Wow to begin on New Year’s Day would be quite a task but will fast forward and dabble a bit through the year because details bore most of us…
I had planned this whole long emotional send off to 2013 and to be honest I cannot remember a word of it! (Promise you it was EPIC BRU!!!) so here goes a few hi-lights and a few lows starting off with Burry
3rd of January an icon that cannot and never will be replaced was hit off his bike and passed on leaving a gaping cavern in the hearts of so many. All I can say is Burry you were one of those guys who raced like a possessed bull and your heart was always on your sleeve THANK YOU for showing us how it’s done!
My racing season was one that most people could consider a relatively successful one however for me it was one of frustration and not quite the year I had planned! While I did grab a few podiums on the singlespeed and I did get a few top 20′s and I finally won the Jozi hustle!!! it’s really not where I aim to be.
I have mentioned before that I am too competitive for my own good and I am looking forward to not only making good on my promises to myself next year but also the promises that I have made to so many important people in my life.
This year proved to be quite a big change for me body wise. I started it out weighing in at 65kg’s and I sit here at 70kg’s feeling better, being stronger and also being the leanest I have ever been.
One of the reasons for this is Wayde Kennedy, this bugger not only mashes us constantly into huge lumps of jelly twice a week at ultimate athlete he also got me to start running without being chased… (Yes I know very weird) and funny enough he got me to run two half marathons this year both under 2 hours and was also instrumental in helping me finish in the top 20 of both the warrior races I competed in. But while being completely awesome in their own way my really big achievement of the year is one that I have been dreaming about since I can remember and that was to have a set of abs that weren’t just show pieces. Training helped this tremendously but the hardest part of this process was my diet. I had to focus on making sure I didn’t over indulge and didn’t eat junk. This proved to be quite a big process that I am still working at and those amazing chocolate filled chocolate coated donuts from woolworths do not help the case at all but it’s all worth it at the end!! The important lesson I learnt is that while being light might seem great on paper it’s how you feel and how you look good that makes the difference!
Once again I threw on my COW suit at the 94.7 this year one of those reasons was that Rox threatened to cut off my manly bits if I didn’t catch them on my second loop but the more important reason was because the COW’s have really made me believe that there isn’t a more worthy, crazy and absolutely loving family in the cycling community than them. I sit here with tears in my eyes because one woman got me through the excruciating pain I was going through for the last 40km of my double loop of the 94.7 cycle challenge.
That woman was Delene Mulley, not only does this woman know no boundaries where friendship is concerned but she also doesn’t realize the effect that she has on people who meet her. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks before the race yet she still got onto her bike despite her chemo and despite the obvious pain she was feeling and all while still trying to get to grips with what had just happened!
Dee thank you for being a constant reminder that I am better than I think I am and thank you for helping me get my ass into gear again. You are such an inspiration to me and so many people around you and we are all here to help you kick cancers ass!
My sister and brother in law left for the UK earlier in the year and besides the fact that she is just on the other side of a computer with Skype I am still struggling to get to grips with the fact that I can’t just go visit my little big sis, I really miss them everyday and hoping that when I see them again in February I am not reduced to a blubbering idiot in public (because that just sucks you know…)
This year was full of turmoil with many lows for me that We don’t need to go through at all yet I came through thanks to my support structure that never ceases to amaze me with the power that you guys give and never expect back. My promise to you is that I will be there for all of you no matter the time of day or night as you were for me! The ones that stand out I must name but please don’t be offended if I have missed your name I promise that it wasn’t intentional.
Ciara, Rox, Jay M, Tyson, Jay T, Bron, Delene, Lisa Bell, Sharlene and Wayde you guys stick out as the people who always have looked out for me no matter the time of day and the situation I have been in, so thank you for being yourselves and thank you for just being awesome!
As my final post of 2013 comes to an end it would be wrong to leave without one of my many quotes yet this time it’s not from me but from my sister in her farewell note when she left for the UK:
Life is a journey not a destination, you have always shown me that life offers you paths to follow but the best ones are the ones you create yourself!