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Anim Swart
Before I knew it Georgia 2022 was here!

20 June 2022 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Holy Crap, before I knew it Georgia 2022 was here! I knew weather would be a factor but I didn’t anticipate what we got. That is racing and shit happens.

 

As we set off on Stage one we encountered fot like I have never seen before. It was tricky and low and behold I found myself in a group of 25 people that got lost. Like I said, shit happens. It turned out to be a crazy adventure and lots of laughter and needless to say we built a great team spirit and had a ball – lost but we encountered some local villagers, took some pictures of the group, a crazy dog and then some.

 

Did we end up running more? Hell yes! I feel like I got a super power NOT! Mentally it was tough as the weather was tricky and just having such a big group with all the levels we slowed but we to CP1 3 hours later and then it was as if the race started. We ran our hearts out and needless to say some curse words were said but we all got in and we were safe. Like I say own your shit and be accountable and go back to those pink flags before you continue if you don’t see them.

 

Can I say more hell yes but the most important thing with all the crazy times RPT step up to a big match temperament and adjusted times so it is more realistic to what would have transpired and we owned ur shit and that takes courage!!!

 

Stage 2. With positive mindset and a good vibe in camp we started the day with a water crossing – and from then on you had wet feet, mud on your shoes like an extra soul. WTF that is some hard work. I pushed myself today to stick to the leader German girl Magdalena power house. Wow she is strong. I just followed her lead and we ran together or I ran with her for most of the way. We pass a checkpoint was lucky to see the village kids running off with some flags and thank goodness Magdalena spoke Russian and quickly they put the flags back, having a quick back flash from yesterday.

 

Running through the village a few kids had our flags and they cheering us on – and again she  she tole them to put it back well they put it back in the places so people won’t get confused. Next thing the dogs. Scary but beautiful dogs look like wolves and just protecting their territory and their herd of sheetp.

Running a mountain pass, fog showed up and some rain. Hey this is definitely not Namibia. LOL. It does remind me of Gobi and definitely a great option for Gobi (couldn’t do it because of COVID). If you are wondering yes my finger is K. Great doctors and not to worry.

But I got to go now my food is getting cold and my fingers are frozen.

 

Until tomorrow.


Anim

Comments: Total (7) comments

Trish OKeeffe

Posted On: 25 Jun 2022 11:01 am

Another adventure in the books. Big love from the O’Keeffe-Macdonells. Hope to see you soon

Trish OKeeffe

Posted On: 25 Jun 2022 11:01 am

Another adventure in the books. Big love from the O’Keeffe-Macdonells. Hope to see you soon

Marysol Ruiz

Posted On: 22 Jun 2022 07:22 pm

Love your swag !! Keep enjoying the ride coach !! You make it look easy ! Your smile is priceless ❤️❤️❤️t

Jens Brother in Tent (Namibia)

Posted On: 21 Jun 2022 02:43 pm

Hi „Sister in Tent“ :) it´s an amazing adventure in georgia. Very interesting pictures shows your trip. I wish you all the best!!! Regards from Bonn (germany), Jens P.s. please send regards to Elise, John and all the Same people from Namibia

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 21 Jun 2022 08:18 am

And before you know it, it's Stage 4!!!! You are rocking this race - even with an unexpected first day. Stick with Magdalena - she is good company and like a metronome. She used to wear hiking trousers and hiking boots to the racers and then in 2015 found out she could run (maybe something to do with meeting her husband at a race who got her moving).

Marysol Ruiz

Posted On: 20 Jun 2022 10:54 pm

Girl stop having so much fun!! Glad you found your way !! Now let get serious !! Lol Cheering from Westcher. Go kick some ass lol ! Oops sorry about the ass part lol v

Benji Mor

Posted On: 20 Jun 2022 08:25 pm

Nothing like taking the wrong turn because there is so much fog and the local kids stole the flags because they think that they are so kool to get Anim's competitive juices flowing, huh? PS- I'm glad your pinkie finger is ok (thank God!) Love you, me
Anim Swart
Georgia Groove!!

15 June 2022 08:10 pm (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

I am here wohoo, and here is Georgia, Tiblise, wow what a great city, the vibe is masing the food is just as good. the culture is inspiring, the streets are busseling all day with people  going somehwere very qiuckly. Love the weather and got a chance to have a few runs in the area, needless to say it will be a race of reckoning and different from Namibia. This race reminds me so much of Gobi and couldn't have been a better alternative for Gobi this year. We will be running on the silk road and just the thought of running on the ancient roads of trade gives me goose bumbs. It is te season od allergies and oh boy did it come in a force you cannot imagine. Went to te pharmacy and felt strange because they are not the most friendly, but who could be friendly to anyone if all you were use to is people wanting to invade yor country and tell you what to do. It is all good and one has to go with te flow.

