SIR Chris Hoy has talked about his helplessness as he waited for the birth of his premature son Callum.
He admits being in control of his life, and things around him, helped him to amass a staggering six Olympic cycling golds.
But having to take a back seat to allow medical staff to do their jobs, at what was a worrying time for himself and wife Sarra when Callum decided to make an appearance 11 weeks early, was a tough challenge
The 38-year-old from Edinburgh said: “It was difficult. Everything I have done in my career has been about controlling the controllables and doing what I can.
“But in Callum’s situation there was very little we could do other than leave it to the nurses and doctors in that absolutely incredible neo-natal ward.
“There were so many different emotions. Worry was the biggest one.
“The initial fear and concern when Callum was born is something I’ve never experienced before. It wasn’t just worrying about Callum – it was the worry about my wife Sarra, as well. You don’t know what’s going to happen.
“It was a complete bolt from the blue.
“Up until then, everything was 100 per cent fine and then a couple of days later we were told, ‘Right, the baby has got to come out’.
“Sarra was only 29 weeks pregnant. It was a big shock and there was a lot of worry and a lot of concern.
“You have to relinquish control and put your trust in them and when you see how competent they are and what they do, it does settle your nerves a little bit.
“And it was just the complete opposite when we finally got him home and he’s off all the machines and all the tubes.”
After spending the first eight weeks of his life in hospital, Callum was allowed home three weeks ago.
Chris said: “It took a few days before we could take him out the incubator.
“I remember picking him up and thinking: ‘Bloody hell, this is it. I’m a dad and this is my wee boy.
“He’s a healthy wee baby – a wee baby but thankfully a healthy one. You’ll always worry about them and that will go on until they’re adults.
“My parents still worry about me now.
“It’s just a whole new experience and a wonderful one.”
Chris had another wonderful experience on Sunday at Glasgow’s Hydro, picking up the Sports Lifetime Achievement award to add to his list of honours.
He compared the experience to being every much equal to the euphoria of Callum being born.
But he admits the impending birth was one factor that brought home to him that his career as a cyclist was over.
He still cycles each day and now plans to find fresh challenges.
But first and foremost he is looking forward to being a devoted family man.