What an Absolute jol this was!! We left pmb at 3pm on Friday afternoon as to avoid the Friday mahem and traffic.. Snacking on green apples and cinnamon oats & hydrating with NutriTech Endurade we were a sight to see!
It was the perfect calm evening for some adventure and excitement. Bongani & I haven’t raced together since May when we did a 2 day trail run in Winterton. There’s something about having a friend and team mate at the start line next to you that grounds you and gives you that extra bit of confidence.
Registration done, we were then asked to do a TV interview; trying not to laugh at each other as we each had our turn. It was time to warm up; we warmed up doing shuttle runs on the Moyo pier, what a novelty and pleasure.
The race kicked off at 6pm; the first kilometer was a flat dash along the promenade and then a sharp turn onto the beach.. we had almost a 2k stretch in the sand—sand running is hard man! We were confronted with tunnels to crawl under contending with the beach sand, ladders to climb up the pier, poles to hoist ourselves up and over, ropes to climb up walls and bridges, webbed nets to delicately try scramble through, boxing drills, boot camp activities and, the high light of the evening, Ushaka water slides.
I knew by this stage we were in the finish zone so I would sprint up the stair ways with any energy i had left, like a child on their 6th Birthday party and throw myself head first down the slide.. Baring in mind it is now 7pmish and it is dark; I couldn't see a thing in the dark, and some of the slides twirled into tunnels which were even darker! It was just as scary as it was fun..
I came in to hear I was first girl home, 11th overall, welcomed back by Bongani’s huge smile and arms!! And then to hear he had placed third. What an incredible result—it was such a high, I was so proud of him and of my own efforts!!