It has taken me one week to finally come to terms with leaving 2017 in the past but with such good memories and experiences that will stay with me forever.
“What a wonderful thought it is that the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet”
Making this year’s calendar has been a ride in itself.
After Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km in December, and 5 other 100 km+ races in 2017 I said to myself “I think next year I would like to do shorter races, try to improve some speed and embrace the challenge that comes with this type of running.” I was making some cool plans and then I received an email to say that through the Ultra Trail World Tour I had been selected for an entry into the Western States 100 mile race in Squaw Valley, California.All plans went down the toilet. THIS was now where my attention was.I have never been to the United States, I have never run 100 miles, I have never felt such a privilege to be gifted a bib number in a race and I still don’t believe that I will be able to stand on the start line with superstars of the sport.It terrifies me, excites me, motivates me, gives me goosebumps, gives me butterflies and yet lights a fire of determination to do everything that I can to stand on that start line in Squaw Valley knowing that I did everything that I could do to be the best version of myself and to have the best day I can.I can’t wait… but I do need to do a lot of training before then, haha.
Prior to this race on June 24th, here is the main races that I will be participating in and smiling at:
- Two Bays Trail race 56 km – January 14th
- Tarawera 60 km, NZ – February 10th
- Shotover Moonlight Marathon, NZ- February 17th
- Motatapu 50 km, NZ – March 10th
- Ultra Trail Australia 100 km (or 50km) – May 19th
- (+ countless park runs!)
Western States 100 mile, USA – June 24th
These past few weeks have been filled with a lot of dream making, resting, running, eating (grande amounts), spending time with family and friends.
I don’t know how often I can thank you all for your support in person and on social media. It’s an honour to be living this life and sharing it all with you.
Let’s kick ass together.
Big hugs from Australia