Now is the time…
It’s like that Holiday that you never want to end. It was wonderful, you had a great time, but you know at some point it has to finish.
Maybe it comes as no surprise:
For the people who are closest to me, who have been there for my highs and lows it’s surely not. Maybe they also feel my relief. Though to the amazing support network of people who have been a part of my journey, the people I have been fortunate enough to meet and all the ones that have followed my Triathlon career from the far corners of the globe, there has probably been that lingering question.
So it’s with a hint of sadness, but mostly excitement and all the other emotions that come along with ending an incredibly amazing time in my life. I have got off that plane from my professional triathlon career. Next destination/s are abundant, the choices are truly mine to explore.
Coming to a decision is often the hardest and my process hasn’t been the easiest one either, but now is the right time. Truthfully – my health has really struggled over the last 4 years and ultimately my body helped make the decision for me that it didn’t have what it needed to compete at the highest level on the world stage anymore. I have been a competitor all my life and have loved nothing more than the pressure of a big race and representing my country. Triathlon has been a huge part of my life and I will in some way always be connected to it, however now it feels right to explore life outside of only competing.
A part of me knows I’ve always had a feeling that at some point in my life I was meant to help people and that’s where I want to begin.
Using my experience, as an athlete to achieving the highest highs to feeling far from human, with the only goal in mind is to be healthy. This is something I want to help people attain in order to get the best out of themselves. Whether it’s other athletes, high achievers looking for that life/work blend or people interested at being the best version of them self. I have begun studying online at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (a course that I feel like has been designed for me;) I am commentating at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as the expert commentator for Triathlon and honored to be an Athlete Role Model at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in August. I love sharing the mental aspect of performance with other professional athletes striving to be at the top of their sport & want to open that door to anyone who want’s to reach out. I still love following so many of my friends and want to continue to help spread the of this rapidly growing sport
This part of my journey in life has been pretty amazing so far and I’m looking forward to the next part. As they say: ‘as one door close’s another opens’. I’m excited to work on the next room, it’s time I took my foot out of the way.
I have to thank the amazing Delly Carr for providing me a ‘this is your life’ collage of photo’s. He is one of so many wonderful people I have been grateful to meet through this sport.
The list is too long of people to thank who have been a huge part of my journey, who have believed in me, given me courage and support to take the path less travelled, who have kept my body together, who have been there when it hasn’t held up the way I wanted.
To the people who have been there to celebrate my success and also held me up when I’ve needed perspective and strength. Athletes who have provided knowledge and advice, opened their arms to show me what it took to reach the top and taught me invaluable lessons I will never forget.
To Loretta for teaching me the true strength of a human being, the Harrop family for their unwavering love and support. My family and friends who never let me get too big for my boots and no matter what could always make me laugh.
My Mum and Dad, who a book alone could be written. Though without them, I would truly not be where I am today. Who have supported and taught me so much more than how to swim/bike/run, but have been my biggest supporters no matter where in the world they were. For providing me with an environment to explore what I wanted to do in life and passing on the travel bug to experience as much of the world we live in.
My little sister, who shared our competitive drive for swimming as children and penchant for adventure and mischief, we have shared some of the most amazing memories growing up as sisters.
Lastly, to my Husband, who has pushed me out of my comfort zone since we met and continues to do so with the most unwavering support to find and get more out of myself as a person. I’m truly grateful for having you in my life and blessed to share each other’s journey’s together.
*Lone Swimmer Photo Credit: Aquabumps