IMG_8342Well I have been in Italy for 2 and a half weeks so far and this morning I farewelled the rest of the team as they headed to Rio.  Stuart Tripp (hand cyclist) and I are the only two riders left in Italy with an amazing team around us, Lia – physio, Nick – coach and Dan – mechanic.  We are here for another 9 days before we make the trip to Rio.  Why have we been left behind, you might ask?  Well that is an easy one to answer…we don’t race until the second week.

Once we are in the village there isn’t really a lot of places we can train safely.  So to give us the best possible preparation we are staying put in Montichiari!  I certainly can’t complain, the Hotel Faro is not just a hotel, they have made us feel welcome like family and would do anything to make our preparation the best possible!  Although it was sad to see everyone go, we will see them soon!

Training has been going really well and over the last couple of weeks things have really been coming together.  It is amazing when you only have to think about 3 things…training, eating and sleeping!  Real life doesn’t get in the way, although I must say I do miss my husband Russ, dog Jack and my own bed!

It is also the last day before the advertising ‘black out’ that I can mention my sponsors and supporters who have helped me to get where I am today.  It certainly isn’t just a one person effort to enable an athlete to reach the pinnacle of their sporting career, competing at the highest level, it is a whole team behind that athlete.

So I would publicly like to thank my sponsors:  Liv Cycling Australia for being in my corner for the last 4 years and providing me with equipment every year!  High 5 Nutrition for the support over the last year in supplying me with hydration and fuel to keep me going.  Thanks also to She Science for the undergarment support (no pun intended!) and most recently Westpac for believing in me enough to assist with some money to upgrade my flight to Rio.

Those are just the sponsors, there is also a whole team behind the athlete from family near and far especially my husband Russ, friends (anyone who has ever gone for a ride with me or just were there to believe in the fact that I could do this crazy sport stuff!), my coach Rebecca DiCello, my cycling club St. Kilda Cycling Club, the Victorian Institute of Sport  for all their support with every program I have needed to access, medical, nutrition (Kylie), gym (Ben), sports psych (Paulette-RIP :-() and sports science (Nick).  Then there are those outside the VIS, Russ my massage therapist at More than Physio , Stella my chiropractor at Clifton Hill Chiropractic Clinic and all my doctors who have helped keep my body running well despite my MS!  I can’t forget the MS Australia team in Blackburn, Victoria who have always supported me in whatever I attempt to do!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone who has helped me over the last 4 years!  I am only 10 days away from being in the 2016 Paralympic Village and rest assured I will be giving it my all when it comes time to race!

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  1. Garry Beecroft 30/08/2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Good luck in Rio!!!!

    • CarolC 30/08/2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much!

  2. Helene 31/08/2016 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Stay injury free! Good luck in Rio!! Can’t wait to watch you & will be shouting for you from afar!

    • CarolC 31/08/2016 at 5:03 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Helene and yes I will stay safe!

  3. Helene 31/08/2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Stay safe!!

  4. Tina 31/08/2016 at 4:08 am - Reply

    We all know you can do the crazy sport stuff…. exceptionally well. But if you left Montichiari to train in Rio… you would officially be crazy! Maximise your final days there – go the good Italian carb diet! Enjoy that upgrade. Can’t wait to watch you live! Love from frosty Victoria (can you send some sunshine over). x

    • CarolC 31/08/2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

      Oh certainly agree, training here is awesome for us and the Italian food is fabulous! Have to definitely be careful. Hoping that you can see some of the racing but it looks like they may only show track racing and not road racing 🙁 But fingers crossed…you never know!

  5. Elaine Crowle 31/08/2016 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Hi Carol, the Parents Victoria team remember well your inspirational talk at our conference last year. We are following your journey to Rio and send our very best wishes

    • CarolC 31/08/2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Elaine and please pass on my thanks to the others!

  6. Lyn Stacker 31/08/2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Hey Carol
    All the very best in Rio. It sounds like a great decision to stay put in Montichiari. Enjoy the scenery, the food & the training. Looking forward to hear about the next step.
    Go get ’em girl
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 31/08/2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Lyn! We will definitely have to catch up when I am back!

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