Back to School
It’s been a week since I started back at uni. I started toying with the idea of gaining a Master Degree during my internship at The Adecco Group last year.
It became apparent to me that eventually, when my professional triathlon career comes to an end (no time soon I hope!) that my academic qualifications are going to be more important than ever.
I’ve missed out on the work experience that others have worked hard to get through work, but at the same time I’ve managed to experience other super important life lessons through sport. I’ve managed to build up a tremendous self-discipline, getting up day after day – another 5-6km in the pool, however many hours on the bike – you get the picture. Don’t feel sorry for me – I absolutely love what I do and feel very privileged, and that’s why I’ve fought so hard over the years to stay at or around the top, seeing off sickness, injuries – I want a spot at Tokyo in 2020.
Yeh, so there’s a lot of physical exercising but it’s not just the sport that you have to focus on, it’s working hard to find organisations, companies, individuals, heroes behind the scenes that are willing to support you, lift you when energy is low and believe that you are going to succeed. I’ve grown head strong because at some point, those same organisations that have supported you sometimes turn around and tell you they can no longer back you. That’s a tough pill to swallow, but you get back out there and keep going.
“So what’s this got to do with uni?” you’re asking. It frees my mind of triathlon for short bursts to enable me to come back to my training with mega focus and energy whilst at the same time, I know it’s going to benefit me in the future. I love the great atmosphere around the amazing buildings of the University of Zurich and the fact of finally being back in class and among other students taking their individual paths in life.
It’s going to take a little more discipline to juggle sports and university at a high level, but I am motivated and I am looking forward to the challenge.