Training for the event was pretty poor and we didn’t really have a plan going into it, I think my mountain biking and Trail running back ground was the only thing that saved me on the day, but I managed to complete the race and said the following year I would train and have a better race. It has taken a little longer than expected to get back to the big race.
Between myself, Brett and Claudia we decided to join a tri group to help and motivate the training procedure that we would need to follow, at the same time I wanted to meet like minded individuals that I could connect with. Unfortunately the first group did not suit us at all and we decided to move on from them. Brett send me a message a little while later and asked me to have a look at Trifactri as a new option, after some deliberation it was decided to send a message and see what it was all about. It was not long and I received a message from Des asking to meet up and discuss the plans forward. The rest is history and we haven’t looked back, being part of the Trifactri family has been amazing and our little Eastenders group has formed an awesome bond.
Lucies strategy was clever, first send out the concept, get the yes from the people, take the payments and then BOOM January comes and she forwarded the program for the weekend…. Let’s just say the conversation between myself and Brett had a few ‘F’ bombs and with some major concerns on how we would survive this program.
The conversations had changed from how the training is going for Ironman to how the training is going for the Training Camp.
As my luck goes with my health I managed to get sick 3 weeks before training camp for a week, then has to leave the country for business for another week, so two weeks without training leading up to camp was not comforting and thoughts to cancel crossed my mind once or twice. But needless to say after work on Wednesday the 15th February 2017 we loaded the car and headed to Nelspruit and what an amazing adventure it was.
Being part of the Eastenders and living just on the other side of the boerewors curtain we don’t get much time with the rest of the Trifactri group, and it was great, we have seen from past rides in the Cradle how humble the entire group is considering some of the credentials that some of the athletes have and it remained the same on this trip. Everyone was always willing to help one another whether it be advice, bike repairs, motivation or praise for the days past activities. The comradery between everyone in this group is incredible and so honoured to be a part of it.
Now, I can run through the day to day activities and explain the routes and emotions etc but put very simply and in as few words as possible the weekend consisted of Eat/Sleep/Train/Repeat, with the occasional beer in-between.
At the end of the weekend the body was exhausted, the muscles in pain and the whole weekend had turned into a blur. Yet the finish line at the big event seemsso much easier and the mind seems so much stronger. Looking forward race day alongside many of these amazing people.