It was like being caught in one of those dreams you have, that you never want to end. Where everything is taken care of and you are sheltered from the real world. A place where so few get to experience, though a place I’ll look back on with some of my fondest memories so far. A massive dining hall, Free MacDonald’s, kit for days and good-looking birds as far as the eye can see!
The journey was intense and feels now like a lifetime ago. The dust has settled and I have had some time to reflect on the race and becoming an Olympian!
10th at your first Games you must be happy with that? A lot of emails have come my way with this kind of phrase.
I guess I’ll use the word "satisfied" with my race, though left with wanting more.
Those critical moments on the big stage can cost you, like having your helmet done up in transition after it had been knocked off your bike. Don’t stress no panic we have practised these situations day to day in the daily training environment, its nothing new. Though those precious seconds define races even though you are prepared.
Quick the wheels are disappearing, positioning, I have to be up closer to the front up this climb. The legs were screaming, the pace was on and like that, a little gap opened. Quick go round shut the gap, you can do it. Unfortunately not as I didn’t have the legs to shut the faintest of gaps, which meant that front group disappeared up the road along with the fight for the medals.
The crowds were amazing and there were goose bumps as this was it, I was living out my childhood dream to compete at an Olympics.
I gave it my all and everything I had and the outcome on the day was 10th place.
I think its human nature, to never be satisfied and to always want more! As an athlete it can be a strength or a weakness. The need to be better, to continue achieving, it's what keeps me motivated. It keeps me pushing the limits and the boundaries we thought we once had. It gets me out of bed in the morning and jumping into bed at night with a smile on my face or with an aching body that I’m determined to make better the next day.
The fire burns stronger within me to go another four-year cycle.
An endless number of people contributed to this journey. Some more than others. Though one thing they all did was believed and help me on this journey in anyway possible. So a massive thankyou!
I've been in Clermont, Florida since Rio preparing for the Grand Final in Cozumel this weekend. After a few days off training post Rio I have found myself back into the groove quickly and have been motivated to capitalise on the fitness I was in pre Rio. Post Cozumel I'll be returning home to Australia and switch things up and jump on the TT bike to round out the year with two non drafting races in Nepean and Noosa Triathlon!