Just over 14 years ago when I was told I had MS and that my life was over as I knew it, who would have thought that the doctor was right! After yesterday, my life as I knew was over all those years ago, because a new life with new opportunities was about to begin. As I have said before I would never change my diagnosis because it has made me who I am today.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I could feel so overwhelmed, excited and proud all in one moment. My race went exactly as I had planned it, right from the time I woke up, to getting on the bus to Brands Hatch, to my warm up, then my race time. There were no hiccups at all. I was starting 6th last with the faster riders behind me. As I had to race the men as well (this Time Trial was factored, in other words handicapped) I knew that I had to pass some of the riders in front of me but also stay in front of GB Rider David Stone for as long as possible. All riders start 60 seconds apart and I knew that if I was only 90 seconds slower then the fastest man then I would win this race.
Coming back to the village was amazing as everyone already knew the result and the hugs and congratulations has been never ending. Being a part of social media has also been overwhelming with hundreds of Facebook messages, tons of Twitter messages (even one from Adam Gilchrist, that blew me away!) and this morning 65 emails, as well as Telstra Hero Messages! I have read every one of the messages, responded to all the emails, but have been hard pressed to answer all the other messages, other than the Hero Messages from school kids...those have definitely been answered! So to those I haven't responded to apologies. Your support has been greatly appreciated.
I now have the Road Race on Saturday, it will be tough to medal as this race is not factored, so it is strictly first across the line. The men are much stronger over the longer distances, but hell anything can happen!