Dreams do come true with a lot of hard work and self-belief.
It hasn't been easy and there has been plenty of investments on the way. Some of which came back with no return and the common why me? Ultimately the why me's were rewarded with the biggest return possible a number of years later.
A start on the 18th of August at the Rio Olympics.
I have so many people to thank who have supported me on this journey from day dot.
So how did that automatic nomination get sealed at WTS Gold Coast?
A dream lead up was had in New Plymouth New Zealand post Abu Dhabi! There was no wind, no rain and no hills!! What a perfect place to train with the Wollongong Wizards! Add to that a chef, a bike cleaner and you have no reason not to be able to put together a solid 4-week block, with no worries other than having to train.
Patty Cakes I owe you big time, you’re a legend mate, though my only request would be sometimes a little less spice in those curries and Tuna Melts everyday for lunch!! Oh and don't forget next time to lube my chain a little more post clean as it was dry one day…
I was ready and wasn't going there with: “I could have done this, or that different”. Racing at home for a WTS is special! There was pressure, though a simple equation: First Aussie + Top ten = Ticket to Rio
I had a good swim. It had me in contention and where I needed to be. I rode smart during the 40km expending energy wisely and saving as much energy as possible for that run. It was all process driven and very limited outcome based thinking, which is easy to drift into when there is so much on the line. I dismounted the bike exactly where I needed to be! Though that calf wasn't as excited as me to be out there running. It was tight right from that first step off the bike… “Focus on the process not that calf”… I went out hard in a in control kind of manner as possible. It was smooth sailing until around 4km in where that bugger of a calf really grabbed… “Please don't go..and don't grab harder”… It gave me some relief and I could get back up to full tilt a kilometer or so later. It was nothing short of a battle those last 6km. I was able to nurse her through to the finish line and cross that line in 4th place and secure that elusive spot on the team.
I had achieved that dream… Though it's yet to fully sink in…
So what's next now the pressure has been lifted off my shoulders? A small amount of rehab on that calf to ensure it comes back stronger than ever, a revised race schedule that will have me flying come Rio, a fair whack of training that I can't wait to sink my teeth into and a few weeks left in AUS before heading to Vitoria to lay those foundations for what's ahead.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me a message of support. I will get back to each and everyone of you!!