I'm finally back on ice!!
I've spent the last week and a bit training in Whistler, where I will be forerunning the Canada Skeleton selection races this upcoming weekend. As mentioned, I will not be "in" the race, but instead testing the track and timing eyes before Canada's best take to the ice to race off for racing spots this year.
However, my perspective is that I get to be on the ice, sliding. That is one of my favourite things to do and I still have that feeling today.
Why is that important to mention? Because despite my newest sled purchase, being excluded...or well better put, not "earning my invite" to the Canadian Selection races had me pretty close to calling it quits. Simply to move on with life and pursue other things, but the ice still calls me and I feel like I would miss writing a chapter or two of my story.
Realizing that not being in the selection races was actually okay has helped me in the decision to continue on. I have amazed even myself with my mental strength through these few weeks, and I have no doubt that this will pay off in or out of sport. It is just another life skill that sport is facilitating for me.
So, tomorrow, when I push off the block as the forerunner before the race, I will do so with a full heart, knowing that I have authentically been me this whole journey and I will continue to be me, no matter what sport I do, or if I am a forerunner or a participant.
Not a day goes by where I am not thankful for skeleton and what it has given me. It has taken me around the world, to towns I've never heard of, and connected me with a group of amazing people with a sense of community. Despite numerous hard times, and a lot of self doubt, I have conquered so many fears and gone on to wear the maple leaf in international competition.
There will be more to come, and more memories to make. Stay tuned... because this isn't the last you've seen of me.