I've moved to Thailand - 6 months at Thanyapura
I made it to Phuket!
A bit of a disastrous journey with long stopovers, misplaced luggage and a canceled flight. But I've arrived safely even did a gym session and an attempt at a swim in the 12.5m airport hotel pool amongst it all.
I've made the Thanyapura Pro Triathlon Team. An exciting opportunity to base myself at the Thanyapura high performance sports complex for the next 6 months while racing the Asia-Pacific Triathlon circuit.
Although I love training Hawkes Bay -especially when it comes to the cycling- it's time to focus on being a professional Triathlete, not a cyclist. My hip injury has progressed really nicely, with a solid strength and conditioning program. I'm feeling a stronger and more stable athlete and ready for some speed work in my running program.
At this stage in my sporting career the Thanyapura Tri team is the perfect opportunity. - Escape the New Zealand winter to world class facilities at my front door. Time to focus on the ins and outs of the sport and place enthuses on quality recovery and nutrition. And the chance to meet and train with like minded, motivated and inspirational people. Not to mention getting a decent dose of vitamin D and a tan.
I'm a little bit anxious and overwhelmed by the whole experience but it's all about learning and growing. First race this Saturday in Pattaya, Thailand - 1500m swim, 55km bike, 13km run, motivation levels are high. Ready for challenges to come.
riends and family, supporters and sponsors thank you all, I'll do you proud and make the most of the opportunity presented and come pack a stronger more experienced athlete for our NZ summer.