Summer Starter 2015
What an epic adventure; I completed at the Summer Starter! It was a super hard final pool session, as my back and leg were not 100% but Allison (my physio) and I discussed that I would be good to go on event day. Allison suggested she would love me to take my crutches as a back up…So after much contemplating over a coffee and late breakfast how one can carry crutches without using them and lead Prince, the Tribe came up with awesome ideas and Riwai decided that he would join me on my epic 4km marathon as support!
It was a great day out and having so many supporting me, my mum (despite her back injury) dad, four of my cousins, Allison, Riwai and Prince, all the LeapCrew including Lou, David, Lilly and her parents and nephew and Callum and his parents and over 50 of our tribe! The TutuMaker Anne, and Linley for helping me in the tent at the start and with ice when I burst a balloon into it! Lol – The show must go on after all that training.
It was a hugely emotional but amazing day for me. It was not only magic to cross the finish line but it was even more magic to arrive back and see my dream of a fun and supportive tribe hanging out celebrating!
So a huge thank you to everyone who took part today, supported me in the lead up, during the event, at the finish line, BBQ and after party. Special mention to the BBQ team who ran fast to get back and help with the sausages and and pack down crew who kept the peace between me and Riwai, as I was certainly getting tired by the end of the day. Huge thanks to my adorable husband who sacrificed his own event to join me and then took me to Rolleston for an hours soak in the pool – it was definitely the bit that made me feel amazing on Monday! So hashtag summerstarter16 has been created already and who knows what 2016 will bring!
ps Everyone of you would have all made my Nan super proud and she would have enjoyed all the celebrations, laugher, smiles, hugs and stories. The entire day was fabulous and I have memories that will last forever . I said to Allison (who walked closely the entire way) today made all the training worth it.
Made sweeter that I got to celebrate my milestone with your all – thank you so so much. Xx !