Amelia Rose Watkinson  

winter spring training update

winter spring training update

It has been quiet on the race front since my last blog post but it has been an eventful winter. After getting back from Malaysia and Vietnam we more officially moved down to Hawkes Bay I was pretty excited about the quite roads and abundant sunshine.

Mid April I developed a sore hip, at first I thought it was a niggle that would go away with a massage and some stretching so I switched to the tedious aqua jogging while I went through the motions of Sports Doctor appointments and Scans to determine the injury. Unfortunately it turned out to be a fairly decent Stress Fracture in the neck of my femur.

With this new development we cut the aqua jogging and the biking and decided to learn to live and breathe swimming. We had joined a local swim club Greendale when we first moved down to the bay so I took the opportunity to become a swimmer and turned up to every session available. It was a blessing in disguise, forcing me to work on my weakness and I’m incredibly happy with the gains that I made over the 4 months of no running.

The cycling scene down in Hawkes Bay is a whole new experience. In Auckland I had to deal with cars busses and broken glass, whereas livestock and turkeys pose more of a hazard. I joined The Ramblers Cycling Club and took up weekly Road racing and Bunch rides, the people down here have been great company and super welcoming.

Te Mata peak is the place to train, there are endless trails to run, and the scenery is amazing. Paddles (dog) enjoyed her break from running even less than I did, and loves being my number one running partner again, I manage to drag Kris out if its flat and easy.

There have been a couple of changes since I lasted raced, I have signed with 2XU, awesome to have them on-board! And thanks to the continued support of Training Tilt who make pursuing the triathlon dream a little easier. I have also started working with a new coaching team at fitter, and so far very good. I am happy with the time that I spent with my last coach, and the gains that I made, but have had some reoccurring issues with injuries and illness and we struggled to find a solution. After some careful consideration I decided that a different coaching philosophy could be worth a try.

Next up Taupo 70.3 in a couple of weeks really excited to back out racing, Its been a long time between drinks!

70.3 Taupo: New Zealand

70.3 Taupo: New Zealand

70.3 Putrajaya

70.3 Putrajaya