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Well the last couple of weeks have been a whirl wind of action.
The way the week is structured is that we start early and stack sessions in the morning. I this kind of structure really works for my body and makes a lot of sense to me for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is because it means we rest for the rest of the day and night which means there is about 18 hours of rest between sessions - not to say that I don't feel sore everyday, in fact quite the opposite...
What I'm experiencing is something I've heard about for a long time from friends that are living the full time athlete life with regards to managing workload and as crazy as it sounds - it's something I've wanted as part of my life! Haha When you are smashing training and feeling sore it's getting used to turning up when the body is sore, learning that training with a niggle is normal and learning to befriend pain. With 21 days of training back to back now it's really starting to settle in and lifestyle changes go without saying...
Not only am I spending a lot of time on the stretching mat and getting to bed early I've ben really pushed to build a repertoire of dishes that I can whip up consistently when the tank is empty. When previously I have survived on a relatively simple diet of basic plant based combinations, my body has been yearning for greater quantities and more variety...I've come up with a couple of go-to's that are easy to throw together as well as gathered a few easy raw energy and protein bars which has really jazzed things up!
Some of my favourite times of the past couple of weeks has been the Saturday rides...After a big slog out all week we gather at the crack of dawn in a humble little country town about thirty minutes south west of the Gold Coast called Murwillumbah. It is some of the most breath taking views I have ever witnessed and exploring it by bike has been a real unique experience which I have loved! On the first Saturday ride I joined it was ice cold and there was a thin blanket of fog over many of the paddocks for the first hour or so...Witnessing the sky turn from a gentle pink-purple before settling into the baby blues of the day over the top of Mount Warning while we tap away at the peddles talk rubbish is a memory I will forever resonate with the warm feelings I get when I think of my first couple of weeks here.
As I continue try to fully find my feet out here in the Gold Coast, knocking out training every single day has been the anchor that has provided me with structure and purpose which has been made all the more motivating thanks to the company of an incredible coach and bunch of motivated athletes.
Continuing to tap into my fourth week on the track I'm feeling in the best place I've felt mentally in a while and a good kinda tired-strong physically.
Keep spreading those cosmic vibes amigos!
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