t help either! Never the less I still finished 4th with a sprint for a podium spot. There was a 4 man breakaway which worked very well together and maintained a 20s gap over the next chase group. It was good to race again and blow out some cobwebs.
I now look forward to 4 weeks of training in Wanaka, NZ where I am optimistic that training will go much better than January!
I will try keeping you updated on my training and racing when I can.
Thank you to those who support and follow me. It inspires me to do great things!
Cheers from Wanaka!