Bukela ngokwaneleyo i-ankile yemozulu uRoberta Gonzales kwi-CBS 5 kwaye unokucinga ukuba, kwihlabathi lakhe, ilanga aliyeki ukukhanya. Kukho isimo sengqondo sokuchwayita, uncumo lwe-megawatt, i-gushy, i-rat-a-tat ukuhanjiswa-uyangcangcazela ngamandla.



Ndicinga ukuba, uGonzales uthi, kukho abanye ababukeli ekhaya abafuna nje ukukhulula izihlangu zabo, baziphose kumabonwakude baze badanduluke, ‘Zola, ntombazana! Hlala phantsi uzinze!'

Kodwa ukuhlala phantsi ayisiyiyo le nto uGonzales ayiyo. Loo mandla akhuthazayo aphembelela indlela yakhe yokuphila esebenza kakhulu, anceda ukugcina umsebenzi wokusasaza ixesha elide kwaye agcine izinto zicofa umphambili wekhaya, apho ungumama kubantwana ababini abakwishumi elivisayo kunye nenkosikazi yeSan Jose Sharks edlala ngokudlala indoda uRandy Hahn. Ikwaqhubele phambili uGonzales, umlo wempelaveki we-gung-ho, ukuba agqibezele umdyarho omangalisayo we-25 kunye nokhuphiswano lwe-Ironman amahlanu.





Inyani yokuba ehlasela ubomi ngokungenangqondo ayizukumangalisa nabani na oqhelene naye. Kodwa yintoni enokwenzeka kukuba ukonwaba kwakhe okungapheliyo kuneengcambu kwintlungu enkulu.

NgoJuni 27, 1981, wayengumfundi wesibini kwiYunivesithi yaseSan Diego State kwaye wayelungele ukubhiyozela usuku lwakhe lokuzalwa lwama-21. Kunoko, wafumana umnxeba owoyikekayo. Umninawa wakhe oneminyaka eli-15 ubudala, uMichael, wayebhubhile - ixhoba lembumbulu eyadutyulwa ngumfazi afunda naye eklasini.



Abantakwabo babethandana ngendlela engaqhelekanga. Ngenxa yesikhewu seminyaka emithandathu ubudala, kwaye ngenxa yokuba abazali babo bobabini basebenza, wayeziva njengomama wesibini kuMichael, ejonge kuye ekhaya nasesikolweni. Naxa wayesiya ekholejini, baba namaphupha okuba ngenye imini benze i-duo yobuntatheli obuguqukayo - yena njengentatheli kwaye yena njengomfoti wakhe.

Emva kokuya kwisikhumbuzo sikaMichael kwidolophu yakowabo eBarstow, uGonzales wabuyela yedwa kwigumbi lakhe lasekholejini, apho wayesokola ukufumana ukothuka kwayo yonke loo nto.



Njengomfundi wasekholejini, ndandingenayo imali eyaneleyo yokuya kunyango, ngoko ke kwafuneka ndikhangele indlela yam yokujongana neentlungu, uyakhumbula. Ndivele ndisonge ndibe yimfumba enkulu engenanto.

Kwandula ke, ngenye imini, umhlobo wakhe wankqonkqoza emnyango waza wambongoza ukuba ahambe naye ebaleka. Kuya kufuneka uphume kule ndawo uye kumoya omtsha, wanyanzelisa. Ubomi buqala namhlanje.



UGonzales wayengakaze abaleke imayile ebomini bakhe, kodwa wawuthatha kwangoko lo msebenzi. Ekugqibeleni uye wafumana amandla okwaneleyo kunye nokuzithemba ukuze angenele ugqatso lweekhilomitha ezili-10. Ngo-1996, wangenela-waze walugqiba-ugqatso lwakhe lokuqala.

