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26 Nov 2018

"It’s been emotional, but I am ready for the climb". Wian Sullwald update.

"It happens so quickly and effortlessly, whatever it is, it trips you. You fall, down the side of this huge mountain, that you’ve been climbing for years and years. And there you are, in the lowest point that you’ve ever been at. This best describes where I have been. The last 12 months is a time that I would rather erase completely out of my life and mind, but most days it’s a constant struggle. 
 
I can’t change the past and I can’t control the future, but I can choose how I want to go about it. 
 
This mentality took me roughly three months to understand whilst I was pounding beers on most days and drifting away from my true passion. Here I am facing a massive climb, but I’m ready. I know that the climb back up to the top, to the sunshine and the fresh air, is long and burdened with lessons, but I’m going to make it my bitch. It’s no secret that I have a difficult journey ahead me, starting with just getting back to the race horse shape I used to be in and here I am after a few weeks of training getting ready to line up for my first race in what seems like forever.

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 It’s not the biggest of races but a respectfully competitive ITU African Cup. 
 
Most people would argue that I am miles away from being ready to be lining up for a race, and sure, I agree with them. I am far away from race shape ready, but I see this as part of the process, one that will hopefully help me remember why I started this in the first place and maybe if I am really lucky, it will give me a glimpse of confidence again. This was a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but they pulled me through. Each and everyone contributed in their own special way. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for my girlfriend and my parents that never stopped believing in me, even when all the odds were against me. 
 
Lastly a very big thank you to AFGRI, during my time where I had nothing appealing to show, they saw potential and I am really proud to say that I have signed my biggest sponsor to date. I am extremely proud to represent such a phenomenal and special company. They are in the business that is very close to my heart, and I can honestly say I am very excited for the journey. 
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We all hit incredibly low points at some stage in our lives, but they are what make the mountains that much more enjoyable. There is hope on the horizon for you, and for me, and for anyone who believes in it. If you need your motivation to begin your climb back up, much as I did, use this as your motivation. Always know that there are others climbing with you and people waiting for you at the top. 
 
Start your climb today, and I will meet you in the sunshine."