No! It has nothing to do with seal clubbing or similar non approved activities.
Legend has it that in a one on one confrontation with a Polar Bear, Homo sapiens are most likely to lose, for obvious reasons that is – not in this case. As I rolled out of my warm and snug bed this morning after being awake for far too long before the insanely set alarm for 5am was supposed to go off, I just moaned and felt sorry for myself. You know, that question we all ask ourselves, why me?
Why do I have to be cursed to gain fat by just looking at other people eating something fatty, why me. But in the words of Bakkies Botha; “toughen up”, and that is what I did.
So using the warm water to wet my heart rate monitor nodes, yes hot water – such a beautiful thing, I continue to dress myself like I’m about to embark on an expedition to the North – or South Pole and in all the brightest neon colours (pity I didn’t take a photo, but imagine this, neon red compression socks to cover most of the exposed parts of the leg, white, blue and red iPlay fair bib shorts, neon green/yellow jacket to cover up the layers of base layer, arm warmers and cycling top) and the most important Polar bear repellent – my GribGrab Microfleece Cap. THE BEST! Warm ears – Fantasties! (That is Afrikaans for fantastic as Vik Norval would say).
Polar bear defeated as I got myself to go and ride in the cold and dark. After the weekends riding and experiencing that burning sensation in the lungs that I haven’t felt in ages I just decided that I had to get on the bike and out of the glass cage they call a gym. I need to up my game to keep up with my riding partner Thinus Crafford as a lot is at stake with the challenge we have thrown out to Rob Kucera and Andrew Rogers. And perhaps the fact that I have gained 3kg after the Absa Cape Epic could also have played a small role. Now to keep it up and watch each day become brighter earlier after the Winter Solstice that just passed. I still haven’t seen any Sloths out on the road, ordinary or sedentary…
It might not be the safest riding alone in the dark but who would mess with a neon coloured whale on a 29er KTM Mountain Bike.
PS: It seems it is coldest in the area where the rich people live; you know the area where the dog bit me, Consta….. oh, and if your mind set is right you can keep your training going through adverse conditions.
I started my comeback with a 35km ride this morning!