2017 Xterra Graanbouw

 

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Momentum Health Dual Cross National series #2

So super stoke to be part of the Momentum Health Dual Cross National Series again.  I had a blast last year racing the series.  Was really bleak I missed the first one but glad I got to race the second event in Pretoria “buffelsdrift”.  I had a really big training block leading up to this event.  I just wanted to use this event as a tester too see where my form is at.  I have been working really hard on my running so this was really a good test for me.

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I had a bit of bad luck leading up to the race.  A week before the race I tore my calf on the track.  As a athlete when one get an injury it really hit you big time.  I really knew I need to be patient and let it heal before my race.  I really Trusted God for healing.  Everyday it was better by Thursday I was running with no pain.  I was really stoked and there was a big smile on my face.  Sometimes we just need to let go and let God.

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Setting up in transition is always so exciting.  Making sure everything will run smoothly when I come in after the first run while my heart rate are so hight that I can’t even see straight.  No really I keep on forgetting how hard a Duathlon is.  Well when its not hearing you ant going hard enough.

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Getting the stoke levels up with the new Mumford and Sons Album “Wilder Mind” Like I always say music is food for the soul.  Was standing on the start line with a beat.  Thats one way to get the nerves down and the stoke up. 🙂

IMG_6339 My mom run up to the start line and gave me a big fat sloppy kiss about 5min before the start.  There is only one that will do that and I love her dearly.  My hero, my mom.

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As always the start is crazy.  When that gun goes its flat out like a lizard drinking as the Aussies say.  in about halfway I starting to feel my calve again so pulled a bit back. I really didn’t wanted to hurt it again so just taped off the pace a bit.  Into T1 3rd place with second place holding on to. We got the word that Conrad Stoltz the “Cave Man” pulled out due to a calf injury.   Renier Grobler  and I rode together for the first km then after that I picked up the pace and rode him off my wheel.  Brand had 30sec on my and was chasing really hard.  The cap stayed the same for a long time. After a good opening bike leg I was feeling really good.  Then I was starting to hit the wall big time!!!! hahah was really broken then that 30sec stretched to 2min after the bike.

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doesn’t matter how broken I was I still had a lot of fun hitting the single tracks.  There was one called “supper tube” really had a lot of fun riding it. So nice an flowing with some sick burms. Had some flat out foot out moments but great fun.  I really wish there was a photo of me in the end of that trail. I was really like a little boy with a big smile on my face.  Look in the end of the day its all about having fun.  I had a ball!!! 🙂

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By the time the second run came I knew I had a big gap on 3rd “Nico Sterk”, so I really just jogged the last 2.5km trying to save my calf.  I was happy with the result ending second to the best Duathlete in South Africa Brand Du Plessis I can deal with that but I am coming for him. 🙂

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Happy boy, so nice to have my family supporting me all the way.

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Shearing my race with the SuperSport crew, Praise the Lord for healing my calf so I could race and do well also doing what I love.  In the end of the day its not about winning or coming second. the juerny that one is taking to get to ones dream make it worthwhile.  I always say it will never be easy, but for you to get the most out of you, you have to take big hits and keep moving forward. So do what you love and never give up when its starting to get hard.  Grab the bull by the horns and say lets dance!!!!

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It was my brother in laws 30th birthday and as you can see from my Mom and step dad that when all out!!! Love them so much!!!

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I went as Matthew McConaughey HA HA HA I had to pull something off. It was a really blessed weekend. Now its back to training and next ups is the big 5 in Knysna.

Have a stunning week and remember keep it in the big blade.

Cheers

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2015 Get Muddy Off Road International Triathlon Mauritius Bois Cheri

Racing the Get Muddy off-road international triathlon in Mauritius was an unbelievable experience. I have raced in Mauritius before, but always on the coast. This time it was in Bois Cheri at the tea estate, promising a real jungle experience.

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Tim and Marie Cartwright did a great job putting the event together, and the passion they have for the sport is just amazing. We stared off with the 1500 m lake swim, comprising three 500m laps.

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The swim was a super fast with my Orca RS1 skin suit.  Was a nice hilly long run up to T1.  When I ran out to T1 I saw that I really have a good lead to the brit Sam Gardner.  I knew he is a really hot shot mountain biker so I had my work cut out for me.

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As always I have a really fast transitions thanks to ITU racing I am in and out of there in no time.   Around the first corner it was flat out foot out!!! Real wild boy style.

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I push hard on the first part of the bike course. Noticing that I had a bit of a gap, I just kept a good tempo. I wanted to reserve some energy for XTerra Reunion and Xterra Langkawi, coming up in the next 2 weeks. The bike route was really cool and covered some cool single track sections in the tea plantations. It was really wet but all was good, with some serious sliding around corners, but what’s not to like!

Out on to the run I had no idea what my lead was so I just kept on hooking it all the way to the end.  this run was crazy a real jungle run.  This run course was a first for me.

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From open grass lands we went in to the jungle and the real running started well sliding that was.  I did lose my shoe every now and then from all the mud.

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after the first lap I saw I had a big lead so I just took it easy all the way to the end.  I really had a lot of fun on this course as the run was the best part for me. I was like a real kid again.

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This section of the run course was crazy.  I had to pull myself up with the fence it was so muddy I really needed some Rugby boots to find girl in the mud.  This was a real off road triathlon!!!!

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On my way to my first international victory as you can see I am a really happy boy.

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Sam and I with Tim the race organiser.  Thanks Tim and Marie for all the great work you put in to make this event happened.  A big thanks to all my sponsors for all the support with out you this won’t be possble.  Now it was great pack and move on to Reunion the next weekend for Xterra Reunion.  Its been real Maurituis See you soon again.

Keep it in the big blade

Cheers

2015 Xterra Buffelspoort

My first race of the season didn’t go as planed. ‪#‎BuffelspoortXterra‬ is one hard fun race. Out of the water first and was leading the bike till about halfway. From there in it just went backwards. Had a big crash, kept going.

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I was 3rd of the bike with 2nd in sight but just didn’t have any legs after a hard bike. Not happy with my end result 4th but happy with the first part of the race. Thanks to xterra South Africa and  Stillwatersports for putting on a great show! ‪World class‬ event!

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Next up for me will be Xterra Grabouw, Till I blog again keep it in the big blade.