Celebrate your successes.

If you Running oceanare anything like me you might be inclined to overlook your successes. I have come to the conclusion that this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. This thought dawned on me a few weeks ago. I run a swim squad and was on my way home after a typical workout when I realised just what an insane group of swimmers I have.  One of them had just completed the Midmar 8 mile event with me. A few had done Ironman 70.3 and a group had just completed full Ironman. One of my swimmers wants to do some 10 and 18 km swim events.

I have had the wonderful privilege of helping Pieter Du Preez with his swimming. Pieter is a C6 quadriplegic who hopes to be the first person with his level of injury to do a full Ironman. To put it into perspective, Pieter has just 15% use of all his muscles. Additionally, when his neck broke in a cycling accident, he lost the ability to sweat, and so has to spray himself down every 15 minutes to mimic sweating.supapiet and mike at the finish. The following is a photo of Pieter and myself after we completed Tri Rock 70.3 last year.

At SBR Sport we come across the most amazing people day after day. So, what is it that you have accomplished? My fear is that you will predicate your event with the word, “only”. In other words, you might answer by telling me that you have only done a 10 k race. I want to use this article to ban the word, “Only”. To ‘only’ run 10 km’s you need a few million things to go right. These include time to train, the health to run, finances to buy shoes and kit, and then a million physical processes that all need to come together. You typically run at a cadence of over 90 steps per minute with each leg doing 45 pushes. Over an hour that is, 5400 strides. Almost every muscle in your body will be used during this time with your heart and lungs furiously working to provide enough oxygen to your cells so that they in turn might be able to burn up their fuel stores in order to keep you moving. It truly is fantastic. I wrote an article a while ago about what happens when you run- it is quite technical, but will give you an idea of what your body will have to pull off. Look at http://sbrsport.me/2012/08/11/the-runners-gait/ when you have a chance. So, hats off to you who swim, bike and run. In the digital age of inactivity you cut straight across the grain. hat tipped Well done to you who:

  • Hold full time jobs and yet still find time to train.
  • Have families to take care of and yet still get out there.
  • Have disregarded age and just simply kept moving forward.

Full sombreros tipped to you who:

  • Train despite disease. We have had so many cancer tacklers and survivors through our doors that just keep going and refuse to surrender. We have met people who with the challenges of asthma, diabetes e.t.c continue to make their lives an absolute adventure. I have met people who have been in horrific car accidents and yet with their broken bodies have found a way to move forward.
  • To those who been told by your doctor that it’s time to train or else risk early death and you simply got out there and 5, 10, 15 kg’s of weight loss later  you continue celebrating your new life style.
  • Have used exercise to break an addiction.
    You absolutely rock.

To those who on a scale of 1 to nutty are planning on hitting the complete nut status of Ironman, 2 Oceans Ultra, Comrades, Transbaviians e.t.c, learn to walk around with a permanent smile on your face. So many out there could never even dream of tackling half of those distances. Celebrate your health and the opportunities that have been afforded to you.


Mike Roscoe.

N.B. Since writing this article, Pieter has become the first quadriplegic to have completed a full Ironman.

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7 Responses to Celebrate your successes.

  1. Rieghard says:

    Hi Mike, thank you very much for this article, gave me ‘goosbumps’ as I read it!

    I started training again in late January 2012, after my failed 2011 Transbaviaans attempt and after 12 years before that of doing nothing!! A friend challenged me to a small ‘off-road’ triathlon in February of 2012. Before I knew, I was running longer, swimming further and cycling better. The Triathlon was a huge challenge and I was wasted, but kept on going on. In August, I finished the Transbaviaans with you, Richard and Herman and the very next day Richard, Eidie and myself challenged ourselves to the IronMan 70.3.

    My aim was to finish the IronMan 70,3 and be able to enjoy the rest of the day and walk around unaided – I achieved that and I was very happy with my time of 7:33.

    I then challenged myself to the Full IronMan and in preparation ran the 2nd only Marathon of my life the Saturday following the IronMan 70,3! I finished the IronMan in exactly my predicted time of 14:43 and now I have set myself a goal for the 2014 IronMan in under 12 hours!!

    I am extremely proud of my achievements and will surely never use that other word again!

    • SBR Sport says:

      Rieghard – thanks so much for the response. Can’t wait to see you again for Trans. Take care.
      Lots of love to the family.

  2. Eidie says:

    Mike, what an amazing article. Also goosebumps.
    I stopped smoking and started running 21 January 2011. I sever even knew I could run, and I started real slow, but, Rieghard encouraged me to keep on doing it. He said even if you walk every now and again, just do it again tomorrow.
    I Started road cycling end October and before that haven’t done much cycling.
    I attempted the 70.3 – 20 January 2013 (almost exactly a year after starting to run) with Rieghard and Richard, tried my best, learned a lot but as not able to bike in the time given. A Week after Ironman 70.3 I did my first marathon in a qualifying time for the Two Oceans. I started focussing on Trail Running, because I love the outdoors. I completed the 44km Addo Trail Run in 7.5hours and I kept on running.
    I will be back next year to go get my medal at the 70.3.
    To be healthy and to have time to exercise is THE BIGGEST GIFT.
    I am proud of myself and of each and every other fellow comrade that is pushing themselves to be a little bit better and healthier.
    Thank you so much for your article.

    • SBR Sport says:

      Eidie, thanks so much. You are an absolute star. Will see you for Trans and at 70.3
      Full sombrero tipped to you.

  3. Staci says:

    Thanks Mike. A good reminder for me and many friends.

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