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Not much makes me feel more alive than a triathlon!

Stan Andrews Tri-athlon

Not much makes me feel more alive than a triathlon!

Over the last two years, this last Sunday (15 December) was my third triathlon. This one in the homeland of the Ironman, Port Elizabeth. Although not the kind of finish time that I’m used to, the build up to this race certainly is something to consider. Changed career, moved family across several provinces! All in the space of 5 weeks.

Naturally when arriving at a place that you have no idea where anything is, no contacts and no friends, it is a bit of a challenge to remain motivated to get out there and train instead of becoming a hermit. 

No better way to get back at it though then to enter a triathlon and hope for the best. Not even sure if was going to complete it off the back of very little training. 

I entered the Summer Series triathlon which is a local sprint distance (yes the little one) triathlon series comprising of four races over a two week period. 

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I decided the night before to test fate and to swim using a new pair of goggles which ended up to be a proper disaster. I lost them several times which also meant sea water in my eyes, something I'm not used to at all. Swim done in what turned out to be a respectable time for me, then onto the 250m transition on my crutches. I can confirm that it is indeed a challenge. Through transition and onto the bike. My comfort zone.

Stan Andrews Tri-athlon

Slight headwind on the way out making me have to work a little more than desired and once around the turn point, came flying back home. With just under 3km still to go, I cam across another athlete who had lost his left crank arm and pedal and was cycling only with his right leg. Knowing this is not a qualifying race, I chose to assist him with a little push back home.

Into transition 2, helmet off, cycle leg off, running leg on and headed out. Only to be called back by my kids shouting that I had forgot my running shoe. What a chop! 

Nevertheless, onto the run, not racing fast pace although also not like a turtle in peanut butter. 

5km later and heard my name being called out as I passed the finish…. Done! 

Although it was a little bit of a ‘sufferfest’ due to lack of training and racing, one thing for sure is that it re-ignited my passion and that’s just one of the reasons I love this sport! I will be back on the start line this Sunday for  in the Series #3. Let’s see if there is any improvement. 

Awesome to #getup and be mobile. Thanks to all those who support me. 

Until next time….

Stan Andrews Tri-athlon