I never thought I would do this thing called triathlon. But as it happens, the bug bit me after all the supporting at events and I was on fire to start doing it too! I trained with a little group in Bedfordview for a few months and really enjoyed it (but the Aries in me wanted more dedicated companions). Unfortunately I got really sick that year (2014). After trying to fall pregnant for about 8 months, Chris and I decided to go see a fertility clinic. They discovered that my ovaries were so huge they could barely see my uterus. I was sent to see a specialist in Pretoria and after emergency surgery two days later it was founded that I had stage 3 ovarian cancer. Great.
Long story short, I had to go through 8 months of chemo. During this time, I lost all my hair and any dignity I had left. After my second round of chemo, Chris took part in the Ironman PE. I loved every second of photographing team TriFacTri and appreciated the way they had embraced me. This just urged me to get serious about the sport. A week later I entered my first ever half Ironman. It would be a push as I would only have a few months to train once chemo was over (noting that I had done nothing more than Olympic distance up to this point). Motivation was set.
IM 70.3 East London was amazing! I loved the sport and the distance straight away and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I ended up doing a 6h30 and was mostly happy with that. But as we all know, it’s never good enough! After that I knew there was only one place for me. TRIFACTRI.
I messaged Lucie to ask if she would consider training me. This took me about 2 months to do as I was so incredibly intimidated by Lucie AND the amazing athletes! I mean, why would they even consider having me there? I’m not even close to being a podium contender and I don’t have the talent to get there either, but I absolutely LOVE the sport and everything about it. Luc, being the sweetheart she is, immediately offered me a coffee date to discuss my request. And the rest is history.
All I want to say is that this group, from the coach to each athlete, has given me a renewed purpose in life. I cannot describe to any of you the absolute heartache that comes with infertility, let alone the battle of cancer. I am truly honest when I say that my life would probably have gone up in flames if not for TriFacTri. You guys have done so much more for me than I can say. Thank you for treating me like a normal person and not some victim. Thank you for taking me in and making me feel like an athlete even when I can’t keep up with you guys. Thank you for being my friends and my family. Thank you, Lucie, for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.
Team TriFacTri, the team to beat…in more ways than one!