What I am aiming for isn’t achieved ‘against the odds’, in fact as with so much in sport (and life) even with everything stacked in your favour it can still be very difficult to achieve your goals. My idea of stacking the deck and getting the odds in my favour is surrounding myself with the best team of people to support me mentally, physically and materially.
That team starts with the people who have been with me and supporting me in so many ways for so many years; my partner (who has been telling me to try triathlon for quite some time) and family. Also, my friends who didn't raise an eye brow or suggest that I consider a day job or make back up plans. They know the way I do things and don’t criticise me for it, in the words of Will Smith ‘there’s no reason to have a plan B because it detracts from plan A’.
Then we get to the new people that I have met through triathlon and the excitement and enthusiasm they have brought with them. The age group guys who have guided me in my first year, the established coaches and trainers whose show of faith in taking me on has boosted my confidence (this may concern some people).
Most visibly there are my 2014 sponsors without whom I’d not be on the start line as prepared and well equipped as I will be. Covering everything from gels to bikes they’re giving me the kind of essential support without which I’d really be working against the odds. And all of this without the sense of pressure that can so easily come hand in hand with these arrangements.
So thanks for your support, demonstrations of faith and guidance. I take to the start line knowing I am representing you all, and that in itself is a great motivational boost.