A Week in Montichiari

By | August 19th, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends, Motivation|

It’s hard to believe that a week has gone by since we arrived in Montichiari for our pre-Rio camp. It has been a good week of getting over jet lag and getting into the final preparation for our ‘Road to Rio’. Actually when I think about it the last 4 years have flown by and [...]

It’s Starting to Get Real – Rio Here We Come

By | August 13th, 2016|Motivation|

At the end of May when it was made official that I was going to Rio I thought "It's still 3 months away", well those months have flown by and I wonder where the time has gone. The Australian Para Cycling Team for Rio is now based in Montichiari, Italy where we are having our [...]

Celebrating Success

By | June 22nd, 2016|Celebration, Motivation|

How many of us actually celebrate our success? I’m not talking about those big, life changing goals but the stepping stone goals along the way. Celebrating these successes is important and good for you because it reminds you of the reasons you set your major goal in the first place. I also believe it is [...]

Preparing For Death

By | June 15th, 2016|BLOG, Family|

I have wanted to write this piece for a few months now, but it has taken me this long to actually put my thoughts on paper and if I am to be really honest I just wasn’t ready to write about it. After watching my mother and sister deal with my father’s failing health I [...]

Unexpected Journey

By | June 9th, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, Racing|

“You have too many lesions on your brain for someone your age. So basically you have MS, your life as you know it is over, so I would suggest you go home and put your affairs in order before you become incapacitated. Oh and this silly sport stuff you do, well you will never do [...]

Upper Austrian Tour

By | May 30th, 2016|Celebration, Friends, Motivation, Racing, Training|

What a great week of racing! Although there were only 4 trikes involved, this tour was an extremely valuable experience. I got to race with the fastest male trike rider in the world, Hans-Peter Durst from Dortmund, Germany. The lessons I learnt from riding right behind him were fantastic and although I wasn’t able to [...]

World Cup ~ Oostende, Belgium

By | May 21st, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Motivation, Racing|

It was a fabulous weekend of racing on the coast of Belgium.  As one of the last hit outs before Rio where a large number of the athletes would be taking part, it was great to see where my training is at.  We had the largest contingent of trike riders in both the Men and [...]

Cologne Classic 2016

By | May 17th, 2016|Friends, Motivation, Racing|

On Friday we travelled from Belgium to Germany to take part in the Cologne Classic, which was also the German National Championships. The weather was fantastic when we arrived in the town of Frechen where we were staying. However on Saturday morning the change in the weather was drastic! We went from a beautiful 25 [...]

The Road to Rio Begins in Ernest!

By | May 9th, 2016|Motivation, Racing, Training|

This week my preparation for Rio has taken the next step.  I am currently in Belgium training for a few days before I head to Cologne, Germany for the Cologne Classic where I will race with the men.  Then it is back to Belgium for the World Cup in Ostend. This World Cup will be [...]

Defy The Odds

By | April 25th, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, MS, Training|

2 Days ago on the 23rd of April I celebrated the 18th anniversary of my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. On that day a very uncaring neurologist told me that "my life as I knew it was over, go home put your affairs in order before you become incapacitated." He told me I would never do [...]