February 27, 2010

An encounter with a shark.

The team and I are currently in our final training camp before the big one. For me this has involved lots of time in courses and long days. Training varies depending on what training hill space is available. Generally we are on the hill for a long morning session which will take us into the afternoon then its lunch and off back to our apartments.

(Talking with Steve our head coach after fore running a race)

Depending on how late the day is I will complete a recovery session at the apartment and if I have a few spare hours before dinner I will hit the gym for some weights work. Back home and it’s a video session from the days training, analysing the runs to identify strengths and weaknesses. Dinner is next on the priority and then it’s time to relax with the evening off.

Evenings are usually spent doing odds and ends including packing and making lunch for the next day, checking emails etc. An early night to give the body some rest for the next day!

Today however was an extraordinary day we arrived to the news from our coach that Greg Norman, one of Australia’s all time best athletes who several of the staff had spotted the day before would be joining us for a team photo and leisurely chat. What an honour! He promptly turned up as he had promised and spent 30 minutes with us chatting about everything from Vancouver to hunting at his ranch here in Colorado. For such a huge superstar he was amazingly down to earth and genuinely interested in our pursuits, a lovely man and a pleasure to have met!

(Me and Greg Norman!)
(Greg chatting with the team)