Crawling out of the shadows

So with the 2014 Absa Cape Epic successfully completed I now suddenly find myself lost at sea looking for motivation to keep on going. I have managed to get back on the bike again this week but with winter approaching and lack of light in the mornings I had to do short and quick rides after work. Not ideal to dodge peak hour traffic on tar when you want to get to the mountains. Anyway, I think I’m still recovering as most of the body and mind feel rested although the legs still feel a bit tame. The biggest challenge has been to adapt to be riding without a plan, no set activities and goals for each day, so that next major challenge is still out there looming.

What mud and what granny gear - One there was and one not

What mud and what granny gear – One there was and one not

Another thing I have to get used to again, is getting back a social life as I don’t need to be up at – like freaking early – to go ride and be late for work, so I don’t fall asleep before 9pm anymore. I can now at least keep my eyes open a little bit longer and can go out and have a light beer if I feel like it. It’s a whole new mind set after months and months of dedicated training. Don’t get me wrong, the whole Absa Cape Epic experience was amazing and the buzz of the event made it go by way too fast.

Training for the whole event was a life changing phase for me as I lost, the now infamous 30 odd kilograms, in preparation (Thanks Dan Nicholl for telling the whole world I was fat!) and is now faced with another life changing challenge – what next?

On stage interview with Dan Nicholl on JAG Foundation

On stage interview with Dan Nicholl on JAG Foundation

Find the helmet

Find the helmet

Ironman SA or 70.3 like my friend Chantel Rall (Well done on an awesome achievement Chantel! #Inspirational!), uhm can I swim with floating arm bands and can someone teach me how to run again (I think I did that last in the previous millennium). So maybe a no, or maybe Enduroman which is off road triathlon, but I still would have to learn to swim and run. Maybe I should give Xterra Grabouw a try as individual participant – dammit -which means I still have to learn to swim and run…

Back to crawling out of the shadows and into a social life again, it’s tough if you have been out of circulation to get back into the mix of attending events and socialising, but I am positive this is a barrier I will easily overcome – Life changing again.

It has been a great journey this far for me and to have been able to ride for the JAG Foundation at the Absa Cape Epic was a great privilege as they through Values, Goals and Dreams, offer Children in disadvantaged communities an alternative life path, imparted through the catalyst of Sport & Play – a powerful life changing combination.

Again thanks to Michael Meyer and his team from Stillwater Sports and Entertainment that nudged me onto this journey and the support they have given me since then. To the whole team a big thank you and see you at the next event. It has been a privilege to be involved with your organisation as I made a lot of great friends through this.

To Kevin Vermaak and his team (who incidentally was the only spectators with the Stillwater crew waiting for me to finish the infamous 2011 Wines2Whales in a record long time) for putting together an amazing world class event in the Absa Cape Epic (I bet Kevin never thought he would see me ride the Absa Cape Epic then)

To Greg James for agreeing to ride the Absa Cape Epic with me and to Greg and the JAG Foundation for giving me to opportunity to ride for JAG, it has been an amazing journey and keep up the good work in the communities. And obviously to KTM Bike Industries for my amazing bike that gave me no issues during the event and to Rubena tyres that kept its grip during all conditions and me not having one puncture.

2014 Absa Cape Epic finish at Lourensford Wine Estate with riding partner Greg James. Thanks for the guidance through the race Greg

2014 Absa Cape Epic finish at Lourensford Wine Estate with riding partner Greg James. Thanks for the guidance through the race Greg

To all my friends for the support and understanding, I missed you, or is that the ribs and beer at The Toad  I’m not going to name everyone now – you know who you are.

To coach Swen Lauer, thanks for getting me into shape to finish the Absa Cape Epic. You are a legend and it has been epic. Now to keep going…
26-27 April – Arabella Challenge
3-4 May – Houw Hoek Tour
12-14 September – Ride2Nowhere (Woohoo!)
27 -28 September – Grace2Grace
14-16 October – Berg & Bush Great Trek
7 – 9 November – FNB Wines2Whales (HOPEFULLY – hint – hint – wink)

Till I found what I’m looking for – Not So Phat Boy out and onto the social scene!

PS: Mike Finch – what’s the bidding at now for my glasses?

Transformation from barely cycling at all, to deciding to ride the Absa Cape Epic end of 2012 after conquering the FNB Wines2Whales Adventure

Transformation from barely cycling at all, to deciding to ride the Absa Cape Epic end of 2012 after conquering the FNB Wines2Whales Adventure

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