“Why be good at one sport, when you can be average at three”.
At the beginning of this year, my husband entered into his first triathlon. At the time I didn’t know much about them. Swim, cycle then run – seems like the ultimate test of your fitness, or the ultimate test of your sanity. A group of people at the latest race had shirts that read “ Why be good at one sport, when you can be average at three”, I couldn’t help but giggle. We have been to a few more events this year, and I have grown to respect the race as well as the crazies that put themselves through it.
Getting ready for the swim – Ironman 70.3 Durban July 2015
Ironman 70.3 Durban
On Monday we returned from Ironman 70.3 in Durban. An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of long distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.
I absolutely love Durban so I was happy to go down with my husband for this race and it being held right on the promenade made it an awesome spot to hang out for the day and spectate. Warm daytime weather made for a good day to race, however the waves for the swim seemed a bit terrifying to me! My husband Roger Mortlock, ended up coming in 21st place for his age group and 83rd over all with a time of 4:47. Local Anthony Baird, from Ezigro Seedlings, came 106th for this age group and 663rd overall with a time of 5:38. Honorary locals, Tracy & Mike Ogg and Chris Jackson also attended the event. (If I am missing any local White Riverians that also attended the event, please let me know! We would love to hear about your experience).
Longmere Off Road Triathlon – March 2015
Longmere Off-Road Triathlon
Our own shiny local triathlon takes place on the Longmere Dam. My husband and a few friends entered the first event in March this year. It was well attended for its first time, with a total of 50 participants. There was also a kids version of the triathlon which looked like a lot of fun. Local White Riverians both male and female won the sprint version of the race, Roger Mortlock and Sarah Ratnarajah.
The next event will take place 21 November 2015 to see more details check out their facebook page. I hope to put my big girl pants on and do the next one, but the swim leg of a triathlon gives me a bit of a fright – perhaps I will have to put together a team so I don’t have to get eaten by the imaginary dam sharks.
Early Morning Start – Bilene 2015
Bilene Mozambique Triathlon – July 2015
Bilene Mozambique Triathlon
On the 4th of July this year, we travelled to our neighbouring country to the east to enter the first ever Bilene Triathlon. Locals, you have to check this event out next year, even if you aren’t entering. What a cool place to have a triathlon! Right on the beach in front of Complexo Palmeiras is where it all started. The weather was beautiful and the locals were so festive. There was over 60 officials that were organized to man the race, and the entire town was involved with every detail. Best of all the locals could enter the 10km run afterwards for free, so there was a mob of kids running through the town together, with me in tow, very far behind them. My husband won this year, and got treated like a local celebrity. TV interviews and a extra large cheque as well as a trophy handed to him at the rather grand prize giving ceremony. Watch this space for next year’s race.