On 6 October, my husband Bertrand took me away for a nice weekend in Taupo for my birthday. It’s always great to get away and relax, especially without any athletics commitments, and Taupo is such a beautiful part of New Zealand.
My coach Kirsten also celebrated her birthday on the same date as me. We texted each other a couple of times to wish each other “Happy Birthday!” as she was also having a break away with her husband.
This weekend also saw the defeat of the All Blacks by France in the Quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Bertrand is “the enemy” (Husband Bertrand is French/ New Caledonian) so he was happy with the result!
I have decided to target the World Indoor Championships (which will be held in Valencia, Spain in March 2008) as my next major competition. I will however be competing in Australia and New Zealand during our summer leading up to this, starting with the A-Series meeting in Canberra in January.
I’ve started back into training, and as many of you will know, you can be sore for the first couple of weeks back as the training load increases again.
Until next time
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