The Comrades Marathon is a race we have watched with anticipation each year. Screaming at the TV, we would will the marathon runners across the line, be left in tears for those who never made it, and wince in pain as we watched the poor runners suffer from cramp as they tried to reach the finish line. Comrades Marathon, an inspiring feat of pure human strength – something I did not think was within my capability until I had completed my first Full Ironman in 2015. Completing an extreme endurance event like this made Comrades seem like an extremely realistic goal.
After swearing I would never get on a bike, nor become one of those “prawns” as they were termed sipping coffee outside the vida e caffè in Camps Bay, the allure of the 202km Coronation Double Century enticed me after 2 months of triathlon training, where a bike was, well, a prerequisite.
After following via Facebook the training rides of friends and colleagues who were beginning to train for the Double Century and in particular a clients wife, I asked him to put me in touch with her to ask about being a reserve on their team should anyone pull out or get injured. Never did I think I would officially be part of the team. Nor did I realize what sort of people I would meet and that these people would soon become my inner circle of friends.
With less than 4 weeks to go until the 2016 Ironman African Championships, I thought it appropriate to write about my experience about taking part in my first full Ironman in 2015.
After previously being told by an ex that I would never be able to complete a full marathon, I naturally entered one, and then another and found myself quickly progressing to the 2Oceans Ultra Marathon.
The Cape Classic 380 is a professional 3-day cycling event for amateur enthusiasts wanting to kick start the cycling season, or use it as a training ride for Double Century or Full Ironman. It consists of 380km of rolling road closures for the entire event, ensuring a fun and safe journey for the riders involved. Limited to only 60 riders, we were lucky enough to be invited as an Embark (triathlon) team to experience this event as part of a test group leading up to the official launch of the cycle event for 2015. Ofcourse, being a sucker for punishment, I participated again in the official 2015 launch which saw the likes of PowerBar, Scheckters Organic Energy Drink and FutureLife come on board as sponsors.