Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen has in no part been dissuaded by the pitfalls of her journey back to the top of the sport of triathlon, as the American star shared that she is still embracing the challenges she’s faced so far in her comeback.
After returning to the sport following a long hiatus where she pursued professional running, then had her second child, things haven’t been completely linear for the former world champion so far this season, but she reassured followers that she is still more than ready for the fight.
With her next race set to be a domestic competition in California, it is yet to be seen when Jorgensen will have her next chance to gain crucial points towards the Olympic qualification campaign. However, if there is one thing for certain, it is that she will not give up on the long road to Paris.
“Easier to give than take my own advice”
Sharing on Instagram after WTCS Montreal, where Jorgensen was unable to get on the start list, the Wisconsinite admitted that in her return to triathlon, being patient has been something she has found hard to do.
“Easier to give than take my own advice. I had a hard time being patient and giving myself grace when I didn’t perform at four and five months postpartum after a seven year hiatus from the sport of triathlon.
“I’m a champion and expect champion results no matter the circumstances. I am proud of myself for challenging myself in ways 2016 Gwen would never have.”
Despite finishing second in her most recent outing at the Huatulco World Cup, Jorgensen underlined the unique battles she faces balancing parenthood with professional sport, an equilibrium she is still trying to perfect.
“I have embodied vulnerability and persistence in a rushed state to get back to competing at the highest level postpartum. Being a mom as an athlete has so many battles.
“There are many more opportunities to battle before this war is over and I’m here ready to fight whenever I’m given the chance.”
Jorgensen will next race at the Americas Triathlon Cup Long Beach on July 15, where she will hope to pick up her first win of the season on the continental circuit.