Momentum Health Oatwell DUAL CROSS #4

I have had a month with really good training and have been hitting high numbers on my #PowerTap, showing some great form. I was so hungry to race, and race hard!

I love racing at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm with really cool single track there, it can also be a hard route but for this race it was flat and fast.

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Loved having my hero there (my Mom) this woman is just amazing. What she has done for me I cannot describe in words.

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Last prep before the gun goes off!

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Getting in the zone, game face with my Oakley Radarlock. That first 5 km is so fast and hard but honestly I don’t go all out on the first run and keep just under my threshold. When I jump on the bike I recover faster and then I go all out on the bike.

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Starting this race is like watching a horse race, once that gun goes, man, it’s crazy going to get in to the single track first.

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I had these 2 youngsters running with me the whole way. Was good to run with them, we got into transition in about 5th place. I knew I would ride away from them in the first 5km though.

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At about halfway on to the bike Phillip Buys bridged the gap with me and went for it on the one climb. I let him go because I knew if I tried to go with him I would blow up like a science project gone wrong. I knew there was a long fast flat after that and if there is one thing I can do really well is push a big gear on the flats. After time trialing my way back to Philip I said to myself there is no way he is going to ride away from me now. The mind is an amazing thing as I managed to ride with him all the way to T2. Look I have to be honest it wasn’t easy, my legs were burning like a bon fire but I kept going. Here is a really cool photo they got of us crossing the river at full speed.

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Into T2 and by the look of my face you can see I am pretty much in the box there. I left it all out on the bike so the legs were cramping big time. But I only had 2.5km left and I was saying to myself that I can win!

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I was broken but really happy to come in second again and to finish second in the series. Brand was really amazing and he did show great form during the entire series. Very well done to him.

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At the end of the day if I look back on how the race went I was really happy. Was so stoked to stick with Philip and ride with him, that was a really good confidence booster to see all the hard work I have put into my biking beginning to show.

Thanks so much to Team Jeep for bringing me into the team for this series, it was great to be part of the team.

‘Til I blog again. Keep it in the big blade!

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Momentum Health Oatwell DUAL CROSS #2 Hakahana

4 weeks down the line and its racing time again! The past 4 weeks was really good training and I can feel I am so much fitter than what I was at the first race. Give me 2 weeks and I am good, give me 4 weeks and I am great, give me 8 weeks and I am excellent. Second round of the series took me back to my roots, North West province, Hartebeespoort dam. I knew I was back to my roots when I stayed at the Oxwagon Lodge. Ok, really now I slept in an Oxwagon. See photo below, that was my room. Very cool!

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After I had my pap and vleis it was time to get ready for the race the next day! A cold winters morning at Hakahana and so ready to race, setting up in the transition and getting ready for the race. My Specialized Terra Off road triathlon shoes made for fast transitions and they are super stiff and comfy.

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Got to love my big wheels! Fast track 2.2 Control in the front and Renegade 2.3 control at the back! Talk about a crazy combination. Loved it, supper fast rolling and very good grip!

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Trying to help Phillip Buys with some fast transition tips. Was great to have him there on the start line with us!

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Out on the first run I knew my running was better but still not at the normal running pace that I am used too! So I didn’t kill myself on the run. I got in to the transition in 3rd place but was feeling good and didn’t over do it at all! A fast T1 and out on to the hard bike leg! I did ride the course the day before so I knew the first section was very flat and fast but after that there was a lot of climbing. I kept it under 350 watts but I was very aerodynamic with my Specialized S-Works Evade helmet saving a lot of watts there by going the same speed. As we know aerodynamic is everything!

Have a look at this video. #AeroIsEverything

On the bike I was in second for a long time chasing hard to catch Brand but he was riding really well. When Phillip bridged the gap I rode for a while with him but when I saw over 800 watts flashing on my PowerTap I knew I had to back down, I knew if I kept on going like that I was going to blow up big time and probably end up walking the run!

