In 2014, I claimed silver in my weight class at the London Powerlifting Championships (GBPF) and it was such a proud moment for me. Having gone through getting sub 10% body fat in 2013, it was so amazing to see what my body could do with the correct balance of training and nutrition. I was a force to be reckoned with and I have missed that so much. However, since then professionally I have been working hard and long hours.
Being part of the founding team at 1Rebel has been one of the most exhilarating, exciting, rewarding, demanding and stressful times of my professional career. Watching it grow from an empty shell at the beginning of January 2015, to bustling, energetic studios over two sites has been nothing short of incredible and I couldn't be prouder. However with my role at 1Rebel, training had to sit on the back burner. Recently, my role at 1R has changed, now focusing on training and developing the Ride team which is so bloody awesome. Ride is absolutely my passion, having sat on indoor cycling bikes since 2002, so training the next generation of Ride trainers can hardly be called work to me, I love it and BONUS, I now have a little more time to focus on my training.
So, armed with a spark and a couple of extra hours in the day now the kids are back at school, I headed down to Foundry Fit in Vauxhall. From their profile on classpass, they looked exactly what I was looking for and they didn't disappoint. Three sessions in and I am ecstatic to say I am truly excited about training again! Much of my self-worth and value stems from my physical capabilities; I'm savvy and clever but not an academic, one of my biggest strengths is my ability to apply myself to physical pursuits and give 100% to them. So not training, at least not seriously or consistently was so rough on my psyche. I'm so very pleased to be back.
Here's the thing, that body that you probably pick apart in the mirror, it really capable of doing awesome things. Even if it's not your forte. The human body is built to survive, to push and pull, jump and climb, it is only your own barriers which hold you back*. I urge you to give it a go. Do something that scares you, that makes you uncomfortable, that makes you doubt yourself and then smash the hell out of it. It's gonna be hard, of course it will but to learn what you are capable of is worth every moment of that discomfort I promise you!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing where I can take my training for the rest of this year and next. I have 2 big Obstacle Course Races in the pipeline next year, which I really want to smash out. I want to train and I want to do some more learning; get better at my craft. This is who I am and what I do. I'm excited.
(*and maybe a few years not quite treating it right)