Helder’s Story

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I tried to tie my shoe laces….extremely difficult, so I had to ask my grandchild to do it for me. I tried to play a game of golf. On the 6th hole I had to give up. I was too tired to carry on.  I was invited for a black tie function, I had to go hire a suit in a hurry because mine did n’t fit me anymore.

This was getting out of hand. After giving up 40 years of smoking, because it was killing me slowly, my weight went up 30%. For a short man, well after half a century of existence, that was another slow killer.

As a survivor of wars, gun shots, deep shaft collapses, knife attacks and cancer, I couldn’t accept the way I was losing this one more battle…

And suddenly I saw the possible answer…2012 IRONMAN South Africa…the best of human kind in motion…I had to make a decision…stay as you are , or follow the best…

The following 24 months were challenging…follow programs, listening here and listening there…internet providing information…Facebook providing information…and training, gym, exercising, follow nutritional advice, being part of local races, going to the pool…perseverance and a goal that kept me going…

It starts to feel good, look good…weight started to be more what it should be…trousers were getting too big…well, let’s try 70.3 East London 2014…Whaww, the hard work had paid off… I finished, and the appetite for the sport of TRIATHLON was now imprinted on me….

Without losing the fun part of the sport, I looked at it more seriously….and I got to get professional help…approaching the best and explaining my intention of participating in IRONMAN SOUTH AFRICA 2015, having the 70.3 East London 2015 as a training preparation for it….ahahahha….lets laugh…

They took me seriously, and the serious work started….4 months with Mr. and Mrs. Tissink…and a group of people that have become close friends, supporting and encouraging each other at all times…

IRONMAN 70.3 EAST LONDON 2015 IS HERE….after been well informed through out the process of registration, bike check in, race brief, visiting a well organized expo, meeting amazing people and living those moments of a well organized event, it was time to concentrate on my race..

I expose my concerns with my coach, about the weather, and the road and, and….but Mr Raynard is not a physical trainer only…he does have lots of personal ability to calm you down…he knows what to tell you, and how to tell you…

My wave was the yellow caps, #6….07h40 Sunday 25 January 2015….GO

KEEP CALM….it’s only 1900 meters on the water…lots of life savers…boats…more life savers…those big swallows are not a match…concentrate on your stroke…breath as you have been told…don’t get tired, because you cannot win the race here, however you can lose it…and soon I was back on shore. It was well documented what we had to do, and the route was well studied before hand…I knew what to do…

Up the steps, shower, walk up the passage, get the bike green bag, wet suit off, change, get the bike, mount and of you go on the road…checking the time. It was all in my race planning.

STAY CALM….it’s only 90 kms to go…don’t worry about the wind…it’s in your face on the way up for the next 45 kms…definitively will bring you back at higher speed than the 20 kms/hour you’ve done up to Berlin of ramp, where we found the second aid point, again well organized and with water, GU, coke and bananas being dished out by an enthusiastic crowd of volunteers…yes, in fact I saw the average speed in my computer starting to climb up on my return…feeling good…bike is now reaching 60 kms/hour (down hill and back wind )…what a sensation…but the very last 5 kilometres have a nice surprise for you…no, not the uphill, but the wind that was in your face….wahwww…looked like the “moon walk”, challenging, hard, difficult…time to bring all the power required to overcome this most demanding section. And there it was, all the hours spent in the training paying off…the body reacted and T2 became a reality. What a great sensation….those volunteers again making you feel comfortable, taking your bike and making sure you know what to do.

CALM, YOU ALMOST THERE…only 21.1 kilometer to go…red bag is now house for the bike stuff…last discipline…let’s enjoy it…down the ramp around the light house, checking the time on my Polar it said, either hurry up or will miss my 6h59m59sec time frame…it is very hot and humid, the heart rate is just in the right zone…let’s keep it like that, because you don’t want to jeopardize all your efforts for a stupid few minutes…mind games starting as you run, and you hear your name being mention by your friends, by the crowd that read your name on your bib, by your family… some how your body starts corresponding to your commands…not only the water sprays by the local residents up at Bunkers Hill made a lot of difference cooling you down, but the many aid stations well handed again by the volunteers and well packed with sponges, bags, GU, coke and Red Bull gave you the chance to change your mind set to a more relaxing posture…and suddenly you come in control of your race…you feel, you know your abilities…the crowd, the friends the festive atmosphere just carry you down to the red carpet…and you hear Paul, that familiar voice mentioning your name…it’s time for a posture as you start stepping that red carpet…what a sensation…what a feeling…the crossing of the FINISH LINE have been accomplished…

DON’T STAY CALM….express your feelings…you just done IRONMAN 70.3 East London South Africa 2015.

Thank you

IRONMAN SOUTH AFRICA FOR A WELL ORGANIZED EVENT

VOLUNTEERS………YOU ROCK

MR AND MRS TISSINK FOR TAKING ME ON AND YOUR PATIENCE

MY FELLOW ATHLETE FRIENDS FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT, FRIENDSHIP AND THE PRIVILEGE TO SHARE THE SAME COURSE WITH YOU

MY GF MANDY HARDING FOR KEEPING UP WITH THE OUT OF SCENE SITUATIONS

TO GOD, FOR ALLOW ME TO BE HERE

 

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