As a sports dietitian and endurance coach, I have the opportunity to work with a variety of athletes. They are all on their personal quest for greatness; striving to be better than they were yesterday, last week or last year. Some have physical limitations while others have medical limitations not seen by the naked eye. Nothing inspires me more than working with an athlete to overcome obstacles and achieve goals they thought were off limits. Here is a personal account of one athlete’s story, unveiled, in hopes that it will inspire you to believe in yourself, and your body despite limitations.
“The Only Thing That Matters Is NOT Quitting”
Ironman South Africa 2015
Hi, my fellow friends in sport! It’s me, Organic Cherry Pie Girl! This time I come to you with a slightly different story. This is my story about my most recent Ironman journey. This time, it happened to be Ironman South Africa. Now, to understand the beginnings of this adventure, you have to understand my attitude about life. I’m just over five feet tall and probably compensating for the lack of height with these giant adventures. I have an “OH YEAH! I’ll show them!” attitude about things. I’m also not one to take the easy way out on anything either. Yes, I have huge goals, but I don’t want to achieve them by doing a triathlon in my backyard. I have a compulsion to find success in the hardest of things. It’s a test of my will. A test of my heart. A test of my endurance. It’s my way of telling the world that when things aren’t perfect, aren’t going right – I choose to fight back! On top of that, there was a little part of me that was laughing at the idea that I was actually going to the place where they film Air Jaws for shark week. What can I say, I’m a sarcastic little thing too 🙂