2014 Wrap Up (Bahamas, Europe, Commonwealth Games, Morocco)

WOW! What an athletics season this has been. 2014 has definitely been my biggest and best year running and I have loved every minute of it.

Starting with the Nationals & Commonwealth Games Selection Trials where I ran a PB and qualified for the Commonwealth Games, then onto the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas which was an amazing experience to run for the Australian 4x400m team... and this was all before May!

Then began my journey to the Commonwealth Games, which was a long one! Starting with a training stint in Cologne, Germany for a month amongst some other Comm Games team members where we travelled around Europe for races to prepare. Then a week with the Australian team in Gateshead in England for final training and team preparations.... Finally I moved into the Village in Glasgow and began the most memorable week of my life!

The whole experience was very surreal, eating in the dining hall with superstar athletes, training amongst the Australian team, but most memorable was of course walking into the main stadium which was filled with people cheering, and running some great 400ms, holding my own against the world's best.

I ran some of my fastest times ever across the 4 races that week, my final results were 10th in the 400m and 4th in the 4x400m which I am extremely happy with!

Here is the only video I could find online: Relay Final (1st leg (52.2)- 4th place)

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Upon returning home to Australia after a short break I was asked to compete for Asia-Pacific in the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco. I knew I was not anywhere near the shape I had been in Glasgow but unfortunately had less than 2 weeks notice to prepare before I flew out to run the 400m and the 4x400m. It was still a great experience and is the fastest race I've ever been a part of as the winner ran 49 seconds! I finished 7th in the individual and 4th in the relay, which I was happy with considering my lack of preparation..

Now I am finally back home and starting back at training to build a big fitness base. I have made the very hard decision to change coaches and training squads after a decade, but am excited as to what the future holds now.

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to every single person who supported me along this journey, I would not have been able to do it without you. I am so grateful to have an amazing team of family, friends, support staff, and readers who push me to achieve my goals every day.

Getting ready for Europe!

There is only 1 week until I fly out to Europe to begin my season in preparation for the Commonwealth Games! I will be basing in Cologne, Germany for 3 weeks while I do a couple of races and then move into Team Camp for a week before heading into the Athletes Village in Glasgow. I am so excited to get over there to finalise my training and start racing! I thought I'd let you in on a few sessions I've been doing and a few my favourite New Balance things that I will be taking in my suitcase with me.

I've been focussing a lot on my strength & conditioning sessions in the last couple of weeks, building strength and muscle to ensure that I stay strong while I'm overseas and more importantly, am able to perform at my peak at the Commonwealth Games. In the gym my S&C coach is very particular on my technique and being snappy/explosive with every exercise. Along with Cleans/Squats/Deadlifts I also do a lot of foot contact drills, explosive jumps and medicine ball throws.

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On the track I have been focussing on race specific sessions that are super tough!! One of my favourites is split 400ms:

2-3 x 200m, 60sec, 200m
(aim to at the pace of your 1st 200m of a 400m race each rep)

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To take with me in my suitcase over to Europe I'll let you in on a few of my favourite NB things that help get me through my gruelling training regime. My absolute favourite pieces at the moment are from the New Balance by Heidi Klum range.

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I absolutely love the new colours and patterns in this range, and more importantly how comfortable and wearable it is. The Hottie Bra (see above right) is definitely one of the things I wear the most in my wardrobe. It is super supportive for running and has lightweight & breathable material, which helps in some of the longer sessions!! I also have the matching Run Shorts which have a loose fitted outer layer and a fitted under short. Really great for gym sessions too!

 

 

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My new favourite New Balance shoes which will definitely be on the plane with me to Europe are the Fresh Foam 980s. I use these at the gym and for my track session warm up/longer reps. They are so comfortable and different to any other shoe I've worn. Without being constrictive they are still supportive and lightweight. Definitely give these a go!

If you want to have a look at any of these things head to www.newbalance.com.au 

Thanks to New Balance Australia for your continued support and belief in me. I will be representing #TeamNB overseas very proudly.

 

Enjoy! A. xx

Comm Games qualifier, PB and a Silver medal!

Hi Guys

WOW what a weekend....!

The Australian Championships & Commonwealth Games selection trials were on last weekend in Melbourne and I ran the 400m and 200m. Going into the Championships I was pretty confident I had a chance to take out the gold medal in the 400m, but due to inconsistent weather conditions down at Melbourne I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to get the Commonwealth Games qualifier too. What resulted was not what I was expecting but I am very happy nonetheless.

On the thursday night I ran the 400m heat and was able to run pretty conservatively and save up my energy for the final on the Saturday night. I ran a 54.31 and was drawn lane 6 for the final. Over the weekend we were pretty lucky it wasn't forecasted to rain but unfortunately that's where our luck finished! Cold wind swirled around the track all afternoon the day of the race and was not ideal conditions for fast times.

I felt really good going into the race, no real injury niggles and my training had been going really well. Caitlin Sargent, my main competitor from QLD was 2 lanes inside me, and a young girl from Melbourne, Morgan Mitchell, was on the lane inside me so I knew I would have to focus on my own race and not get distracted by what they were or weren't doing!
I did just that and ended up with a silver medal in a new PB of 52.35 seconds! Unfortunately I didn't judge the timing of the end of my race exactly right so I finished with a bit left in the tank, and I was only 0.13 seconds behind the winner Morgan. But I was extremely ecstatic with the result because my time was the exact Commonwealth Games 'B' qualifier!

