So you know I said I (almost) wished I was there. As I lay in bed on early Sunday morning and listened to the wind howling and rain bucketing down I was thanking my lucky stars that I was not racing that day.
Oh my word the conditions were bad. The wind was gale force, it was cold and it rained off and on the whole day and night. And 1800 people had to do an Ironman. Each and every single one of them gets all my respect. In conditions like that to race for as long as they did… wow! Somewhere out there for 17 hours, it was bad enough spectating and I had a warm rainproof jacket on.
Normally when I watch and Ironman I really wish I was racing and say that I would love to do another sometime. Not this time. I am now saying NEVER EVER again. There is no way that I would want to put myself through that. The mental toughness that they all showed not to give up when having to cycle straight into that wind was amazing. I don’t think I would have that. I would be the one sitting at the side of the crying my eyes out.
So to everyone that did the race yesterday – WELL DONE!!! To my brother on his first Ironman and to do it under 12 hours – wow Scotty fantastic. To my sister – you are amazing. I knew you could do it. I always amaze and inspire me. You are so strong and make me so proud. Love you both.
Guess who was the one that burst into tears as my sister crossed the line – and it was not her….
Ironman fever has hit PE – again. Race week always has such a great vibe, so much so that it makes me almost wish I had entered. Not quite but almost.
At least this year I will be doing the Corporate Challenge. It is 10% of the full Ironman, so even shorter than a sprint at 380m swim, 18km cycle and a 4.2km run, but at least it is something and I get to run down the finishers chute – if I finish of course.
This year both my brother and my sister will be taking part. It will be my sister’s 5th Ironman and my brother’s first. It would have been absolutely amazing to stand on the start with both my siblings, but I know I am not in the right time in my life to be doing a full ironman. It takes so much commitment and with Little OL my priorities are elsewhere. I will however be down there at the start and supporting them both the entire day. I love the atmosphere, the vibe and the energy. I will be crying with emotion and screaming with excitement for all the atheletes. I know what it is like. It is the most unbelievable feeling in the world.
So to everyone taking part on Sunday – you have all my support and best wishes and just remember ENJOY
After waking up with a cold on Friday morning it just got progressively worse over the day and in to Saturday. I carried on taking the Viral Guard and other things, got lots of sleep and tried to remain optimistic. We drove through to East London, and I even checked my bike in on Saturday evening on the off chance that I would feel better on the Sunday morning.
On Sunday, the morning of the race, I woke up feeling slightly better. I got dressed, covered myself in sunscreen and sat down to eat breakfast and think – how did I really feel?? Did I feel good enough to do a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle followed by a 21.1km run? The answer was no.
I remembered reading an interview with Chrissie Wellington on her decision on to do race Kona 2 years ago. She said that she thought to herself – if it was a normal training day would she go out? The answer was no, so she did not do Kona. A huge decision for her as she was defending champion. I was not in the same situation, but asked myself the same question. My answer was also no.
I got undress out of my triathlon clothes and put on normal clothes to go down and watch the start. I was fine with my decision, until I saw my mom. How sweet are these t-shirts she had made….
But all in all I know I made the right decision. I might have been able to finish, but I also might have seriously injured or damaged myself.
For me the outcome of the race was the same, whether I did it or not. This time it was not about the challenge of finishing. I know I can do that distance, hell, I know I can do double that distance. For me it was all about setting myself a goal and forcing myself to get back onto the bike, back into the water and back into a training schedule and the race did that. I love training again and finishing (or even starting) the race had nothing to do with that.
In 10 days my brother, sister and I will be doing “The Half” in East London (Ironman 70.3). Yip, that is right, all three siblings have signed up. It is just a pity that we don’t all start together. It starts in waves so my brother will go separately.
I must admit that entering “The Full” has crossed my mind a couple of times. It will be the first time my brother has done it and it would be amazing to stand at the start with the two of them when the cannon signalled the start.
The start of course would be the last time I saw them. My brother, who before November had never done a triathlon, has discovered he is pretty good at it. He is on a borrowed bike, a size or 2 too small for him and is still flying. He is going to do well.
But as tempting as it is I am not going to enter the full Ironman. The training is hectic and with working full time I see so little of Little OL as it is. So, I will be there at the start and at the end, but as a spectator.
It will be my sister’s 5th Ironman South Africa. We did our first ones together in 2007 and she has only missed one since then as she was living in London.
It is amazing what a difference a few minutes makes
This morning I woke up before my alarm. I then made the fatal mistake at looking at the time – 3:58 am. Somehow that just seemed too early to be awake. There was a 3 at the front of the time. Oh my word. 3 am! Who in their right minds gets up at 3 am to train – 4 am just seems so much more respectable….
Talking about training… Ironman South Africa 70.3 or more commonly known around these parts as “The Half” is in less than 2 weeks. I have been so worried about the cycle that I kind of just forgot about the other two disciplines… I have not done much swimming or running and am now beginning to stress a little bit about it. Especially the swim – there could be a possibility that I don’t even make the swim cut off and am not allowed to continue on the bike. Then all my cycle training would have been for nothing!!!
Well, not exactly for nothing. I have loved it, I am so happy to be back out on the road, getting fit again. I feel good about myself and have been spending a lot of time with my sister. But still – I would like to finish this race!
On the radio they had a call in section where people had to call in and say why they feel good. I am going to list my reasons here.
My gorgeous little girl has started giving squeeze cuddles. LOVE them.
And running up to me to give me kisses – awwwww
Its 20 minutes till home time
3 days till holiday
We are going out for dinner tonight.
I can once again call myself a triathlete. I did my second one in 2 weeks yesterday. I have missed it!
I got my average speed up on my bike to 27km/hour in the triathlon above. Not where it was but fun anyway. I discovered “cruising altitude”. Love it when my bike hit that spot. Wind behind you, highest gear, in aero position.
I wrote an exam yesterday. I don’t want to say how it went in case I am seriously mistaken – I should hear in 2 weeks or so.
What I will say is that I enjoyed it! I enjoyed learning for it and even writing the exam (unless of course I failed then I retract this statement). It has been a while and I missed it. I will say that trying to study with a young child is not easy and I don’t know how people do it.
In other exciting news – well exciting for me news…. I registered for the Ironman 70.3 which will be held on 22 January 2012. Yay! Now I have a goal to train for again and I might actually get out of bed and do some exercise in the mornings. It is a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run. This is half the distance of the full Ironman and is called a 70.3 because that is the distance in miles – a bit of useless trivia.
It is the SpecSavers Ironman South Africa this Sunday – and I feel like crying.
Last year I did not mind that much that I was not competing. Baby OL was only a couple of months old, but this year…..
It just feels like I have gone from being this fit person who did stuff to, well…. I don’t know exactly. To somebody who does nothing. I know, I have a beautiful little girl, who I would not trade for the world and that priorities change and blah blah blah, but that does not help how I am feeling right now, ok it does a little bit but not much. I also know that a lot of it is my own fault and although I could not have done Ironman I could b e a lot fitter.
I went down to the beachfront today and they are busy setting up. The transition area is ready, the flags are flying it looks exciting. I want to be there on the start line! But in consolation I am going to do the swim for our company team in the Corporate Challenge. At least it is something I suppose!
I am VERY excited! I am going for a sea swim this afternoon after work. Mr OL is baby sitting and I am hitting the ocean… Hopefully. Last time I tried sea was choppy and an Easterly was blowing. I have not swam in the sea since April 2009 and am not expecting to do that much but seeing as I am doing the swim leg of a triathlon in April for our company I had better put in some practice – even if it is just to see if my wetsuit still fits……
Also, thankfully we live on the Indian Ocean. I have been watching footage of the Tsunami that struck Japan earlier to day. What devastation. My thoughts are with everyone affected and to Bree – stay safe.