After my brief stay in Esperance it was time to get back to Perth and get training again. I hadn’t sailed a boat for nearly four weeks so it was time to hit it. The first thing I took advantage of was the amazing new WAIS (Western Australian Institute of Sport) facility. They gym was the best I have ever been to and it was great to see my physiologist Greg again and get stuck into one of his challenging programs. It was also a time for me to catch up with the rest of the WAIS team along with my coaches Arthur and Belinda who I hadn’t seen for some time. In all everyone was really happy with my progress over the season and is looking forward to seeing how I develop further.
September wasn’t just a pure training block though. It was also a time to see family members and friends I hadn’t seen for months and to spend some time reconnecting with the people I can’t see due to the life I live. Despite it’s perks the road to the games can be a lonely one. To finish off the month I got the offer to coach Westsail again. It was great to go back to my grass roots and see how youth sailing in WA is shaping up. I love coaching that week so much, especially since I did it as a youth sailor myself and remember how great it was.
I flew out just two days later to arrive in Sydney to begin my training again. The sailing has been great and I’m in a place where I’m really enjoying my sport. Next week I’m going up to Queensland for two weeks to train in some new waters and work a bit more with my new coach Ash Brunning. Exciting times ahead.