I’m really not happy to have to say I’m unable to race one of the toughest triathlons on the circuit.

Anyone who knows me will know I love to race! It’s what I train for! You may say, surely that’s what everyone trains for but you might be interested to here that some prefer to train than race! Racing is where you test yourself (body and mind) to the limit against the best triathletes in the world. Unfortunately I have to give in to the condition of my body on this occasion and get it right for the rest of the season.

When I joined up with Darren in San Diego I had an achilles issue which we monitored and worked hard to get to Abu Dhabi. I knew I wasn’t 100% when I got off the flight – the achilles was sore and this was a big problem. It was a horrible feeling not to be in my best possible condition for the first race. With this in mind I have chosen to get the injury sorted now rather than let it linger on through the year so I can compete at my best!

I’m working closely with Darren and Lisa Studach our team physio out here. My main goal this year is in August – the Olympic test event in Rio – and the WTS Grand Final in September. Both of these are GB selection races so I need to make sure I am ready physically and mentally. I still want to have a good series with consistent performances but Rio and Chicago will take priority.

With the great support I get from Team GB, my D-Squad & Partners I couldn’t be in better hands.

At the minute I am on the GC and training is going well and am enjoying being back here. I’m so gutted to miss Auckland especially as things went so well there last year. It’s been a difficult choice to make but one I know will benefit my season in the long run.

I hope you are all training hard and hitting some early targets you set yourselves. If you’ve hit a little bump like I have, don’t worry its only March and there’s a long way to go this season. Keep training hard!