Shuffle Forest, Shuffle…

There certainly was no run Forest, run – because what I did could not be call running, to be honest I wasn’t quite sure what I was thinking if I was thinking at all – run a trail run – madness! Running is not my strong point as in everything gravity and Mother Earth’s sucking power works against me, but having done so much on the bike already I decided to broaden my horizon and get off the bike. So I decided to participate in the Liberty Duo Challenge #1 at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate over the weekend.

photoNeedless to say what transpired was a painful experience, on and the days after the abovementioned event. That the trail run was flat I am still saying thank you for each day! My body did not realise it still had the running muscles as part of my anatomy and as a result went into shock sending gallons of lactic acid to that region of my lower back to remind me for days after that you might have to run a bit more…


At least my feet were comfortable on the run with my Mizuno’s providing real comfort and traction, just a pity the owner did not do them justice with a lack of speed

The mountain bike ride was short but tough, 500m climbing in 20km, but a great and challenging ride. On the run it felt like I was stick in a Black Hole. For those that don’t know: “A black hole is defined as a region of space-time from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass will deform space-time to form a black hole. Around a black hole, there is a mathematically defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return.
In short, gravity prevented me from running comfortable, obviously linked to my light mass of 107kg and once I started the 8km run there was no point in stopping after 4km as I planned – had to finish, the point of no return once you start something. I was super disappointed when Nicola Collins passed me on the trail run as I had hoped that I would have gained more time on these pro trail runners on the mountain bike, but apparently not (that 500m climbing probably had something to do with it). It was however great to see a lot of familiar faces doing the event, short and long and even the kiddies had their own race at the Liberty Duo Challenge #1. And my Mizuno trail running shoes are now broken in so I suppose they need more running – on my feet I suppose – dammit!

So make sure you join me for the Liberty Duo Challenge #2 on 14 June 2014 at the Banhoek Conservancy hosted by Iqela Events (

The early Cape winter has made it difficult to be on the bike and most of my time now is spent like a human hamster in a glass cage, aka the gym to try and stay fit and in shape. The colder temperature has also made it more difficult to stick to the”diet” and those damn carbs. I won’t say anything about my friends and their Real Meal Revolution eating plan…apparently there is a shortage of butter in the Sun Valley area.

Until the next run…

PS: Fortunately it seems there is no photographic evidence of my running or running style.

Got a bit hot in my Skins with the 500m climbing but they did the trick and boosted my performance as the 20km was finished in dashing style and speed, for me at least

Got a bit hot in my Skins with the 500m climbing but they did the trick and boosted my performance as the 20km was finished in dashing style and speed, for me at least

It’s over…

The break I have given my followers (Jeez, I sound like Joe Carroll from The Following) and Facebook friends of not seeing that dreaded Latest Move update – is over! Back exercising this morning after yesterday’s move of turning over and switching off alarm to not go to the 90min spin class at Virgin Active, only to later read the Sedentary Sloth’s aka Nikki Ferreira’s blog of how she managed to get to gym and work out – this after … oh shoot I can’t say how many years again…let’s just say decades of inactivity, probably since enforced PE at primary school level. Anyway back to me.

With the beginning of winter in Cape Town it is really tough to find daylight to go riding in and currently I am not a fan of riding alone in the cold and dark, so most of my fat fighting exercise regime will most likely take place at Virgin Active, where it is light and dry and warm. This means though that my Strava mileage will suffer and I will have fewer kilometres per week on the bike – dammit! But a change is as good as a holiday they say so I decided to change with the season as well and actually is focussing on learning to run again. Normally you only run when chased by a rabies infected squirrel, a hungry dog or angry baboon or a very clingy girlfriend. Proud to say I have master the human version of the hamster wheel in the gym now 4 x 20 minutes already (DO NOT ASK AT WHAT PACE I WAS RUNNING!) and this weekend will attempt my first trail run at the Duo Challenge at Blaauwklippen wine estate – this could be funny and painful.

Hopefully by including running in my regime now I can manage my weight with the, obviously, lesser riding time I now have. Seriously, the true test of ones’ commitment to exercise and healthy living comes in the winter months when it is cold and dark and one has to be clever to manage your activities and goals and be disciplined (Too early to go to The Toad for ribs and a Kilkenny draught?).

Then there is the matter of the Enduroman that could possibly or not at all be my next challenge, my friend Chantel still has to do a bit on convincing, she is an Iron Man so I can’t compete with that. The event has 2.5km swim –OK STOP, no need to go further – mental block right there! (Ok and 80km mountain bike and my new sport 21km trail run). I’m speechless and can’t say anything about the matter anymore – I know anything is possible…

Fingers crossed that I don’t look like a fool trying to run on Saturday but at least I have gotten some awesome Mizuno trail running shoes for the race.

Oh and remember not a lot of time left for those early bird entries for the Ride2Nowhere – DON’T MISS OUT!


The Houw Hoek Tour is an amazing event

The Houw Hoek Tour is an amazing event