Jaymie Mart - BARBADOS NATIONAL DOWNHILL TEAM - one of the most colourful and well loved athletes on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour today.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WORLD Masters DH MTB Championships - SILVER MEDALIST

Back in February - when the world seemed dark and the edges of the light seemed out of reach, I asked the question WHAT IF.
Insignificant upon separation.
Together, if unanswered, these two words can haunt you for an eternity.
Embrace the question with both hands.
Take the leap of faith.
You may fall, you may fly.
You may grow wings on the way down.
It may blow your mind.
What if you do.
What if you don't.
No regrets.

I asked myself what if I applied my all, trained hard, focused, challenged myself ever day for 8 months in the gym, on the mountain, inside my head. I had a lot of alignment to do, mentally and physically and I needed some end goals. First stop was the Scottish Champs - I wanted to get a race under my belt to gauge my training and although I took the Masters Womens title, it highlighted just how much work I had to do. Brazil was the main focus, t
he push for the season and the aim; to bring home a medal. I embraced the challenge and came back fulfilled.

Here is the report I wrote for DIRT

I couldn't have done it without the amazing support from family and friends.
Damion - first up, for being there, for helping me with bike set up, course analysis, for giving me a tow in over the scary 30ft doubles on course, for looking after me in Brazil and for keeping me sane in the gondola. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-11404035

To all my amazing friends who rode with me over the months, training is so much fun when you laugh hard, and boy I laughed a lot this summer. You helped me believe, you put me back on my pedals, the place I am happiest ..... you helped me build fitness and strength and for that, I can't thank you enough. You know who you are. Last but not least, for your unconditional support and guidance, for helping me think properly - my family and extended family - Mum, John, Adam, Liz, Dot and Di.

THANK YOU. I rode the bike - you gave me the nudge I needed.