It’s 6am in Melbourne central business district – and just like most modern cities, there’s an abundance of cafes, patisseries, bars and restaurants. Suits are on the trams heading into work – coffees glued to their hands, and the hipsters are dragging their feet back home after a night out.
I, however, am haggling with a Virgin Active employee in the hope that I won’t have to pay $35 for a one-time-admission swim! Needless to say, by 6.10am I’m outside, dejected and on my way to the Radisson Blu hotel for a two-day seminar with Training Peaks.
This year has presented me with some big opportunities (a few that I have to keep under my hat for now). Arguably, the one I am most excited about is taking the big step onto the other side of the race tape as a Triathlon coach!
Training Peaks are hosting their TPU – Training Peaks University – here in Melbourne and I’m lucky enough to be attending, eager to learn as much as I can. The course is packed with all different ages and levels of coach – some brand new to the game, some with years of experience. To be honest, it’s all quite daunting. I’ve had the standard worries creep into my mind; ‘what if I’m the least experienced’, ‘what if I can’t contribute’, ‘what if I say something ridiculous’. However, it doesn’t take long to settle in and I realise how friendly, welcoming and willing to share their knowledge and expertise the other participants and hosts are.
The course is run by Dave Schell and Cody Stephenson and they never fail to keep things entertaining whilst managing to teach us valuable insights on the Training Peaks software in the process. If you are a coach and haven't used Training Peaks, firstly - what rock are you hiding under? Secondly, I cannot recommend it enough! It is hands down one of the best coaching platforms out there. If you enjoy using it as much as I do and want to make the most of the program – sign up for one of these Training Peaks University events, they are invaluable.
Right, that’s the educational part of my trip covered… let me just mention briefly the absolute highlight of my few days away in Melbourne… VISITING THE PENGUINS! For those of you that don’t know me - I'm a massive Penguin lover. So, my trip to Melbourne would not be complete without taking a walk down to St. Kilda at 4am to see the little chaps in person.
So, I finally committed to starting a blog. I've read several blogs written by friends, athletes that inspire me and like minded triathletes - and when reading these I always considered that it can’t be that hard to create exciting posts that others will be interested in as well. But as I sit here in the Auckland Airport departure lounge, awaiting the plane to whisk me back to Brisbane, my home town. I’m starting to realise that it’s not quite as easy as I originally thought.
"Just write about what you think people would be interested in - and in a way they’d like to hear it", is the advice I’d received from fellow bloggers - easier said than done!
Unquestionably, English was my worst subject in school – and now that I have committed to this blog, I certainly wish I had studied harder in class. However, poor spelling and grammar aside, if readers can overlook this and find my posts interesting or inspiring, then I will consider the blog a success. I truly hope to encourage others to get out of their comfort zone – just like I am in writing this blog.
I'm excited to try and share a bit of insight into my life and what is happening with my triathlon journey this year. I have some big goals to work towards and I’m keen to share this journey to motivate others who may be undertaking a similar journey – and of course in doing so, I certainly feel some accountability to the targets I have committed to as I’ll be making them so brutally public!
So, if you want to hop on board the Kent-Cross-triathlon-train, then make sure you check out my blog every now and then - I'll be delivering as much interesting content as I can!
Thanks for reading (: