There is a great song being overplayed by every radio stations playlist called Human by The Killers. It asks, Are we human or are we dancers? Not my first choice of band name, but hey if the broom fits, ride it. Its a cracker song with so many cool words and emotive pieces to quote (Google it for yourself).
Every time I hear it pump through Witbois speakers, it makes me smile (Witboi is my legendry White Toyota Hilux that has been with me for the last 18 months). We all connect with this in some way, human-dancers or average Joes or both. I guess the biggest question I am left with is whether you want to actually get up and dance in your own journey?
From 95kgs when I started training to 79kgs on race day, Iron Man was a huge transformation. But that was last year; magical, humbling, spiritual, emotional and physical. This year I am going back for more, a little wiser, a little sorer, a humble 82kgs and with six excellent human beings: Porra, Wayne, Craig, Ant, Lizl and Alex. We will be using LifeStruck (a TV show created for SuperSport) to document this and in so doing raise funds and awareness for LUCCA Leadership.
It is a journey that anyone and everyone can take from wherever you are. It begins with courage and a vision. A fundamental belief in what is. The rest is up to you.
My watch says three days. My heart says Oh %^$&$*!!!! Where did all the time go? Have I trained enough and and what about and , but my soul and presence is calm. Not because I am going to sail through this but mostly because I have been there and done it and deep down I know that this is my one gracious glorious life and to quote Nelson Mandela, How dare you not shine.
The last three months have challenged me mentally, emotionally and financially. Like I needed more challenges in my life. I have struggled to find a reason to get out of bed to do this. To fill the gap, I have managed to spend some time on the road and on the bike but not in the pool (I have a rotator cuff injury from my dodgy swimming style). Over Xmas I got in about 12 hrs a week but nothing over 80km on the bike and 15km on the road and I havent stuck to my training program at all. So to test where I am and to provide me with a sense of stillness and calm in the ensuing storm I did the Weber Wentzel Bay to Bay 30km last Sunday. I couldnt find my mates so I just sommer ran. 2h42m. My PB by 20 minutes! At that pace I wouldve done a PB on my marathon time too! So am I ready? Nope, Im stiff!
Todays task list: get the gear branded, drop my bike off to be taken up, get a sports massage to help the stiffness, strap the shoulder and pack. Oh, and try relax. Now, Im meeting my crew in East London to calm their nerves, ignore mine, smile, stretch and believe.
To each of my crew, I am very proud of you. Just by committing and believing you are 90% of the way!
To quote the Killers, Sometimes I get nervous when I see an open door, close your eyes, clear your heart, cut the cord are we human or are we dancers.
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