With the World Cup just over a week away, I've been reflecting on the journey up until this point. I truly feel I've worked hard and I'm proud of the way I dealt with the challenges that have come along the way.
This is not to say that I didn't struggle, because I did.
I struggled with the balance of working 45-55+hrs per week plus training 5-13hrs before and or after work, allowing time to maintain my relationships and to remember to rest. I struggled with my confidence at times. I struggled through having to limit my range of training due to a temporary health condition that made sparring dangerous. And I struggled with wanting everything to work the first time I tried it.
And through all of it, I've come out this end of the road stronger, more patient, a better manager of my time and more aware of how to activate the drive within me. I've made no secret that my goal next week is to finish on that podium. In driving myself towards that goal, I've grown more than I believed I could and that is a win in itself.