A slightly more serious post this morning. As many close to me are aware, I have been battling in recent months with social media "trolling". Many wouldn't see it because I ensure I remove comments quickly.
When I started sharing my triathlon/ironman journey on social media I did so because I believe in the power of support, positivity and sharing. But, whilst I have kept quiet about this issue, I also now realise how important it is for me to share this aspect of my story.
I love my sport. I truly value the sponsors and brands I am fortunate enough to be aligned with. And I cherish those who I get to share my experiences with.
But I, like many others, have been the victim of trolling. From comments about my abilities to 'digs' about my body. And I've worn it. Because some people in this world cannot help themselves. The truth is, when you choose to put yourself out there on social media, you also open yourself up to judgment, whether it is positive or negative. And that's a very powerful thing.
However, when it comes from those you know - who use social media as a platform to vent personal grievances and campaign for others to do the same - there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough.
As a consequence, there have been rumours started by a fellow triathlete that I use to train with and is part of the insta community, calling me a drug cheat and a person who buys Instagram followers. Even worse, I understand that rumours have been spread about my husband and my relationship.
So whilst I choose to ignore trolling, I will not ignore this.
To those who share my journey with me, I reiterate this: I LOVE MY SPORT. I am not now nor will I ever be a drug cheat. I have not "bought" Instagram followers. I have, instead, been blessed with people who want to share my experiences and have allowed me to do the same.
But more importantly, this man standing next to me? That is my husband. He is my number one supporter, and biggest fan. He's got my back and I certainly have his. And no malicious rumours could impact that.