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The dream

26 October 2017 3 Comments

In 2005 these girls didn’t even dream about running down Alii Drive in Hawaii at the end of the Hawaiian Ironman, they didn’t even know what the Hawaii Ironman was. They were starting out, having a go at triathlon, really just seeing how far they could go. Both living in country areas, miles from the swimming pools we all enjoy in the cities. Rosie used to have to drive 90km twice a week just to get a swim. Nicky was not that much better off.

Step by step both gradually tried different level challenges, each time advancing and growing in self belief. Training regularly  became a way of life.

The road to the top is not always a steady climb without setbacks. Rosie was almost killed when she was descending a mountain on her bike when a wombat ran across the road in front of her taking her front wheel with it. She was lucky to survive, knocked unconscious and in a coma for days. Lots of athletes would not come back from injuries like that, but Rosie’s dream was strong, her destiny was written.

Nicky has young children and a very supportive husband who has helped her to train and work as a personal trainer. This was to be her year to race in Kona, she had done everything on her plan. I have found girls are often better at following their plan to the letter. Her weekly feedback was positive, every week she became stronger and more confident. Her dream was driving her through every session.

About four weeks before her Kona race she felt “off her game”, at first she though it was simply accumulated fatigue, maybe an iron shortage. Nothing seemed to help. A few medical tests revealed the problem, kidney stones. After a bit of a run around the second doctor managed to remove them, just less than a week before she was due to fly to Kona. A couple of cautious workouts gradually reassured her, she would be OK.

After fifteen years in this sport, these two girls managed to catch up with each other out on the Queen K highway and run the final few miles together. Every year the Hawaii Ironman produces hundreds of “special stories”, this has to be one of them. I’m happy to have had a hand in their journey, when I saw the photo of them finishing together, I got a lump in my throat.

They didn’t win, it doesn’t even matter what their time was, their experience is unable to be measured in time or places.  Hawaii is the sort of race where you learn something about yourself every time. The four hundred meters down Alii Drive to that finish line, is the best 400m of your year.

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  • Lorraine DT said:

    I have known Rosi for years and watched and listened to her progress and if it wasn’t for social media and your article it would be left uncovered. Thanks for the huge inspiration you ladies send to so many people, and the article says it all.
    Aussie Aussie Aussie

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