The theory and implementation of energy management – more about that later, let’s start off with the challenging week of devastation for so many in the Cape Peninsula region with the Cape Fire raging and destroying over 4000 hectares of vegetation and so forth. When I got up early last Sunday morning for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Mountain Bike event I saw this orange glow on the mountain and thinking to myself, shucks, fire on the mountain. Little did I know or think about was damage this little orange glow on the mountain would cause over the next few days. It is really sad to see this beautiful landscape being destroyed, and yes fires are a common occurrence and good for the vegetation etc. (Fynbos and fire) as stated by one of my friends on Facebook, it is just sad that the effect of this fire were on such a large scale and so to my friend living on the other side with a view of
Table Mountain, people were making a big hoo-ha about the fire as they were affected by it personally and not looking from afar. BIG KUDOS to the fireman, volunteers and all emergency services for doing their utmost to try and contain these runaway fires fuelled by the howling South Easter. You guys are all true heroes and I will ride the shortened Cape Town Cycle Tour out of respect and admiration for all you have done and solidarity shown in caring for your community and environment. (#Showyoucaresolidarityride)
Now a lot of people and animals were affected by this natural (or un-natural) disaster and your support is needed and required to help those affected. And myself getting along with most of the animal kind creatures, except snakes, spiders, crocodiles, house cats, mosquitos and some homo sapiens please pledge and support to Four Paws South Africa. Here is to the human spirit in never giving up!
Back to the energy management statement, so last Saturday morning I joined The Westin Cape Town, Rob Kucera and team for a breakfast ride with former Springbok rugby player and avid extreme endurance sport nutter, and a tighthead prop, Marius Hurter his endurance event participation. Now Marius does not stand back for a challenge and is once again taking on the Absa Cape Epic, this time with former Welsh number eight, Colin Charvis. During our ride some of our co-riders sprinted off and we started chatting about how some guys just go flat out and us bigger boys need to look after
ourselves and reserve our energy to make sure we get to the end of an endurance event, thus the energy management application or theory to not over exhort oneself if there is no need to. Like at the Absa Cape Epic – get off you bike and push it up the steep hill, no need to try and ride it, still a long way and many days left for instance. No need to rush if you are just riding to finish, why get the heart rate up too high, just unnecessary energy wasting. Anyway, if only I listened to myself and wasn’t brave and confident at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Mountain Bike on Sunday and pedalled up those steep short hills. Bad decision making like the Lions in the final few minutes against the Stormers, the result could have been different and so the same for me – at 40km there was this sudden brick wall across the trails that I hit flat on! And that was it, trying to recover after pushing oneself to this point is futile and I struggled to get myself to the 55km finish line, but I did and probably ate a week’s food in one afternoon. Never again will I break the code and push myself beyond the energy management limits. Our big boys like suffering, but within our own a
cceptable levels and we need to keep our diesel engines fuelled.
Good luck to everyone riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour sprint edition this Sunday, know that there are bigger issues than riding a bike for 109km’s and appreciate the fact that we will be able to ride at all. To all those doing the 2015 Absa Cape Epic, know that I am suffering from some serious FOMO and I hope all goes well for you all.
No to refuel after all this typing, did someone say T-Bone steak …