Marlborough represented at Ironman NZ

2 03 2010

Get up in the morning at 4.00am. Line up at 7.00am. Swim 3.8km. Tired yet? What about adding a 180km cycle?. Had enough? Slip on the running shoes and run a full Marathon, 42km. Done yet?

 There’s not much left when you swim 3.8km, bike 180km and run a full marathon (42.2km). Athletes are not just tired when they enter the finishing straight, many are broken. Some can barely stand afterwards. Others need immediate medical treatment.   Source:  NZ Herald

Most people wouldn’t even dream of completing any of these distances in a day, let alone all of them on the same day. Four Marlborough athletes will be doing just that on Saturday March 6 at Ironman New Zealand.  

The reality is that for Steve Smith, Phil Binnie, Ray Scott and Michelle Gammie-Catterick, this event is just the finale to a long period of training. It takes an enormous committment from each person and their families, to do the preparation required.  

Steve has been taking us along in this website as he tackled the hundreds thousands of km required to complete this event.

We wish you well on Saturday.

In my world,
The water is cold,
The wind is hard,
And the road never ends.

In my world,
There are no losers.
Only competitors
still on their way,
And spectators
waiting to be inspired.

In my world,
Victory is not weighed in gold,
But in determination and courage.

In my world,
There are no boundaries,
No limits,
There is no end.
Every day is the last day of my life,
And the first.

In my world,
The word “can’t” does not exist,
And nothing is impossible.

                                            by Olivier Blanchard
                                            Greenville, SC

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