Saturday, March 12, 2011


Training has been slightly disrupted since the earthquake!

The earthquake did a lot of damage to QE2, not just the track, but also the pool and the Academy of Sport and it's gym. Its really sad to see the pictures of damage at QE2. A lot of repair work will need to be done until we can train there again and its not looking good for having a track to train and compete on next summer. Understandably there are so many other priorities around the city for repair work with many people still without homes, power and water.

It was devastating to drive past Crichton Cobbers Gym yesterday to see it being torn down as a result of damage in the quake (picture above). Crichton Cobbers was where we spent many years doing weights before the Academy gym opened at QE2.

I have only got pool work and gym work on my training schedule at the moment as my foot is still not up to running so I am not needing the track, but now there are no pools open in the city so am doing bike for aerobic workout. I am doing weights at Gravity Gym on St Asaph Street as the Academy gym is out of action. I'm hoping to be able to do some running in the next few months as my foot improves, but for now I am making good gains in the gym getting stronger.

I am thankful that I am not in the position many of the GFS squad are in, trying to prepare for Nationals by having to travel to Timaru, Dunedin and even Australia! Good luck to everyone for the rest of the season.

I'm heading to Dunedin for the next couple of weekends to do some training with Angus and to watch NZ Champs and cheer the GFS crew on.