Last year was brilliant, European Age Group gold, National Champion in time trial and many victories together with Sporting’s female team, a golden 2014.
This year has not been brilliant and obstacles have been continuing to appear along the way. It did not start bad as i managed my first objective by representing the national Team in the European Cup. After that i decided to focus my efforts on the longer distances
It started off well, but just one week before my race my body started complaining. Since then it’s been a bit of a roller coaster and nothing really stable. Have had some nice results, but yet some frustrations with a body that doesn’t want to cooperate. I’m well aware of that having a full time job and competing on high level is not an easy task and it’s quite damaging on body and mind. There are moments where i question this life style and wonder if it’s worth all the effort. I tend to always come to the conclusion that it does.
Yesterday was one of those days when i questioned it all again. I was very tired after a hectic day in the office and i still had a bike/run session to complete.
The workout went very well and after the workout I got a call that gave me a motivation boost….
…It was a call from Sporting. They informed me that i will be given a very fine prize “Rugidos de Leão” at a gala that will be held in Leiria on the 13th of November. It’s a prize that will be given to ten Sporting personalities (athletes and staff). Hopefully mum and dad will be able to be present at the gala which will make it even more special.
There is a lot of hard work behind every single medal that i have won. To get the recognition from a club with a stature as Sporting Clube de Portugal is such an honor. They appreciate all the hours and hard work that i have put into Triathlon aiming to represent the club in the best possible way. I also feel satisfied. Satisfied with what i have been able to achieve during my years in Triathlon.
I will always be able to look back at this period of my life and feel proud.
It’s now time to focus on the coming races. Sunday I’m racing a sprint Duathlon in Cascais. The race will serve as a preparation for my Half Ironman on the 27th of September.
I’m looking forward racing again.