Just when I think the year can’t get any better…! I fly out to Australia on Thursday for some warm weather training with my teammate (and flat-mate) Katherine Wyld for six weeks.
We’ll be staying in Brisbane and training with St Peter’s, which is the team that Aussie legend Steph Rice swims for. Katherine and I are going to be staying in a two-bed apartment in the city together. The idea behind it is simple really, keeping things interesting, a change of scenery and some new faces – not to mention a bit of sun when the weather back home is pretty grim.
It’s important not to get stale, especially at the end of a long season, and the trip will be perfect for that. I’ll train as hard as ever for five weeks, and then in the sixth week there is the local Brisbane Championships that I’ll be competing in. Should be a great experience.
Of course, when I’m not in the pool I’m really keen to see some sights and do a bit of the touristy stuff! I’ve been to Melbourne before, but never to Queensland. And I’m really keen to visit the Whitsunday Islands, they’re meant to be stunning.
I haven’t actually been to Sydney before either, but we’ve organized some sessions with Eamon Sullivan’s team in Sydney, so I’ll get to spend a few days there too. I’m desperate to do the Harbour Bridge walk if I get the chance.
I get back to England on December 23rd – right in time for Christmas with my family, so I’ll make sure I fit in some time for Christmas shopping when I’m Down Under!