Wow what a year it has been developing the IRONMUMS ambassadorships, when I first thought of the idea never in my wildest dreams did I think that so many talented ladies would apply to be the IRONMUMS first Ambassador. Choosing just one became impossible and Belinda's story really stood out to me. We have never met in person but have had many of conversations over the phone, Belinda what you have gone through this year has been incredible. Your determination, your strength and courage to beat the odds has truly been inspirational. I have never met someone quiet like you. You have shared and trusted me with some very personal moments in your life which I think has made coaching you all the more special. Thank you for applying all those months ago and for being such a dedicated ambassador.
It’s been an absolute honour to have been chosen to be an ambassador for such an inspiring & amazing group of Mums. Not in a million years did I think I had a chance at being selected for this role but to share it with my fellow Ambassador Lee & the rest of the Ironmums community has made the last 12 months one that I will treasure forever.
This journey has been the hardest 12 months of my life. There has been some amazing high’s and some extreme lows. A constant rollercoaster of emotions from one day to the next. I have learnt so much about myself & realised how much I didn’t know about triathlon. Not only was the training harder than anything I could have ever imagined but fitting it all in around normal family & work life has been a struggle. Keeping “The Kaiser” family happy & spending enough quality time with them while fitting in your hours upon hours of training can certainly test the limits of what they see as acceptable. There were certainly many tears & fights in our household, that’s for sure. But it’s finding the balance that works for everyone that keeps it all ticking along.
My journey started under less than ideal circumstances. I was caring for my Mum who was dying of cancer. I told Nac that my Mum was sick in my application, but I kinda left out exactly how sick she was. I knew that if I wanted to achieve my goals, I needed someone who knew what they were doing to help me and applying for this Ambassadorship was a way of achieving this.
When my Mum passed away 3 months after my Ambassadorship had started, I was completely lost. I had contemplated calling Nac & chucking it all in. Nothing mattered anymore. My goals just seemed silly and insignificant. When you watch someone you love die, it changes you forever & the world just seems to stop.
But deep down I knew my goals weren’t silly & insignificant & even though Mum couldn’t understand my love of triathlon I knew that she wouldn’t want me to chuck it all away. Mum was one of the bravest & strongest women I have ever known. Not once did she complain about her cancer. She was certainly pissed off about it, but she never once felt sorry for herself. She made the most of the time she had & she lived a great life. I owed it to her to keep going.
Two months after Mum had passed away, I had my first Olympic Distance Triathlon in Mooloolaba. I went in knowing that I could finish it & I was nervous but ready. I got to meet & race with my fellow Ambassador Lee & loved every minute of it. I hadn’t raced a triathlon for almost 20 years and you couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. It was amazin