2017 Year Review
Another year blighted by injury and an operation. The injuries started early - March 1 pulled my first ever hamstring - low down behind the R knee - foreshadowing things to come. That injury cruelled the ACT Sprint (finished only by hopping), ACT Middle (DNS) and more importantly Oceania NZ, and and any thoughts of staying on for WMOC. Still managed to finish first on the Aussie team in Oceania S, M and L but got dumped from the Relay team.
Hammie seemed to clear up and so managed to win the NSW Middle and the Australian 3 Day, but the day after that the R knee went. Took a while to get the inevitable operation and that cruelled the Oz Champs carnival, although nearly snuck a win in the sprint (4 seconds).
Recovered enough by November to win the NSW Sprint, and with that the 2017 State League for the sixth time (the exception was 2012, last operation year).
Currently 104 in the Big Pink Rankings (AP 175), but facing an early season wipeout in 2018 as 9 of my top 11 scores expire before March 2nd. The top-ranked score (1256) was the day before the knee injury (QBIII Day 3).
Training - despite injuries, hours training actually went up in 2017, at 304 hours the most since 2006. Of course that was mainly due to exercises - an all time high of 61 hours.
Running (+ O) was again very low at 366km: 1km per day similar to the last six years. 2km/day months in Jan/Feb and in May were followed by serious injury lay offs.
Cycling was down significantly at 3640 km (10 km per day). The missing 1000km from last year was due to pretty much a 5 month lay off between April to August.