The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are now just five months away and potential team members are starting to get excited at the prospect of heading to Scotland for the Games. We've been following some New Zealand athletes in the countdown to Glasgow in a series of regular blogs.
Our five athlete bloggers are helping us to understand a little more of the sacrifices and hard work required to perform at an elite level. We've heard recently from decathlete Scott McLaren, shot putter Tom Walsh, 800m runner Angie SmitJulia Ratcliffe and sprinter Joseph Millar.
This week we hear from hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe in Princeton about planning training in snow and freezing temperatures, improving her weight throw PB, looking forward to training in Florida and fulfilling her goal of competing in a Princeton speed suit.