It’s been a long year. Looking back at what I’ve written, I’m reminded that not everything can go to plan. Still, there’s a lot to be thankful for and I’m happy about everything I’ve had a hand in building this year.
I’m just about to fly out for Challenge Bahrain to catch the action. Was it only in February when I first met the princes of Bahrain in the Philippines? And now here we are with the first Challenge event in the Middle East, and it’s not just any race: it will make history with the biggest prize purse yet — $100,000 to the winners and paying down to 10th place! No wonder the who’s who of triathlon intend to be there. It will be interesting to see who will lay it all on the line and I personally can’t wait to witness it all.
I am not racing, but will be part of the live broadcast team to bring you truly comprehensive coverage befitting a race this momentous.
Now that I can pick my races and do only the ones I really want, Norseman was supposed to be checked off my bucket list this year. With this also being my first year running a premier sports resort in Thailand, something had to give. But now we’re in a good place with Thanyapura, I will be better able to plan out a good block of work leading up to Norseman next year and do justice to that race which has long been a dream of mine.
This year’s disappointment aside, I was able to check off another bucket-list race with the New York City Marathon. I was slated to do this with my wife Emma, but she decided to make the trip sans running shoes and just came to support me.
I ran for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, which aims to honor and empower Wounded Warriors — those in military service who incurred injuries on active duty. It’s always a great feeling to give back and I couldn’t be prouder to race my first marathon for such a worthy cause.
Pacing alongside Tim van Berkel throughout the five boroughs was a great way to enjoy the city and I would recommend the NYC Marathon to anyone looking for a memorable maiden marathon.
2014 has been an amazing year, but I tell you now, this is all just setting up for an even bigger and better 2015. Wishing you all the best this holiday season.