That month went by quick! I’ve had my hands full with the 9-to-5, with Thanyapura becoming a FINA official training centre for Olympic hopefuls, hiring new people to make our sports coaching even better, and all the little challenges that come with the role of heading up a major sports destination in Asia.
Last weekend we held our first Gran Fondo in Phuket with Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke. We’re growing the cycling scene here on the island with my good friend Nick Gates here heading up our cycling academy. Living in Phuket there’s plenty of good paved roads, low congestion, courteous drivers, and the air’s so much better than it is in the big cities.
I’m still trying to find the balance between work and sport, but I’ve taken the pressure off myself by racing only the events I want to race, not least of which is Norseman. I’ve set aside a good block of time to take myself and my family off to Europe so I can prepare for it properly and I am excited to have them all riding in the support car handing me drinks and really involved in my race.
We’ve just celebrated Songkran, which is the New Year on the Thai calendar. It’s the latest in the year I’ve ever had occasion to celebrate a “new year”, but it reminds me it’s never too late to start again, never too late to make a new beginning.