Our weekend always starts off with a fantastic dinner with our club. Some good carbo-loading is implemented, but everyone stays away from the dessert because you know we’re like pro and stuff. I’m just kidding, it’s actually because coach is sitting right there, so we wait till after the race, because then we can eat whatever we want (in front of coach, because she’s eating the same thing). In my case, it’s tons of ice-cream.
The Saturday we had a wonderful photo shoot done by the amazing Robbyn. We then did a warm up run which consisted of drills aaannndddd A LOT of sweating, THEN, the entertainment begins. After sweating A LOT we then attempted to put our wetsuits on, because you know the water is a casual 16 degrees, so instead of your whole body freezing, the wet suit helps so that just your face, hands and feet freeze. There are wonderful noises being echoed while everyone is trying to pull their wetsuit over their sweaty bodies. Plastic bags are being passed around, well in Darians case half the bag is still left in the wetsuit. The same drill is pretty much repeated before the race on the Sunday.
The East London 70,3 not an easy race. You either have WIND and heat, WIND and rain, WIND and cold or just WIND, WIND and WIND, but in this case we had WIND, rain and heat. The weather can always take a turn on the day and even during the race. The wind is always a given but it’s always interesting to see what else might decide to really make our race ‘more interesting.’
I’m telling you, mother nature always has a good laugh at us. On race day, nerves were flying and everyone was getting ready to go. The swim started off quite gentle, but then turning back to the beach, waves decided to hit us in the face. The rain started while we were swimming and ended when I got to about 30km into the bike course.
The support from the locals definitely helps the agony that every athlete is feeling up that freaking hill and the support continues throughout the run from the volunteers. Yes East London is a hard race but once you’ve crossed that finish line and realising what your body just went through, trust me, it’s worth every minute of the first 45k’s of the bike and every minute up Bunkers Hill. I always love the weekend spent with my family and with this amazing club. Thank you so much to Lucie for all the hard training that got me onto podium. Trifactri achieved great results with podium finishes and personal bests. Congratulations to every athlete that participated on the weekend and thank you to everyone for an amazing weekend, can’t wait for Durban 70.3. Let the eating become better and the training…well um…continue!!