Now what!?

It has been 5 tough weeks of getting up very early to get in a cycle and stay up to speed with the Virgin Active Epic Battle challenges. Seeing that I am not really partaking in any significant event other than the 109km Cape Town

This initiative by Virgin Active has been brilliant. When is the next one?

This initiative by Virgin Active has been brilliant. When is the next one?

Cycle Tour and 55km Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB, I grabbed the opportunity to follow some specific riding goals when Virgin Active announced their Cape Epic Strava / API based challenges and to stand a chance to win a 2018 Absa Cape Epic entry.

Or maybe I just missed coach Alasdair Garnett from The Practice telling me what to do each day in the lead up to the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. Perhaps I missed the suffering or got tired of aimlessly wondering / riding through the streets and trails of the Western Cape. Anyway, I think the concept is brilliant and it certainly helped me to get focused and sort of fitting into my clothes again. (PS: some feedback of the ‘fight’ with the Fashion Police at work – they are apparently slowly but surely getting my dress code

Fortunate to have the Table Mountain Trails & Greenbelt open for us for riding in Cape Town and played a part in getting that altitude required in the challenge

Fortunate to have the Table Mountain Trails & Greenbelt open for us for riding in Cape Town and played a part in getting that altitude required in the challenge

up to their standards).

 

Over the 5-week period there was a speed, 100km minimum, once off elevation, total distance and total altitude ride with different criteria in each to achieve to qualify for the draw of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic

Well done Dom. Conquering Chappies from Noordhoek side. Ready for the Cape Town Cycle Tour!

Well done Dom. Conquering Chappies from Noordhoek side. Ready for the Cape Town Cycle Tour!

entry. After 48.7 hours and 919km all these goals were achieved. Now we wait and see.

 

As a general aimless wanderer with most things in my life it great to have ‘someone’ tell me I need to achieve this and that and it just shows that when training it helps to have goals and plans. One is more focused to achieve something, well I am. Tell me what to do and I will go out and do it! (Probably in my own way)

Early morning in Camps Bay meeting Mr. Andrew Norman for what turned out to be an awesome ride in the rain.

Early morning in Camps Bay meeting Mr. Andrew Norman for what turned out to be an awesome ride in the rain.

 

What challenge is next, I’m not sure. This weekend I am doing the mountain bike leg of the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite as part of the Drug Free Sport / I Play Fair team of South African Institute of Drug Free Sport CEO, Khalid Galant and prominent Drive Time KFM Radio Presenter Rob Vember. So, no pressure in me performing. Just kidding, we are out and out going to have some fun and create awareness for Drug Free Sport. Let see how my 14km MTB Sprint goes. Good luck Khalid with the swim and Rob with the run (hopefully you don’t wait too long for me). Thanks Nikki Ferreira for putting this all-in place, as they say: Just Add Milk (Let’s see that Social Media happening)

 

The Trainee - There will be no wind on the 12th of March and you will complete the Cape Town Cycle Tour Dominique

The Trainee – There will be no wind on the 12th of March and you will complete the Cape Town Cycle Tour Dominique

Now back to ‘student’ Dominique de Lauwere and her journey to her 1st Cape Town Cycle Tour. Over the last few weeks I took Dom on parts of the route for her to experience the different climbs and descents to realise that she can ride it. Riding the Cycle Tour does not have to be a sprint and one should manage your expectations and the goal of the 1st one is to finish and not worry about time, especially if training time has been limited and work interfered with the training program.

I’m sure Dom will be fine a she has shown the determination and will

The Riding Group, coach, trainee and Nairo Quintana (what are hills Jacky McClean?)

The Riding Group, coach, trainee and Nairo Quintana (what are hills Jacky McClean?)

to do it, whilst also enjoying the cycling (And we miss our other riding partner – you know who you are Jacky M). One day of grit for 109km and getting as much time as possible on the bike in the next two weeks before the ride on the 12th, whilst also not overdoing it with too much exertion of too long and tough rides. Now Dom has been keen for training rides no matter how hard the wind is blowing and or the daunting tasks of going up Chappies and Suikerbossie climbs for the first time. I believe this will and determination to do it will stand you in good stead Dom and get you to the finish line. (If not I will retire as a cycling adviser and go back to talking about front row play in rugby)

 

In a previous life at work we discussed targets and goals and Mr. Shane Colloty was always adamant that a target is something one hits and a goal is something you want to achieve.

The Virgin Active Challenge is finished, so now what!? What is next? (No Thinus! I am not doing a triathlon). The search is on for the next set of goals….

