2014 was the year that I learnt that no matter how much time and effort you put into training and racing; life always has other plans.
The year started off with a single goal in mind. I was going to race in the Easter National Mountain Bike 24 Hour Solo Championships. I trained hard for this event and all looked good until the event was cancelled. I kept up my training, albeit, with less intensity; and continued to ride more each week than in 2013.
2014 was the year I travelled to France with Soldier On to race in the Trois Etapes Pro-Am and was the year my beautiful daughter Celeste was born.
My riding year was littered with a number of injuries, incredible highs, depressing lows and amazing opportunities.
As with last year, here is 2014 by the numbers.
2014 – BY THE NUMBERS
One major crash during the year
During my first race of the year, the AMB 100, I crashed out thanks to a little shit who decided that cutting the course and getting in the way of other riders was a good idea.
Number of notable injuries in 2014
Injuries: Snake bite, stitches to my left elbow and strained glute!
The number of major events that I raced in during 2014
Every race was a challenge but I’ll never forget the 2014 Trois Etapes in France with Team Solider On!
The amount of vertical kilometres I climbed in 2014
In kilometres, my longest single ride of 2014
How many times I rode my bike(s) in 2014
The amount of hours I spent riding in 2014
In kilometres, the total distance I rode in 2014
Wishing everyone a safe 2015!