#058: Sarah Matthews on Pride, Resilience & Getting Back on the Bike [Podcast] - Sparta Chicks

#058: Sarah Matthews on Pride, Resilience & Getting Back on the Bike [Podcast]

Sparta Chicks Radio

May 13
Meet Sarah Matthews on Sparta Chicks Radio this week

“I don't have a great deal of pride. So, all I've ever ever wanted to do is the best of my ability. So as long as I give my best. To a point, it doesn't matter what the result is, as long as I know I've given my best.”

It’s hard to describe or introduce Sarah Matthews. She:

* went on her first cycling holiday when she was 12 (through France with her family), 

* studied vet science at Cambridge University, learnt to row and in 5 years competed as part of the famous Boat Race on the Thames against Oxford University (and won both times),

* turned her hand to rock climbing and within 5 years was the Australian National Championship in 2004 and the Oceania Championship in 2005,

* rode with a friend from Melbourne to Adelaide (1,000km) on an ill-fitting bike and with no training, 

* entered the Busselton Half Ironman (70.3) without knowing how to swim (and subsequently learnt to swim!)

* heard about the Race Across America while chatting with other competitors after finishing the Busselton Half Ironman and committed to it immediately, 

* completed the 5,000km Race Across America twice, including with the World Record setting Veloroos (listen to my previous episode with two of her teammates), 

* suffered a brain injury and was in a coma for a month after being hit by a cyclist while out running (only a month after the Veloroos won the Race Across America), 

* after 6 months off work, she returned to racing and will represent Australia at the World Duathlon and Long Course Tri Championships in Denmark this year, and

* is currently planning her next multi-day cycling adventure - across Australia - in December 2018.

Sarah in action

For me, listening to her story reinforces: 

* why you shouldn’t limit what you think you’re capable of doing in the future based on what you’ve achieved in the past, 

* the importance of exploring your interests and giving yourself permission to try new things, 

* resilience and getting back on the bike* after a setback (and by bike, I mean whatever it is you love doing). 

Click here to listen on iTunes.

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