Deeply driven, dedicated and motivated, and having skied most of my life, the speed demon in me decided to push myself to my limits once again, to go further, harder, and faster down a ski slope in the French Alps. This time, the result was a spectacular crash into a pylon (thank goodness, for it prevented me from going over a precipice!), with disastrous consequences. Lying there on the snow unable to move and in agony, I knew that something very serious had happened. After being airlifted to hospital, the Doctors there informed me that I had fractured and crushed my lumbar vertebrae and broken my right hip in three places…and that I would never run again (I was due to run the London Marathon two weeks later). As someone who’d always been a bit of a runner, in that moment, my whole concept of myself, what I identified with, who I conceived myself to be, was crushed. Some of my dreams, that relied heavily on my athleticism were dashed; turned to dust in an instant.
After years of recuperation, with doctors telling me what I would no longer be able to do, and numerous setbacks over a decade, I decided, whilst living in Panama, to take my life back into my own hands and found a trainer who understood the problems I faced; I told him I wanted to be trained like the athlete I knew I still had inside. Whilst working a full-time job as a high-performance leadership coach, it took three months alone of precision training, focus and dedication just to readjust my body so that it moved again in ways it hadn’t done for almost a decade. The stretch, the challenge, the small advances and accomplishments as I reached every little goal I set myself along the way were a huge boost to my confidence, to my purpose and to my direction in life as a whole. I learned to listen to my body and to my intuition; to trust my instincts and to move beyond patience into love and appreciation of my body and my abilities. I was also amazed at how powerful my focused mind was in the process of healing and breaking through perceived and long-held limitations. The more I found a sense of inner peace, the more focus I had and the more my goals and dreams materialised and the richer my life became.
Three months later, my trainer sat me down one day and said “you’re ready.” I said “for what?” “a triathlon” he said. I looked at him shocked “me?!” and yet so excited I could hardly contain myself…I felt like a kid in a candy store at the very thought of stepping up my game fur