I entered this race for one goal ..okay maybe two and that was to get a slot for worlds 2018 in PE as well as dance somewhere on the podium, this was no secret to anyone who knows me or cared to listen.
I’m not very talented but I’m as stubborn as a goat. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard … and boy did I work hard. Early Hours, Late nights, Long Weekends. Day in and day out … all greens where I could help it.
The bike was much harder than I can remember from last year – probably because I did the full bike course this time
The run … this is the essence of my race
In the run you have to keep your head strong to finish this race, this is your last bit of competition:
you run for yourself, you run for your lover (Bokkie;-)
you run for your parents, your nieces, your siblings,
you run for your fears, you run away from your monsters,
you run from your demons and your run for your creator
you run to win, you run to lose yourself…
you run to hurt and you run to heal
you run for your training partners, the ones who believe in you
you run for your coach, the one who taught you to run and to love the run
you run for your supporters waving and screaming every time you pass them
you run for all those tracking you at home and jumping as they see an update
when you pass the timing mat… you confidently run over that mat knowing this.
You run for those who are watching you run from above
Running becomes great when you are running with your giants
Hours passed and it was time for Desi to go get her slot for worlds, I wasn’t going to miss this moment so I joined Desi and Kimmi. I took my ID and credit card with me … well you never know.
While I waited for Desi and Kimmi to arrive Lucie phoned me “Chickey …. Chickey… you came third” She and Desi spent some time looking at the 3rd Girl’s bike times … and although I really feel this Girl’s pain for missing the loop, I was ecstatic to be placed third… and might get the opportunity to get a worlds slot.
The slot allocation started, Desi got her slot – I was sooo happy with her, we both really wanted this. There were two slots for my age group, number 1 wasn’t there, this MEANS that number two and three get slots – guessed who is third – ME !!!!!! I got a slot, in a matter of minutes my whole world turned around, I was third and I got a place in worlds. This means I can now have my vein operation I planned and then heal and work towards a fantastic race in September 2018. Timing is perfect. The race was perfect and I appreciated this whole experience 100 times more than I would have being 1st second or third immediately.