I would sum up most of 2012 with a quote taken from one of my favourite movies, Forrest Gump:
“Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far, far away from here.”
Yes, it was a rough year. Although at the same time it has been a year of incredible change, opportunity, and clarity. A chance for me to look deep inside myself to determine who I am, as a person, and as an athlete.
So although I haven’t achieved what I set out to in 2012, I am actually quite relieved to see it come to an end, and ready to welcome in 2013. This year I won’t be wanting to fly away from anything, and instead making the most of each and every moment!
I’ve come to a lot of realisations this year, with the biggest and best of them being to understand what a great family, friends and support network I have around me. They’ve all been there to pick me up when I’ve fallen down; they haven’t judged me for mistakes or bad decisions I may have made, just helped me dust myself off and help redirect onto the right path to achieving my dreams.
With the year coming to a close, I’d like to reflect on a few of the highlights of 2012, as despite being quite a rough year, yes there were still some highlights.
- An invite from “the Doc” Brett Sutton to come and meet him in teamTBB camp in Mooloolaba in March.
- The “nod” from Doc to “give me a go” on teamTBB as a “real” professional athlete
- My race in Ironman New York up until my crash at 180.5km! I had implemented massive changes to my training and general approach to training and racing in the lead up to this event, and race day was just a magical experience.
- Returning home to my family and friends in Sydney in August, despite being broken, was a very happy time and a huge relief to be home.
The low points, well there’s no need to ponder over these, as 2013 for me is about looking forward to bigger and better things. I am so very grateful to be a part of teamTBB for 2013 and playing my part in growing the team on a personal, athletic and social basis. I am now well on the way to full recovery from my injuries sustained this year, and whilst my 2013 schedule is yet to be confirmed, I look forward to toeing the start line of races once again very soon.
A few very special mentions must go out at this time:
Doc, you have given me an opportunity to change my life, and for this I am forever grateful. I hope to make you and teamTBB proud in 2013 and beyond.
My coach Matt Koorey in Sydney, wow what a journey so far, thank you for everything, including rebuilding me from the ground up, not an easy task but you’ve stuck by me and I can’t put into words how much this is appreciated.
Daryl Philips of Performance Health Newport, thank you for believing in me, for getting my body back on path to the performance we know I’m capable of, and mostly for your honesty in treating my most recent injury. I could not have done this without your help.
My family: mum, dad and Mike, love you guys and thank you for putting up with me and loving me all the same
My best friends in the world Chedda, Pip and Rosi – I don’t need to say anything but love you so very much xxx
Last but not least Mike @ Northside Runners and Hugh @ City Bike Depot, thank you for welcoming me on board to save some money for my 2013 season.
2013 is going to be my fresh start and I can’t wait!!