|July 31, 2014||Filled under All Posts|
Ten years ago. I was 18 years old. In my first year of Uni. I had just started dating Damo.
And exactly ten years ago today I was racing at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Banyoles, Spain.
The course, oh the course. It was beautiful. Sunny skies and mesmerising blue-green water. Hardly a breath of wind touched it.
It was a long hard slog to get to that regatta. Hundreds of kilometers were rowed in the pitch black and freezing cold of a Sydney winter. Most were done without a coach. As the oldest of our little group of four I ended up taking on a bit of a mother hen role and really running all of those sessions we did on our own.
There were tears. My god there were tears. Throw together four 16-18 year old girls and there are bound to be tears. Those tears didn’t stop right up to the day of the final.
But there was lots of laughter too. The kind of silliness teenage girls do well.
Lasting friendships were forged. The kind of friendship were you ask someone to be your maid of honour.
July 31, 2004. We had made it to the final when many people had doubted us.
There was an enormous fight the day before, the reason for which I can no longer recall. But we pulled ourselves together.
I was in the bow seat and had also been charged with making calls to the crew over the race. I knew our race plan to the letter and exactly what I needed to say and when. The race started and we gave it everything. Suddenly we were in a medal position. I told the rest of the crew and we all dug deep to hang on to the finish.
We crossed the line in third position – bronze!
I’m the short one on the left.
The feeling of winning a medal. The pride of wearing the Australian uniform. Something I will never forget.
|July 28, 2014||All Posts, Race Recaps, Racing, Running|
I was up bright and early yesterday in the freezing cold to run my fourth half marathon – the Blacktown City M7 half marathon. I was operating on only a few hours sleep after going out the night before to celebrate friends moving to London. More of a commiseration on our part. Although it gives […]
|July 25, 2014||All Posts, Fitness Friday|
Notice anything different? The blog got a bit of a face lift today – do you like? I finally worked out how to do a few things I had been struggling with for ages like getting the most recent post to show in full. I also worked out how to actually use google analytics. Plus […]
|July 23, 2014||All Posts, Parenting|
When you can put a nappy on a standing child #mumskills #winning #toddler — Elsa Hietbrink (@elsahietbrink) July 22, 2014 So yesterday I posted this on twitter. And it got me thinking. When you’re a new mum or mum to be there are so many new skills to learn. How to change a nappy, how […]
|July 21, 2014||All Posts, Workouts|
Sometimes you can get in an exercise rut. Ok, a lot. It can get kinda boring especially if you’re not really sure what to do once you get there. Which is why I like to train for running or triathlon events – it gives me something to work towards and kicks my butt to get […]