On the 30th of October, 2010, I completed the Blackwood Marathon as an Iron Woman. That was: 12km run, 8.5km paddle, 1km swim, 16km horse ride, 20km cycle. This was one of the greatest physical accomplishments of my life and I am very proud to have completed such a great event!
In early 2010, I wrote this:
Why do I want to be an Iron Woman anyway?
Because it is an amazing challenge and I would feel invincible! Because the idea of completing such a gruelling race, of being one of the few who does the whole thing, makes me feel really excited and almost ‘jittery’ inside. Because I want to be able to say “I can” and because I think I am running out of time – 36 isn’t old, but I feel like 40 will be too late. I don’t want to just be average, I want to be incredible! And I think if I set the bar for extreme, and get great results, I’ll be more satisfied than if I set an average goal and get mediocre results.
So, here’s hoping I can push myself out of bed in the cold dark mornings and do what I have to do. Here’s hoping I can hold onto the desire through the winter and find reasons to keep trying, pushing, striving!
Here’s hoping I find my way to the finish line!
The following links are to some of the key posts during the training and racing adventure.
The Big Day:
Training for the Blackwood:
Training Log Spreadsheet – All the hours I logged in the last 6 months leading up to the Blackwood
Big Accomplishments Along the Way:
And in October 2012, I got a mention (a whole page!) in a book about the Blackwood Ironman competition to commemorate the 25th year of its running.
That’s pretty cool, if you ask me 🙂
I have been inspired time and again to do the Blackwood Ironman again, but just haven’t quite gotten my proverbial together to make it happen. However, I think I owe it to myself to do this either this year or next, because I’ve realised recently that 40 isn’t too late!!