Born and bred in South Africa, 30 years old, I am a trail running enthusiast, and have recently become involved in organising a trail running event.
I also enjoy surfing, mountain biking, hiking in the Drakensberg mountains, cricket, rugby, chilling with friends having a braai- anything outdoors really.
I have a degree in psychology, (general degree), and would like to focus on 'Sports Psychology'. Having spent about 5 years on the trail running scene, with my longest distance being a fairly easy 30km, I decided to do my 1st ultra marathon in the mountains of Lesotho in July 2016, where I would face my Biggest challenge of my sporting-life.
Partially due to be completely undertrained, the biggest obstacle was actually my own mental 'objection' or 'reluctance' to running 50km in the mountains.
I scraped through, finished my 1st ultra, chuffed! Jelly legs and all-
Quite simply motivated by the ideology of facing my running club friends (much older than I), and having to explain to them why I pulled out of the event. they would have never let it go! -probably not the best motivation to finish an event, but when you 'hit the wall' with 20km still to go, any motivation to finish will do.
I realised then what an amazing part the mind can have on performance.