Last week I got to spend some time with guys from the Eastern Cape training for IRONMAN South Africa. The Mandela Bay Development Agency and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s sports, arts and culture division put together this initiative to help previously disadvantaged athletes qualify for next year’s World Championships taking place on our doorstep.
The mini training camp happened as I got off the plane from the Philippines. I was tired but it turned out to be a really cool experience and I’m privileged to have been part of it. Mandela Bay Development Agency - who developed Route 67 - put the initiative together and it turned out to be a very successful day.
I love it because I grew up here my whole life and now to have a sponsor that’s here makes it more special. Things are moving forward here and it’s good to see this. I’m really proud of what our city has to offer and I really want to put it on the map internationally. I’m proud of IRONMAN South Africa and always make sure I do the race. The city is probably my favourite place to train in the world. Everything is right on my doorstep and I love the course.
What surprised me the most was how strong the guys were on the camp. You can tell they have been putting in the work. I was here to give motivation and encouragement but you can tell from their times that they’re really talented and are very competitive. With a bit more advice like how to train, especially indoors and getting to races more fresh, I think we will see some great times from the guys on the big day, April 2.
Some of the guys have already competed internationally, the more people we get to go out there to put the city on the map, the better. I’d love to see more national and international visitors for the world championships next year. It really is a great place to take some time off with the family and see what we have to offer like Route 67. Like I said earlier, this is probably the best place in the world for me to train as we have some great scenery and great training facilities.