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The fact that I didn't win meant I couldn't be automatically selected in the team, but I will have to wait until June 1st for the final selection announcement.
I am pretty confident of an individual selection, and am certain that our relay team (which I will be a part of) has a good chance to make the final and maybe even medal in Glasgow!

The next day I had 2 rounds of the 200m to get through, and even though I was on a bit of cloud nine having run the qualifying standard, I had to re-focus and get back into racing mode.
I ran through the heats relatively easily and secured a place in the final. I ended up running a really good 200m and finishing strongly enough to take out the bronze medal in 23.88 seconds! The time wasn't quick because we had a strong headwind but I was extremely happy to finish the weekend with two medals.

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If you want to watch my races, here is the links

400m: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO759kAtRDc&feature=youtu.be

200m: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0cDGhyptpw&feature=youtu.be

Now I am going back into hard training for three months before heading overseas in June. With lots of things to work on and improve in my race I am very confident I will be able to run some fast times if selected to go to Glasgow and am very excited to get to work!

Thanks everyone for your messages of support over the last couple of months! It really has helped me push to be a better athlete and to compete for Australia this year at the Games.

Love A.x

2014 Season begins!!

Hello!

First of all, a belated Happy New Year!

Down to business... Well the 2014 Athletics season has officially begun!

My campaign to qualify for the Commonwealth Games started off great with a PB in the 800m at the end of 2013. I ran at an inter club meet in Sydney against the clock and ran a 2:05.84, which was almost a second off my old personal best time! This was a great indicator of my fitness and strength, proving that all of the hard sessions during winter were paying off. After I ran this race there was speculation as to whether I would focus on qualifying for the 200m, 400m or 800m for the Commonwealth Games as I am relatively close to all three - I think it's safe to say I am sticking to the 400m this season!!

My first 400m race was two weeks ago at the Club Championships in Sydney, it was definitely a lung opener that's for sure! I ran a time of 53.32 which was great considering it was the first race of the season and I was out on my own. This time is less than a second away from the Comm Games qualifying time and there is plenty of things I need to fix up in my race plan which should take a big chunk out of the time too.

Last weekend, I ran my second 400m at the Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle. Hunter is such a great meet with lots of music, fancy cars and great competition, so I always enjoy racing there! I entered the track on top of a convertible Mercedes Benz!

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I was happy with the way I actually set up my race, however unfortunately the time did not reflect the effort I was putting in just yet! I ended up just being overtaken in the last 20m by Caitlin Sargent. It was a great race for both of us to get out of the system I think and good to have someone so close to me to push those fast times out.

I am now focussing on the 200m for a couple of weeks to get my speed up and then will return to the 400m for the last few races of the season before potentially heading to the Bahamas for the World Relay Championships in May!

My next two races are:

- February 1st, Club Championships 200m

- February 8th and 9th, ACT State Championships 200m

Then after that I continue with the 400m at:

-March 15th, Sydney Track Classic 400m

-March 29th, Queensland Track Classic 400m

-April 3-6th, Australian Athletic Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trial (Melbourne) 400m & 200m

I am ready to jump into my next couple of weeks of training and am definitely very confident for my next races!

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Thanks for all of the support and well wishes!

A. xx

Star Stadium Goal!

Hello! Very exciting news to announce today...my Star Stadium goal target was reached! I am so grateful and humbled by the amazing support I have received with this venture. The funds I managed to raise will go a long way in allowing me to continue training full time toward the Commonwealth Games trials in April next year. The support I have received has motivated me to train as hard as possible so that I can represent Australia for all of my Star Stadium sponsors and hopefully do you all proud.

On the last day of the fundraising I promised 10 burpees for every person who donated that day...I ended up having to do 120 burpees! I have a short clip of the challenge on my instagram account here: http://instagram.com/p/g7xMjGH-g2/

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I want to mention everyone who sponsored me to say thank you! Here are my Star Sponsors who are now officially part of Team Rubie!! Ally Day Wanda Major Sali and Julie Stevanja Clare Hozack Dean Ashford Louisa Scott Gai and Mark Forrest Allegra Day and George Downing Ben Rubie Danni Hudson Natalie Wendon Rhonda Dew Sergio Correa John Rubie Susan Reading Thomas Martin Harrison Colreavy Esther Muller Ali Rubie Andrew Heil Alanna Raymond Anthony Mitchell Stephanie Panaretos Jack Colreavy Ben Liddy

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! So very grateful for your generosity. The much needed funds will be put towards travel expenses to and from training/travel, weekly physiotherapy treatment/injury prevention, coaching and pilates/gym fees. All of these daily and weekly expenses combined significantly increase my chances come April for the Commonwealth Games trials. A. x

Help me to get to the Commonwealth Games!

Click here to: Help me to get to the Commonwealth Games!

As the Commonwealth Games selection trials creep closer and closer, I am asking for your help! Star Stadium is a new crowd funding site that is helping athletes achieve their goals. My goal is to qualify and gain selection in the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Juggling being a full time athlete and a full time student leaves little time for part time work. To qualify for the team I am needing to travel domestically and internationally to compete against the best, and as you can imagine - the expenses add up very quickly!!

Please jon my team and help me compete for Australia!

Anneliese x