Freewheeling Uphill

Getting back into cycling, or for the matter any form of exercise is not easy as my girlfriend/partner/__?__  Dominique (Dom) has recently discovered (The WHAT now!?). Andrew Norman and I are currently in training for the Race2Nowhere taking place on the 8th of December in McGregor and as we are of the bigger built human variety, we do need all the training we can get. Needless to say we planned a ride last Saturday and Dom willingly joined us for the ride. Now information on the ride may have been relayed to her slightly incorrectly. I love with her and enjoy every moment we are together, on and off the bicycle, and spending time riding is something I look forward to.

As the Cape Town Cycle Tour team reunited and we encompassed on our ride the realisation soon set in for her that this won’t be an easy ride for the first time back on the bicycle on quite a (long) while. We rode from Sea Point in Cape Town to the top of Chapman’s Peak and back (Only 54km with 723m of climbing where the ride was sold to her (I won’t name names) as an easy 40km ride).

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The Three Must Have Beers at Chapman’s Peak summit. Some were smiling and some were smiling a little less (It was windy)

Needless to say we weren’t very popular as the tiredness set in and especially on the return having to conquer the infamous Suikerbossie climb. Let’s just say freewheeling uphill were on the cards whilst others might had to peddle harder and working on their bike skills steering one handed uphill. And this after the wind towards the top of Chappies forced a certain member of our group to a stand still having to walk through the hurricane strength wind to the top resulting on no sort of freewheeling uphill and full on peddling downhill. But Kudos to my love as she persevered to the event even through experiencing Whale spotted hallucinations in the ocean, road curb brushing/bashing and non-church going language to complete the ride in one piece, but with a smile on her face. The rest of the day was subsequently taken as a rest day. Some might say I planned the ride in this manner to pacify any planned activities in order to be able to watch all the international rugby on TV that afternoon. I vehemently deny that! (Watching all that rugby was awesome:) ) Andrew and myself did do another ride on the Sunday to keep the legs going before doing the manly thing and attending a Christmas Craft Gift Market with the female of the species.

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We had a post work ride this week which was great and now just to continue with the trend. Apparently we are riding the Cycle Tour again in 2019.

I jest, but when getting back into training the only thing is to keep on doing it as it will become easier the more one does the specific activity and the recovery of the body also becomes quicker and in my case it means I might have someone being able to watch the rugby with me. There is no such thing as freewheeling uphill, unfortunately one has to put in the effort and train for those uphill obstacles on and off the bike. It’s great to have Dom back on the bicycle and enjoying being out there riding. I just love it and it makes me happy.

 

I had an unforeseen challenge with my mountain bike as my remote shock connector on the shock broke and as a result had to get it fixed. In doing so the mechanics were unable to remove my shock as the bolts seems to have bent. (Don’t call me fat). Long story short (to quote a friend) the threat was there that my frame could break as the last resort was to hammer out the bolts. It was quite a stressful time as I waited in anticipation for the guys to attempt this delicate thunderous process. Should the frame break my only recourse would to go back to running, which was so 1980’s for me.

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Happy to be back on the mountain bike and be able to enjoy the Constantia Green Belt Trails after work. Thank you for all sorting out my shock.

Fortunately the bicycle shop got it out, the shock got serviced and I am back on the bicycle to create the next challenge for the bike shop as my bigger built physique adds more strain on all the pivot points of the bicycle. A big thank you to team at (Richard, Sean and the boys) Freewheel Cycology and Steve at Omnico (Fox) for making sure I can go riding again and keep myself and Dom on the bicycle and out in nature.

See you all at the Race2Nowhere (only doing the 68km) in December.

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The ride that bought me rugby watching time

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The Nut House…

Stranded on the side of the road with broken chain not much fun, at least I got to say howzit to Dave Bellairs traing for the Unogwaja Challenge (www.unogwajachallenge.com)

Stranded on the side of the road with broken chain not much fun, at least I got to say howzit to Dave Bellairs traing for the Unogwaja Challenge (www.unogwajachallenge.com)

Stardate 92679.49, the day the world have changed forever. Not sure if it is something I ate, or all the bumps on my head from playing rugby or just plain stupidity. It seems that I somehow got myself into running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon – more like half crazy – WTF. Talking about crazy, the reason I’m probably going to be running, well shuffling through it is because the mad hatters of Vik Norval and Richard Walker (The boys from Creative Workshop) are doing it, and I just could not let these two be out there alone. The world, in this case, the runners, need protection from these two individuals. Good on ya boys, now don’t pull out as you will then force me to do the same. Many years we worked at there, now we can be demanding afterwards. And no Vik, we will not start the run with a Tequila, on the other hand maybe I should speak to my mates at Red Bull….Tequila Red Bull to start with…

 

STOP, before you go that route; I won’t stop mountain biking. That is still my preferred choice of burning fat of this athlete in trainings body, the best way! Further details will follow as we will actually be running for a cause as well. Yes Shane Colloty, you might see the irony in that once announced – exclusively on this blog.

