Its is a time for some retrospection. Time to assess 2009 and give those moments where I learned something – attention. It is easy to forget and easy to make the same mistakes over and over again.
2009 was as tough a year as I remember it. The all time low was not the 1st big bike accident in May where I ripped my face open, but the second one in July which eliminated any possibility of recovering in time to compete in the Trans Alpes with Eoin Keith. I remember sitting in my friend Emily`s apartment in San Francisco and just crying with frustration at the situation. I had shattered my knuckle on a tiny fall on the one day I had been biking while on a work trip to Cali and there was nothing, absolutley nothing, I could do about it.
The all time high was the bounce back, winning the Todtnauberg 12 hour MTB race, coming 2nd in the Uetliberglauf in Germany, winning Gaelforcecycle West. I needed to get back out there and race, to prove to myself that all the hard work hadn`t gone to waste. The Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge was also a very positive experience.
So, what have I learned?
- To prioritize
- To not to take so many risks
- To define my goals and work towards them without getting sidetracked
- To simply say “No” because it isn`t good for me
- Where my strengths lie
- That I can go the distance
- To be inspired by people like Chrissie Wellington