Getting to the start line

24 Feb

This time tomorrow I’ll be out on my bike, I will have completed the 1.9km swim, will be mid-way through the 90km ride, and will be mentally preparing myself for the 21.1km run.  I’ve trained hard, I’ve prepared well, I’m physically in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I’m ready to give this a good hot go.  But before I do, I want to thank a few people for getting me to the start line…

Firstly Dave… this guy puts up with a lot! His support is constant. Whether it be scheduling weekend activities around whatever my training is, to knowing I’ll want an early night when it’s been a big training day (or most days for that matter).  He is always encouraging me to keep on keeping on, and is mostly track side on race day.  He gets up at ridiculous hours of the morning (provided he’s got a coffee) and is happy to be my number one cheer squad.  He’s done a few of my training runs and rides with me, and I always appreciate the company.  This weekend will be his longest stint spectating (as it’s my longest event) – it’s a long time to be sitting on the sidelines so hopefully it doesn’t get too boring for him! Thanks for being my number one Dave xo

Em… Just under 12 months ago I asked for Emma’s help. As a coach with T-Zero Multisport, Emma Quinn has been instrumental in helping me get to the start line tomorrow, fitter than I’ve ever been, and in such a position where I am almost looking forward to this!  Em structures a training program around my shift work and is always a phone call, message or chat away. Her encouragement has been wonderful, and she has such a confidence in me that I really appreciate.  The variety in my training over the last 12 months has been great. I’ve been really enjoying the sessions and without the plan I know I wouldn’t be where I am today.  It takes so much of the guess work out of my training, and means even when my brain has shut down (like after a night shift), I can simply look at what I need to do and get out and do it – no excuses.  Thankfully I’ve been healthy lately and can therefore say that since my last big race (Noosa) I have only missed 2 training sessions (both with REALLY good reasons), but otherwise have consistently been ticking off the sessions she sets out.  This has, without a doubt made me fitter and stronger, and given me so much more confidence in each of the disciplines. So here goes Em – in one more sleep I’ll be doing my first half ironman… we can talk about what’s next once I’ve done one, okay?? 😉 Seriously though, thank you times a million!

Fi… After Noosa I sought the help of a sports dietician. I hit a wall in the run in Noosa and knew that having committed to the half ironman distance this was not something I could afford to do in a long course event.  Enter Fiona Mann from Apple to Zucchini. She’s been instrumental in getting me onto a plan that works for me.  Now I am properly fuelling my body both in life and in races to ensure that I can keep on keeping on. Being correctly fuelled has resulted in advances during training and races, and helped me do away with 12.6kg that I really didn’t need (not bad for about 15 weeks). I also know this will help me be faster and generally make it just that bit easier to participate. So thanks Fi – I look forward to reporting back just how well the race nutrition works tomorrow. Watch this space, and thanks again for all your help!

Physio and Remedial Massage…. Gena Wallis and Julie Uebel have put me back together these last few weeks as I have been trying hard to ignore, I mean working at fixing, some bursitis and tendonitis in my right shoulder, and a really tight right hamstring.  I’m thankful to both of them for showing me exercises to strengthen and stretch, and for massaging out tight areas.  Appreciate your help so much guys. Without you I’d be feeling slightly different as I line up tomorrow.

Swim Ride Run Faster at Zillmere have always ensured my bike is in top shape ready to ride. Thanks so much guys for all your help mechanically (and with the odds and ends I always seem to “need” when I’m in store), but also your encouragement.

My training buddies… where do I even begin… some people see the best of you, others see the worst…. In particular – Kim, Kiara, Jane, Elle, Stacy…. These guys have encouraged me to climb mountains (or sung me up them even, right Ki??), groaned with me on hill repeats, hung tough on runs off the bike, put in serious kilometres with me on rides, tackled pools and oceans in swim training and generally have been just all around great sports. They have definitely seen me at my worst, doubled over exhausted, puffing hard, or moaning during a session…  While triathlon is an individual sport, and my shift work makes it difficult to get to some group sessions, when a shout out goes out for some company invariably someone puts up their hand to make a tough session so much more achievable.  Thank you guys – I can’t thank you enough.  Your encouragement has meant the world to me and I know I’m stronger for having done sessions with you. Thank you for your help getting me to the start line tomorrow. I know without you guys I’d be at the start line feeling very different.  I look forward to racing with many of you tomorrow, seeing your faces out on course, and encouraging you just as you encourage me. Thank you to the moon and back!

Family and friends (this includes my fantastic co-workers!)… far too many of you to name! Thank you for your encouragement, putting up with my posts, and for cheering me on and believing in me.  I appreciate it so much, and when the going gets tough tomorrow (and I know it will) I’ll be able to reflect on some of your words to me.  Thanks for encouraging me on Facebook, Instagram or Strava… thanks for cheering me on.

Gosh I hope I haven’t missed an important group!! If I have I apologise – I’m claiming tapering brain!!

Lastly though, I am super thankful to my God.  While it may seem like a strange thing to say, I feel privileged to be able to race tomorrow. Life is not guaranteed. Health is not guaranteed. Just on 12 months ago I was recovering from 6 weeks of complete rest after my bowel resection. This was a huge reminder to me about how much I take my health for granted.  For now, God has blessed me with a body that is able to participate in events such as this, and as a result, I feel it is important to get out there and do it.  At work I see those who require machines to keep them alive, those who are struggling to take their next breath and those who are on the road to recovery but can’t walk 10m before tiring… I think of you when I’m out there. I also think of family and friends who are currently fighting some pretty significant health battles – this is for you too – trust me when I say I think of you out there. You are far braver than I. There but for the grace of God go I. God’s plan for each of us is different. For now, this is what I can do, so this is what I will do.

Every day this week a beautiful friend has been sending me a text message, reminding me of various bible verses. To thank her for that, and to help recommit these to memory I’m including them here. If you’re racing tomorrow with me, maybe they’ll be useful reminders for you too.

Otherwise, see you on the flip side! The next blog will be the race report, I’ll be sure to let you know how I go!

  • So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)
  • He wont let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep (Psalm 121:3)
  • God has not given you a spirit of fear but a spirit of power (2 Tim 1:7)
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Prov 3:5-6)
  • I keep my eyes on the Lord with him at my right hand I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8)



2 Responses to “Getting to the start line”

  1. Kim February 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

    Go tuck some boxes Jen. Love the bible verses. I’m going to put these up around me as a prompting that with Gods help I can do all things.

    • Kim February 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

      Tick some boxes😄

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