Beauty & the Beast – Two Oceans Marathon Result!

Beauty & the Beast – Two Oceans Marathon Result!

How do I explain this one? I tried to capture some of it in the title, but I also had 5 other titles in mind that would make you think it was the worst experience in the world…

It was, in many ways, quite the opposite. It was the most spectacularly beautiful run I have ever done in my life! It was a gift of natural beauty that couldn’t have done anything but lift a weary heart.

And yet…. I was sick from the word go. Must have been something I ate last night, but my stomach was in knots and cramping for 56km. A few stops at the thankfully frequent toilets helped a little. I even threw up a bit, but managed to stand tall when I needed to. I stopped at almost every drink station, trying to neck as many Powerade tubes as I could manage. I didn’t want to drop or cramp because of a rookie error, like running low on salts. I got dizzy a few times, but pulled myself together at all the right moments.

What a poignant time to have put up the last post with Michael Milton’s letter?! I thought about it over and over, asking myself the question he posed. When is it time to stop? When is the answer, “no more”?

Not today my friends. Not today…

I aimed for under 5 hours and finished in 5:27.44. I was annoyed at going over the 4 hour mark when the 42km was complete, but I was only 5 minutes off and had to remind myself that today was not about time. Today was about being part of one of the most extraordinary runs available on our planet – because of the scenery, the camaraderie, the organisation and the support. Today was about getting in my head, finding that little voice that is calling out to me in soothing, devilish tones, telling me it’s “ok to stop dude…no one will think less of you, you’ve done a great job…it’s ok my man…” and bludgeoning it with a sledge hammer!

Because who the hell knows when it’s really that time? Ok, if I pass out, then it’s because I couldn’t keep my mind overriding my body’s signals. That’s cool, I can’t always stop that from happening. But in the meantime, while I am conscious, I am in control and I will decide when to stop. That little guy in your head is always going to give you lip, but he’s a pussy and couldn’t even defend himself from a random sledge hammer bludgeoning.. And that’s all I have to say about that…

I’m not done telling you about this race, but I wanted to post something before I went and got drunk, because you won’t hear from me for a day or so. I’m tired, emotional and ready to write myself off in Cape Town. Please don’t think less of me, but sometimes you just gotta cut loose..

Before I go, I am going to list just a few of the amazing people I met today and write more about them later:

Abby, Paula, Mike and Judes.

Maria and Michael

Gavin and Sean

Ryan, Paul, Jerome

Becky and Jo


Christina and… see I’ve forgotten.. How bout, the Boost Juice Girls!

There’s more, but I’m going to have to watch the videos. I just can’t tell you how awesome and supportive everyone was.

And the video for Bratislava is complete and just waiting for me to find a fast enough connection speed. The Two Oceans one will make you laugh and cry.. I hope…

I love you all and can’t believe we just clicked over 3500 fans… Check it: (we even have our own special URL now!)

Cheers with beers.

Bone Daddy from Africa, the land of the amazing!

By |2010-04-04T01:41:39+00:00April 4th, 2010|RunLikeCrazy|11 Comments

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  1. Nico April 4, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Well done; Nothing to be shamed about passing the 4 hour mark at 42 kms when you have another 14 to go… plus doing a marathon every week not mentioning you cleaned your guts out during this run from the sound of it.
    I shall joing you for a damn good drink to your run from the other side of the globe – and enjoy the beer!

  2. juli April 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

    hey tristan.well done!hope you’re feeling better dude.glad you had fun.if you’re still in cape town on mon-let’s go for a beer.i know most of the dodgy spots around here.i really think what you’re doing is awesome,and haiti is an issue very close to my heart so was wondering if theres any way us regular (read:sane)folk can help spread the word besides just making all our friends become comrades with some kind of branding maybe?i dunno.any ideas…?let me know.

  3. Alexis, London April 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    T-Bone you are one heck of a super huamnbeing…. seriously, your attitude is an inspiration for all of us… it’s making me take a good, hard look at a few self-imposed limitations I can push on through myself. Amazing journey dude … Congratulations on conquering another marathon (or was that conquering yourself through another marathon??!). Totally awe-inpsiring efforts…


  4. Doug McRobb April 5, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Keep it going kid … sure you’re not a Kenyan

  5. Elisa, Paris April 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    well done!!! see you soon

  6. Andy (little Scotsman) April 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Massive effort mate, a few beers am sure will aid the recovery! Keep it up.

  7. Ryan April 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Well Done bud. At Chapmans peak you said you were battling and I was feeling great, so how is it then that you only came in 4 mins after me. Did you get a second wind or did I lose it towards the end. Good luck for the rest of the year

  8. TBone April 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Ryan. I was pretty determined not to give up mate, so I kept pushing up those hills! It was really good to meet you though and I wish you all the best for your Comrades efforts. For a guy that has been injured, you looked like you were gliding mate! Well done, you’re a natural. T

  9. brett homewood April 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    thats it fella just keep chasing that beer. risk and reward. easy….. hurt oneself then drink beer. nothing else to say!

  10. Becky April 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Awesome to meet you guys, run behind you every step of the way of the 2 Oceans and share the following few nights celebrating with ya! Good Luck for the next 7 months, after meeting you – know you can do it! Like I said – may see you late on in the year for another marathon – may be I can be in front of you next time!
    Becky – 1 of the 2 Dubai Chicks!

  11. Michael & Maria April 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Tristan,

    We are back in Singapore now after a few great days in Cape Town. The run was fantastic and we pulled up really well. I will send a photo we have of you with Maria and I. Are thinking of catching up in Phuket and remember you and your friends have a place to stay if you have time in Singapore. We went to Forsters pub but could not catch up as there were too many people. Good luck in Paris> We wish we could be there as well. Happy running !!

    Michael & Maria

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