Well 2016 has come and gone with some amazing highs and some really sad lows. I never thought that a year could be such a roller coaster. But life is funny like that, you never really know what is around the next corner in our ever changing lives. But it is how we end up dealing with those changes and challenges that make us who we are each year.
My year started out on a very sad note with the passing of my father. Yes we knew that it was probably his last year and that is why I spent last Christmas with him and my family in Canada. But are we ever really prepared to lose a parent, no matter how old or sick they may be? But I am lucky that I got to spend his last 4 days on this earth with him and was able to tell him how much I loved him and that I was lucky to have him for a father because he helped shaped the person I have become. I think the hardest thing is then leaving your family to continue on this journey we call life.
The following few months brought some amazing times in Europe, racing and training with teammates and friends. Living the life of a pro cyclist where all you had to worry about was getting up, eating, training or racing and sleeping. Living in different cultures and meeting some incredible people is something I never take for granted.
Upon arriving home I was greeted by the news of the sudden death of one of my closest friends back in Canada. I had worked with Billy on the police force for a number of years and every time I was home we would always catch up for a cold one! Working together in that policing environment made you closer than family and no matter how long it had been since we worked together that closeness was always there. Billy was someone who made you laugh so hard that you would cry and I was sad that I couldn’t go back to say goodbye properly.