Running & Racing Update

This time in 3 weeks I’ll be on the plane to San Francisco for the JP Morgan 5.6km International Final. Eeeesh! Naturally training has taken a run focus and I’ve had some great benchmark races, including Striders 10km run, the City2Surf and the City Mile Dash.

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Food Prep 101 – Chilli Con Carne, Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, Carrot Cake

Having made leaps and bounds in training of late, the eternal hunger has also returned and caught me by surprise. Wanted to share some healthy, easy and cheap homemade dishes that I hope will turn your hangry frown upside down. Here’s my take on Chilli Con Carne, Lentil Shepherd’s Pie and Carrot Cake 🙂

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Woodford to Glenbrook Classic – Race Report

Covering 25km of undulating bushland along the Oaks Fire Trail, the Woodford to Glenbrook Classic is a popular off road run with a strong sense of community. I’ve been struggling with my long runs lately and when I found out a few friends had entered, the thought of spending a beautiful winter’s day in the mountains was motivating. I knew this race would test me as I have only been running up to 20km and although there’s a lot of downhill in this run (the last 12km to be precise), it was going to hurt. And it did.

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Club Champs version 3.0

I am still buzzing after spending last weekend at Forster with the BRATs for Club Champs. It was the third year in a row I’ve raced here and stoked to podium for the third year in a row also (especially considering my current fitness levels). Overall BRATs came 8th. Congratulations to our prize winners and a very big thank you to Tri Bike Transfer for their services and to Bikebug for donating over $2000 worth of prizes!

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Corporate Tri: Race Report

The Corporate Triathlon series is held on Mrs Macquarie’s Point with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background. It is a team event with work colleagues, over super sprint distance (300m swim, 8km bike, 3km run) and the CBA Ladies Team has now won this event 7 years in a row! Since Kona I have been unsure if my competitive spirit would ever truly recover however safe to say I have got my mojo back and could not have asked for better conditions for my official return to racing.

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An open discussion about athlete health, mental health and women’s health

Over the last few weeks I’ve had blood tests, a urine sample, 2 stool samples, 2 heart scans, an x-ray and an internal ultrasound. It all started with another chest pain scare that persisted for 10 days, and was eventually passed off as musculoskeletal pain (again). At one point I was on ‘complete heart block’, later downgraded to ‘second degree heart block’, meaning my heart was beating irregularly and too slowly. But what this diagnosis didn’t take into account was the fact I’m an athlete, highlighting the anatomical changes that have occurred since I started training.

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