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Oh yeah rocking Blue Supacaz grips and yellow plugs! Got off the bike in 3rd. Legs were really good after the bike and I was running fast. It wasn’t long before I passed Phillip. We did have some words as I passed him. He said that T2 was so much harder than T1. I just smiled and passed him.

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It was great to come second but I am still not too happy with it! 2nd is first loser! I am on the hunt for 1st now! “Its ok to lose but you can never get comfortable with it” Wise words from Eric Thomas.

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Was great to stand next to these 2 amazing talented Athletes. Very well done to Brand and Phillip. Cool combination on the podium. Duathlete, Triathlete and a mountain biker! Who is fitter?

After a great weekend at the race and time spent with family and friends it was time to return to the promised land. As we approached the Airport I saw that the surf was amazing! I called my friend Roger and said, ‘Roge get the boards and lets go surf, the waves look amazing!’ Yeah, so called rest day turned out to be a surf day! Man we had loads of fun!

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Roger and I sitting behind the brake. Yip that’s where the sharks are at. πŸ™‚

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All big smiles after I got worked by a big wave!

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Best feeling ever when you get up and a wave takes you!

Thanks again to all my Sponsors that make all this happen for me without you the Big Blade Blignaut will not be here! A special thanks to Team jeep for letting me race this series!

Till I blog again! Keep it in the big blade!

Cheers!

Momentum Health DUAL CROSS Series #1

During 3 weeks of no training and I get a phone call from Team Jeep asking me If I will race the Momentum Health Dual cross series for them. My response was sure I am in. One would think that I should start training but I still had 1 week left of rest so i couldn’t do any training. However I continued stocking up on antioxidants, by this I mean red wine which is apparently good for the heart. Maybe one glass not a bottle though?

After my 3 week hibernation, on doctors orders, it was time to go on the hunt again. Do what I do best, GRIND! At first I felt like an oversize buffalo but after a week of training the buffalo felt pretty good! I had one week of training and one week of tapering. Going into the race I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is that I was going to suffer and that’s not a bad thing, I love to suffer. Legs on fire, tasting blood and hurting like hell, whats not to like?

Team Jeep really did an amazing job setting me up for the series so a big thanks to them for the opportunity.

The race plan was not to over do it on the first run, hit the bike really hard and then just hold on for the next run. Well somehow the plan worked!

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Early morning interview with Carel!

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Amazing shot with the sun coming up over me while I am setting up in transition. Oh yeah check out that bad boy! Specialized S-Works World cup Epic.

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I knew that first run was going to be very hard but didn’t think it was going to be that hard! I wasn’t joking about the ‘tasting blood’ part! I lost so much time on the first run I came in to T1 in about 10th place! On the run I was just thinking get me on to the bike right now! I knew there was a lot of work to be done.

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Out of T1! check out my Supacaz green and yellow grips! Rocking the neon’s!

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I don’t know how or what but FedEx delivered my biking legs just on time. Man did I feel good on that bike, I was passing one by one, it wasn’t long before I was in second!

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I raced with my PowerTap and it really helped me a lot so I didn’t over do it on the climbs.
I knew from training if I go over 400 watts I am going to blow up and am not even going to see the end of the bike leg never mind the run. So I just kept it at 400 watts and on the flat over 300 watts. For those of you that don’t know watts, go Google it! πŸ™‚

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Back into the transition and I was broken but just had to hang in there for the 2.5km run! I started cramping big time but I kept pushing! There was a bit of a confusing part of the second run so we all bunched up and we were a couple of guys who ended up sprinting for second! I had nothing left but I ended up 4th in the end of the day.

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I am very happy with 4th with only 2 weeks of training in the legs. I am sure I will just get faster as the series goes on. Thanks again to Team Jeep for all the support!

Until I blog again, stay on the hunt and remember always keep it in the big blade!

“Anything that is
worth while does not
come easy” Theo Blignaut