Xterra Sweden was really a fun and challenging race. Must be honest the body didn’t feel at 100% after my big crash in Poland. I felt really flat. I gave it my all and my all was 7th place. For now I have 2 weeks of training before I race in Denmark the 4th of September. Again thanks so much for all your support you guys rock.
Race Report Vlog
Made it to Sweden and loving the Viking land. Leg as heald up well and happy to say I will start tomorrow at 13:00 Xterra Sweden. Click Here to see what the vikings put together for us.
Xerra Grabouw must be one of the best if not the best Xterra in the world. If there is a race to win this is it, I have dreamed of winning Grabouw after my first race as a xterra rookie back in 2012. The last months have been really good. Training has been going really well. I really do have great people around me helping me to make this happen. The support is just unreal.
The last months I have been training really well on the xterra course and I knew it so well. I new what the time must be when I get to some points in order for me not to blow up and over cook it. Race plan was to swim hard and make my gap so that I don’t have to go too hard up the frist big hill. Well lets just say the race plan didn’t work out….. 🙂
I went out really fast in the swim just to make sure no one jumps on my feet. I got away really easy and was solo for a long time. I followed the girl on the paddle board assuming she will point me in the right way to me. Never follow the gril on the paddle board. 🙂 I think I swam about 200m extra. I was really bleak when I saw that I have swam so wrong and didn’t have the lead that I was hoping for. Plan 1 out the window. Improvise!
Onto the bike and what do you know FedEx didn’t make it in time with my legs. Man my legs was broken and dead. I really had nothing to give. I really don’t know why that happen but one has to keep going. I made it up the first climb and lost some time to the other was in 4th. I count even push the flats and thats normal my strongest part of the bike leg. I am not called Big Blade Blignaut for nothing. 🙂
The only hope I had on the bike was the downhills. I knew the route so well and had all my lines dialled in. I had to hook it. But for some reason I wasn’t smooth at all. I got so upset with myself. After a while I just told my self just stay calm and keep going. I started to ride bit better but still had no legs.
There was really some sick trails and loved it really so much. Even having a bad day I still had fun. Hitting it hard in the single track.
Once I got off the bike I really felt good, Started running and legs was good. I said to myself I am going to run my heart out. I had to finish in the top 3 South Africans to get my slot to World champs. I just said to mysfel there is no way I am missing out on that. Antonie had 30sec on my out of T2. I knew Antonie is one of the fastest runners in out sport. I saw that I was closing the cap to him so I knew I was running well. Once I bribed the gap to Antonie it was race on and we ran together for the next 7km. We dropped one another a cupple of times and we just couldn’t break one another.
Then I knew its time to give it all. I ran so hard down the hill and passed Antonie then I had a small gap, I kept on running super hard till we hit the first beach section, I looked into the distance and saw there was Roger the 2014 U23 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion. Some how I found another gear and kept on pushing hard. I saw that the gap was closing.
What a shot, Chopper struggling to keep up 🙂 #DirtyFast I really wanted that top 3. Also after a really bad start to my race how I came back in to the race. When it was 1.5km to go I had to close 50 seconds. I had to fight as hard as I could. As I got closer and closer I saw that I was going to run out of road. I ran hard up the finsh shoot and there I saw Roger just 15seconds in front of me.
This was me telling him he was lucky, then a big congrats for the 3rd.
This photo says it all, Man look at my face I never seen it like that. It just showed how hard I really pushed on the run. I was really bleak about 4th. Man 4th sucks!!! 🙂 BUT a big but, I am really proud that I didn’t give up and get going all the way to the end. On a race that didn’t go as planned I was really happy to make it happen even when nothing is working out. Got my slot to world champs and super stoked.
Xterra Grabouw will always be a great and special event one day I will win this event and I can’t wait for that day.
Now the racing kicks off and will be doing some travailing.
Will make my racing calendar public soon.
Till I blog again Keep it in the big blade.