That ONE Run!

Now there is a legend of Fernando the Goat keeper and that ONE goat, but perhaps this is not the platform to relay this story. Let’s just say me having done this ONE run does NOT make me a runner.

Evidence that I actually ran. I was just to cheap skate to pay the R72 to buy the photo :) Massive billboard on my chest for the Westin

Evidence that I actually ran. I was just to cheap skate to pay the R72 to buy the photo (www.jetlineactionphoto.com) 🙂 Massive billboard on my chest for the Westin

When I first decided to enter the FNB Cape Town 12 OneRun way back in February during my Absa Cape Epic training I was under the illusion that I would actually be running (if you can call what I do running) more and be in the ‘running’ shape to tackle the 12km with ease. But post Epic, as regular readers would know I had weekend after weekend of social commitments with some MTB stage races thrown in in-between. I know it has been a couple of weeks since the last time I blogged but it took that long for me to psychologically and mentally recoup after actually having completed the 12km run of which I thought I won’t be able to and be in much more pain that I actually was. The last time I ran was on the 12th of April for a full 4.1km, I was not prepared for this run.

 

Now the Saturday before the run myself and Rob Kucera were doing our weekly Mountain Bike Ride (Yes I know!

That ice cold beer after you just put yourself through physical and mental torture of an activity you don't 'really' enjoy - awesome

That ice cold beer after you just put yourself through physical and mental torture of an activity you don’t ‘really’ enjoy – awesome

Crazy you might think to go 50km mountain biking before this run that you have not train for) The peer pressure was on as there was no way I was going to get out of running the next day as Rob and the team from The Westin had already arranged so much for me to join them on the run. And it was not like I did not try not to run as I mentally argued with myself and thinking of reasons why I won’t be able to run the distance and complete the run, thinking of pain in the lower back and that right knee (that might need cartilage clearance soon). I even decided to play chicken with a tree on the Bloemslang downhill track, trying to shoulder it out of the way. Needless to say the tree won and I ended up tuck and sliding onto the ground spread out next to my KTM Scarp. No damaged done, but I did attempt to get out of it by suggesting to Rob that I think I should go for the concussion test (like in rugby) and concerned he asked if I am feeling light headed after the fall and I just had to admit that I’m just looking for ways not to run the 12km’s. So that option did not work either – I was doomed to run.

 

After arriving home from the 50km MTB ride I immediately put on my Skins recovery socks, I would need all the help I could get to be ready for this run. So up the next morning and off to The Westin Cape Town where we all met for breakfast and I immediately felt intimidated by all the skinny running people around me, but everybody was super supportive and encouraging and excitement actually was actually building to experience this run. I knew there was no way I could still get out of it when Michael Meyer from Stillwater Sports and event organiser came to wish me

Breakfast with some of The Westin team members and Super Marilize looking after us. From left: Myself, Anthony van Scalkwyk, Corné Krige, Marilize van Niekerk (soon to be runner) and Llewelyn

Breakfast with some of The Westin team members and Super Marilize looking after us. From left: Myself, Anthony van Scalkwyk, Corné Krige, Marilize van Niekerk (soon to be runner) and Llewelyn

good luck.

 

Off we went to the start and arriving at the venue you get caught into the excitement of seeing the 14,000 odd runners getting ready and filling the chutes. Somehow I got into start chute D which meant I was off at 9am and Rob was starting in batch E 8 minutes after us. I knew he would catch me; it was just a matter of when and where. Excitement was building and the nerves as well, fortunately I bumped into Shaun and Lizelle Peters who did it last year and told me I would be fine, just take it easy and run or walk, the whole experience is a jol and the vibe is amazing. Off we went and former Springbok captain Corné Krige and his mate Llewellyn, also running for the Westin was starting with me and I tried to stay with them for the first 200 meters and realised this will not work (Corné finished in 47mins). My plan upfront was to run 2mins and walk 1min and take it as it comes, but being swamped by all the runners around you pride kicked in and I decided that I could not walk that early, it would just be embarrassing and Rob will catch me earlier.

I decided that I would bite the bullet and only walk after 1km. 1km arrived and as I started walking, the woman

Awesome hotel and awesome people. Thanks for the travel arrangements to the start. Myself, Anthony, Rob (Mr. Olympic) and Andrea Kucera, Corné, Cecil and Llwelyn

Awesome hotel and awesome people. Thanks for the travel arrangements to the start. Myself, Anthony, Rob (Mr. Olympic) and Andrea Kucera, Corné, Cecil and Llwelyn

running next to me did the same. “Are you also doing the 7min run and 1 min walk?” No she was fairly attractive so the only thing I could think of to say that would not be embarrassing was – Yes. We chatting a bit whilst walking and I wished her good luck after the minute we spent together and thinking to myself – this sounds like a good idea. I will try it that way. It was the last time I saw her and after the third 7min run 1min walk I changed the programme to 6min run and 2mins walk – much better.  I stuck to this all the way to the end religiously and it worked perfectly ensuring that I did not put too much strain on my body running and recovering for 2mins to be ready for the next block (Rob caught me just before the 5km and went on to break the 1 hour mark). Only afterwards did I hear that the 7min/1min run is how 2015 female Comrades winner Caroline Wostmann ran.

