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Scott 24hr 2014 - chapter 2

03 October 2014
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As we drove from our accommodation to Mt Stromlo I found it really challenging to connect my current existence in the world right now with the fact that in a couple of hours I would be racing a 24hr, for 24 hours!

Again, I had this familiar feeling with being pregnant and suddenly realising that I was going to give birth, for real. This baby inside me was going to be outside of me via giving birth – brain overload! No more thinking, I was just going to let nature take its course.

This is how I felt on the Saturday of the race, I had been here before but today I felt disjointed, not thinking at all about what 24hrs was going to be like this time.
It probably had something to do with the lead up, being extremely busy and what I would call highly stressed!

People even exclaimed that Norm and I looked so relaxed. There was no point being otherwise, all I had to do was exactly what I had done before. Stay strong minded, be nice to Norm, be process driven and aim to win. 

After we were feeling settled and ready to go, I went

Soulful September

02 October 2014
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I have had a very memorable September.

The month started out with a cold, running nose, breathing that was laboured and that sinus pain behind the eyes.
My riding continued and I managed to win the Beechworth Six Hours in The Saddle on the 30th August, against someone who would become my competition yet again later in the month.

On return of the 6hr in Beechworth, I was defintely tired and sore, a fun technical course though tough on the body for 6hrs. Perhaps my cold had something to do with it, but I did not really recover well from that

More Sun, Less Rain...Beechworth 6hr

04 September 2014
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Even though its just gone Spring, the wintery days are still here and I really don't mind.

August 2014 has geniunely been good to me.

Instead of training indoors and getting cranky at doing so I spent my days working in the morning, hopping on my hardtail in the afternoon and riding into the twilight clocking up 2-300km of riding outdoors mostly on gravel roads.

A few road races on weekends with Colac, Geelong, Ballarat and the Colac Vets ending with a trip to Beechworth for the Six Hours in the Saddle mountain bike enduro.

I had been so good

Liv & Love Winter riding

08 August 2014
mornings in forrest

Its right in the height of winter, the days are cold, often raining sometime throughout, sometimes frosted so cold overnight I've been waking up with the fog of cold breath sneaking up from under my doona.
We have even had snow down here in the Otways.

The mornings have often been filled with magic, winter is, if you choose to embrace it, a time of the year when all your senses are alive. You can smell the air, you can certainly feel the freshness, the sight of frost or low clouds creates a sense of comfort and I am tasting a

This takes guts...

31 July 2014

I was only telling someone today about my daily relationship with depression.

If you were to ask me how long have I have been living with this...I can remember many daily suicidal thoughts, wishing that night I would go to bed and somehow be taken away to a better place and never wake up to face the world the next day. Maybe if I was honest, I can remember these prayers to God being spoken from my heart from as early as 9 or 10.

I was never granted my painless departure and instead was given many challenges and a

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