I rode the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race recently and realised that every extra kg on the bike makes a difference - no more Pistachio ice cream

I rode the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race recently and realised that every extra kg on the bike makes a difference – no more Pistachio ice cream

Just thought I'd share and early morning sunrise on my way to work

View 1: Just thought I’d share and early morning sunrise on my way to work

View 2: Always great scenery riding over Chapmans Peak, especially on a beautiful that like this one was

View 2: Always great scenery riding over Chapmans Peak, especially on a beautiful that like this one was

View 3: The view from behind of the R304 outside Stellenbosch

View 3: The view from behind of the R304 outside Stellenbosch

The facial expression says it all with nearly 1600m of climbing on the 55km route of which most was single track at the Simonsberg Contour Ride - eina!

The facial expression says it all with nearly 1600m of climbing on the 55km route of which most was single track at the Simonsberg Contour Ride – eina!

Sexy legs. Especially the one with...with the Wines2Whales socks on

Sexy legs. Especially the one with…with the Wines2Whales socks on

Energy Management

11053516_10152591360285951_926697713234113573_nThe 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

Fire raging above Swaanswyk in Tokai

Fire raging above Swaanswyk in Tokai

Smoke from the fire in Tokai on Wednesday

Smoke from the fire in Tokai on Wednesday

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)

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M3 was standing still and the whole of Tokai cover in smoke

 

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

Breakfast ride with Marius Hurter, Kirsten Curtis, Anthony van Schalkwyk, Caroline van Schalkwyk, Phat Boy, Rob Kucera & Grant Curtis

Breakfast ride with Marius Hurter, Kirsten Curtis, Anthony van Schalkwyk, Caroline van Schalkwyk, Phat Boy, Rob Kucera & Grant Curtis

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Turning at the top of Suikerbossie. If only we knew what would transpire we should have gone up Chappies

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

The breakfast and talk by Marius on his preparation for the Absa Cape Epic and other endurance events as a non pro and bigger built person

The breakfast and talk by Marius on his preparation for the Absa Cape Epic and other endurance events as a non pro and bigger built person

If I'm not smiling on this photo at the finish of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB it is because energy was depleted due to non coherence to the energy management principal

If I’m not smiling on this photo at the finish of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB it is because energy was depleted due to non coherence to the energy management principal

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 …

It is what it is ;)

The heading is especially for my friend Nikki.

The time is now and as I am typing this blog post a I’m slightly concerned that I might not be prepared sufficiently for the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB event this Sunday and the road race on the 8th of March. That rolling over in bed option rather than getting out on the bike seems to have won more than it should have, and if you weight challenged like me you need all the quality preparation you can get when entering these events. Anyway, never having been scared of a challenge (besides going on blind dates) I should be ready to rock and roll or is that push and pedal…

 

We have a bike display at The Westin Cape Town for the period of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Absa Cape Epic - go check it out if you can

We have a bike display at The Westin Cape Town for the period of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Absa Cape Epic – go check it out if you can. Some great prizes to be won

I blame having send my mountain bike in for some tender loving care and being a week without it for not getting out there, not feeling the road bike vibe and bored of the gym has made me reluctant to be active. I know, lame excuse.  Eating habits have also not been great.

 

The next few weeks will be busy with all the activation around the events of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Absa Cape Epic and hopefully the Cape Doctor would not be blowing too bad over this period.  Good luck to everyone participating in these events and I hope your preparation & training has been good.

 

Fantastic to see my tyre brand as official tyre supplier of the Absa Cape Epic. Rubena (Mitas)

Fantastic to see my tyre brand as official tyre supplier of the Absa Cape Epic. Rubena (Mitas)

So I have also been trying the running thing, outdoors that it, on an on and off basis and I’ve realised just how tough I have made it for myself by not being too active over recent years and especially running. Running always meant knee and back pain for me, and to confess, that has not changed at all is I have fought through numerous painful experiences of back and knee(s), coupled with tight calves and sore ankles in trying to get this whale body into running shape – a running event looms in the near future. Don’t want to reveal too much for fear of failure – but you know I will try and push all the way to do it. Can’t change anything up to know, the training is (was) what it is and can only go out and do it.

 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
~ Henry Ford

Harvesting in Tokai forest has limited access to the trails

Harvesting in Tokai forest has limited access to the trails

Celebrated my birthday on my bike in the forest (before the Cape Town 10's and cold beer option were explored in the afternoon. Wasn't a good day for my diet)

Celebrated my birthday on my bike in the forest (before the Cape Town 10’s and cold beer option were explored in the afternoon. Wasn’t a good day for my diet)