Re-igniting my dreams…

At the Olympics demos I crashed on my skateboard and broke my Collarbone. Not very badly, but still a few weeks not being able to Kayak.

What do you think I felt about this…? I felt excitement!

Coming back from an injury i’ve always been very motivated and life feels so fresh.

In the past when i’ve hurt myself (my back broke twice) i’ve always come back more focused and driven than before. Somehow my kayaking also improved in this times 🙂

Watching the Olympics got me really fired up with all the great performances. Particularly people showing the really high end of human abilities, pushing the boundaries and breaking World Records that people didn’t think was possible.

I especially enjoyed watching the Slalom guys Tim & Etienne winning Gold in C2, i don’t think even they were prepared for it and the emotions on their faces summed up the whole point of the Olympics for me. I do feel it would be a very good thing if freestyle was part of the Olympics properly.

After all this I felt a burning desire to go out and use my body more to its full potential.

Unable to kayak and thinking what sports I could still do, I hopped on my knackered old mountain bike and surprisingly found that even with my sore collarbone cycling didn’t hurt!

Before the Olympics we were gripped by the drama in this years Tour de France and seeing Bradley Wiggins win I felt very inspired. I then remembered my distant childhood dream of being a Tour de France Cyclist…

When I was 9 years old I saw the Tour de France pass though Marseille whilst on holiday and for a  while I was cycling crazy but couldn’t get a racing bike my size. So after some time this dream faded and then I found kayaking.

I always say about kayaking that the most fun time is when your learning everything from the beginning and with cycling its like that all over again for me.

So a couple days ago I resuscitated my child hood dream and bought a proper racing bike …It’s a bit weird getting used to the clip in pedals, but the challenge is what makes it fun.

I went out today in the pouring rain for a 30 mile ride, came back very cold, wet and bedraggled but loved every minute of it, wanting more and more!

So right now i’m feeling good, getting pain only when I jerk around and lift my arm up high and everyday its improving so am feeling pretty hopeful to be back on the water for World Cups in 9-days time. Very looking forward to kayaking again now!

My updated dreams: Win 7 Worlds, 7 Europeans & race in the Tour de France in 7 years time 🙂

You might laugh, but I’ve always dreamt big and set large tough goals for myself, it’s what keeps me happy, motivated and enjoying life…


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About James Bebbington

2011 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Champion & 2011 ICF World Cup Freestyle Kayak Champion Passionate about Kayaking, Travel, Nature, Dreams, Raw Food & the Beauty of Life. Don't give up on your dreams, listen to your heart!
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