All About The Nerve(s)

With the Cape Town Cycle Tour around the corner I must admit that I am slightly nervous for what lies ahead. Not because I am nervous about the event, or the 35,999 people around you or my limited fitness, all because I’m not sure how my body will react since the recovery from the hernia and damaged nerve is still a work in progress. The power of the right leg is still severely lacking and the legs does get tired and sore when ridig. I.e. not being able to stand unsupported on my right leg by its own is a bit of a hindrance. The biggest is being how my body will hold up and cope over the 108km.

Blast from the past. My first ever Cycle Tour in 2011 with my mate, Evert Ferreira (pictured right) and Christo Engelbrecht. I could not use my hands for three weeks afterwards. Carpal Tunnel syndrome and pinched nerves (Did someone say bike setup)

What is most exciting is that I can finally support Dom de Lauwere in her 2nd first attempt of the Cape Town Cycle Tour after making it to the start chute in 2017 before being blown away and the event as such being cancelled. This time round it looks like fine weather with 4 days to go. So now to take out the road bike and dusting it off to take up the challenge. Ground Hog day as we will line up again with Mr. Andrew Norman who will join us on our excursion

Happiness at the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge. Not entirely sure if that was due to being back riding her bike with me or the prospect of a free coffee 🙂 Love it!

in exploring the scenic route of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Really looking forward to a fun day out and a MUST is the peaches and custard mix for the ride – can’t wait. Watch this space or follow on Instagram @Ridder7 or Twitter @hans_de_ridder for on the day updates. (Is one allowed to stop for beer on the route?)
So stoked to be sharing in De Lauwere’s first attempt and being with her from the start as she attempts her maiden tour. (I am sure there must be some huge nervousness on her side as well, especially with the sometimes-helping hand not as available and capable as previously, but without a doubt I know Dom will reach the finish line of the Cape Town Cycle Tour come Sunday 11 March 2018)

Unclear if good wine and good braai food has anything to do with Discovery thinking I am fat #love2braai

After doing my Discovery Vitality assessment at the end of last week, they kindly enough send me an invitation to join their weight loss program. Not entirely sure how to take that… Do I look fat to them, did my jeans make me look fat, was my plumber area showing when I bent down (I know this can be offensive aka the butt crack), all and all this did make me feel a little fragile so a whole Gatsby sandwich had to be consumed on Sunday (no details will be shared on how many Gatsby’s between myself and De Lauwere and how big it or they were).

Saying that, my clothes have shrunk, and the scale did not have enough digits to measure my current state. Time to reflect and focus on regaining the lean PhatBoy weight. Stop the laziness, get out on the bike and in the gym, no more second helpings, fight off the carb temptations and stretch those clothes to size again.

Hoping the sun will shine through on this Silly one on Sunday hoping she will have an amazing Cape Town Cycle Tour #nowind (Slanghoek Valley)

Getting back to the grind of my training regime will take some dedication and commitment. Nothing that hasn’t been done before. This time just with a slightly different challenge of the malfunctioning nerve and communication error between the brain and the right leg/foot.

Wishing everyone riding a great cycle tour and those doing the Cape Epic, I am a little envious but also a little less broke perhaps than most riding. Maybe 2019 again once the Lotto has been won.
Finding events to do in 2018 is a must seeing that I can’t do the ones we are organising (ENTER NOW AND SUPPORT ME – FNB Magalies Monster, Fedhealth MTB Challenge & Origin of Trails), so we’d have to look at the Gravel and Grape, Ride2Nowhere, perhaps Die Burger MTB Challenge and hopefully will be lucky enough to somehow find an entry into the Wines2Whales. Perhaps I should venture into different sport options like attempting an Impi Challenge with my mates. I am a very good team manager…

 

 

Getting some time in the saddle in Slanghoek on my birthday treat weekend away. Thx DDL (Broken by Pinot Noir Hill)

Exploring some more of the Slanghoek Valley

Riding with De Lauwere in Jonkershoek. Waterfall climb was a breeze…did it twice on two different bikes (And slap in the face from the Silly one 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

The Eikenhof Dam during the Fedhealth XTERRA. The Elgin Grabouw Country Club’s awesome food had nothing to do with my current Discovery weight fracas ala Quinton de Kock and David Warner

Miyagi Son …

“Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go

Mr Miyagi or Homer Simpson's Life Philosophy or both?

Mr Miyagi or Homer Simpson’s

home. Understand?”  – Mr. Miyagi

 

Quote significance: Balance is a double meaning word, you need balance to stand up and not fall, but you need balance in your life areas, or else your life will become unstable.

 

As some loyal readers (the one or two of you out there) might have noticed that I have not posted anything on this blog in quite a while. I have no excuse other than laziness in creativity and exercise. I am still trying to find that one new event to train towards but also wants to add some balance to my bachelor life in doing more ‘other’ stuff and not just train. To find the balance, that is the question.

