As mentioned in a previous blog post some 12 months ago, I am racing this Ironman for myself and for a small UK/NL led charity, MALAIKA KIDS, that takes care of Tanzanian orphans. I proposed to whom ever would sponsor me, that I would double the money up to the charity target of 2000 pounds unless I race the Ironman under 11 hours. I raised money over 2 web-sites, a UK based and a Dutch based one. More than 40 different individuals donated generously to a total amount of 2’100 .-GBP. I would like to thank you all for your donation and I take the opportunity to remind you of what you have just done. You are supporting children that cannot hold a father’s or a mother’s hand for comfort, for security, for re-assurance. You are supporting an organisation that gives it to those children. It certainly will never replace the real-thing but, if only, will restore a feeling of normality. So THANK YOU! And as someone said: ¨I hope you will succeed in your endeavour for your own sake but I also hope you will fail for their’s. For once, those children can only win.
An Ironman under 11:00 means to swim 3.8km in 1h15m, bike 180km in 5:45 and run a marathon in 3:50 (+9min of transition from swim to bike to run). This is without considering a possible flat tire, windy conditions on the bike or choppy sea conditions during the swim. This charity action has been a great motivation and I have trained between family and work the best I could to achieve those goals. So, a huge thank-you also goes to my wife, Isa, that has supported me unconditionally during the last 12 months as well as my daughters. A big thanks to my Windmill Warrrior buddies, that have trained, supported me as well as advised me on new training methods and gave me tips -especially on the run and the bike (because those guys cannot swim so well…). A moderate thank you to the ¨Windmill Warrior Widows¨ that relentlessly gave us a bad conscience about our training, but also prepared great restorative food and made us laugh so much. A big thanks to all others that have been involved directly or indirectly in the preparation and the fund raising action like my neighbours Helen and Klaas or the Chairmen of Malaika Kids Nigel and Ton.
4 days to go; tomorrow is my last swim training along the world famous jetty of Busselton. Pics to come.
I have neglected my blog for 18 months. The last post dates July 5th 2010, reporting back on my first Ironman race in Frankfurt. I have now at least 2 good reasons to revive my blog: My recent registration to Ironman Western Australia that will take place on December 9th, 2012 and the decision the raise fund for Malaika Kids. What is it? Well, I did not know until I met the Chairman of this Non for Profit Organisation on a flight from Amsterdam to London in December 2010. He was just returning from Tanzania to see how the construction work of the new Orphan Village was going (hosting up to 320 orphans). He told me the story of the organisation, the way they operated, etc..and a week later I was sponsoring my first Malaika Kid.
This was a start but I decided, I could do more. So, I am racing an Ironman in 12 months and I did my first Ironman in 2010 with a time of 11:38. The challenge is to race sub 11:00 this time. In the event I do not reach my objective I will double the amount of the total money raised. You can find the link to Malaika Kids as well as the Fundraising Website on the top of the side bar of my blog.
About the Ironman Western Australia: It takes place as mentioned above in December. The perfect timing if you think about it. I do not have to train during the long cold night of the winter in the Northern Hemisphere to get ready by July or August to race on or the other Ironman in Europe. NO! I can wait for spring, start training slowly, get tougher and faster with some Summer races here in Europe and as soon as the dark-long-cold-unfriendly days of the winter kick-in, I am off with the family into the sun of Busselton (near Perth) on the West Coast of Australia. I obviously was not the only one with this strategy. The IM Western Australia, scheduled filled up in record time – all it took was one hour and nine minutes for the event to reach capacity after registration opened today. A record 360 international entries were received for the event. The region’s crystal clear waters and iconic Tuart forests will play host to 1,400 athletes from across the globe as they take on an incredibly fast and scenic course.
This race plays host to one of the most unique Ironman swim legs in the world. The 3.8km swim takes athletes on an out and back course around the famous Busselton Jetty. The Jetty stretches 1.8km out into Geographe Bay and provides a dramatic backdrop to the start of the race. The 180 km bike Leg is flat and fast and takes athletes through the incredible Tuart Forest. The three-lap course provides spectators with plenty of opportunity to cheer on their favorite athletes. The bike course record for the event is a super-fast 4:18:07 and, given the right conditions, another scorching time is possible on Sunday. Like the bike, the run leg is flat and fast. The four-lap, T-shape course takes athletes along the Geographe Bay foreshore and through the heart of the Busselton township on four occasions, allowing athletes to take in the incredible atmosphere created by thousands of spectators who gather in this area to support every finisher.
What can I say, I can’t wait!