Hi and welcome to my blog!
My name is Pablo, I originally come from Chile but I’ve been living in Australia for the past 10 years.
I have been a swimmer ever since I was three, when my mum decided to enroll me in swimming lessons after a (not very) close call in the pool. Ever since then I have been in the water. At the age of 8 we moved to the north of Chile where I quickly made it my mission to compete and swim for the Antofagasta Swimming team. I quickly rose through the ranks and made it to the Junior nationals in Santiago. During this time, my dad was required to travel to Australia for 6 months, so we took the chance, looked up a local swimming club and took off!
After buying my bike with assistance from parents (thanks mum and dad!), I started training. My first race was the Rockingham pursuit triathlon, which as it turned out was also my first flat tyre during a race. Having learnt the night before how to change a tube from my sister, I managed to get back on the bike with only 10min lost (oops!). Nevertheless I completed my first triathlon! There was only one race left for the year after this one, and armed with another month of training and the learning experiences of my first race I tackled this one head on! After the initial success came the boring months. All training and no racing. So to keep me interested I set myself the goal of completing the Busselton Half Iron man!
With this new goal driving me forward, I started training proper. It was through this training that I was able to complete 4 more triathlons which included my first Olympic distance tri! (and my second flat tyre). However shortly after my last triathlon after a bad fall I broke the radial head of my left arm. Devastated I got a partial refund for my Iron man deposit and set forth on the path of recovery (I will touch on the rehab aspects on a separate post).
Resting post op; had a very bad reaction to the pain medication
Sadly watching the Busselton Half Iron Man start from the sidelines
After almost a year dealing with aches and pains, I decided to give it another shot! It was never my intention to give up and there has certainly been times when I have wanted to! But in the end I have come out the other side, wiser and more determined. Last I wrote on a blog, was as I embarked on this journey of recovery. It took almost a year, but on the 5th of May 2015, I did it. I crossed the finish line of my first Half Iron man!
So today, I am writing this blog in the hopes that I will get back there one day. I have slacked off and focused on other areas of my life. I am now ready to get back to where I once was and hopefully this time I can maintain the same level of excellence in both sport and fitness as well as working life.