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April 26, 2010

Ironman South Africa Reflections

Wow. There is no way this is an official race report. Still have to get through my mind in the next few days to make sure I grasp all the events that unfolded on an amazing day. The overall elation though, could best be described in this finishers photo…

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9H11min later, this was what was left. I had walked down that finish line, tears and high fives, screaming out of pure joy, left only with the face you see there. I was 2nd South African overall, beating all but 9 professionals. 12th overall is better than I expected and I was on course for top 10 at one point, but faltered late in the run, a sure sign of too much mountainbiking and not enough long runs this year. Still, no problems…

There is a great song which comes to mind right now:

Just something about that song which reflects what I was possibly feeling out there.

Expect a full report soon. Seems I am off to Hawaii again for the month of October.

10 Comments on “Ironman South Africa Reflections

Simon
April 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Congrats!

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dan
April 27, 2010 at 12:37 am

extremely impressive! what a great job.

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midget
April 27, 2010 at 3:13 am

now that was a journey well done!

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Andre
April 27, 2010 at 4:34 am

12th! Awesome.

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Kristene
April 28, 2010 at 6:36 am

Well done Raoul!! Kristene & Kevin

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TheFran
April 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

Well done man! I was supporting my brother and his wife… truly amazing event! Any your plans for Hawaii??

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Ryan
April 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

Faaaak dude…. well done!
You killed it!!…
Ryan

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Urban Ninja
April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

thanks dude, coming from a LEGEND like yourself, its a comment I will never forget. Good luck in Antarctica.

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Vincent Nortier
April 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Well done on an awesome race! We were road side giving you as much support as we could during that run! You looked solid througout and your kit was brilliant! Dropped the ‘Urban Ninja’ call on you once or twice to get a reaction, hope you didn’t mind! 🙂

Well done again – Hawaii?!

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Urban Ninja
April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks man, it was well appreciated.

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