Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One year to go

It is 365 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics today. It also happens that this week I get to ditch the crutches and walk as it has been three weeks since my hip surgery, so its a great way to celebrate the one year mark! I can't believe that by the time I am allowed to run at the end of September it will be practically a year since I ran last when running the 200m at Commonwealth Games at start of Oct 2010. It will be so great to finally put one foot in front of the other at a pace faster than walking!

I am also celebrating one year to go with my move to Dunedin this Sunday. A fresh start and new surroundings will be a tonic and I am really looking forward to it.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Its been snowing in Christchurch overnight and is still snowing...everything looks so beautiful. Certainly makes sitting on the sofa a lot easier, the heat pump is cranking!

Here are some pictures from home this morning...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Upcoming World Championships

The next big thing on the athletics calendar is the World Championships, which are being held in Daegu, South Korea at the end of August.

At this stage NZ has named a relatively small team: Valerie Adams (Shot), Nikki Hamblin (800,1500), Stuart Farquhar (Javelin), Andrea Miller (100m hurdles) and Brent Newdick (Decathlon). Qualification is still open and there are lots of kiwis competing around the world so hopefully a few more qualify to make the World Champs team.

I'm gutted to not be competing there...I haven't competed at a World Champs since 2003 when I ran the 400m hurdles in Paris. I seem to always be injured in World Championship years (held every second year), however if I had to choose I would rather be fit for an Olympics than World Champs, so I will sit back and watch the coverage on SkyTV and use it to fuel the fire at training!

Training inspiration has also been coming from NZ athletes going nuts in Europe recently - at the World Youth (U18) Champs in France NZ picked up two medals, Jacko Gill won gold in the shot put, demolishing the rest of the field by 4m, and Joshua Hawkins won silver in the 110m hurdles. At a meeting in Paris Val Adams won the shot beating arch rival Ostapchuk of Belarus, and Nick Willis was 4th in the 1500m posting a qualifying time for World Champs, which should see him named in the final team.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


I had the screws taken out of my foot 10 days ago and the foot is feeling really good. I have a small jar with the screws in it, a small momento of the battle! I had so been looking forward to getting the screws out and really getting into some running and jumping training, however my body had other ideas...

Unfortunately, in mid June, just before I got the screws out I sustained another injury, this time to my left hip doing simple walking hurdle drills. I had scans etc and it turned out I had torn the labrum in my hip (the labrum is the cartilage between the hip socket and the head of the femur).

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Leaving school...again!

For the last 6 months I have been working at Rangi Ruru as a live-in tutor at the boarding house, where I went to school almost 20 years ago!

It was the perfect job for me training - meals cooked and no power or rent bills, and I had the whole day free for training.

Its the end of the 2nd term and I finished up at Rangi this week as I will be moving to Dunedin at the end of the month to start a similar job at Columba College.

I'm really going to miss everyone at Rangi, even the ratbags who wouldn't go to bed ontime!