Explored today and ended up in a place which is called turtle lake and as te taxi driver said Turle on the lake. Thank goodness for translater. it was an amazing area with a lake a moutain and trails, and yes Anim was happy, ths probably would be te closest to the race terrain. I am getting excited to see my fellow competitors. A thrliing time is ahead. 

My gear is packed but I know my pack is way to heavy. Hey i like my little treats and love these races you can eat all kinds of treats. I mainly stick to real things as my iron man racing years saturated me with gels and shit. Gu's just doesnt do it for me. So I look for things that is simalr but is crunchy tasty and that I can enjoy in this race. 

Three days until we start and I am sure with the 5 week turnarounf from Namibia I will feel my legs, which is fine but I am looking forward to actually feel my mind on this one. I will have yo dig deep to put all my mindset training into action to deal with whats to come.

Georgia 2022

Comments: Total (3) comments

Yves Germain

Posted On: 20 Jun 2022 12:11 pm

Go Anim, enjoy the experience and the surroundings !

Arthur Azevedo

Posted On: 20 Jun 2022 12:12 am

Anim, my dear! I am glad to see you are doing beautifully over there. I wish all the best and I am sure you will have a great and fun race. Don't give your treats. They may add to the weight, but lightens up our minds and soul. Big kiss!

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 15 Jun 2022 05:15 pm

So glad you made it - and that you love Tbilisi and that you've been trying the food which is amazing. Georgia is a fabulous country and you are going to rock the race!
Anim Swart
From Namibia to Georgia

06 June 2022 05:01 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

It is time to say good bye to the heighs of Namibia and say bring it on Georgia. The energy is slowly getting back to and the excitement is starting to take over. It seems just yesterday we crossed the finish line in Namibia for RTP2022. Before I share my next step would I like to review and share a few thought about the experience in Namibia. 

Unforntunately these thank you's is a little past due but as they say better late than never. I want to thank everyone that followed me through out the race. I felt your energy and your good vibes and did not take it for granted. I wanted to update every day but ( no excuses) sometimes I had to choose recovery in the horizontal position. Georgia will be different as you made the time to read and write so will I make the time to respond. As before I will respond through my blogs if you do not want your name mentioned let me know in your messages.

So back to Namibia. It was a race that left me humbled but yet excited that I was able to go though something harder thatn ever and I stayed intact as a human. It was definitely a race that brought out character and revealed your inner character and soul. I understood the meaing of dont think you are to cool for school, dont think you can get ahead of a desert.The heat, te elements, your tiredness, your mood, your ability to be among strangers during extreme stress and mental anguish. What and who do you become when you are challenged on all levels.These races as special because it is not only a race against your peers it is a race of your character. What and who do you become during these races. RTP has a hashtag

#morethanarace, we all yuse it but do you understand it. I love to race, I love to meet people that are like minded and enjoy being inspired by people, stories and energies. I ran my race, I didnt run my race on Stage 1 and the price was high. As a coach I want to be able to give people I work with the best tools to achieve there goals, but first I have to admit I was an ass the first day. Did I learn from it absolutely and I turned my race around and Namibia was amazing, beautiful and crazy awesome. 

Finishing my race with my friend Amelia Henning who was a volunteer made it extra special as we reconnected after 35 years through RTP.

Shout out to the Teams, the Management and of course te great Course Director Carlos. 

Good bye Namibia Hello Georgia.

Comments: Total (4) comments

Elke Slinger

Posted On: 19 Jun 2022 05:57 pm

All the best Anim. Gooi mielies sister!!! Ha-loep mooi!! 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

Marisa Rodriguez

Posted On: 19 Jun 2022 01:22 pm

Good luck Anim, You have so many supporters cheering for you, including me. Have a blast!

Karen Neubrandt

Posted On: 11 Jun 2022 11:45 pm

Hi again from NZ All the best for Georgia, Anim. I am sure you will rock that race. You can count on me stalking your progress from beginning to end, keen to learn as much as I can for one day, one day when I may do an RTP. Just keep up your bubbly positive perspective, and you will be great. As Rob says, have fun, and try not to get hurt. Take care Karen

Mary Gadams

Posted On: 06 Jun 2022 10:22 pm

Good luck in Georgia, Anim. It will be out of this world beautiful. No doubt you'll handle each stage like pro and enjoy every step of every day. Wishing you another incredible race. Mary