Race Report: Ruth Avierinos – Warrior #4

What an incredible race. Training the whole year for one main race it is easy to be disappointed by things that don’t quite go according to plan. One week before the race I managed to twist my ankle quite badly doing some trail running in Nelspruit. Needless to say, I was a bit upset about the timing as I had been injury-free the whole year, and at SA champs in 2018 I twisted my ankle during the sprint race I guess my track record isn’t so great (hopefully next year it won’t happen again). Fortunately, I was staying with a good friend Neline Hoofman Kellerman who happens to be one of the best Physio I’ve ever been to (and with my injury rate there has been quite a few). She helped me with getting the swelling down, strapping and exercises so that I could be as well as possible under the circumstances for the race. All in all my tapering week decided to come a bit earlier. We drove down to Durban on the 19th attempt to pass what seemed like an endless amount of trucks. With a quick stop at the airport to pick up Emily Clark then it was about a 20min drive to our house. We arrive around 21:30 still needing to unpack ect. Which was not ideal considering we all had early started the next day.

 

Race Day: My ankle was feeling particularly sore, however, the pain was definitely drowned out by my anticipation for the race. There nothing quite like racing along the beach in South Africa. Getting to see race friends again and just the chance to push yourself as hard as you can giving it your best and just enjoying every minute of it. 

 

Sometimes however it’s very difficult to stay positive when everything just seems to go wrong. After I twisted my ankle I wasn’t overjoyed, as you can possibly imagine, but when something like that happens that is when you learn the most about yourself and the person you want to become. Going into a race with a bad attitude won’t increase your chances of doing any better. So I decided to just give it my best. I knew my running would not be nearly as fast as it should of, but I had trained and conditioned my upper body and so my hope was that it would pay off somewhere during the race. 

 

The race definitely lived up to my expectations. The route was spectacular and the obstacles were really fun! My running definitely wasn’t at my usual pace running between 5:30-6:30 min a km (without obstacles) my strapped ankle was taking strain, but I just carried on as fast as I could. Towards the end of the run, we had a 2km beach run which didn’t end up being as much fun as it could have been. There was a howling wind, which was blasting sand onto my body at about the same speed as little kids rushing to an ice cream truck. I just told my self it was a free skin exfoliation, which made it a bit more bearable. 

 

We had a few obstacles along the beach and then it was the last little push to all the harder obstacles. When I got to Iron rig I was quite surprised to see so many people still there. I knew that if I could finish it that I might still stand a chance at doing well. I managed to finish Iron Rig on my second attempt struggling a bit in the beginning to reach the second ring (short people problems). But I was definitely grateful towards the end of the rig for all the grip training I had done, as there were no resting points. I managed to finish the race coming 1st in the u22, which I was so grateful for. I still am not yet sure how I placed overall or in the u29 category as the results have not yet been released. I want to say a huge congratulations to everyone who not only completed the race but who took part. Sometimes things don’t go the way we wanted and sometimes they do but what is important is that throughout the ups and downs we remind ourselves of what is important and how far we’ve come. Thank you so much to my sponsors for believing in me enough to give me the opportunity to do what I love I really appreciate it. Congratulations to all the new SA champs you all really deserve it!