2015 has been a bit of a roller-coaster… Starting the year with a reoccurring injury was really difficult. It took me out of consistent running for a good few months, and this was mentally tough. But on reflection, the injury forced me to focus on improving my swimming, which paid off in racing season later on in the year. So I guess every cloud has a silver lining.
One of the highlights of 2015 was definitely being able to race in amazing places like Geneva and Chicago. Not only did I get to explore these cool places, I learnt so much from those international races that helped me develop as an athlete. Taking part in my first elite race and (almost) finishing it in one piece is also up there on the achievements of 2015!
I definitely learnt some important things in 2015, especially how crucial it is to listen to your body. Putting yourself through intense training means you have to be in tune with how your body is responding; otherwise it ends up in an injury, or poor performances from over training. I have learnt that sometimes taking a step back, and not going full steam in training is the best thing to do.
In 2016 I want to learnt to be proud of my achievements. Rather than writing races off and saying “it went okay”, or focusing on the negatives, I want to think “I did well in this race”. I find it hard to accept I have done well in a race, but I have realised knocking yourself down and being self-critical is such a negative force that hinders your confidence and progression. When you do well in a race, you should enjoy the fact that your hard work paid off and be proud of this.
But 2015 did end with a big milestone – on boxing day I ate chocolate for the first time in 3 years! This was definitely a positive – I have proven to myself it is quite easy to cut something out of your life if you really want to, but it became a pointless task of avoiding chocolate for the sake of it. Why deprive yourself of something that you enjoy?
There are still personal barriers to overcome, but 2015 has taught me a lot, and I am excited to see what 2016 will bring! Staying healthy, getting through university, and seeing how far I can go in the triathlon world are my main focuses.
Happy new year everyone! Make 2016 count x
“Your trails will be crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous; yet, they will lead to the most amazing of views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds” – Edwards Abbey