No sane woman would have even thought about doing it but I had no option. Heavy rain & strong winds this last week lowered the water temps by 11C from 26C to a chilly 15C, lowered energy levels, lowered body temperature & mood swings – it did not look like fun.
On the day of the triathlon the telephone woke me at 9.15am with a request to go wakeboarding by the VITAL team who had arrived late the night before. Still recovering from jet lag having arrived in Ranzo 48 hours before from Colorado, I looked out the window to see snow on top of the mountains, rain clouds and wind.
I did not want to do this triathlon but I had to.
So many times I wanted to give up. I felt like I had been thrown overboard the Titanic & had to swim to shore to survive. As I have said to many of my donors, it is you who inspire me to continue to the end when the going gets tough.
I considered myself a strong confident swimmer (swim training as a teenager up to 60km a week) but this water frightened me. I was actually deluding myself thinking I could better my 11 minute time of 4 years ago! My time of nearly 17 minutes was in the top 30%.
I was so cold & so out of breath I couldn’t put on my bike shoes. My transition time was a massive 6 minutes but I was fed up. Chin up chicken was all I could say to myself & the smiles returned for the bike ride against the wind.
Once again I was hoping for a faster time having now had 6 years experience up my sleeve but it was not to be. At one point I was tempted
to get off the bike & walk up the hill. I longed to cycle with the pack bombing down the mountain. Even my support team didn’t bother to drive up to cheer me on – it was a lonely cycle tho’ I did hit 45kph at one stage which was a highlight of my bike ride!
Being the very last person left I had the good fortune of an official accompanying me on his bike as I completed the last leg. There was no way I could walk this with this man encouraging me on as I was sure he wanted to join the pasta party so I slowly jogged & chatted & the time went very fast indeed. I was very pleased with my time of 36mins!
So what are the lessons learned in this experience? That I am absolutely insane? Must I really go through such traumatic experiences to raise funds for these children to have a better life?
If you have donated already, I thank you from the deepest depth of my heart & if you haven’t, please comfort me in knowing that my efforts have not gone to waste.
Terminator 2 : Judgment Day - “Hasta la vista, baby”
Oh yes, the knee? It held up well, thank goodness.