February’s Postcard from Oz
2nd February 2012 - Swimming.org
I had a really great Christmas this year. I’m still not used to it being warm (I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it!), so it really doesn’t feel Christmassy when it’s baking hot outside.
But my family always make a point of having a proper British roast Christmas dinner, even when it’s 35 degrees. I was sweating eating dinner it was that hot!
Even though it’s not great being so far away from family, it’s quite nice because we always seem to have English people come to stay at our place anyway.
This year it was my sister’s two best friends from home and my brother’s friend’s friend who didn’t have anyone to spend Christmas with over here.
Because it’s summer here over Christmas, training doesn’t really stop. I spend a bit of time down the beach so that means lots of outdoor training which I LOVE!
For the last couple of years I’ve got into doing the Surf Life Saving Open Water competitions down the coast. You get pretty good prizes for winning and it’s like a combination of a day at the beach and a training session so I get the best of both worlds.
It was pretty cool this year because I won one of the biggest races in Victoria – the Pier to Pub – and I got a travel voucher for winning which I plan to spend at the end of this year when I have a holiday.
Because I spend so much time at the beach I got a stand-up paddle board for Christmas. I’m really not a fan of big waves so it’s great I can just paddle around on the nice flat water.
It’s also a bit of cross training so it improves my core strength and most of all, it’s just really fun!
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