Author Archives: bellalux

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Race day - when my brain was melting Queen K style.

Debutant Die Hard

IM World Championships, Kona, October 10th 2015 I spent the week prior to race day concerning myself with the behaviour of the wind. I wasn’t perturbed about the possibility of a head wind- I am Melbournian now after all. It … Read more


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Ironman- It’s Such a Long Way

On possibly one of the best autumnal days, Melbourne could offer, I embarked on the biggest challenge of my fifteen years as a professional triathlete – Ironman Melbourne. As the Asia Pacific Championship event, the field was star studded with … Read more


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Smiling Already

I can hear the wind rustling the leaves of the trees outside my window. It is only early autumn, but the leaves are already turning shades of blazing yellow and orange. Their crinkled nature makes them particularly pleasurable to listen … Read more


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When All You Have Is Sport

When All You Have Is Sport You realise that it is not enough. It is not who you are. It is just something that you do. One of the many things you do. Well, this is the way I looked … Read more


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Going With The Flow

Now walk towards a river…pick up a leaf…place your thought on the leaf….watch it float down the stream…let it go…let it drift away.   Those were the words of a psychologist who I recently had some interactions with. She was … Read more


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Not A Laughing Matter

Trying to fix a stubborn injury can be demoralising. Trying to recuperate from a stubborn injury caused by a vague driver is maddening.   After spending the first three months of the year accumulating frequent flyer points, racing heavily and … Read more


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Challenge Philippines

99% of all Challenge Philippines race reports will include the clichéd statement, ‘Challenge Philippines was challenging’.  Indeed it was. The 1% who do not state this in their reports are lying! The inaugural Challenge Philippines was undoubtedly, a tremendously difficult … Read more


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Challenge Melbourne

2014, marks 10 years of racing professionally. Like most good things in life, time has passed in the blink of an eye. I can barely believe that triathlon has been my love and my lifeblood for a decade. Knowing that … Read more


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Auckland 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship

Had it been two months? Two months since I last toed a start line? January 20 dawned a calm, fine morning in Auckland. Stars were still visible as competitors arrived at the Viaduct Basin to set up their transition area … Read more


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Challenge Forster- Bridge Jumping

“Gosh that water looks fantastic…it would be nice to abort this race and jump into the refreshing turquoise water. Although it looks quite shallow…maybe only two metres deep? Better not…jumping off the bridge might actually work out worse for me … Read more