Monday, 10 January 2011

Hit 500

Just sitting in Spain at the moment at a lovely cafe having lunch, in lovely sun on my rest day.
Training is going really good and i am having a brilliant time out here.

I have just noticed that my blog has hit 500 views. So just putting up this post just mainly to say thanks for viewing my blog, hope you are enjoying it so far and I hope you keep checking it out in the future.

Thanks very much.


Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Only days away!

Feeling much better now finally over the cold, back into a bit of light training before I head away to Spain for 5weeks, Aquilas to be exact.

I will be training for 2weeks with the Scottish squad, followed by 2weeks with the Irish senior squad, and then another week with the Scottish squad before coming home for a while before I head back over to Stirling.

The two weeks with the Irish Squad will be my 1st time training with the Seniors and I am looking forward to this opportunity.

I am sure that it will not be a heat wave over there but it will surely be a lot warmer and with less chance of snow than home. Topped off with some good hard hills, some sea and sun it will be a brilliant chance to get stuck into some good hard uninterrupted winter training without the winter weather.

I nice wee pic from the top of one of the climbs from when I was in Aquilas last Easter.

The end of a very eventful year!!

I have more news regarding my stress fracture;

When I was still over in Stirling I thought it would be a good idea to get my leg scanned again before I went over to Spain and before I started to really ramp the running back up (already at 22mins without any pain) to be honest this was in fact a very good idea.

When I got the results of my MRI back the doctor did not think that my leg has healed as much as he would have liked and just to be sure that it does not become a recurring problem he told me to take another 6 weeks off from running.

Although very frustrating, it has still happened at the best possible time; before the start of the season, and hopefully before a very long career ahead of me, one that will hopefully be injury free. When you look at it this way 6 weeks is nothing!

Now currently back home in nice cold Northern Ireland, very cold indeed. The most snow that I have ever seen, very nice for a white Christmas but not great for training. It ended up not really making much of a difference as I came down with the cold which meant that it gave me the opportunity to rest and enjoy being at home and being spoilt.

Now into 2011 another year begins and my 2nd season in Triathlon (1st complete year), reflecting back on last year it is hard to believe how everything has came together, not bad for only taking up cycling in February. From making the decision to move away from swimming and start triathlon in February, I had been to the European and World Championships by September.

Talk about diving into the deep end!

In preparation for next season I have looked at potential races and hopefully secured some sponsorship (all of which will be on my website once finalized)

All in all looks like a very exciting year ahead if last year was anything to go by, being a 1st season this year is looking very good.

Bring it on!