An Anxious Athlete

Anxiety:
A feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with a certain outcome.

Athlete:
A person who trains for and competes in sporting events.

Admitting that I suffer with anxiety is hard and its weird to think of myself as an ‘athlete’ but these are things are necessary when I want to share my story with you. Here goes…

Back in 2013 things were not going so great and I decided to take charge of my life and run a half marathon. But a lack of training and preparation meant things didn’t go so well and I practically crawled across the line, 3hrs 33mins later. I decided running wasn’t for me and later that year I got a mountain bike. Things didn’t go so well with that either and, on my first ride in the woods, I came home with 6 stitches in my forehead. But this time I was not put off and was back on the bike before my wounds had even healed!
Fast forward a few more years, including a bad break up, failed teaching career, several house moves and a whole heap of anti-depressants and anxiety medication and I was done. I played out many options of how I could escape the hole I found myself in, but in the end I decided that to be happy I needed to do what made me happy, and that was riding my bike. I scoured the world for the best places to go mountain biking and settled on Rotorua, New Zealand and made the bold move in September 2015.
BEST DECISION EVER!!

It is now 2019 and I have stared running again, completing 4 half marathons in 6 months, this time with a PB of 1hr 50 mins, almost half that of my first attempt! It seemed natural to add swimming to the mix and I am now part of MX Endurance triathlon team, competing at Xterra Off-road triathlon.

This is me and my journey through endurance and anxiety, turning my weakness into a strength and making the most of life.

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