It was Sunday night and I was tired. We’d travelled back from Bruny Island, unpacked, washed all the smelly running clothes, got dinner and all the while I had been checking on facebook for news (I’d been checking all day as we travelled). I couldn’t take it any longer so I jumped on the live tracker. Western Australia is three hours behind Tasmania in time but I was sure that my friend wouldn’t be too much longer.
I found the live tracker and discovered that she had been through the 27km mark of the marathon. She’d already done the 3.86 km swim, and the 180.25 km bicycle ride and was now passed the half way point of the 42.2 km run. My friend was doing all this in that order AND without any stops. She was on her way to becoming an Ironman.
After a little snoop (ok I’m a slow learner with technology sometimes) I found the live web cam of the finish line! It was like being there. I poured a glass of bubbles in readiness to toast her as she crossed the finish line and became an Ironman.
I loved the commentary. The commentator announced as each athlete approached. Then as they crossed the line he would say Well done David, John, Tracey, Amanda…YOU ARE AN IRONMAN. And even though I didn’t know anyone in this event apart from my friend I welled up with tears and toasted them with my bubbles! I had to pour another glass.
Then she came around the corner. The commentator announced: Well done Sam, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! I was cheering and clapping at my computer as I saw my lovely friend Sam cross the line.
Sam came across this blog a few years ago and one race in Hobart she spotted me and introduced herself to me; she is always encouraging with her comments and her support has been so appreciated. Since then we’ve seen each other a few times at different events. She ran her first half marathon in November 2014 just last year, she chose Point to Pinnacle! This choice says a lot about Sam, she loves a challenge. Up until this point she’d been battling injury but managed to get on top of them. In September this year (I think I have my dates correct) she did her first Half Ironman; she followed this up with the full Ironman last weekend. (Did I mention that her longest run before the Ironman was 25kms? She became an Ironman AND a Marathoner in one event! And it was a great pace considering that she’d done the swim and bike ride before hand….)
Sam comes across as a humble sort of lady, I doubt she would think herself inspirational but she is. I don’t have the dream of being an Ironman but I know there are a few who follow this blog who do. Sam only started swimming last year; she couldn’t do 25m without a break! Sam is living proof that if you can dream it you can achieve it as long as you work really really really hard and don’t ever give up! Some of us fly with all this sporty stuff and some of us plod. The speed doesn’t matter, what matters is believing in ourselves, working hard and having a go.
Very well done Sam, you inspire me with all that you do but also in the way that you do it: with joy and happiness and dam hard work!
Happy running 🙂