A month ago I wrote this post, asking for your support in Beyond Going Long's 'Triathlete of the Year' vote. You didn't disappoint! The votes came in thick and fast and last week it was confirmed that I received the highest amount of votes, norrowly edging out Anthony Gerundini. I must admit to being overwhelmed by the response, with so many people showing their support from all parts of the world. Thank you so much to every one of you who took the time to vote - I truly appreciate it. 2012 has been an amazing year and winning the vote is a great way to round it out.
Last week there was even more exciting news, with the confirmation that my 2013 professional licence had been approved! I will be racing pro next year!
I'll do one final race as an amateur, which will be the Abu Dhabi Triathlon on 2nd March. Deciding which race should be my pro debut was surprisingly easy. Whilst in Arizona with Brian, we discussed a few options, but quickly settled on a race that offered the two main things we were looking for: a BIG race that was in the early part of the year. Cue Ironman South Africa on 14th April! Having raced there in 2011 I'm familiar with the course and the area, which was another bonus. Added to that, South Africa is easy to travel to from Seychelles, without a huge time difference, which was another important factor. It also happens to be (in my opinion) one of the best run races I've ever done. To say I'm excited about going back is an understatement. The competition there will be very tough, so I'm certainly throwing myself in at the deep end to kick start my professional career. Let the journey begin.