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QWhat fac­tors will come into your de­ci­sion if you will race in Cairns next month or not?

AIt is a lit­tle bit com­pli­cated. I have been in­jured and I am not in very good shape yet. I have just had three months of run­ning. I am not in great shape and Cairns is a re­gional cham­pi­onships and with it, it will bring a great field. I sort of want to give the race what it de­serves and not turn up un­der­done to com­pete. That is part of it. I love the race and I am very tempted to jump in still and try do my best. We are all try­ing to ac­crue points to try and get to the world cham­pi­onships so for me I need to make smart de­ci­sions with which races will get me the most points to get me to the worlds.

QYou are on the Iron­man come­back trail af­ter giv­ing birth to daugh­ter Mahli, how has that in­flu­enced your ath­letic ca­reer? No doubt it is great per­son­ally but what im­pacts has it made on your Iron­man am­bi­tions?

AThere is a bunch of rea­sons to make it harder but it is out­weighed by be­ing a mother and ev­ery­thing that goes into it is so in­cred­i­ble. I do not mind the lit­tle things that de­tract from your ath­letic stuff and per­for­mance. Mahli has come to all the races I have done so far and she will be in Cairns too. I love be­ing a mum. It is a lot of jug­gling with my train­ing. My hus­band works from home and me be­ing an ath­lete, I am work­ing from home sort of too and we just jug­gle it be­tween us. We get a bit of help from the fam­ily. Train­ing is my out­let and my “me” time but I so love get­ting back home as well. Some­times there is a lit­tle less sleep than what I would like and re­cov­ery is not what it used to be but over­all, it is a huge pos­i­tive.

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