Winter Hopping

As Australian Winter athletes, we follow a pretty unusual trend. As soon as the weather begins to warm with the sun growing in strength, everyone prepares for the beach, sun-baking, surfing and getting a tan. We however do the complete opposite and jet ourselves to the Northern Hemisphere for another long winter. This ongoing pattern has meant that whenever it is warm, we definitely make the most of it!

Sunbaking In California!

For the short part of spring that was spent in Australia, I probably only enjoyed 5 days of good Australian heat. On one of these particular days, Paul Kovacs and I had just done another tough Hill Bounding Intensity sessions and were running back to his house in Porepunkah. Pk stopped to tie his shoe so I went ahead slightly and spotted a big Black snake off the side of the track. Pk then approached with interest and must have felt somewhat cheaten as he only got to see the tail. So naturally he starts poking around at the rock it went behind off the embankment. With little success he got closer and jabbed harder at the rock, steps further again and then suddenly I yell “IT’S ON YA FOOT!!” . Of course, it wasn’t really, but I can say that he definitely would have beaten the World Record in the reverse long jump whilst I got in a good ab workout having a good chuckle. Unfortunately, the start of the Australian spring was ridiculously cold, and I often found myself rollerskiing in sleet! To give you an idea, here is a photo of where I rollerski just above Jindabyne (~1000m) on the 12th of October!

Snow at Home in Mid-October


Anyway, more importantly, training from the end of winter all the way up until I left Australia was probably made up one of the best,

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