Every person has a path to follow. It widens, narrows, climbs and descends. There are times of desperate wanderings, but with courageous perseverance and personal conviction, the right road will be found. That is what brings real joy. ~ Konosuke Matsushita
I found this quote recently and love it. Sums up my second half of the year so far..I feel change is around the corner.
I’ve been quite which can sometimes be a good thing, or sometimes a bad thing.
My year got off to a solid start 8th in Bermuda WTS, 7th in Yokohama WTS and then a 10th at Leeds WTS jumping to 5th in the world.
A couple of wins in Basque races and the confidence starts soaring!
Then it seemed to unravel in the blink of an eye. A DNF in Hamburg, first one ever and something nobody wants next to their name after being to eager and false starting I was never back in it!
The form was defiantly there and I was ready to push in Edmonton WTS, though I would be left scratching the head with a disappointing 44th after coming close to drowning in the duck pond!
You start questioning yourself and asking why?
As an athlete you are always walking a tight rope on the edge. Pushing the body mentally and physically day in day out. Not to mention the extensive travel it’s a fine balancing act to keep the body healthy and know when to push and when to ease off the gas! Something I’m still learning.
I was doing my second run for the day and was minutes into a Mona Fartlek and felt a little twinge in the lower calf/achillies region. I limped for a bit tried to run it out, talked myself into believing it was a cramp, though deep down I knew it was something more.
Montreal WTS was no more!
Why me, why now...that air of frustration lingers, there is nothing worse..
A scan confirmed a small tear and has me sidelined for now, although I’m already back building the run and I should be back racing in 8 weeks..
There goes Super League, there goes WTS series ambitions the mind starts to look for all the negatives..
Sometimes you need to re adjust the goals and look for the silver lining or the way forward out of any situation. It may need some problem solving but it will be there if you look deep enough!
I’ll be on the Gold Coast in a Team Role capacity, will I run? Time will tell all I know is I’ll do my upmost best to try help Australia bring home a medal.
Noosa Triathlon is the target with a possible late World Cup in Japan to finish the year!
As for now I just gotta keep chipping away at the rock like the stone cutter. Get stronger, get healthy and one day that rock will crack bringing those highs you search for as an athlete.