What’s the point of living average? Ultra-Trail Cape Town

By: Chantel Rall

There comes a time when your highest highs won’t be high enough anymore.  I’m not saying that they don’t hurt you as much as they used to, but, it’s different.  The high is only a high when it’s the unknown.
I’ve completed 2 Ironman 70.3 and 2 full Ironman SA events.  I’ve done the Coronation Double Century 203km cycle and many cycle races, triathlons, half marathons, openwater swims and trail runs.  I’ve never wanted to do a Comrades – I’ve never felt a want, need or urge to do a road run like that.
Living and training so close to the mountains of Cape Town changes you.  It gives you a new perspective on life and what we are suppose to do.  I live for the outdoors.  I spend so much of my time in the mountains and I am in awe of the beauty of this place.  I’ve eaten my fair share of dirt, I’ve shed tears, blood and sweat on these mountains, but I always go back.  It’s my drug of choice.  It is my therapy, my happy place.
I saw the information on the Ultra-Trail Cape Town race last year, but I did not action this.  When I saw it again this year, I could not resist.  I’ve committed myself to a 12 month journey of discovery, endurance and adventure.  I’ve committed to doing races and events to push myself beyond the limits of comfort.  People say I am crazy and I need help.  The best way to explain this is through the following:
Why do I succeed?
I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not.
I will fight against the odds.
I will sacrifice.
I am not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt.
I feel those emotions, drink them in and swallow them away to nothingness.
I am motivated by accomplishment not by pride, pride consumes the weak, kills their heart from within.
If I fall I will get up.
If I am beaten I will return.
I will never stop getting better.
I will never give up…ever.
That is why I succeed.
If you don’t like where you are, change it, you are not a tree.
You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
~Zig Ziglar 
I am very vocal about my life, what I do and why I do it!  I am not scared to tell my story, to share what I have lost in the process and why I am able to go on without falling to pieces.  I am not everyone’s cup of tea, I have made peace with that.  I am who I am because I believe that I am great.  And through that believe comes a huge responsibility.  A responsibility to aim higher, go further, dig deeper and to show many others who are in the position I found myself in 3 years ago and will still find themselves in that position that anything is possible.  That we win some and that we lose some.
Through amazing partners and sponsors I am able to do this.  I am able to live a full healthy happy life by doing what I love and sharing this with many others.  (More about these amazing humans in my next post)
Whats next?
Well as you may have guessed, I am taking on the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 65km race on 3 October, 7 days after my return from Ironman 70.3 Pula, Croatia.
As part of the amazing  My Endurance Adventure campaign I am taking on this race – Thank you to Drug Free Sport SA and the I Play Fair guys for making this all possible!  Please share their work and follow them:  Facebook here

65km Mountain-trail 

3000m elevation gain 

15 hour cutoff 
6 Aid Stations
5:00am Saturday 03 October 2015 
Gardens Tech Rugby Club, Cape Town CBD
2 UTMB Points
Route Description
The 65km Mountain-trail is a point-to-point Ultra that takes place on Table Mountain, the iconic natural world heritage site and one of the new Natural Seven Wonders of the World. The start point is in Cape Town City Centre- Goes through the Bo Kaap, runs along the length of Signal Hill and Lions Head, traverses Table Mountain before descending into the Constantia Wine Valley, returning along the lower contours of Table Mountain via Newlands Forrest and Devils Peak for a final descent into the City Bowl.
Cutoff Times
The 65km Ultra-trail has a permit for 15hours. Time-barriers for this race are lenient.
Qualification
No qualification required.
You will need to be fit (plenty of hill training) and be comfortable with spending extended periods on your feet for this race. It is possible to hard hike this route in the allotted time of 15 hours provided that the pace is steady.   
 
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There are entries available still!  More on the race and entries, click HERE.
 
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