Paige Paterson

Paige Paterson

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Newport, Wales

Well, I’m presently mid-air on my way to Spain, so I thought I would bring you up to date on my journey so far.

Firstly I’d like to start off by saying what an amazing group of people I am travelling with, on this trip. I jump out of bed every day with a beaming smile on my face and I haven’t stopped laughing and having fun since we departed New Zealand.

The Sprint Girls at Caerphilly Castle

We have just spent 10 in the ‘Olympic Women’s Head Sprint Coach’ Stu Macdonald’s hometown, Newport in Wales. And even though it is not a place I had on my bucket list to visit, I can happily say I would love go there again. It was a pleasant city, with lots of chatty people who were all very friendly, loud and also, hard to understand.

  Katie outside our hotel       Stu teaching the Barista how to make a Flat White

Last night, we headed out to an Italian restaurant with Stu’s Family and friends. Town in Newport was fairly rowdy to say the least, but what a lovely bunch of people to meet and share stories with over a seriously tasty meal.

As for the training, it has been really hard yaka! But the sort of pain I LIKE! It took me a few days to get over the travel and my body to adjust to the new atmosphere then we hit the track. The training environment here is refreshing and motivating and my times compared to the Elite girls have been rather exciting.

   Doing side bridges together at the gym                         Katie and Tarsh training                           

We have also had some sweet gym sessions at the Wales Institute of Sport, which is really high tech and well set up for all the athletes needs. At the gym they had really cool delayed cameras on the squatting pad, so that you can watch yourself, 30 seconds after you had completed the set! The ideal way to perfect your technique!

Me doing a start during training                               Helping out Tarsh in the gym

On our day off, Stu lead us into the capital of Wales, Cardiff. Firstly we jumped onto a bus, visited the attractions of the town, and then the Men and women parted as we hit up the shops for rest of the day! At the end of the day we visited some longstanding castles, which were HUGE and pretty picture perfect.

The support staff pulling faces on the bus trip                 Beautiful architecture in Wales

I am looking forward some hot days ahead in Spain, average temperature’s sitting at 30 degrees for the rest of the week. Time in the sun will beat the cold I gather you are having at home.

For now, Adios Amigo’s! 

Having fun shopping in Cardiff

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