WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
10 000KM FROM HOME, CHERISE FINDS PERSPECTIVE – AND AMBITION.
I recently ran my first 20km......
WWHENWHEN PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE A PARENT, I NEVER IMAGINED THEY WOULD BE SO
RIGHT. I became quite emotional recently, seeing how quickly Thomas is growing up. It feels like he was born only yesterday – and now he’s walking already… actually, running mostly.
My life has changed dramatically, and so has my way of thinking. I worry about different things now; mostly about Thomas, and providing for his future. More than anything, I’ve learned how to be patient and kind, and to love with all of my heart.
Travelling Europe with Thomas has been such a highlight. Even through the tantrums and long flights, nothing beats seeing the look on his face when he sees something new.
We love exploring, and I’m so grateful that I can make Thomas a part of my active lifestyle. With all the gear on the market I can carry him along everywhere. I run, ride and even hike with him. I recently ran my first 20km with him, and (although I almost died!) it was such an accomplishment reaching that milestone with my son.
My goal is to bring Thomas up in an environment in which he will take care of his health and live an active lifestyle from a young age – without putting any pressure on him, other than to have fun.
As for my personal fitness: travelling around makes it hard to train consistently, and my diet has been very bad (trying all the local dishes and delicacies!) but I try my best to do some sort of training at least five times a week.
Once I return to SA, I’ll focus on a structured programme, with stage racing as my goal… if a riding partner comes along. I’m starting to make plans for the 2018 Cape Epic, and there may be some exciting news coming soon.
Cherise Willeit, formerly Stander, finished 16th in the women’s category and 287th overall in the 2017 Absa Cape Epic.