The other night I had the priviledge and the honour to meet Olympic Gold Medallist, Kristin Armstrong. On the night that she successfully defended her Beijing Time Trial Title, she paid tribute to her coach and family for supporting her and believing in her.
Kristin shared that with only 22 months before the Olmpics, her coach convinced her to return to training only months after the birth of her first child. It was a struggle to get her recently pregnant body to respond to the rigours of training, however both her and her coach persevered and were richly rewarded with an amazing success.
To win one Gold Medal is an awesome achievement in itself, however to defend your title to win Gold again only two years after having a baby is truly inspiring.
Kristin shared with me that actually the birth of her child was a wonderful experience and extremely easy with only one hour of full labour. She consciously chose not to attend birth preparation classes as she felt they engendered too much anxiety in first time mothers. The belief Kristin had in herself surely contributed to her easy and joyful birth.
WHAT AN INSPIRATION!