Festive Season. Food. Fermented Beverages. Friends. Fun. Fatter. (Good fun at the girls'"book club"year end function with Matt,Toby, Rob and Ev

Festive Season. Food. Fermented Beverages. Friends. Fun. Fatter. (Good fun at the girls'”book club”year end function with Matt,Toby, Rob and Ev

Now since 2016 I have managed to let my eyes wonder over a few pieces of food and to be honest my secret ability of extracting nutrients, specifically fat, from food by just look at it is still very much active. I can either blame this super power of mine for the few extra kilograms I collected since last year this time or if I must it could have been my love of craft beer and good food over the festive season. But then I would have to blame my friends and I can’t do that.

Those beers again. Will miss my mate Rob on our weekend MTB rides and that compulsory beer stop. Good luck with the new venture Kuc!

Those beers again. Will miss my mate Rob on our weekend MTB rides and that compulsory beer stop. Good luck with the new venture Kuc!

It is scary how easy one can fall back into old habits in not watching and controlling what one eats. “These few beers won’t make a difference. I really feel like a chocolate. It is holidays after all, go for it. This is yummy, let’s have some more.” You get the picture. On the positive side, I have kept myself active and fitness is not a problem – only gravity…

 

My friend and weekly MTB riding partner Rob has taken up a huge

Proof that I did get out a rode during the holidays. Here with the Norman's, Trystan, Andrew and Rob Kucera

Proof that I did get out a rode during the holidays. Here with the Norman’s, Trystan, Andrew and Rob Kucera

working opportunity in Uganda and I would like to wish him and his family all the best with this new venture with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. I am sure it would be a huge success Rob and we will hopefully come visit Kampala soon to try out the local beer and mountain bike trails (oh and Tiger fishing).

 

That all serious training ride post work with Dom and Jacky. Was super cool girls. Keep on riding

That all serious training ride post work with Dom and Jacky. Was super cool girls. Keep on riding

Now I am no expert in the ways of cycling and or exercise, but as regular readers and followers of my journey (the 2 of you) know is that I have been through a lot in my cycling and fitness adventure so I might have picked up some hints and tips along the way. This brings me to a new chapter in my journey, that as advise giver and helper (I would not say mentor) in the girls at the office’s training program towards riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour. It has been super fantastic to assist and give advice where I can to Dominique de Lauwere who is new to our cycling sport but very enthusiastic. It is super to depart

Spot the 1st timer on top of Chappies. Well done Dom and thanks for joining us on the ride Mr. Norman

Spot the 1st timer on top of Chappies. Well done Dom and thanks for joining us on the ride Mr. Norman

with the little knowledge I have, especially to someone appreciative and eager to learn and do well, working towards that goal of finishing the Cape Town Cycle Tour with training partner and colleague Jacky McClean, all part of our little office training group.  Keep going Dom and Jax – you will do great. Put in the time in the saddle now and you will be more than fine come Cape Town Cycle Tour time.

 

Now besides all that, training wise, and the return to early morning alarms to go outside and burn fat there is also still the unresolved issues with the in-office Fashion Police. It has been tough to keep up with what is acceptable and not acceptable apparel to clothe myself in. Contributing factors being the fluctuating body measurements due the

Apparently these #shoesmustfall Very scared that the Fashion Police gets a hold of my credit card

Apparently these #shoesmustfall Very scared that the Fashion Police gets a hold of my credit card

festive season activities and other external factors like good food and craft beer, has made it difficult to live up to the standards set by the Fashion Police, aka Sarah Marx and Lauren de Wet. I do feel the pressure, and acceptance within the social group and volatile office ecosystem, so a shopping spree is inevitable…

 

That being it, really looking forward to the next few weeks of training and riding my bike with Dom, Jacky and whomever joins us in the lead up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour. That whole balance thing of training to keep in shape and in the wardrobe whilst living live and eating healthy is quite a challenge…and to part with knowledge is stressful and dangerous, especially if you might not know much…

Kucera, looking forward to our next ride at the Tygerberg MTB Trails. In the mean time have a blast in Kampala with the new Radison Blu in Kampala, Uganda

Kucera, looking forward to our next ride at the Tygerberg MTB Trails. In the mean time have a blast in Kampala with the new Radison Blu in Kampala, Uganda

Christmas gift - these amazing rh+ gloves. Love them

Christmas gift – these amazing rh+ gloves. Love them

After that insane fall - great to have conquered the Cobra Kuc. #MTBFun

After that insane fall – great to have conquered the Cobra Kuc. #MTBFun

Craft Beer, so good! If only it was carb free ;)

Craft Beer, so good! If only it was carb free 😉

The View.

The View.

A Grande Cappuccino to start a Monday post Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort

A Grande Cappuccino to start a Monday post one of our events, Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort

When you climb up Tokai Mountain after a 116km road ride the previous day - it slightly hurts

When you climb up Tokai Mountain after a 116km road ride the previous day – it slightly hurts

Dominique de Lauwere - Keep on training/riding and you will have a super Cape Town Cycle Tour. #MustHaveFun

Dominique de Lauwere conquering Chapmans Peak – Keep on training/riding and you will have a super Cape Town Cycle Tour. #MustHaveFun

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!