With the year underway and the National Road Championships completed, 2015 has come around quickly and presented itself as an exciting year to come! I set the bar high – aiming for Gold in both the Time Trial and the Road Race and although I may not of reached my goals I am still somewhat satisfied with what I have come away with (after a lot of reflection…).
I had done everything I could in preparation for Nationals so of course I was going to be a little disappointed with my results, however I was quickly reminded of this time last year – where I couldn’t even ride my bike because I was so sick. I was reminded how far I had come since then and the invaluable lessons I have learnt along the way.
I had been told time and time again to focus on ‘the process’ rather than the ‘result’ or ‘outcome’ – but all this talk leading into Nationals I had found myself wrapped up in the importance of getting a result. After some much needed reflection time I thought about the saying, “focus on the process, rather than the outcome”. But what does this actually mean?
So I decided to do the next best thing – I Googled. I clicked on a link – http://www.HowToLive.com – it sounded promising. And although it rambled on for a while and whilst I didn’t finish the whole article, I got the point and did take some good points from it:
– It allows you full control
– It encourages you to take risks, even though you may fail
– By focusing your effort and attention on the process you will learn faster, be more successful and happier – irrelevant of the outcome
Minor hesitation and a lapse in concentration had caused me to miss the winning move within the National Road Race. I had narrowed my focus so much on getting a result; I forgot what I had to do in between to get there! But like any good human being – I will take this away as an important lesson to remember. I was happy to take Silver in the U23 Time trial and also pleased with the majority of my performance of the Road Race.
In addition to set the year into motion the announcement of the new NRS team I have recently signed with – The high5 Dream Team was made last week and it was great to finally share the news with all my friends and family! With some big sponsors on board such as High5 Sports Nutrition, Wilier, Campagnolo, Champion System Clothing and Kask (to name just a few…) – The High5 Dream Team will be Australia’s most professionally run women’s team and with a potential opportunity to do a 6-week trip in Europe to experience racing and everything that comes with living abroad… I wasn’t about to say no!
The team will kick off the National Road Series with the first race of the year – Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Whilst I will make be making a short appearance in Adelaide for a bit of socializing and partying, I won’t be racing. My first race for the NRS season will be Cadel’s Road Race – which heads out from Geelong, towards the coast along the Great Ocean Road and then kicks inland where it becomes notoriously hilly. Not long after I will be attending the Oceania Road Championship in Toowoomba and from there my calendar is unknown for now!