Blown Away

Apologies for not having posted something more regularly but it has been holidays and we tried to stay away from the computer as much as possible, but not from training and working on that weight loss goal, and oh yes not quite away from the ice cold beer in the holidays as well.

 

Training is going well and everyone asks me if I am ready for the Absa Cape Epic, I don’t think one will ever be ready. You can only train as much as you can and cleverly (thanks to coach Alasdair Garnett from The Practice) to ensure you are as best prepared as possible covering all the bases from Endurance to strength and hopefully by sticking to the training regimen the mental strength to keep on going gets tough.

Top of Dorstberg with my Han(S)olo ride over the weekend in 38 degrees heat. Tough out there

Top of Dorstberg with my Han(S)olo ride over the weekend in 38 degrees heat. Tough out there

With less than two months to go I must admit that I am getting slightly nervous. But enough of that, the last two weeks were quite intense and hard training and living in Cape Town the non-stop 40km plus South Easter wind that blew did not make going out early mornings for training any easier. But as the saying goes you can’t choose the weather at the Absa Cape Epic so it makes sense to go out and ride in whatever the weather throws at you and do the training required on the specific day. I must confess the 1st two days of being blown away I chose the “easier” option and forced myself indoors to Virgin Active and time on the WattBikes, since then I made myself an attitude adjustment and decided the wind won’t stop me from getting out there and doing the training that’s required. Can’t disappoint Training Peaks and have a red block popping up.

 

The base 2 & 3 training, strength with endurance has been tough and the hill repeats I had to do painful as I sadistically chose Price Drive In Constantia (one of the steepest roads in Cape Town) to do my repeats on. I did come close to losing the breakfast I did not have before the ride. It was painful. Enough of that, too many things happened in training since I last Blogged so I won’t bore you too much but choose the easy way out with posting photos.

 

The legs are hurting and tired, today is an off day and I am really appreciating that and ironically with stunning weather predicted for Cape Town this week I am scheduled to find myself in the gym for a few sessions this week indoors. On the 30th I will be doing the Ashburton Marathon at Meerendal Wine Estate on the 30th, just 107km’s to go with a bit of climbing. Let’s see what happens! Glad to report that it seems that my riding partner and other PhatBoy is on track with his training and ready to put me in the hurt locker on the bike…can’t wait! Remember to follow us once the event kicks off, Team Mitas KTM PhatBoys for 8 days of survival.

Top of Chapman's Peak saw me a couple of times over the holidays. Thanks for a great ride yesterday Wikkelspies!

Top of Chapman’s Peak saw me a couple of times over the holidays. Thanks for a great ride yesterday Wikkelspies!

 

Riding with the family up in Pretoria over Christmas

Riding with the family up in Pretoria over Christmas

Enjoy the photos and wishing everyone all the best for 2016. Live each day as your last.

My thoughts are with my friend Chantel Rall and her battle with Cancer, thinking a lot about you Chantz, be strong and keep on fighting. You know your # – F. .k

Always great riding round Cape Point

Always great riding round Cape Point

A quick stopover at our Creative Agency and friends

A quick stopover at our Creative Agency and friends

Caught up with Absa Cape Epic partner Thinus Crafford as we tackled Hoogekraal with maxed out temperature of 47 degrees

Caught up with Absa Cape Epic partner Thinus Crafford as we tackled Hoogekraal with maxed out temperature of 47 degrees

Showed the Joburger what the top of Chapman's Peak look like ;)

Showed the Joburger what the top of Chapman’s Peak look like 😉

Seen many of these - sunrises that is

Seen many of these – sunrises that is

Did numerous rides with these buggers. Thanks gents for spending time out on the trails. The compulsory selfie on top of Dorstberg with Willie and Rob

Did numerous rides with these buggers. Thanks gents for spending time out on the trails. The compulsory selfie on top of Dorstberg with Willie and Rob

View over Simon's Town from the top of Red Hill

View over Simon’s Town from the top of Red Hill

First time up Signal Hill with the bike and what a view

First time up Signal Hill with the bike and what a view

Always a great pic from the Blockhouse on Table Mountain

Always a great pic from the Blockhouse on Table Mountain

There was some time to socialise as well with actually 'watching' a Football match at The Toad

There was some time to socialise as well with actually ‘watching’ a Football match at The Toad

Enjoying that last holiday beer

Enjoying that last holiday beer

Cancer

Stopped over in Kalk bay to say howzit to my friend Hanli and have a look at the Ocean Deck Shop, home base of the I am Water Foundation

Stopped over in Kalk bay to say howzit to my friend Hanli and have a look at the Ocean Deck & Shop, home base of the I am Water Foundation

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