The smile on my face says it all!  Last week we were able to hold our Australian National Road Championships here in Australia.  It was amazing to have an event after a year of no racing, unless you were doing it virtually.

Although the crowds were smaller than in the past it was great to see the local people of Buninyong, come out to watch.  The shops there and in Ballarat were happy to have us around.  To be able to race and have people cheering you on from the side of the road and to be able to cheer on club and teammates, was one thing I have certainly missed. It was great to have over 1000 people entered throughout the week in all the different races!

It was also great to have our Para team in a camp together, considering the last time we were together as a team was September 2019.  It actually felt like we were back to normal, that the whole last year hadn’t happened.  But funny enough as soon as you start feeling like that you know it’s about to change!

During the week some of the regulations for our State of Victoria changed due to a confirmed case of COVID_19 in our hotel quarantine, so it was back to facemasks and regulations of how many people you could have In a closed space.  Now this really wasn’t bad at all.  However that didn’t seem to last too long, because a week later it all changed.

On Friday, the entire state of Victorian went into our 3rd lockdown.  Last year our 2nd one was 111 days, this one we were told would be for 5 days, so we wait to see what will happen.

So now events that were to have happened this weekend have been postponed, at least they haven’t been cancelled.  So here’s hoping that we have stopped this cluster outbreak in time to get back to where we were.  We have all done the right things to get where we were and it will be nice to get back there once again.

Here are 4 simple things you can do to help you get through this 3rd lockdown:

  • Breathe – plain and simple, stop, take a deep breath and slowly let it out. Do this as much as you need to in order to calm yourself.
  • Go for a walk (with mask on) instead of watching the news or no brain tv.
  • Look around as you walk and open your heart to the nature around you and realise how lucky we really are.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family.

We can do this and I’ll see you all back out on the road when we can.

Thanks to Kippa Reedis for the photo!


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  1. Jennifer Bacon 15/02/2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol, great to hear you are back cycling with your friends. Magic. Hopeful together Victorians can all bring this latest outbreak to ground very soon. I’m sure we will. Thankfully it’s still summer and the days are beautiful. We’ve got this. Take care and enjoy your cycling 😊

    • CarolC 16/02/2021 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, fingers crossed!

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