Khotso Makokotlela


What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
Being able to swim open water, I grew up in an environment that discouraged swimming. I was told that I would drown, there was no formal training for swimming in the villages north of Tzaneen where I grew up.

What are keys to your success when it comes to training?
Consistency, never give up. I was a very bad with swimming in particularly open water, I could have easily given up. At times I was very nervous of open water swimming, that I had to listen to motivational videos to encourage myself to go for the next open water swim training sessions.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this?
Time for training is a big challenge between work and family. Thanks to my wife and children, they are supportive towards my training. I sometimes train with my wife which helps. 

What was the best advice you were ever given?
To plan my nutrition during there race.

Do you have a saying or a motto that you live your life by?
The greatest disability is my mind, the choices I make. If I think I won't be able to do it, my body will follow what my mind says.

What is your next goal that you would like to achieve?
To do Ironman PE in a few weeks. I am excited and nervous at the same time but I believe in my coach and my training.

What do you like and dislike the most about your sport?
Like: I like racing when I am well prepared, it is a nice feeling to do well in a race. 
Dislike: I don't like getting pout of bed early on weekends for training but I am mostly happy when it is done.
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