Ok so it’s official. Like, officially official. I’m going to do the Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay in April 2019.
I’m entered, my flights are booked, and now I have a personal coach as well. I met my Embark Ironman coach this morning at 07h00 between the ATC canal swim and going to work. I love Fridays in summer. We swim at 06h00 at the canals and it is one the earliest socialising times ever. The deck at canals is always a place for greetings and 1-minute social catchups while we are putting on swim caps and still waking up, and about to jump into sometimes icy, sometimes balmy sea water.
Although I have been doing base training for a few months already, there have been a few hits and misses but I’m finally back into the swing of daily training. As from this week I’m officially on a programme so no more fun and games 😑 I opted for a personalised programme because I feel the usual 3-month programme will be a bit too condensed for me. Knowing myself, I would rather take a bit longer and build up slower, so I’m starting earlier.
If you invite me to anything happening at night or on weekends, please don’t be offended if I refuse. It’s going to be early nights and early mornings for the next 4 months because I want to be an Ironman. Most people (not you, because you’ll be tracking me of course 😉) will already be sleeping while I’m still running a marathon on 7 April, after swimming 4km and cycling 180km.
If you think Im weird to commit to the next 4 months of not having a life besides Ironman, have a look at this short 2-min clip below. And try not to hurt yourself laughing.
I probably will not have a lot of time to blog, but you can follow my journey on Instagram at the hashtag #roggiesroadtoironman.
This is going to be one incredible journey, and ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.