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    Revenge starts here…

    Tonight at 6pm I’ll be starting my 6-month journey to Ironman 70.3 again.   You may remember how my previous attempt ended with me going for a little sleep in the ambulance and waking up in the medical tent at the finish line – followed by an ugly cry. So I’m excited to seeing some old faces and meeting new people, but I thought I should take stock of where I’m at so I can  start my 2013/2014 Embark programme with a clear mind, focused on revenge. Please follow and like us:

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    Rehab & Starting Over

    In just a little bit over a month I’ll be starting my 2014 Ironman 70.3 training.  It will be my second attempt to finish, after a spot of over-hydration took me out of the race and into the medical tent earlier this year. Yeah… I was a little over-zealous with the whole water drinking thing.  And come to think about it… it was a New Thing I Tried On Race Day.  Lesson learnt, moving on. Please follow and like us:

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    Looking Ahead (a.k.a. Escape From Robben Island)

    I’m literally counting down the days and hours until my cast comes off… Friday, 7 June @ 10am Needless to say I can already taste the freedom and smell the Veet that will be applied to get my leg silky smooth the moment I get back home. 18 days & 20 hours… probably a reasonable time to wait, hey? My patience is wearing pretty thin and I’m thinking of cunning ways to escape from this prison without anybody finding out…  Like the other day when my friend Natasha, who also happens to be a teacher at my kids’ school, told me that they use the same stuff my cast is made of…

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    Race Report: Jailbreak Tuffy Escape

    A dream finally came true for me this past weekend when I had the opportunity to participate in the Jailbreak triathlon out at Brandvlei Prison, situated on the Brandvlei Dam between Worcester and Rawsonville. Before I got bitten by the tri bug, I used to listen with wide-eyed wonder as my friends recounted their Jailbreak experiences and always hoped that I would one day be able to do this race too. As our final triathlon of the year – and ahead of Ironman 70.3 on 20 January – Jailbreak would show us where work still needed to be done, so it was an important race for all of us Embarkers.…

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    Why Egg-Mayo is a NO-NO

    I’ve been fretting about this blog since Saturday.  After all, what can I say about my disastrous opening tri for the season without sounding like a total whiner? For most it was a great race.  In my case it turned into a bit of a non-event.  In a nutshell: I had a bit of a panic attack beforehand which included a few tears (aahhh… the old ugly cry…) Had a great warm-up swim Started feeling sick a few minutes before the start Felt so ill that in the time it took the others to complete two laps, I could only manage one Had a few quality puking sessions on the bike before…