“I was first referred to Carol by my physiotherapist. I was needing to find someone who could help me with quite a specific physical, and for me difficult, challenge. As someone who had lived with a significant physical disability I needed to work with someone on a specific training programme to build both strength and endurance. My first challenge was an attempt to complete the 32k Mountain Run in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, we started and did some work in the short time we had but in the end it was beyond my ability and I was a DNF.
I had no time to sit back as I had also entered the New York City Marathon and I was back to Carol to prepare for that race.
The training paid off and I completed New York and then turned my attention to another crack in the Coast to Coast Mountain Run. This time I had a coach but also returned to Carol armed with more knowledge about what I would encounter and what I needed. Carol then provided a specific programme that not only honed in on strength and endurance but because of my condition required much more work on my co ordination, movement, balance and core work and more core and more core work. She called it her studio, I called it her chamber of horrors.
After a targeted and lengthy build up, all the training and exercise and sessions with Carol came together and I was successful and crossed the line a finisher in the Coast to Coast Mountain Run.
Here’s what I really appreciated about Carol. I wasn’t just a client or a patient or an ACC referral, I was someone with a life story and a challenge that should have been beyond me. Carol worked with me, she listened to what I wanted to do and to I wanted to achieve and what I needed – she made it about me, and then she brought her knowledge, experience, empathy, curiosity, care and encouragement to that process and throughout always treated me with respect.
To her I wasn’t someone with a disability trying to achieve something. First and foremost I was an athlete in training, no special treatment, no easy way out, no excuses. I told her I needed to get over that mountain and she fully prepared me to get over that mountain. – this time I was stronger and fitter than I had ever been in my life and Carol payed a large part in having me absolutely ready come race day. There were days when she believed in me more than I believed in myself. I think they were the days she worked me a little harder, she fully understood that discipline is always less painful than regret and in the end she was right and I got to achieve getting my Finishers medal in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.”