Bye 2017, Hello 2018!

31 Dec

My facebook newsfeed is full of people reflecting on 2017 and pondering what 2018 might bring. I haven’t taken any time to do the same, so now, between loads of washing and instead of doing the dishes, I’m reflecting on 2017 and pondering 2018.

I could go back and look at my various blogs from 2017 to think about all the details of what has been… but instead I want to think about what stands out to me.

In the world of exercise I have achieved goals I never thought possible. In 2017 I have swum 218km, run 1240km and  cycled 5320km (combined is the total distance from Brisbane to Cambodia!).


I have completed two half ironman’s (a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run) and have managed to achieve personal best times in all event distances. I’ve come an agonising 44 seconds off a 60 minute 10km (still a personal best regardless), did a 21.1km fun run with my sister (she pushed me to another personal best), knocked 30 minutes off my Olympic Distance Triathlon at Noosa, and after finishing my first half Ironman in February, did the second half Ironman 30 minutes quicker in September.  All of this made possible with the guidance of my coach Emma Quinn, and with some wonderful training buddies.  Next year I’m lined up to do another half Ironman (Feb 10th) and then after that I regrettably part ways with my coach and will attempt to continue training on my own.  I’m so very thankful for all Em has taught me, for her guidance and care. But I look forward to continuing to work hard, consistently training across all disciplines.

Work has seen me continue to nurse in an Intensive Care Unit. By its very name it can be quite intense at times. But I’m thankful that I work with a great team. While it can be physically and emotionally exhausting, it is also extremely rewarding. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work in this area. I’m continually reminded of the massive impact health can have on one’s life, and I am incredibly grateful that for now, I am fit and healthy and able to do as I please, whenever I please. A luxury not afforded to all.

Dave and I continue to enjoy living in an apartment close to our work and to town. We’re known to often just walk into town for the heck of it, a trip that as a minimum is 6km – but depending on which way we go can often be more like 10km.  Dave has been a great running buddy, a constant support and he encourages me to keep pressing on. He comes to my events and is my biggest cheer squad. He even makes sure that I keep on training even on days when I really don’t feel like it. I’m thankful for his love and support in all aspects of our lives.

2017 as is the case for many, has also been tinged with sadness. The sudden passing of my friend Jane in April was heartbreaking. Most recently, just prior to Christmas my wonderful Uncle Brian passed away – again leaving me feeling incredibly sad. Two wonderful people, loved by so many. Both had a remarkable way of making you feel like you were special, important, valued and cared for. Both now calling heaven home, so I know that one day I will see them again. However, saying goodbye on earth is never easy.  It reminds me to try so hard to not take anything for granted.

There are so many things that I could make resolutions about doing better in 2018. The list seems like really it could almost be endless. However, if there is one thing that I want to work on and do better in 2018 than I did in 2017, it is improve my relationship with the one who both created the world, and yet loves me intimately. Just like my fitness improved with consistency in 2017, in 2018 I seek to be more consistent in my faith, more consistent spending time working on my relationship with God – through Jesus, thereby improving my spiritual fitness.

I don’t know what your 2017 was like, but I trust that 2018 is the best year yet. Happy New Year.



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