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Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm really enjoying my running. Its fantastic to be putting in the hard work and dedication and being able to see results. Today I did my first 8km run, who would have thought!! Just a couple of months ago I was running 2km at best.

Having a training partner certainly helps. Wayne has been awesome, he's been running for about 2 years and has completed a few marathons. He's so willing to pass on his knowledge and to encourage and support me. We are running at 5am during the week, 4 times a week. Weekends are used for longer runs, and I need to get in some cross training soon. Swimming is a good cross trainer,.

Having a training schedule is helpful. It keeps me focused and goal orientated. I am doing my first half marathon in July, at the Knysna oyster weekend. That's 10weeks away, and I'm happy to report that I am ahead of my schedule. It is so good to be able to see my progress. Last week I did 31km for the week. Whoop whoop!!!

I've been searching some blogs, and will be back soon with some inspiration from the web.

How is your training going?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Here are some pictures from the amazing Vodacom Corporate Triathlon last weekend in Port Elizabeth.

Good news is all 3 of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber individual teams finished, and within the times we anticipated!

3 excited participants
our amazing supporters

Team and supporters with our medals
Red carpet after 4,2Km run

Still smiling after 18km cycle

 Now that the bug has bitten, where to now!???
I've entered the Knysna half marathon in July, am so enjoying my running.
hope you are having an exciting weekend.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Challenge

Dear Bloggers

About 8 weeks ago I challenged some peers to do the corporate ironman with me. Each as individuals, doing all 3 disciplines ourselves.

Well, the past 8 weeks have flown and ironman fever has hit Nelson Mandela Bay! With only a few sleeps left one hopes that the training was enough to conquer this milestone. For the avid athlete the corporate ironman probably doesn't conjour much respect, but for my colleagues and myself we have gone from almost ground zero to doing all 3 disciplines. 380m swim - 18km cycle - 4.2km run.

Driving around the city and seeing the ironman branding, road closures and 'infrastructure construction' at the beachfront is so exciting. We welcome many participants, supporters and friends too the bay this week and its truly an honour to be part of ironman South Africa's 10th anniversary.

Good luck to all who are entering and hope to see the rest of you there as supporters!


Sunday, March 30, 2014


It is an amazing feeling to set goals that are at best a bit of a stretch, and to achieve them. They don't however happen without hard work, commitment and determination.

When I first decided to train as an athlete, and ultimately be ready for the ironman 70.3 in January 2015, I was almost a coach potato and could barely run 2km.

Reaching the 5km mark was brilliant!! I was so pleased with myself and it was the mental block milestone. My time was a lengthy 42min, but that wasn't bothering me in the slightest!! I achieved that mid February, some 3 weeks into my training.

Yesterday I did my first 5km run competitively. All the previous 5km I've done have been as a fun run! my personal best time of 32min, I was more than pleased!

It doesn't happen alone though. A supportive husband, people who are prepared to sow into you, and assist u with training and advice. I am very blessed to have people who so freely give advice, about running, the ironman, nutrition is a big focus area and other ins and outs of triathlon training. Over and above that is Kobus who has lent me his bike, Wayne who is my training partner come coach and gave me a running plan and is so patient with me and the mtb club that I ride with. Those guys are very patient, love beginners and ride with the slowest rider. They didn't make me feel out of my depth and we ended up doing a 45km cycle. Wow! I was finished

I hope that when I am fit and have a halfman or 2 under my belt I will be as patient and supportive to beginners as the people who have crossed my path have been to me.

Trust you have a blessed and happy weekend.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge is set

We have a Challenge!!

welcome, hope you are well.

Corporate ironman is in PE in April 2014, 5 April 2014. we have decided to enter a team for nelson mandela bay business chamber. the 3 disciplines are 380m swim, 18m cycle and 4.2km run.

when we got to talking about it we decided to each do our own race, and not a relay race. so the challenge is now set, we have to do this!

i've asked Lesley aka little lesley, to train with me and do the ironman 70.3 in east london next year. i think she will agree, especially after the corporate challenge and we are planning to do the knysna half marathon in june. that is such a popular race and i'm hoping i will be ready for 21km in june - we'll see.

the swim in the sea still remains the biggest challenge to me, and i won't lie i am extrememly nervous of the 'washing machine' at the start of the race. but so is lesley, so we will conquor together!

are you training at all? if you have any tips on training for ironman, first time competitors in a triathlon or you are also starting out, please leave a comment - will be great to hear from you.

happy training


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Getting one with the saddle

welcome back!

yesterday i went to my first spinning class. for those of you who don't know what spinning is, it is a cycling class where you ride in time to the music, with an instructor, and he/she pushes you very hard! it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

as i am in a real training zone at the moment, i eagerly went to the 5am class. i was not disappointed and worked really hard. problem is that the seat and i have not yet made friends...... this made this mornings spinng class rather difficult. my seat is so very very uncomfortable and i have not been able to sit down (without flinching) for 2 days now!!

but the trainer advised me to keep going and work through the pain.

so the trainng continues, and i am very committed and excited about this challenge. hope you walk the journey with me.

have a good evening,


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Just an ordinary girl

On Friday I decided to challenge myself to do the IRONMAN 70.3 next year. Now I'm no fitness freak, nor can I run 5km - but I'm at least a bit more active than a couch potato!

In 2007 I announced that I was going to climb Kilimanjaro later that year, and I could barely walk 6km then, never mind 6 days!! So I think this is about the same challenge. I have a year to up my running from 3km to 21km, learn to ride a bike for 90km and then the swim of 1.9km (thats the one making me the most nervous).

Life is all about challenges, and taking the opportunities given to you. Now I am just an ordinary girl, trying to make the most of an ordinary life. I will be recording my workouts and challenges along the way, and I hope you come along for the ride.

2014 Is turning out to be a very busy year. And I am so blessed. I will also be relaunching my ecommerce website, Scrapaholics, and am so excited to release my upgraded website. After some techincal difficulties, which saw the site down for 3 months, the final touches are almost done and I am excited to reveal the more integrated, visually great site. And, my sister and I are embarking on our own business too - watch this space for the release of our new ecommerce website.

Thanks for popping by, hope to see you soon


Starting the training

My training started on Saturday, for Ironman 70.3 2015. Its a year to get ready and i will need every day of this year!

I've been training a little bit on the running front. Doing interval training to increase my stamina. Running 3 minutes and walking 1 for a few weeks. On Saturday I decided to see how far I can run in 10 minutes. After 10 minutes I still felt good and was able to do a full 20 minutes. 2.7km in 20 minutes - that was pretty good going on my first attempt! I was thrilled.

Sunday I was back in the gym, ran for 20 minutes and did 2.7km again. Feeling good. Still doing powerplate, that machine is awesome! Love how tired my muscles get after a workout. I do 3 sets of arms and always do the planks. how about doing the 30 day plank challenge with me. More on that next time.

Heres to being, fit and healthy and enjoying the outdoors.

Thanks for stopping by