I raced the All Africa Triathlon Champs on Sunday, 9th May. It was a very
windy day in Durban and the sea was rather choppy. As I am a good swimmer
I thought that it would play into my hands, but I hadn’t banked on
blue-bottles messing up my plans.
The race started at 13:30. We were all ready to go and take on the choppy
sea. I had a very good start – as I ran in my timing was good with respect
to the waves or perhaps it was just my long legs that enabled me to run
over them. To the 1st buoy I was in the front pack and it felt easy
swimming with the front guys. When we turned at the buoy I thought that I
was The Little Mermaid, one with the ocean and that a necklace of
blue-bottles would bring out the colour of my eyes. My eyes might have looked a bit bluer, but flip, it burned like fire!
At that point I unfortunately dropped from the pack that I was swimming
with. In the 2nd lap I caught up with a friend, Loy de Jager and swam the
rest of the 1500m with him.
We were about a minute down to the front pack and we rushed through
transition. I thought I might be on the farm with all the thorns that were in the transition area that ended up in my feet. I think that city-living
has allowed my feet to become soft again after having hardened them up as
a youngster running barefoot on the farm.
Loy and I worked hard together on the 1st few laps trying to bridge the gap
up to the group ahead of us, but we were still going slower than they were.
Then Richard Murray caught up to us and from there on we picked up the pace
I got off the bike with Loy and I thought that I was in for a decent run. I
was feeling okay and was planning on descending over the 10km.
That is when those blue-bottles started to affect me. On the second lap I
started to have difficulty breathing. I stopped, bent over and then
apparently passed out. I do not remember.
It ended up that I had had an allergic reaction to the blue-bottles. That
was the end of my Africa Champs.
I am obviously very disappointed as I was hungry for the title and also very
Well done to the top u23 Elites: 1 Richard Murray, 2 Berndt Burger, 3 Wikus
When I win I will praise God and when I lose I will praise God. So right now
I am praising God. I know that he has good plans for me. As it says is
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
Keep on 🙂