Wednesday, April 25, 2012

100 days until Olympic Heptathlon!

Well there was a lot of hype in the social media last week about 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, so I thought I would celebrate 100 days until the start of the Olympic Heptathlon....which is today! So this time in 100 days I plan on lining up in the Olympic Stadium in the best shape of my life and ready to show the world what I am capable of!

In order to do that there are a few things I need to do in the next 100 days. Firstly I need to qualify, meaning I need to get the 6150 points required to assure my spot on the team at one of two heptathlons I have lined up in Europe (Ratingen, Germany 14/15 June and French Champs 7/8 July).

And in order to qualify I need to continue to leave no stone un-turned in my training, rehab and recovery over the next weeks. Every session counts, now more than ever. And I need to stay injury free!

Despite having a less-than-ideal build up due to injury set-backs over the past months, I still feel like I can line up in the Olympic stadium in the best shape of my life. I am stronger than I have ever been. I am still setting personal bests in many areas of my training (my latest being a standing javelin throw PB of 35.70m on Monday, 4m more than my previous best in January). I  am back running 100% and Andrew and Angus have said I look better running now than I ever have before. I am excited and confident and can't wait to compete. If I look back at the last 18 months or so, sure I would have liked things to have been different in terms of being healthy and able to do more specific training, but things rarely turn out as you want them to, and every negative can be turned into a positive if you are willing. The coaches have worked hard to get me into shape in less than conventional ways and medical support have done a super job keeping my body going - thanks so much guys!

I leave Dunedin next week for Auckland where I will have some races over 100m and 200m before departing for Switzerland and our European training camp on the 13th May.

Its business time people, watch this space!

Sarah Cowley and I feeling the burn after running 300s together

Another hole in the gym wall after a med ball throwing session!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I feel the need....the need for speed!

Today marked another step in the right direction for me to be back to full fitness in time to qualify for the London Olympics.....speed! I ran 100% in spikes today and despite the rain and chilly temperatures it felt really can't beat the feeling of running flat out! I also got to test out my swanky new adidas red-racer spikes. The stress fracture has healed really well and its so great to be able to do some running training again.

My fellow heptathlete Sarah Cowley is down from Auckland for a bit of a training camp this week, so great to have her here and we can push each other that extra few % in our sessions. Really looking forward to more training sessions together when we hit our Swiss training camp in less than a month....bring on summer!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tour of New Zealand

Mum and Dad and their teammates are cycling the length of the South Island as part of the Tour of New Zealand and raising money for charity.

Not bad for a bunch of 60+ crusties!!

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