This year has been one filled with challenges and change, but An-Li Kachelhoffer has persevered to deliver a number of top results. She reflects on the year so far and explains what she most enjoys about the newfound balance in her life.
The year started out with a lot of change and many challenges, all of which was very hard on me emotionally as well as physically.
This year has, so far, been one filled with challenges both on and off the bike.
As a professional athlete the public only take note of your performances and are very seldom aware of the struggles that take place behind the scenes.
My goals for the year were quite outrageous but one always assumes that you will just be able to keep moving forward. After the season I had in 2016 the obvious response was to push for more and better results this year.
Life changed quite a bit for me after the national championships and I have since decided to retire from international racing, with immediate effect.
I also started focusing on a more balanced lifestyle. I now work my training around my normal 8am to 5pm day job.
I do not see myself as a full time professional anymore. For me, full time professional means that you earn your living from cycling and at this stage, for me, it’s not true.
Because I train and work it gives me a lot less time to recover and this transition, while by no means over, has not been easy.
With that being said, I do enjoy this new chapter in life as it means I am able to spend more time with family and friends.
I won’t say I’ve had the season I dreamed of, although I can’t say I’ve have a bad season either. I finished up on the podium at every race I’ve started this year, winning the last two races that I lined up for.
I had to skip the Jock Classic due to a lower respiratory tract and middle ear infection which was not ideal.
It is my first winter in SA for six years and I think it’s safe to say my body was not ready or equipped for it. Next year I will definitely have a different approach to winter.
My hopes for the rest of the year will be to keep life interesting. On the bike my focus will still be on Amashova and the 947. Off the bike my aims is driving the ASG bike club as well as driving indoor training and conditioning at our new bike science store in Paarl.