It has been a while since I have written something down, sorry about that.
The journey is still on.
What has been done
123km Reeds 99er
On The 11th February 2012, I took part in the 123km 99er. This was a big milestone for me because it was going to be my longest race.
The day went very well except for a few rookie mistakes and the rain. Next time I will not try skip from one group to the next.
I finished in a good time of 4 hours 15 mins.
However I was left wondering how on earth I would be able to run a marathon after that – refer to rookie mistake.
This race was to prove very influential in my Argus seeding even though it was a 2013 qualification race.
Love to Run 10km
14th February 2012. I love trail running. and here was a wonderful opportunity to take part in a race. My first was the First of the Summer trail series in Silvermine, there I struggled because of all the people in front of me on the narrow tracks. I also sprained my ankle;twice, hmmm.
This time I started in the front, ummmm, that did not work because we were sent the wrong way and had to filter into that masses in any case. Strambling to get back in front I twisted my ankle in the grass, arrrrrrrg.
After my ankle felt better(after hopping for a while) I high tailed it through everyone. Some of the ascents were challenging, but most of the race was on jeep track. The backend of the race was downhill and it went by like a tornado. Ok, a lot of people only did 8km because of a problem in the directions but I was still impressed.
Results: 47mins 16 seconds with an overall position of 27th. thats more like it
On the 19th February 2012 I took part in the 11 Global Triathlon: 1.5km Swim | 40km Cycle | 10km Run.
It was great, ok maybe not the swim. Man alive the water was cold. It was my first swim in the ocean so I had already made peace that it was going to be difficult, but I must say that the kelp leopard crawling and sea water breathing had me wondering a bit. I boy did I wonder, I really need to get my own wetsuit and do more Ocean swimming – I tend to zig-zag a lot.
When I came out of the water the announcer was commending us on our times, oh I thought,really?
Getting to my bike I was motivated by the fact that there were still so many bikes left.
I took a moment to breath and then I gave it gas. Gunning it up and down the 4 10km laps I was only passed by a few hard-core looking cyclists in their super bikes.
Things were looking good.
Until I hit the transition. What? All the bike still here. No way that many people passed me or that so many people were still in the water, hmmm.
Anyway the run went very well, in spite of the fact that my stomach wanted to run along side me.
All in all I was impressed. The swim could have been improved by 10 mins, and the run by 5 mins, but hey I was not trying to kill my self.
Swim : 00:25:45
Bike : 01:21:04
Run : 00:47:33
The PnP Argus Cycle Tour
11th March 2012. Wow. What a way to finish the cycling season (for me)!! I was able to motivate a better seeding because of my history and the difference the 99er made. I moved from a 9:24am start to a 06:55 start. Huge considering the heat and the riders around me.
My goal was 4hrs. Have take the route in a moderate fashion the week before I was a bit reasonable in my goal.
Maybe a tad bit to reasonable.
The start had me struggling to find a group that I could stick with. A couple times I had to scramble to stay with them as they filtered through slower groups.
At the top of Chapman’s Peak I realized that I was going to smash my goal so I jumped off and had a quick drink (also because I was very aware that my bottles were running low) and took the decent easy.
My finishing time was 3hours 32 minutes. Something I could never have imagined.
So training does pay off
The Path Forward
Running is my priority as I aim for my first ever Marathon in July (Knysna)
First up on that path is the 2Oceans Half Marathon (next year I intend to compete in the ultra)
The very importantly follows the JonkersHoek 30km extreme trail run. Important because I see this as an ultimate challenge. Trouble is all the compulsory equipment and it’s cost implications – I must still find a suitable hydration pack.
Of course I will be back for JailBreak, but this time the 70.3 version. Or if the talk is true, then the even longer version.
After that, God willing, calf willing and finances willing, IronMan SA in April 2013.