Specsavers Ironman South Africa 2012
So I finally have plucked up the courage to write about my experience of doing my first Ironman distance triathlon. I have put it off as I guess I knew once I had written about Ironman that I would be closing a chapter on something that I have worked so long and hard towards achieving. It is hard to put into one post everything I experienced in the lead up to the event and then during and after. There have been so many parts to my Ironman journey that it is impossible to do my entire experience any justice without perhaps writing a small book. So I am rather going to write specifically about the day itself and do a follow up post about my Ironman journey and the effect it has had on me. So get comfortable, grab something to drink and join me on my recount of that amazing day back on 22nd April 2012……………… Continue reading
So last Saturday 7th April I took part in my first ever Two Oceans half marathon. First you say how is that possible? Well I like to do things the wrong way round in that I did the Ultra (56km) back in 2009 and never bothered with the half. What a mistake that proved as I found out on Saturday I had been missing out.
There have been many different opinions on the Two Oceans race this year with some having been quite scathing. I however would like to focus on the positive and recount my experience of the race from how I experienced it. So here goes….. Continue reading
So yesterday (Saturday 24 June) I completed my 2nd Ocean to Ocean trail run and ticked off another great training run on the Cape Peninsula Trails. The Ocean to Ocean is a guided trail run by Dirk McIntosh and Barry Washkansky (@washer77) from Muizenberg Beach to Camps Bay taking in many of the trails that stretch from Kalk Bay Mountains through Silvermine and then across Table Mountain. Continue reading
So I sit here waiting for my first tweet up in ages (Oceans Tweetup) with a group of fabulous fellow runners all hailing from various parts of our beautiful country. I figured I am sitting here at La Playa and feeling super inspired by the setting it may be a good time to put down a few thoughts in writing that have been on my mind. Continue reading
It was back in 2011 when I first made contact with Lucille Swart or Lucy Lu (as I call her) via Twitter. I remember reading her bio, then her blog and feeling incredibly inspired by her and her positive outlook on life. Lu was in Leukaemia remission and was literally taking life by the horns which I soon realised was how this special lady rolls! Over the past 12 months she has become more than just a person on twitter that I follow and tweet with. We have shared our thoughts, aspirations, music (through Collective Soul!), love for exercise and sport and plenty of good times and bad ones too. She is my friend.
Sadly Leukaemia came back a 3rd time and it was with disbelief and great sadness on Saturday that Lu informed me that her blood cell results were showing that her body was clearly not responding to treatment. I felt empty, I didn’t know what to say and it took me some time to respond to her. I so badly wanted to phone her but I knew once I heard her voice I would become a blubbering mess and she didn’t need that yesterday. We shared our thoughts through messages and I felt like we were both more assured of what Sunday held, when Lucy needed to make a decision about continuing her treatment.
Today @beanker and I have thought about Lu and we have shared our thoughts on this special lady. It was so uplifting to read Lu’s blog post.
Lucille, you are such a great source of inspiration to me since we have become friends. Whenever I pull on that @sunflowerfund top and train or race I think of you.
So my journey to Ironman South Africa has even greater meaning now as I have decided to dedicate this physical challenge to you, as you undergo your latest challenge.
The first person I am going to speak to when I cross that finish line as an Ironman on the 22nd April will be you Lucille.
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Tagged Inspiration, Ironman, Ironman South Africa, Leukaemia, Life, Lucille Swart, Miles 4 Marrow, Running, The Sunflower Fund, Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund
So 3 years have passed since my last marathon on the road. As many of you know I’ve completed many trail distances equal and above marathon distances up to 80km. However this was a road marathon and as explained in The Night before The Night before I have a serious mental block with t@r.
Ready for anything
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Tagged Andrea Boettger, Cape Town, Coral Wetsuits, Joe Newbert, John McInroy, Marathon, Miranda Symons, New Balance, Peninsula Marathon, RedSockFriday, Running, Satori Athletics, Simonstown, The Sunflower Fund, Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund
Yes its that time the time that at some point all runners must go through!
For the butterflies have come calling, the false aches and pains in the body have started niggling me or should that be gnawing me, and then the inevitable self doubt and ultimate ridiculous question has raised its ugly head, CAN I DO THIS? Yes its Marathon time again Scotty! Continue reading
On Saturday 5th February I did my first Lion of Africa Half Marathon in 3 years (herafter referred to as LOA). It was another race on my Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund race schedule and a taper down run for the Peninsula Marathon on 19th February. The route starts and finishes from the Cape Academy for Mathmatics on Firgrove Road and takes in a slightly undulating course through the leafy suburb of Constantia. It’s a good course to aim to get in a good seeding time for Two Oceans Half Marathon as there are some long descents, straights and a strong field taking part. Continue reading
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Tagged 21.1km, Cape Town, Constantia, Half Marathon, New Balance, Pacing Bus, Road Running, Running, sub 2 hour, The Sunflower Fund, Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund, Two Oceans
- Yes there are a couple of hills!
So on Sunday the 29th January as part of my race plan for raising awareness for The Sunflower Fund (@SunflowerFund) I finally ran my first Kloof Nek Classic half marathon (hereafter referred to as the KNC). The KNC takes place in Cape Town starting in Camps Bay before heading up Kloof Nek towards the cableway station at the foot of Table Mountain and then across to the top of Signal Hill before a long descent to the finish back at Camps Bay High School. Continue reading
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Tagged Camps Bay, Cape Town, Clifton, Half Marathon, Hammer Nutrition, Kloof Nek, Kloof Road, Lion of Africa, Running, Table Mountain, The Sunflower Fund, Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund
Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund – Ironman South Africa 2012
I hope that the start of 2012 has brought a positive start for you and that this year is one of happiness, success, and great memories for you all.
On the back of a very successful Argus Cycle Tour fundraiser for The Sunflower Fund in 2011 I have decided to literally go BIGGER and FURTHER in 2012. Many of you have already seen me out training or have been following my exploits these past few months. Thanks to those of you that have joined me during my training as I really enjoy the company and it makes it more fun. Continue reading