When it was all over, I was surprised how closely it resembled a trail running race. It took a lot of hard work and time leading into it. The first 5min my nerves were shot and then, just like in a race, I settled in and felt fine. It was challenging but finishing it was very rewarding and I guess the only difference is when I finished my presentation I had the pleasure of knowing that I potentially inspired or influenced other people in a positive manner and that was so much better than any race!
I really want to thank my family for all their support and help getting me prepared and also all my friends and PACE peeps for their unconditional support. I truly felt that even if I would have totally shit the bed up there that I had a community of people who wouldn't judge me or think differently. I credit my confidence to the good people I have in my life.
I also got to focus on thanking my sponsors this year, which without them the Alps would have been another pipe dream and it felt good to publicly be in a position to recognize their assistance and more importantly, how some of our local business support local athletes.
I was also very fortunate to have the media's support and there was a great article written by JP Squire from the Daily Courier: http://www.ok.bc.ca/bliss/unser-over-the-top-on-alps-trail-run-102712.html
As far as next year's goals go, I can't say that it will hold any more public speaking dates, although I will remain open to it should the opportunities come my way again. As far as running goals go... I might have a few plans up my sleeve ;)