Sister of the Mister – training update

Hello ‪#‎TeamRich‬. Pips here… Fun story for you all. I had a “meeting” with my trainer & legendary brother Richard on Sunday. Me, the lazy sister is facing the 2 oceans half in just a few weeks time, followed by the Knysna Half in July and I wanted to make sure my training was on track. I’m currently running / training 3 x per week and getting a slow but consistent time for a 5km run around 33 – 35 mins… Rich horrified with my time for a 5km (he was a 5min / km runner) swiftly blinks out this response “Pips, you need to be doing 5 runs a week!”. “5?”, I say. “5?? I mean I can’t run 5 times per week, are you sure Rich?? He looks up for yes. “What about my social life?” He laughs… Clearly the sister of the mister is not quite the fit sister […]

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Abs or 6pack in 2015? LOL

While Rich is busy with his Neuro Feedback brain training, Ben is training his abs with the Muscle Stim machine. Competition for abs 2015 is on. LOL. Remember, to ensure you don’t miss the LATEST news, please visit our social media channels as we update those weekly. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BackOnYourBike Twitter: https://twitter.com/backonyourbike

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Running 2015km in 2015 for Rich

Keep track of Russel and his Brother who are running 2015km for Rich in 2015 on the website: http://www.runningforrich.com/. Incredible support from an incredible family. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RunningforRichHolland to stay up to date. In 2014 Tammy La Grange, a close family friend of the Zim Hollands took it upon herself to raise funds towards the Back On Your Bike campaign. Tammy humble in her persona managed to raise over US$3000 and covered 2014km in 2014. 2015 sees new challenges, hurdles and mountains to climb, so Russel set the challenge once again with thanks to Tammy, by running 2015km in 2015 for the Back on your Bike campaign. With great support and encouragement Russel’s twin brother Ryan will be running as well taking on the 2015km in 2015 challenge together to raise awareness and funds towards Bike On Your Bike.

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70.3 Iron(Wo)Man – for Rich

Congrats and gratitude to Jax Lotter who successfully completed SA Ironman 70.3 this past week end. She arranged to be sponsored per kilometer and dedicated her achievement to Rich. Many thanks Jax. Awesome job all round.

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Thank you Sara-Lise Haith and Martin Harris

Sara-Lise Haith and Martin Harris, resident cyclists in Dubai who train with Rich’s good friend Trace Rogers got married last October in Italy and they asked their guests to donate money to Richard instead of sending gifts. They had never met Rich but decided his needs were greater than theirs. What an incredible gesture of generosity and selflessness. Thank you again Sara-Lise and Martin – our gratitude is immense. We have put the funds towards extra sessions of Neuro Feedback as demonstrated below. Rich joins me in sending his love and thanks.

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Indoor rowing fundraiser for Rich

Hi All – another epic fundraiser is on the go in DUBAI. Please join! The event registration for the first prelims of the WaterRower Indoor Rowing competition is online under the following link, There is money up for grabs for the winner, but most importantly raising funds and awareness for Rich. Thanks to everyone who is taking part!

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Sister of the Mister update

Mum and dad are having a wonderful and restful time overseas but here at home, we’ve been having fun! I somehow managed to trip and blow a fuse in Richie’s room so last night he was left in darkness (Ooops). Rich thought this was a classic Pippa move – I mean what do you expect from your clumsy sister! Thank heavens the electrician is coming today. Paw Paw our little poodle has finally grown enough to jump onto Richie’s bed unaided! Picture this, Richie is happy and chilled watching a very entertaining Robin Williams stand up session (Thanks Sarah) and Pawpie leaps up, lands on the computer, pauses it somehow (lucky it didn’t end up in Spanish) and uncontrollably licks Rich. The loudest and most effervescent laughter ensues with Rich trying his very best to turn his head fast enough to avoid the passionate licking from our gorgeous puppy. He […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury- what we know 22 months later

Looking back, it’s probably best that we didn’t know what was coming. No one really wants to know that life is about to become difficult — very difficult. But now with the benefit of time passed, I realise that the good doctors really were doing the best they could. Who are we to question, there is no time and purpose to the questions. They are just barriers to forward progress. Life is challenging enough. We were all so innocent during that first year after Rich’s injury. We believed we were working so hard on his rehab and giving the injury time to heal while waiting for life to return to normal. Life did return to normal, but it’s the new TBI normal. There was so much we just didn’t know during year one post-injury and still don’t know today. I’m almost grateful for what we didn’t know. It’s taken 22 […]

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31 July 2014

Well as you can see from Pippa’s post yesterday, it’s been a more than usually hard few days for Rich. These rougher patches come out of the blue just when we think we have cleared another hurdle. They are a cruel reminder again of Richies hard reality. I was walking on the mountain yesterday in the late afternoon with a darling school friend from 40 years ago. It had been a particularly torrid day and she asked me how I saw Richies situation. Sadly my response was ” He is in a jail without walls – free within that jail to do anything he desires, but instead he is a prisoner in his own body. Unable to move or communicate enough to enjoy any freedom. He is locked in to his own jail and then on many days he is tortured by crippling headaches, chest congestion and coughing, discomfort from […]

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