The beginning of this year has been really fun and demanding in equal measure

Coaching at Sands Beach Resort

Bella, Charlie and I arrived back to Sands Beach on New years eve, after a great Christmas in Scotland and then London seeing family. I have been pushing myself hard with some good solid training and am feeling happy with how I am progressing.

Bella is busy with coaching, among others she is coaching Dani and Michi Herlbauer, an Austria couple who are very nice and have the potential to be very good. They have been here for a while and the last weeks here at Sands Beach we have also had a 4 strong group of Austrian Junior athletes; Hannah, Laura, Stefan and Sebastian . They are coached By Dani. Dani let Bella take over for a couple of weeks. We have done some great training together and it has been great seeing their determination and their joy of training for triathlon. I can see that all 4 of them have the potential to be very good athletes if they want to be.

Dani and Michi Herlbauer

Dani and Michi are here more long term and are really dedicated and lovely people, it is a pleasure to have them around and to help them achieve there triathlon goals.

One of my favourite things of each week is helping Bella, if I can, with the Tri Active kids sessions on a Saturday and a Monday, the kids are all great and are really trying hard and getting better and better all the time with Bella’s guidance. Just last week they all competed in their first triathlon, it was in Playa Blanca, it was great to watch them all, everyone of them did so well, it was fantastic just watching them all do their very best on what was a tough day with a bit of cold, wet and windy weather.

La Graciosa

This last weekend I raced in the Desafio on La Graciosa. I came 3rd in the tri cross on Saturday and 3rd in the trail run on Sunday. It was a really great way to see such a beautiful island and also a great way to get some good training in.

I am looking forward to having the 2 Johns from Ireland here next week and helping them with some good training for a week here at Sands Beach.

Then soon after I will be heading off to Mexico for 70.3Monterrey and then 2 weeks later Ironman Los Cabos, in between the 2 races I will be staying in Cozumel with the rest of the Tri Cozumel team. I am planning to arrive in great shape and do the best job I can in the both races.

So lots going on here at Sands Beach, loads of athletes coming and enjoying the great facilities and great location here in Costa Tequise. I can certainly say I have everything I need to be the best I can be.

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