2019 Standard Bank Ironman African Championship South Africa

Finish time of 13h06 at the 2019 Standard Bank Ironman African Championship South Africa! The windy city delivered the wind on the race day the 7th April and the swim distance was shortened to 2.2km. Rough swimming conditions on the day, considering my non-existing swimming background. I managed to get through the storm on the swim and soon after that, I was on my bike, faced with 180km cycle.


I put my head down and got to work, following the plan that my coach produced. The windy conditions made up for the shortened swim, making the bike leg testing and taxing. After 7h08, I arrived at transition 2 and was getting ready to tackle a marathon.


I was eager to deliver a good time on the marathon and I soon realised it’s going to be a tough one. After 21km, I hit a wall and remembered that I must keep going forward, at least according to the my coach’s plan. The plan was to run/walk and 5km later I was strong again. It only lasted up to 30km and I was back to plan B again, run/walk. At this point nothing mattered except to finish the race. After 4h53 I was at the finish line.


Looking at the picture when I crossed the finished line, I looked like I had gone through a war zone. The feeling for defeating this monster was unreal, at that point I thought I will never let myself go through this again! I can say “I have bragging rights for a life time!”

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