Testing, testing, 1,2,3
I’m not sure who is out there to read this, or even if it will reach anyone. My contact with you is so infrequent, you probably think I’m some sort of alien or foreign creature. Sometimes I do feel like I am slightly weird or unusual. So I’m not offended if you agree, neither would I want you to be scared to read on but instead I encourage it and I encourage you to enjoy my equally as strange and unusually stories of 2016 as I unravel them in front of you.
2016 started with a bang, quite literally, as we were in Portugal on a training camp to see in the New Year. Huge fireworks were set off on the beach that lit up the sky for miles around, that were so loud neighbouring countries woke! Well, that was what I was told because I managed to sleep through the whole thing. One of my alien talents… is sleeping anywhere, through anything. The rest of the camp went well with an overall aim of building volume and frequency with not much focus on intensity. Although I feel the trips main focus was to have a good time and embracing all things swim, bike, run in a little bit of sun.
The sun set on us as we left Portugal and came home to a phase of hibernation back in Wales. Hibernation through a gruelling winter consisted of lots of lengths of the swimming pool, lots of roads being rode, lots of miles on two feet, multiple weights thrown in the gym and millions of calories consumed! I hide away from the normal world and lived in my monotony of winter of training, working, eating and sleeping. Some estimated stats for you numbers people out there:
To many this all sound very dull and many may say boring, ‘Where is the shopping, where are the parties, where are the late nights’. But to me this is a special place, my alien utopia. I’m happiest when I’m training. Once, when I had to change jobs I cried, not because the thought of the new job scared me, or that I wasn’t sure if I could cope. I cried because I wasn’t sure I would be able to do all the training I wanted to do! My backward thought process and unusual thinking working its magic once again.
But back to 2016, with all the splashing, peddling and plodding around it was time to put it altogether with some races. Each race is importance however big or small it may seem to others. You learn and develop from each race, it’s all part of the process and the bigger picture. I am often very critical of my performance and sometimes forget to see the good though the mistakes or weakness. Another alien way of thinking. When you want to be the best, you compare yourself against the best, as that is where I aspire to be. But I understand this can sometimes be unhealthy and I have to remember how far I have come in such a relatively short period of time. Reflecting on this I am very happy with my 2016 results and I hope you can see why…
But before I reveal my planes I just want to thank you for reading to this point… well done! Not too much left now and some might say the most exciting bit yet to come. I would also like to say a big thank you to Team Tredz for their constant support. From the guys and girls on the shop floor, all the mechanics who have saved me on multiple occasions and not forgetting all the guys who work extremely hard upstairs in the office. I’m extremely great full for all your help, guidance. So what does the next year have install? We must fast forward to 2018 and the commonwealth games before we look at 2017. Ekkkkkkkk
This is a goal, an aim, an ambition and I know it is extremely ambitious! But if I don’t say it and set my goals then I would never even get the chance to try. It scares me and excited me every time I even think about it. So actually at the moment I try not to… I’m focused on the process, the here and now! I just want to be as good as I can be in 2018 and if that means I am blessed with this huge responsibly then absolutely bloody fandaby dozy!! ☺ But if it doesn’t then I will be better than I am today and there are lots more WC maybe WTS races that I can focus on. There is no stopping me!!
Set your goals and enjoy the journey!! Stay safe out there and if you ever need anything just shout.