2015 got off to a fantastic start. I was beaming with confidence and felt optimistic about my chances for a great year of racing.
As with many things in life, it doesn’t always work out according to plan…
Post Ironman 70.3 EL and my win at Xterra South Africa Championship in Grabouw, I started feeling tired and my enjoyment for my job was a drop in the ocean.
The birth of my second son, Seth, placed more pressure on myself and my wife - coupled with the stress and demands of day to day training.
I had forgotten why I was doing what I do…
I consulted with my coach Armando on how to push through the tough times. How to balance family with training… my body needed a break, but my mind felt other wise. I got sick and injured time and time again from Feb to end March, yet I was adamant that I would race in Barcelona regardless.
Bethie, my wife, would accompany on this trip as it would be a chance for us to spend some alone time together, a chance to drink a glass of wine together, away from the demands of parenthood and actually touch base with each other again.
I managed to get some training done while in the beautiful seaside town of Calella, 50km north of Barcelona. We enjoyed each other’s company and come raceday I would put down whatever I had left in my tank…
As it turned out, there wasn’t much left and I was forced to withdraw after the swim. Not the result I was hoping for, but this confirmed that it was time to take a step back and rekindle the love I used to feel for my job, triathlon.
I removed all events from the calendar and decided to adapt my sport to my lifestyle. With plenty of advice from friends, family and Armando, I made some big adjustments. And I am ecstatic to say that I am BACK, enjoying what I do and slowly finding my form!
Looking forward to racing again and managing the balance of family, friendships and sport.
Keep you all posted.