20 Oct 2013

end of 2013

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And so it is. Another year done and dusted, I am so much closer to fulfilment and nearer to answers yet still I feel far from fulfilling the ever lingering evanescent ‘potential’ that I am supposed to have.




Kona Ironman World champs left me meandering in a daze onto the roadside, collapsing and being taken away by the medics at 13 miles.


The day started so well I took the hit of a negated swim - the currents in the sea aided the weaker swimmers and kept a pack together, I kept my head and committed to the bike. Eventually at 130 km a trio of Kessler, Joyce and I gapped the group – finally my lead had come right- better late than never- I felt focused and driven and these are the days when I usually let rip.



 It was not to be – as soon as I began running I felt my head – it felt like a lead weight and began to tighten. By mile 10 I was stumbling and holding it in my hands. Hyponatremia– a lack of salt -is a serious condition and one I will never, ever overlook again.


I was so focused and so determined to get this race right. I had respected the warnings – the myths and stories of the lava rock and the victims that it takes and I resolved to stay really, really hydrated- my absolute prime concern was hydration.


 But I took water not salt washing my system of electrolytes and so the brain begins to swell. I had my first ambulance ride and my first drips- I resolve that they will be my last.


When I woke up properly in the medical tent I asked for James. There was no news for a while. A medic finally came over and said with an ambivalent face that James was fine and had come fourth. Fourth!   I was over the moon and spent the next hour trying to stomach soup in order to be released -I promptly regurgitated it as I roamed around trying to find him but barely cared.


 I had no idea what had happened in the ladies race. I later found out that three of the nicest girls in the sport had cemented the podium. I was happy for all but really, really sad for myself.



A week on I still resolve to nail this race in the years to come. This year’s lessons are learnt and only the future is adjustable. We celebrate James’s great triumph of a 4th place at just 30 years old. I believe him to have the ability to win Kona in the very near years.


We will make changes now to progress our careers. These decisions will take time and I look forward to some time in the African bush to aid in cementing our aspirations, dreams and plans for next year. I am excited, really, really excited.



Thank you to one and all – family, friends, Brett, sponsors and supporters who share my experiences and I know whom feel elation and pain with me in this crazy career.  I’ll get there guys and it will be a day all the more savoured and only upgraded by the lows of the past.


Special thanks to TYR - you rock and truly make the best swim products out there, Cervelo - for all your support before, during and after Kona, Oakley SA - true class, Computrainer, On, Team TBB Cozumel, Xlab, 3T, Ignite Naturals.  




Jodie Swallow

Jodie Swallow

Essex born, British bred and South Africa adopted. Straight talking, strong willed, soft as mush, tough as old boots. 49% Cunnama 51% Swallow - working to be 100% Champion.

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