Author Archives: bellalux

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Mandurah 70.3- A One Gear Day

When you realise that failing does not make you a failure, the fear of not meeting your own (or others’) expectations dissolves. Giving yourself permission to try without judgment isn’t easy. By allowing myself not to worry about preconceived race … Read more


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Magic Happens Everyday

Someone asked me the other day how I managed to race consistently well in important races across a long season. ‘Don’t you get mentally tired from getting up for the big races?’ Generally, notwithstanding injury, and the resultant lack of … Read more


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Cozumel 70.3

It was relief I felt after finishing third on the podium at Las Vegas 70.3 World Championships. Now, two weeks later, after winning Cozumel 70.3, I’m filled with excitement. It is excitement that I won; excitement that I managed to … Read more


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Bear Hunting

After St George, I had my first month of consistent training since February. Thanks to the fabulous people and an area that is both climatically and geographically good for training, San Diego has become a very easy place for me … Read more


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Everyone’s Doing It

I didn’t really consider the fact that ‘everyone was doing it’ when I signed up for St George 70.3. Picking the easier option has never really been my style. Whilst I understand at times that it may be the appropriate … Read more


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A Bit of This and A Bit of That

January travelled to Canberra to commence squad camp with Darren Smith won Auckland 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship was surprised and not surprised at this result as I knew I was in good shape physically and mentally; however, longer racing is … Read more


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Going Long

Three days after arriving home in Brisbane, I jumped back on a plane to fly across the country to Perth. At this point in the year, any flight is too long, especially a five hour flight. Nevertheless, I was keen … Read more


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Hy-Vee 5150 Championship, LA Triathlon and Dallas US Open

With a week to recover between Chicago and the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship, I thought that if I trained smart and took frequent naps with Winston Wee Dog on the couch back in Santa Cruz, I would pull up fine. … Read more


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The Windy City

August 2012 Chicago Tidbits Knick-named the windy city The Ferris Wheel made its debut in Chicago in 1983 Chicago is home to nearly 200 hundred art galleries Chicago’s Harold Washington Library is the world’s largest public library with a collection … Read more


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Columbia, Austin, and the Escape from Alcatraz

After a brief pit stop in San Diego, catching up with my coach Pete, I was on my way again.  Having packed up the Ford Explorer, I was back to airports, transcontinental flights, three cities I’d never visited, three races … Read more