NgoMvulo olandelayo, uGonzales kulindeleke ukuba abaleke kugqatso lweBoston Marathon okwesihlanu. (Ngo-2008, wagqiba kwiiyure ze-4, imizuzu eyi-8.) NgoJuni, uya eHawaii ukuba athathe inxaxheba kwisiqingatha se-Ironman, kwaye kamva kulo nyaka, uya kuba e-Cozumel kwi-Ironman yakhe yesithandathu epheleleyo, ebandakanya i-marathon run (i-26.2 miles), i-2.4-mile yokudada kunye ne-112-mile bike race.



Ngeli nqanaba lobomi bakhe - uGonzales uchaza iminyaka yakhe kwimibandela yokusasazwa kwemozulu, phakathi ukuya kwi-40 ephezulu - ukugqiba okanye ukubeka akuyiyo inkxalabo ephambili. Uxabisa nje uchulumanco olusulungekileyo lwamava.

Andizange ndimbone umntu onjengaye, utshilo ugxa wakhe we-KPIX-TV Channel 5 kunye nomhlobo olungileyo uJuliette Goodrich. Usebenza nzima. Usebenza nzima. Kufuneka alale nzima naye.’

Imidyarho yakhe yeembaleki ithathe uGonzales kulo lonke ihlabathi. Endleleni, baye bamnceda ukuba enze uhlobo olutsha lobudlelwane kunye nomntakwabo ongasekhoyo, ogama lakhe lokuqala azibhala kwizihlangu zakhe phambi kogqatso ngalunye.

Ndivakalelwa kukuba ubaleka nam naphi na apho ndiya khona, utsho. Ndikhumbula, ekuqaleni koMdyarho waseRoma, ndazibona sele ndijonge eColosseum, nayo yonke imbali yayo. Kwaye ndaqonda ukuba, ngokudlula kwakhe, umntakwethu uye wavula amehlo am kunye nentliziyo yam kwihlabathi. Ngaba ngendandiphuphe ngolu hlobo? Ngaba ngendandinenzondelelo ngolo hlobo ngobomi ndize ndibuxabise suku ngalunye ngendlela endibuxabisa ngayo?

UHahn, umyeni wakhe oneminyaka engama-24, akathandi nje ukunyamezela kukaGonzales, kodwa nendlela yakhe entle ebomini.

Ngewayeguqule indlela enye kwezimbini, enye ibe nebi kakhulu. Kodwa wayithatha loo ntlungu wayijika yaba yenye into, utsho. Kwaye ndiyakholelwa ngokunyanisekileyo ukuba unxibelelwano nomntakwabo luye lwamtyhalela njengoko ethatha imiceli mngeni abantu abaninzi abangenakuyicinga nokuyicinga, singasathethi ke ngokuzama. Kukho amaxesha apho uye wamfumana phezu kwe hump.

Nangona kunjalo, kukho abanye abangakwaziyo ukuqonda ubude apho uGonzales atyhala khona isakhelo sakhe esine-5-foot-6. Abantu abasebenza nabo baye badlala bambiza ngokuba ligeza. Abazali bakhe, besoyika impilo-ntle yentombi yabo, bakhanyisa amakhandlela ecaweni rhoqo xa ethatha ugqatso olutsha.

Umama notata babesedolophini xa ndandiqubha ndisuka eAlcatraz, kodwa bala ukubukela kuba babeqinisekile ukuba ndiza kutyiwa ngukrebe, utsho ehleka kakhulu. Ndahlala ndibaxelela ukuba ookrebe abakuthandi ukutya kwaseMexico.

Ngokungathi imiceli mngeni yezemidlalo yayinganelanga, uGonzales uhlala ebhala iiveki zeeyure ze-50 kwaye wenza malunga ne-100 ukubonakala koluntu ngonyaka. Owu, kwaye kutshanje ugqibile ukubhala incwadi yabantwana. Ngalo lonke eli xesha, oogxa bakhe bayaqinisekisa ukuba bamgcina kude nekofu.

Andiyenzi yonke into ye-caffeine, utsho. Ungacinga ukuba ndiyenzile? Owu, nkosi.

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  • INTSAPHO: Umyeni, uRandy Hahn; oonyana, uRandall, i-17, noMichael, i-15.
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