I make a point of trying to resolve all issues I might have before I
get on the plane for Durban.
It is hard enough focussing
on the day without having the extra burden
of worry on my shoulders. The only baggage you should
be taking to Durban is
the suitcase you check
onto the plane!
do I mean by
“no baggage allowed”?
Figuratively speaking, you can’t be carrying baggage with you on
the day you
On race day you need to be fully focussed
on the task ahead. You
cannot afford to be distracted by ‘baggage’.
I mean unresolved issues,
distractions, worries and such. I will go as far as to say
bringing ‘young children’ with can be very
distracting if they are still very dependent on you, especially from an
emotional point of view. Please believe me that I am very
and ‘that’ exactly can be the problem on race day.
All of a sudden you will find yourself needing to go from
to ‘Comrades parent’. It becomes a maternal/paternal
thing and there is a good chance of your game plan going out the
window! I do have a clubmate however, who has managed to balance
been mom to a toddler and finishing Comrades on the same day. I
could only stare at her with admiration - she had barely finished the
race when she was up and down the stairs at Kingsmead looking out for
her little boy. Hats off to you Sarah!
Key words: baggage,
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links: Official Comrades