Taking on the triathlon

2019-01-22 06:00
Molly Fabe.

Molly Fabe.

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A Wynberg resident is a living proof that one is never too old to start something new.

Molly Fabe (70) will participate in the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town’s Super Sprint duathlon on Sunday 10 February. She will be the oldest woman to participate in the overall event, and the oldest participant in her category.

In 2016, Fabe won an entry into the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town through Women’s Health magazine.

“When I saw the competition, I was excited because I was looking for a personal trainer at the time. When I was called to be told I was the winner I was excited. However, things changed when I was told that the personal trainer was to help someone compete in the triathlon. I said, oh no, I’m not the right person; please look for another winner because I have never done sport in my life and I was looking for a personal trainer at the gym. I was just not ready for what they told me,” she says.

Fabe says they explained to her that it would not be difficult, and the personal trainer would hold her hand. Despite the fact that she couldn’t run, cycle or swim, she embraced the challenge and started training. Midway through her training programme, she realised that she would not be able too comfortable to participate in the swim and transferred her entry to a duathlon. “I resumed my training, but then my husband fell ill and was hospitalised. I eventually completed the duathlon with a borrowed bicycle and positive attitude – my first multisport event – at 68 years of age. Bear in mind I had never done sport before but I managed to finish in an hour and 25 minutes. It was awesome. I enjoyed it but was exhausted.”

Sadly, her husband passed away at the end of October, leaving Fabe in a dark void of depression.

“You could say I went into hibernation. I did nothing for 2017. But when I saw that this year the competition is just before my husband’s birthday, I thought I should do it to remember him. My husband was my biggest motivator, and still is. His birthday is 14 February, so doing this race on 10 February will be a great way to honour his memory.”

Fabe says she has been training a lot and now she has her own bicycle. “I am looking forward to it. Now I enjoy it. To think that I said this was not for me… but now I’m enjoying it. I know do the cycling, swim and running and I must say it is fun. I would like to encourage other women my age to take part. You are never too old to do anything, and you can always try something new.”

She is using this personal challenge as a platform to raise funds for the Cape Kidney Foundation.

V You can support her at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/molly-duathalon-for-cape-kidney.

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