Thursday, March 31, 2011


Talk about all of a sudden getting very, very nervous and of course EXCITED. I was made aware by a friend Kristy that Race Bib numbers were posted on the Ironman Australia website. So upon checking it all out I found my name and next to it the numbers 7379. Barbie from Tryingatri is competitor number 7379.

How unreal does that sound.

I don't think I have ever been so excited about a bunch of numbers in my life. My Math's teacher would be so happy. This whole journey of getting to this point has been so exciting - hard and at times frustrating but most of all the most exciting thing I have done to date since participating in any kind of sport. And as of tomorrow I have exactly one month till I am wearing that sweet as Bib Number 7379.

7379 will be at the start line on the 1st May, 2011 beaming with happiness, nervousness and exhilaration. But most of all 7379 will be PROUD. Proud of the fact that I got to my goal. Proud that I didn't let my back illness get to me. Proud that I stuck it out even when at times I thought I couldn't get there. Proud of the individual that I am. I will stand at that start line knowing that I have tried my absolute hardest and that at the end of the day I will have conquered my fears and doubts to the best of my ability. For I am competitor 7379.


Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage