This is my story so far. I hope it gives you an insight...
I was classically trained and schooled in dance for many years and attended Elmhurst Ballet School from the age of 7. Dance was very much my life and looked to be the career path from a very early age. However a serious injury and knee-reconstruction put an end to that. I was forced to undergo an intense period of rehabilitation if I was to ever enjoy physical activities again in the way that I had been used to.
Rehabilitation to Fitness Champion
Adventure Racing followed. All my conditioning had helped of course and the focus and goal setting I'd been used to was a helpful attribute also. Adventure Racing demands covering long stretches of often horribly inhospitable terrain, by all manner of means in a way that takes the body and mind to their limits. For example I was part of an Eco Challenge team that: ran, trekked, swam, climbed and canoed through dense Borneo jungle for 10 relentless days - with barely any sleep. We made it, but there wasn't much left of our physical selves by the end of it! In fact we each lost around 25% bodyweight.
An Outdoor Life
Outdoor pursuits have always been a passion. As far back as I can remember I was accompanying my father on walks and climbs and he is without doubt the reason I maintained this love of all things outward bounds.
I'm a mountaineer and instructor, a qualified diver, a keen canoeist, cyclist, skier, hiker and my love of dance and choreography has never dimmed over the years.
Working in Fitness
Unlike many in my field, my methods and approach are entirely informed by my life experiences. I have immersed my body and mind in so many tasks and challenges and I use all their teachings - good and bad - in my work whether it is with schoolchildren or experienced athletes. I carry all the key formal qualifications and I attend interesting looking course every now and again, but I only see these as little top-ups. I do not approach every group or person with the latest mental textbook open at the appropriate page and spout its contents to them. Everybody is different and over the last 25+ years there is not too much I haven’t encountered!
Death of my Baby
Keep Moving Forwards!
I'm not sure you 'get over' such things but rather learn to cope. They say “time is a healer” and I think that is true to some degree.
But it is always about remembering to put one foot in front of the other, knowing that I'm still a mother to a remarkable young boy and his amazing little sister, embracing all the good that never went away and doing my best to enjoy others whilst motivating and guiding them to reach their goals.