I know it is different running, but perhaps Ryan Sandes would have some pointers for me, because 21km would be a serious endurance run for me. Yes I know, just lose another 15kg’s. But seriously, any advice will do, as per a previous blog, I just started with 5km runs and that is still extremely painful. I have to use the Sklz foam roller intensively to remove the stiffness in those extremely powerful, and well build mountain bike calves of mine. Did someone say stretching…

 

On a lighter side, got back on the road bike last weekend where we started at The Westin Cape Town and did a circle route to the Southern Peninsula with Rob and Thinus. The weather was great, the company was great and the ride was going well, that is until, the abovementioned calves was also too strong for a road bike chain. Result – broken chain at the start of the climb on Chapman’s Peak on the way back to Cape Town. There was no ways I was going to miss the planned breakfast at The Westin with a Weiss Bier I could taste at 6am already when we started the ride (Thanks for the breakfast Rob) Thanks Willie for coming out to fetch me all the way out and for Belia to allow you to drive that far out of Camps Bay. Anyway, the chain break could also have been the result of my chain not having been cleaned in probably 6 to 7 months, or who knows since when.

Colourful on top of Chappies with Thinus Crafford, Rob Kucera and myself (the white is not flattering or flattening my stomach)

Colourful on top of Chappies with Thinus Crafford, Rob Kucera and myself (the white is not flattering or flattening my stomach)

No Phat Boys here to block the view

No Phat Boys here to block the view

Rookie mistake, so here it is: how to look after your road bike chain:

“When mechanics talk about lubing a chain, what we mean is adding lubrication in between the side plates and under the center roller. Lube any place else serves no positive purpose. Unless you consider a grotesquely embarrassing mess a positive. Anytime you lube your chain you should let it soak in for a few minutes and wipe off as much of the excess as possible. Then wipe the chain off again after your ride. And again after the next ride. There’s no need to add more lube until your chain starts squeaking.” http://www.bicycling.com/maintenance/repair-maintenance/3-super-easy-things-your-bike-mechanic-wishes-you-would-do

No tar in sight!

No tar in sight on this KTM!

Unwell… week and a bit

Unwell… week and a bit

This last week I had to spend some time on the road bike racking up the hours and kilometres. I’ve been most of my training by my lonesome self and this week was really tough as you leave your house in pitch darkness facing the early morning chill and wind. It was not fun and for some reason I found myself singing (in your head as one do, come now, everybody does it) Unwell from Matchbox 20.Unwell

“All day staring at the ceiling
Making friends with shadows on my wall
All night hearing voices telling me
That I should get some sleep
Because tomorrow might be good for something

Hold on
Feeling like I’m headed for a breakdown
And I don’t know why

But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell
I know right now you can’t tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you’ll see
A different side of me
I’m not crazy, I’m just a little impaired
I know right now you don’t care
But soon enough you’re gonna think of me
And how I used to be…me

I’m talking to myself in public
Dodging glances on the train
And I know, I know they’ve all been talking about me
I can hear them whisper
And it makes me think there must be something wrong with me
Out of all the hours thinking
Somehow I’ve lost my mind”

And so it goes on! Have I lost my mind, riding the Absa Cape Epic and having to go through all this in training, I’m I crazy – riding in the dark, cold and wind by myself and on a freaking road bike!

I really had to dig deep to ride in the dark, cold and wind that was worse than Sunday’s Cycle Tour weather and even deeper on Thursday when I had to do 4 and a half hours with loads of work to be done at the office.

4 and a half hour ride on Thursday - had to dig deep to keep on going

4 and a half hour ride on Thursday – had to dig deep to keep on going

Talking to myself I had to convince myself to hang in there for just a week and bit to get to the start. I’ve come this far in putting in hours and hours of training not to let it slip so close to the start of the Absa Cape Epic. Bite the bullet, dig deep, talk and whisper to yourself than you can do it. Although you are so gatvol (fed up) of getting up early and training (I just want to go out and ride my bike and not do intervals or hill repeats!).

Saying that all the hard work has paid off and Swen definitely got me into great shape, now it’s just to fight the nervous that has crept in and mentally be strong and ready to take on the challenge.

So no heading for a breakdown or being unwell – I’ll just keep on talking to myself one pedal at a time. Yes, I am nervous.

For Nikki – only 9 days to go!

 

Speeding away at misty Cliffs at the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour

Speeding away at misty Cliffs at the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour

Flying up Chapman's Peak!  Is consuming a Red Bull at the Ferreira's alongside the road considered doping - cause I had wings going up!

Flying up Chapman’s Peak! Is consuming a Red Bull at the Ferreira’s alongside the road considered doping – cause I had wings going up!