After the setback of not being selected for the World Championships, I’ve eventually got my head around things, and I’ve come back feeling stronger and more determined than ever.….and it’s working!! I’ve hit a PB (Personal Best) for the last 3 weeks and I’m now just over 1 second off the time I need to hit by September to stay on the pathway to Rio.
It just shows how sometimes, when things don’t work out, it can actually be for the best. Would I have the same fire in my belly if I’d been selected for the Worlds? I really don’t know!
I’m training hard, and pushing myself more than ever – I’ve a point to prove and I’m determined to do that!!! I’ve finally got the weight up on my bench press too!!!! I have to go sub 54 seconds by September to stay on the programme. This is 105% of the Gold Medal time and I believe this time is well within my grasp, ….I’ll be sure to post it here as soon as I achieve it!!:-)
There’s been some developments regarding possible sponsorship too…..I’m trying hard not to get excited, but again, I’ll be posting it here as soon as there’s anything confirmed! The suspense keeps growing!!!!:-)
I also have to say a big thank you to Geoff Ward film and Photography. Geoff kindly offered to put a short promotional film together to help me in my mission of raising the funds to enable me to train full time leading up to the Paralympics next year.
Geoff spent the day on Friday attaching various cameras to by boat, paddle and head(!!) and got some amazing footage. He’s put together a fantastic piece that I think really shows how much this all means to me. I am incredibly grateful to him for his support….there needs to be more people like Geoff in the world!:-)
On top of all of this, it’s been an incredibly busy time for Climbing Out. We’ve got 3 programmes running over 5 weeks working with nearly 50 young people. We’ve been able to offer places to young people in recovery from cancer, kidney disease, and for the first time we’ve been able to offer places to 2 visually impaired girls. It still blows me away to see the impact the programmes have on the young people and the achievements they all make. It is inspiring to see, and the friendship and support they give each other is something very special.
It’s been very strange for me not attending all the programmes this year because of my commitments with training, but we have an awesome team of staff and instructors who are doing an amazing job….such a good job that I’m starting to feel a little unneeded!:-(
I’m hoping for an eventful week….with the Climbing Out programme running in the Lake District with 17 young people in recovery from cancer, news should arrive about the potential sponsorship, the film should be finished and ready for promoting…..and I’ve a time trail on Friday where I have every intention of giving it my all and aiming to get that time of sub 54 seconds!!
Find out if it all happened in my next blog!:-)