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.

Life happens…

Dear Diary it has been 4 weeks since any physical activity in the form of exercise that includes cycling and or cardio in the gym and I can only blame life. Having packed my bag for gym the previous night I tossed and turned this morning, I’m lying, I only turned and the decision was made that I did not feel like going to gym this morning – and yes my clothes are fitting a lot tighter than before. I will have to investigate the washing powder I am using as surely it has nothing to do with living the dream from entertaining clients at the Absa Cape Epic, flying to Taiwan for the Taipei Bike Show and or being sick with flu for the last week and a bit. Nothing I tell you.  Before I continue I would like to apologise to the readers I might have on this blog, as per the exercise I have been neglecting the writing as I need to find that inspiration again for both instances.

 

Riding with the JAGFoundation and the Ride4Change campaign with Stefan Sahm and Timo Cooper

Riding with the JAGFoundation – JAGRiders programme in Bonteheuwel – and the Ride4Change campaign with Stefan Sahm and Timo Cooper

Spending the day at Absa Cape Epic registration representing Mitas. Pictured here with David & Johan Labuschagne, Janka Stevkova, Pavel Nosek (Mitas Czech Republic), Yolande de Villiers and myself. Janka and Yolande from SasolRacing went on to finish 3rd in the Absa Cape Epic

Spending the day at Absa Cape Epic registration representing Mitas. Pictured here with David & Johan Labuschagne, Janka Stevkova, Pavel Nosek (Mitas Czech Republic), Yolande de Villiers and myself. Janka and Yolande from SasolRacing went on to finish 3rd in the Absa Cape Epic

Anyway no excuse as around the corner is the 4th annual Arabella Challenge followed by the Houwhoek Tour a week later, so needless to say gravity and fitness might play a factor as to how I perform at these events. These events are a must on my calendar and I won’t miss it for the world, so join us if you can. With winter encroaching us slowly here in Cape Town riding in the early mornings are becoming more and more challenging due to the cold and especially the darkness which plays a major factor in safety on the bike obviously. So finding that inspiration and digging deep to go out there has been a real challenge, I do blame the flu I picked up coming back from Taiwan though. No I did not wear the ‘mask’ as you commonly see out there. I did try the beer and some of the local cuisine. No factor in shrinking clothes. (Now if only I didn’t donate all my ‘bigger’ clothes after the 2014 Absa Cape Epic weight loss saga. Fortunately Lycra stretches)

 

The sights and sounds of Taipei at night

The sights and sounds of Taipei at night

Spending some time at the Taipei Bike Show meeting up with KTM HQ Austria and KTM Asia

Spending some time at the Taipei Bike Show meeting up with KTM HQ Austria and KTM Asia

To some up my life the last four weeks: Last bike ride 12 March with the JAG Foundation and Ride4Change, and then the Absa Cape Epic activation and sponsor hosting of Pavel from Mitas until the 16th at the event that did involve some cold beers and eating out. Fly out to Taiwan for the Taipei Bike Show on the 17th and return on the 22nd, and of course eating out and having a cold beer or wine with the KTM guys and traveling colleague. After nearly 24hours traveling time; land on the 22nd at 16:00 and be at the Absa Cape Epic after party at 16:30 till late followed by wrap up day with Mitas and the family to ensure everyone is on their planes. Tuesday 24th break down KTM Bicyle display at The Westin Cape Town, Wednesday and Thursday catch up with some old friends, which meant Tequila was involved and still fighting off jet lag. Friday and the flu hits to have me man down the whole weekend and week to follow and withdraw from the crazy idea that was running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon and then finally get back on the bike Easter Friday with Eulogy van Dyk from the Ride2Nowhere (Event not to miss as well), still flu-ish and then mechanical after 7km which meant organising another bike for the Saturday ride, with the 22km ride ending in the wind and rain encouraging the flu to stay longer. Easter Sunday potjiekos with mates and Monday lunch at The Toad in the Village and here we are…life just flew by in a few weeks.

 

Local cuisine at KTM dinner, can't quite remember what this was

Local cuisine at KTM dinner, can’t quite remember what this was

Also local cuisine as it was bought in Taipei. Has nothing to do with my experience currently of a heavier gravitational pull from Mother Earth

Also local cuisine as it was bought in Taipei. Has nothing to do with my experience currently of a heavier gravitational pull from Mother Earth

I think all of us have different challenges in life for different reasons and that does play a factor in ones state of mind and behaviour. The only thing we know is that life goes on and it does not wait for you and you need to go out there and make things happen to what you desire and belief that you want out of life, i.e. a washing powder that does not shrink your clothes.

Now that is enough preaching from me as I have some big decisions to make and the first being will I go to gym after work. The bag is packed so I might as well go see if I can still survive the super circuit and then go charge those cycling lights.

 

Hopefully I will be back on track and be able to give some feedback on the next challenge and life adventure and Chantel Rall I’m still not totally convinced Iron Man is for me…#Swimming

 

View from the top of the Taipei Garden hotel

View from the top of the Taipei Garden hotel

As South Africans do we found a pub, even if it was English it was the closest to home and even had Super Rugby on the TV, and of course cold beer

As South Africans do we found a pub, even if it was English it was the closest to home and even had Super Rugby on the TV, and of course cold beer

 

 

 

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The MRT is a bit busy on a Saturday in Taipei and maybe I should have worn the mask to fight off the impeding flu

The MRT is a bit busy on a Saturday in Taipei and maybe I should have worn the mask to fight off the impeding flu

A bit more of Taipei City, also known as a enormous flea market

A bit more of Taipei City, also known as a enormous flea market

Recovering at Stage 9 of the Absa Cape Epic, the after party. Best way to combat jet lag i thought.

Recovering at Stage 9 of the Absa Cape Epic, the after party. Best way to combat jet lag i thought.

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Unfortunately Marius Hurter was nowhere in sight when I had to break down the KTM display at The Westin Cape Town

Unfortunately Marius Hurter was nowhere in sight when I had to break down the KTM display at The Westin Cape Town

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)

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!