Ironman70.3 Durban DONE…

For an inaugural event, this one was top class! Ironman 70.3 Durban was a fantastic day for all the Embark athletes. Blazing winter sun welcomed us into the Indian Ocean for the start of the race, followed by ice smooth road surface with long flat straights on the bike. The crowds came out in masses and sketched out the entire 2 loop run course, cheering and supporting all the triathletes.

It was amazing to see all the black and white army (aptly named by commentator Paul Kaye at the 70.3 East London and now the name follows us around) running over the finish line and getting that medal.
But it wasn’t all champagne and roses. Training for this winter event take serious dedication as the Cape Town winter is notorious for cold wet months, and this makes training outdoors difficult for us sun babies! The athletes spent lots of time honing their riding skills on the watt bikes and swimming indoors in the heated pool, but still braving the open water at the canals on the weekend. We managed to get out most weekends for our long rides, as we did for the long runs. It was a great period of training times, and once again the group gelled and became training buddies and friends.

 

The highlight of the race was being in the athlete village at the end with all the Embark athletes having a beer in the warm sun and swapping war stories.
Thanks to everyone for putting in the effort, making the sacrifices and in turn reaping the rewards of the hard work. The coaches are tremendously proud of everyone and we look forward to embarking on the next program, the Ironman 70.3 East London!
Training starts on 4th August with orientation. Feel free to pop in for the talk.

 

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