When was the last time you did something for the first time?
When was the last time you allowed yourself to step completely out of your comfort zone?
Mixed with intrigue and a sprinkle of excitement.
Yes, you read that right.
This stick jumper, perpetual tan owner, will be jumping into sleds and sprinting on ice.
I guess it’s not everyday that someone tells you they are going to start competing at a completely new sport, especially a sport that reaches speeds of 140km/h
And not just competing, but working hard to earn a spot on Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
Last summer, after the Rio Olympics, Kaillie Humphries 2 x Bobsleigh Gold Medalist contacted me about coming out to try bobsled. She was looking to find the best possible brakeman to partner with her for the 2018 Winter Olympics. With my long rangey stride and raw speed; her strength and driving expertise- this could be a perfect recipe for a gold medal in South Korea.
I had never considered competing in a winter sport. And yet the thought of competing at the Winter Olympics intrigued me. The thought of challenging myself by trying something totally new enticed excitement in me.
You’ll never know if you don’t at least try, right?
I agreed to, at the very least, come out to try bobsled. In November, I traveled to Whistler to get my first taste of bobsleigh life. And I left Whistler with the promise that after the London World Championships I would trade my t-shirt and shorts in for boots and toques, to embark on a journey to go to the Winter Olympics.
And so here we are…
Just 2 weeks after my last race at World Championships in London
I’ve set my track spikes aside.
I’m leaving a world I’ve known for the past 14 years
And stepping into a world of uncertainty
In a few days I will be heading to Calgary to start training for bobsled.
Whats waiting for me there? I’m not sure.
What do the next 6 months in the lead up to the Winter Olympics hold for me? Really couldn’t tell you
But I know that when nothing is sure, Everything is possible
And I know that I have it takes to put my head down, to grind, to work hard, to tap into myself – to become the best possible brakeman that I can be.
Do I feel scared? Ya damn right I am
Am I excited? Most definitely
I decided a long time again that I refused to live a life where I suffocated in my comfort zone. I have a huge challenge ahead of me. I have a steep learning curve to tackle. But I’m up for the challenge. I’ve never been one to set limits on myself. I believe in dreaming big dreams. I believe in setting goals for yourself and working hard to achieve them.
I’m heading to Calgary with a dream in one hand and work ethic in the other- driven by the thought of being able to represent my country at my 3rd Olympics. To step into battle, to fight to win a medal while wearing my country’s flag is one of the greatest honors. To set a goal, while pursuing it wholeheartedly is one of the most fulfilling things you can do
I hope you’ll come along for the ride, as I wade into unknown waters- as I hit the weight room like I’ve never done before, learn new techniques and push myself to become a better athlete.
And when this is all said and done, I’ll be returning to my world of track and field, because believe me when I say, track and I have unfinished business. I will return, hopefully, as a more powerful and explosive athlete, with a fresh perspective and outlook. Track and field will always be my first love, my high school sweetheart, and I’ve spent years under the summer heat.
But winter is coming…
and I have fire in my heart and ice in my veins