 

Anyway it was great to see Marilize van Niekerk and the Westin Team shouting and supporting when we came past the hotel and the Bar Ones handed out was a gift of sugar for the last few kilometres (still hurts to say kilometres). Kudos to the Stillwater team for putting together this run as in the 2 years it has been going it has already become and iconic event and a must do in Cape Town, runner or no runner. The vibe is just amazing and the spirit very uplifting of all the runners and supporters along the route, perhaps I will make it TWO next year to break the stigma of that ONE.

Analysis of the torture ;)

Analysis of the torture 😉

Much appreciation to all at the Westin, Rob Marilize, Keaton and the whole team for looking after us runners (I use that word loosely). Live well, eat well, sleep well. A special mention to Andrea Kucera and Cecil Mitchell for being brave in taking on the run after committing during a wine lunch and for completing the run, Kudos and it just shows what can be done once you put your mind to it.

I finished the 12km (well 12.4km) in 1h26m and I could actually walk afterwards and to be honest surprised myself with being able to complete the run the way I did and relatively pain free as well.

See you all next year in the start cute! For now back to the Mountain Bike and forced indoor training due to winter settling in the Cape.

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!

The Running Whale

Imagine this – a BIG killer whale swim casually out of the ocean and then starts running onto Terra Firma (imagine it has legs). Have you pictured that yet? Well that was me this festive season as I suddenly and without prior notice realised my clothes have shrunk and in desperation I convinced myself to run… not sure though if it can be called running or even jogging – picture that BIG killer whale trying to run again – get the picture?  Sing it! “Every day I’m shuffling”

 

When one has time out on the mountain

When one has time out on the mountain

Early morning riding in Tokai

Early morning riding in Tokai

One forgets how easily one can fall back into old habits of, well eating too much and not sticking to portions, you know when the food really tastes good and you want more. Damn all those that cooked over the Festive Season and also those that introduced me to a certain brand of Ice Cream. Damn you! Oh and to all those that kept the beers ice cold for consumption, not sure you are my real friends anymore, all the braai’s and lazy summer sunny holiday days; it could be the reasons I gained some weight or what I believe is more likely is that my clothes shrunk over this period.

 

Enough of that, back to the result of running, believe it or not myself and my brother in law, Dirk Sieling went on the first (of only 4 so far) 5km runs the day after Christmas. Since then I have not been able to climb stairs properly as the Hulk has grabbed onto my calves and is still holding them tight in his hands – stiffness and pain galore. But I haven’t given up as I believe in changing up my cycling and training routine and jogging will be part of it going forward. To a limited degree of course as it will never replace mountain biking (Which I also did plenty of during the Festive Season).

 

How difficult it was to lose all that weight, so easy it seems it is to put it back on if one does not keep watch of what, or even more important, how much you eat even if you train and is still super fit. So my commitment for 2015 is to ‘un’ shrunk my clothes and get back to that epic shape I was in a year ago.

 

Having more time available (when not out eating too much food and enjoying a cold beverage) was fantastic which meant one could go riding whenever one wanted to, which I did whilst still eating too much. One could say my shrunken clothes are self-inflicted. Thanks to everyone that joined me on rides this holiday and to Dirk for actually running /shuffling twice with me.

 

Here is to wishing everyone a fantastic and fit 2015 and remember anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or stop going for that second helping, that also helps. And then a week after the Cape Town Cycle Tour, it seems I need to find events to keep me busy in February.

 

Next event is the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB on the 1st of March and hopefully by then I will be in pristine shape that does not include round.

Great quick ride from Cape Town up Chapmans peak and back with Willie du Plooy

Great quick ride from Cape Town up Chapmans peak and back with Willie du Plooy

Thinus Crafford took me on a hill climb ride of note. Strava climb challenge nearly done in 1 ride

Thinus Crafford took me on a hill climb ride of note. Strava climb challenge nearly done in 1 ride

That hilly ride Thinus Crafford took me on

That hilly ride Thinus Crafford took me on

Always beautiful at Silvermine Dam (Which I must probably go swimming in again soon)

Always beautiful at Silvermine Dam (Which I must probably go swimming in again soon)

Good to have had my mate Evert Ferreira back out on the bike again (Now is he one of those that had all those cold beverages in stock...?)

Good to have had my mate Evert Ferreira back out on the bike again (Now is he one of those that had all those cold beverages in stock…?)