It's time to tame the Buffalo

January 27, 2018

So race weekend is finally here! After all those years of dreaming and months of training, I am now looking out onto the beach that we will swim at, and the road we will ride and run in.

It has been an incredible journey.



Done with registration and expo, and as I retreat to the silence of my own company...relaxing on the bed and looking through my window at the esplanade, I glance over at the backpack on the dressing table counter that says “IRONMAN”. Contemplating the magnitude of what it stands for... an unexpected wave of emotion and tears comes over me... the hijabi girl who loved to run, couldn’t swim, and was terrified of a bike. Of all the times I’ve admired people carrying those at triathlons, through airports, in the gym... it’s now my turn to earn the right to wear it myself 😭



I’m doing this for every person that has ever doubted themselves, and thought for whatever reason that they cannot, are not allowed to, or will never be able to do something that they wish to achieve. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Just be prepared to do and endure whatever it takes...(WHATEVER it takes!!), find someone that knows the way and can guide you to it, and find a team that supports you through thick and thin.


I’m taking in every moment of the experience. Was at registration before the doors opened 😅  and made a few essential merchandise purchases at the expo (abovementioned backpack being one of them) 😆 . I don’t know why the security guard directing parking had to do a double take when he told me only athletes can park there and I proceeded to tell him I am one. I mean pfft, I certainly look like an ATHLETE. I finally signed the #IAMTRUE pledge myself after seeing pictures of so many do it in the years before me, and always thinking that it’s such an honourable act...a promise to your fellow competitors of sportsmanship in every sense of the word.  



I am going to give it everything on Sunday. I owe it to myself and everyone that has ever supported me or doubted me. Every message, phone call, and comment of support has touched me immensely. Thank you once again for being part of my journey. See you on the other side of Ironman 70.3.





 

Two weeks until we tame the Buffalo

January 12, 2018

So it's the start of 2018 and it's been 3.5 years since I did my first triathlon. It’s also 2 weeks away from my biggest sporting challenge yet. On 28 January 2018, I will line up at Orient Beach in East London for the start of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon, otherwise also known as the Half Ironman. It involves a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle, and a 21km run

I’ve always said that endurance sport changes one. The person that starts their first marathon is not the same person that finishes it for ...

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Cut Yourself Some Slack

August 23, 2017

Last week was a tough week for me. In fact, it was probably the hardest week since I’ve started working this job 7 months ago. In between client meetings, stakeholder engagements, prep work, travelling, making system changes emanating from the day’s decisions in the evening to be ready for the next morning, I was working 15-18hr days almost daily. By Thursday, I had already accumulated hours equating to a week and a half of work, and the week wasn’t even over yet. I don’t drink coffee...

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MohennysDoTurkiye - Cappadocia

November 17, 2016

After a week and a half in Istanbul, and after the serious business of completing a marathon was over, #MohennysDoTurkiye headed to the magical land of Cappadocia. It is easy to see why this place really feels like magic. With its natural fairy chimney rock formations, cave hotels, underground cities, hot air balloons dotting the skyline at every daybreak, and the most generous and hospitable people we have come across on the trip, the tourist can escape and slip into a wonder filled existenc...

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MohennysDoTurkiye - It's almost race day

November 11, 2016

The idea of this trip started one day (or should I say night) in February this year when Fadeelah and Quaseem called me up at 2am and said: "Qatar Airways is having a flight sale. Do you want to go with us and do the Istanbul Marathon in November?" I thought someone had died when the phone rang that time of the night, but anyway... of course I said YES I AM IN! And it didn't make sense to just go for the marathon in a city and country that has so much to see, so a 2-week holiday was built aro...

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MohennysDoTurkiye - Istanbul: An imperial capital of ages

November 8, 2016

Unless you know your geography, or are really good at capital cities, you might not know that Istanbul is in fact NOT the capital city of Turkey. The capital is Ankara, yet Istanbul is by far the most well-known city of the country, and possibly even the region. 

Istanbul, previously also known by other names such as Constantinople (after Emperor Constantine) has been the capital of 3 great empires, namely the Roman empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman empire. It has great significance...

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MohennysDoTurkiye - A mixed welcome

November 5, 2016

Quaseem, Fadeelah, and I left Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 for our long-awaited trip to Turkey to run the Istanbul Marathon, and make a fabulous holiday out of it while we're at it. It was a long 9h30 flight to Doha, 8 hours in transit and then another 4 hour flight to Istanbul, making a full 24 hours of travel. We were lucky in that both flights were a little bit empty, and I used some handy travel tips I've picked up to make sure we were positioned to have the highe...
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eBook giveaway - Acres of Diamonds

January 27, 2016

I hope you've all had an awesome start to the year.
Here's wishing you a great 2016. May it be your most amazing year yet! 

I'm feeling generous, so I'm giving away a free eBook. It's a very short read. I hope you'll enjoy it, and that it inspires you. It's Dr Russell Conwell's classic, Acres of Diamonds

You can download the .pdf file from the image below, or CLICK HERE.






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What would you do if you weren't afraid?

October 23, 2015

I'd like to leave you with this thought today...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T AFRAID?



Now think of what it is that makes you afraid.
What is the worst that can happen if that fear comes true?
How bad is that reality really?
Is it worth the emotional energy that you invest into that fear?

And then I ask you again:
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN'T AFRAID?


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An EMPOWERED competition & giveaway

August 7, 2015

On 9 August annually, South Africa commemorates the strength, determination and courage of the 20,000+ brave women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest the country's pass laws. These women took the initiative and responsibility to change the status quo, to say NO to an oppressive existence and to utter the famous words of
Wathint 'Abafazi Wathint 'Imbokodo. Directly, this is translated as Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, or the more recent adaptati...

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