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after reading Rowel’s blog…

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

After reading Rowel’s blog, I feel motivated to write a few words myself.
Every day I see Rowel swim. And Jocelyn too. I may look like I dont notice you, but I do!
Only a few years ago, I was in a similer position to you in the pool.
When I first joined the squad, it was in San Carlos, Brazil, I was not a good swimmer. I was the slowest in the pool, and I always felt it was a real battle to do the sessions.
Everyone else seemed to zoom along. I even remember one day, where I was left at the pool to finish the set off, ..I had to walk home after every one else had got the bus home :(

With my legs tied together with a bike inner tube, my arms would ache like hell!
I remember telling Boss “I cant move my arms above my shoulders today Boss”
…the remedy, ..more swimming!!
Anyway, a few years on, after sticking in there and giving my best every day in the pool, I have improved. Even though Boss still calls me a “pleb swimmer”, I now come out the water in a decent position in an ironman race. Of course I am still working at swimming, ..to be better and stronger, but I have improved.
If you stick in there, and work hard, your dreams can come true.

Milo Half Marathon

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Yesterday TeamTBB raced the Milo Half Marathon right here in Subic Bay. Last year the race took place an hour and a halfs drive from here, but this year it was held on our doorstep!
All we had to do was get up at 3.30am, ride our bikes down the hill and start the race for a sharp 5.30am.
The gun went off at 5.31am and off we ran into the darkness, but well lit by street lights. Unfortunatly some of the Team had been told it was a 6am start so there were a few sprinting for the start line, …we have nightmares about exactly that!!

It was a good race and for us that have been training in Subic Bay a lot over the last 2 years, it was a very familier course over our training grounds. So being in the dark was no problem as we know the bumps and pot holes off the back of our hands!

On the way out to the 10km point, the organisers were kind and put a regular 4 drinks stations out. But on the way home, there only seemed to be 1 drinks station! So I must say, the last 4 miles were getting pretty thirsty!! Luckily we started at 5.30am and not 10.30am!!!

TeamTBB filled the top positions on the podiums. There was even a bit of prize money to collect so that made us smile :)

Back to training as normal. For me, my next rae is Ironman NZ on March 7th.