What has happened in the last 2 years?

First of all I have been totally rubbish updating my blog. I literally had no time or at points I have just been lazy.

So what has happened in the last 2 years, since my last post?

In July 2021 I ended up with a DNF at Ironman Bolton ( UK) , I decided top pull out during the bike course.

Took me a really long time to get over it, and I just felt so upset but mainly that I ended up disappointing people.

August 2021, I finally had my train drivers final, and passed out as a train driver. Yay.

September 2021, I went to Berlin with my sister to run the Berlin marathon.

October 2021, not long after Berlin I was back in London to run the London marathon.

April 2022, flew to Texas to do the local Ironman.

I will try my best to do a race recap about Texas in the next few weeks.

Also will try my best to update this website more often.

Lots of love,

Gabi xx

Gabriella te ……… vagy (ExtremeMan Nagyatad 2020)

Ez a verseny abszolút nem volt be tervezve , de mivel COVID-19 miatt minden idei versenyem törölve lett, vagy el lett tolva 2021re , így egy kicsit elveszve ereztem magam. En szeretem ha az eletemben van egy rutin, vagy verseny, mivel akkor tudom hogy a rengeteg edzesnek lesz egy végeredménye.

Szóval amikor kedves Boris brit miniszterelnök be jelentette, hogy kicsit lazít a karanténon, ami azt jelentette, hogy nem kellett 2 het karanténba vonulni miután vissza jön az ember kulfoldrol , írtam az edzőmnek ( Phil ) egy emailt. Mit gondol arról , hogy en elmenjek külföldre es túl legyek életem első triatlonjan, ami egy Ironman tavu verseny is egyben? Szerencsére igent mondott, végül is keszultunk a boltoni Ironmanre is, de a virus miatt el lett halasztva. Szóval nem 0rol kellett Iron távra fel keszulnom 5 het alatt.

Ekkor volt 5 het hatra a nagyatádi extremeMan-ig 🙂

Szóval versenyre beneveztem, találtam egy kiadó lakást, minden irtó szuper volt. Viszont ekkor a magyar miniszterelnök be jelentette hogy kell karantén azoknak akik angliabol jönnek. Hmmm szuper… meg jo hogy itt az NHS ingyen megcsinálja a tesztet.

Szóval a rengeteg hercehurca utan, 3szor torolt repülő járatok utan, 2 negatív COVID tesztel megérkeztem haza.

Minden osszepakolva , irány Magyarország.
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Gabriella you are an ……… (ExtremeMan Nagyatad 2020)

I wasn’t planning to do this race at all, but when COVID happened and all my races got cancelled or postponed to 2021 I really had no idea what to do. I mean I love to have a routine in my life and when I have a race booked in I know well that I will do the training because there’s an end game to it. Hope it makes sense haha

So around mid June when PM Boris announced that he’s going to ease up the restrictions and foreign travel, it meant that I could travel to Hungary and I don’t need to quarantine for 14 days on my return. So at that point I’ve messaged Phil ( my coach ) and asked him what he’s thinking about me doing an Ironman race abroad ? Luckily he was totally up for it. At this point it was 5 weeks till race day.

extremeMan here I come 🙂

So I’ve signed up for the race, booked the flights and found a flat to rent. Then a few days later PM Orban announced that everyone travelling from the UK to Hungary will need to quarantine for 14 days or get 2 Negative COVID tests 5 days before arrival. Ahh well great, nothing is never easy in 2020.

So after all the hurdles, cancelled and rebooked flights, flooding in Nagyatád, I got to Hungary in safe and sound. 

All packed and ready to go
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Virtual racing in 2020

Let’s go back to November 2019. On a cold and rainy day I’ve ended up running my first Virtual marathon. The reason for that is that NYRR offered a guaranteed entry for the 2020 New York City Marathon for everyone who ran a marathon. because there wasn’t any marathons close by I decided to do a Virtual one.

I’ve wrote more about the whole application process here : New York – Round 2?

Back then I didn’t like virtual racing. I mean they are such a hard work. You have to find your own motivation to go out and do the training for them. There is no crowd, no support and most importantly no finisher swag at the end.

Who would have thought that a few months later everything will change?

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Lanzarote Triathlon Camp 2020

Let’s start at the beginning. How did I sign up for this ? Or  how did I hear about it?

When I got my new job at the end of last year, it meant that I had to change some of my upcoming holidays. Mainly because I can’t go on leave when I’m at the train driving school. In my previous railway job I was able to take leave anytime I wanted. So the triathlon camp I have planned for May in Bolton is probably won’t happen, because I’ll be learning all about train tractions.

But on the other hand I have ended up with 14 days leave at the end of February.

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What grief has taught me?

This will be a really personal post, and I really don’t plan to write anymore like this. People keep telling me that I’m a really open person because of my social media accounts, which is true, but also it isn’t. I chose to share the content of them, and I chose to share happy, positive posts, with the occasional sad, angry or even annoyed training posts.

But there is a side which is totally hidden from most people. Why? Because I made that choice.


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New York – Round 2?

Over a week ago I’ve got a email newsletter from NYRR with the email subject of ‘ The Virtual Marathon is back ‘ .

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Boston. Where should I start? What should I say? One thing for sure that it will be long. So if you stick around it’s better to get a cup of tea.

Let’s start at the beginning.

31st of March – Luke and I were planning the final sightseeing plans for Boston. Everything was perfect.

1st of April – Luke died. Everything turned upside down.

We were supposed to fly out to Boston on the 12th. I had no idea what to do or what am I supposed to do. This trip was supposed to be a happy trip with a massive celebration. I mean finishing all 6 World Marathon Majors is a big deal. Before Boston there were only 6 Hungarians, so not many of us. I know I always moaned about the training load and how tired I am, but when you cross that finish line you forget the struggles, you don’t remember when you doubted your abilities. You there, happy, proud and you feel like being at the top of the World.

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Tokyo Marathon 2019 – race recap

Wow I can’t believe that race day was already 2 weeks ago. I’m so behind with all of these posts. Sorry.

So after an exciting few days in Tokyo which was filled with sightseeing and great food ( will definitely write a post about these later on ), on the Thursday we went to the Expo to pick up my race number.


This year the expo was in a different location and it was under many tents. It really didn’t bother me, but read on Facebook that loads of people didn’t like it at all. We got there just after 11am and I was out of the bib pick up tent by 11.15am. So really didnt’ take long. Because I was a charity runner I had to go to a specific table. There they taken a photo of me and also got a wristband with a barcode. So with all these security measures they really did try to prevent cheaters. Because they have your photo if anyone would have run with someone’s number they can easily be identified.


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20 days till Tokyo but …

In 3 weeks this time probably I already finished the Tokyo marathon.

Tokyo is 9 hours ahead of England. So when I’ll start the race on Sunday morning around 9.30am most of the UK will be still asleep or just going to sleep.

It’s now less than 2 weeks till we are flying out , but I’m just not excited. I just want this whole thing to be over.

Probably it doesn’t help that this week didn’t go as I planned.

One of our dog got ill on Monday and ended up at the vets. Bless his heart his penis is swollen and got some kind of infection. A week later he still poorly, and constantly drinking/weeing. So he may have some issues with his liver. We are going back to the vets tomorrow.

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