I was meeting my friend Vanessa for a drink at Huddle Park golf club when I read Helen's post on FB. It was the 28th October last year, I had just vaguely recovered from Kona and like a typical addict I had to find a way to feed this triathlon monkey on my back. I remember thinking that this would be the perfect way to take a break without really taking a break...what a great plan! I could give something back to the sport without having the pressure of competing. So I responded to Helen, and after some back and forth we agreed to meet. Now let me just say I'm not sure what I expected; maybe a sweet, coy, partially sighted lady who has been waiting her whole life for me to guide her to her first Ironman finish...haha...but as Kim would say, "A cup of tea with 2 sugars is sweet...!"
When I got home I said to Kim, "Yoh! This women is feisty!" To which she replied, "Oh, and you're not?" Yes Helen is feisty, and why shouldn't she be? She has fought many a battle in her life and she is a survivor.
Our practice swim on the Saturday before the race was crazy. It is extremely hard to imagine how scary this must have been for her. Those who were there will know how tough the sea conditions were that day. Can you even imagine doing your very first sea swim in those conditions and not being able to see? Having to put your faith and your life completely in the hands of someone else? I'm not sure I could do it. But she is brave and she did it and we smashed the swim on race day. The race photo shows us running to T1, holding hands skipping and singing kumbaya :):)
Imagine if the world was like that...yes, Corinne I'm seeing unicorns!
Bring on Ironman 2017, bring on that special needs bag with peanut butter sarmies and a head light, bring on those glow sticks!!!!!
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