Why Ironman?

“I will never……” are words I uttered not so long ago when discussing epic events like The Augrabies Extreme, Puffer and Ironman triathlon.  Little did I realise that a Tsunami would grapple with my common sense and it would be replaced with the spirit and enthusiasm of an Ironman wanna-be! 

My programme to reach the end of the Ironman triathlon one-day endurance event which encompasses a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and a 42.2km run, started in July 2006. 

I was an occasional runner with a preference for trail running and my usual position was as a back marker.  Not my first choice but heavy legs and puffing lungs deemed this appropriate.  My progress was slow with each run rendering me exhausted and stiff for the following week.  My runs were inconsistent with no routine and happened when and if I felt like it.

I climbed onto the Ironman ‘dream’ when a good friend of mine decided to do it.  I jumped at the opportunity to be Robyn’s trusted ‘training partner’ and before I knew it I was uttering the words “I’m training for Ironman with much trepidation.  My weeks became dispersed with swimming, spinning, running and cycling.  All this in-between mundane behavioural norms like work and socialising.   

I am glad I did as the journey was like none I’ve experienced.  The lessons learned physically and mentally will stay with me forever and I share my experiences with you and encourage you to embark on a journey of your own.  The rewards are more than a mere medal but a life filled with optimism and confidence.

 

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