Thursday, September 6, 2012:
I should have written this email sooner but now that I'm done competing and have a few days in London I have been a little distracted!
It was tough dealing with not making the A final but I had a lot of supportive messages that really helped and of course being able to be with my family afterwards was healing as well.
We got a great message from Lindsey Jennerich who competed in the light double at the Olympics.
We used to train with them in 2010 and 2011and in those years we both won gold and then silver.
This year they just missed the A final. She had great things to say, things I was already thinking, but it was so good to hear it from someone who had been there. She told us the only way we could walk away from this feeling ok would be to go out and have the race we wanted to have in the A final and to be relentless.
She was so right, I raced the hardest I ever have in the last six years, by the time there was 300 meters to go I thought I was going to pass out and that was the point where we had to pick it up and sprint. My goal was to push through the pain and I did.
When it was called up I somehow managed to go faster and then Kristen called it up two more times from there! It felt like a gold medal effort even if it was only for seventh place. It just shows how much Para-rowing has stepped up. It was a great race, France was only a second behind us and it felt great to win.
Lindsey also finished seventh this year.
I am now enjoying the Paralympic village, other events and sightseeing and taking in where I am and what I have accomplished.
Eamonn and the kids went back on Monday so they could start school on the first day. I'm looking forward to going back and starting a "normal" life!
Thank you again with all my heart for your support, I really wouldn't be here without all of you!