There are many people that I admire. People who accomplish great things but more so those who have overcome adversity and are still positive and make the best of their circumstances. People who do it tough and don’t have the things I take for granted every day – good health, family and living in a safe and beautiful place – and yet they are still grateful for what they have.
It’s a tricky topic for me to pick for a photo challenge since I don’t really have photos like that to share so I chose instead to go with my admiration for people who do endurance sport. It takes incredible motivation, dedication, endless hours of training, perseverance, willpower and tenacity to complete what they set out to do.
My husband is one of those people who loves endurance sport and has completed 10 Comrades Marathons (a 90 kilometre ultra-marathon in South Africa), 16 Two Oceans Marathons (a 56 kilometre ultra-marathon in South Africa), more than 50 marathons, 2 Ironman, a few Half-Ironmans but the latest and arguably the most admirable in my mind is the Rottnest Channel Swim (a 19.7 kilometre swim from Cottesloe Beach near Perth to Rottnest Island). Last year when he did the solo swim, the conditions were very tough (one swimmer’s support boat sunk) and it required pure strength of will to keep going and be able to step out on dry land on the other side after about 10 hours of swimming.
I only have pure admiration for people who step off the beach, not touch a boat or kayak at all during that time and get their own bodies across a 19.7 kilometre stretch of ocean to the finish line.
Paddlers and support boats waiting for their swimmers with Rottnest Island in the background
View of the swimmers and support boats and kayaks. The mainland is in the background.
The swimmers, support boats and kayaks. Taken towards the island.
The finishing channel
(This week’s photo challenge is to show someone or something we admire, and tell something about them too.)
In this week’s photo challenge we’re asked to let the alphabet be our inspiration. I realised I have heaps of photos of writing, letters and/or signs in one form or another and got a bit carried away with my gallery. Please feel free to click on the images and read the captions.
A sign in recognition of the engineering feats of CY O’Connor who also designed and oversaw the construction of a 500km long pipeline from Perth to the eastern goldfields to ensure a water supply for the towns. Sadly he never witnessed the completion. He had been the subject of criticism and derision by people saying it would never work. It’s still in operation today. This sign is in New Zealand (South Island) where he worked before moving to Australia.
Words of encouragement at the Busselton Ironman triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42.2km run) which my husband has completed twice.
Names of Australian soldiers who fought gallantly during World War 2. Photo taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Tropic of Capricorn sign in the Namib desert, Namibia.
Memorial for West Australian soldiers who have served in different wars. Kings Park, Perth.
Imperative to follow these instructions at Aus in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
Cool crisp wine at a picnic at Boschendal wine farm (est. 1685) near Cape Town in South Africa.
Probably my husband’s favourite mug. Taken at Mount Trio bush camp, southwestern Australia.
An old stone bridge in Tasmania, Australia.
Finish of the Australian Three Peaks Race
Last running leg of the Australian Three Peaks Race which my husband and a friend did: up and back down Mount Wellington, completing 131km of running in three days (and 335 nautical miles of sailing).
Taken at Port Arthur, first penal colony in Australia.
Someone else had this sign up as encouragement for their dad at the finish line of the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa. Taken while we were waiting for my husband to finish his 18th Two Oceans marathon.
Road train, a common sight on outback Australian roads. Taken at Minilya roadhouse, about 100km from Coral Bay in northwestern Australia.
Brandberg White Lady Lodge and bush camp, Namibia. Home of desert elephants and age old rock paintings.
“Lest We Forget”. Taken at the National ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Centre in Albany, southwestern Australia. (The Anzacs departed from Albany in November 1914 and fought courageously at Gallipoli during 1915.)
Voyager Estate, southwestern Australia. It has special meaning for me as it was built in the Cape Dutch style, used extensively in South Africa by early Dutch and French immigrants. “Werf” means yard in Afrikaans.
The old York flour mill (in the wheatbelt east of Perth).
Kings Park & Botanic Garden overlooking the Swan river, Perth, Australia.
Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, Australia.