DO IT NOW Magazine Front cover

Front cover baby!!!! So please to say I made it on to this months front cover of the DO IT NOW Mag. Pop in to your local CNA and pick up your copy. This photo was at Xterra Knysna a real mud bath. Good fun.

Do it now mag

More info about this Mag: http://www.doitnow.co.za/issue28
See you soon.

Keep it in the BIG Blade.

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2013 Xterra Knysna

Xterra Knysna was a new one for me. Riding in the mud is something different. There where I come from (Farming with dust and wind) North West. There is nothing like this mud. But you have to give it a go! In the BIG BLADE and “Vir volk en Vaderland” Here we go!!! πŸ™‚

This xterra was different to the other xterras no swim but a very hilly 3km run followed by the bike and run.

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After the first run I was sitting in the top 5 and felt strong.

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In to T1 feeling good and was so keen for that bike. I knew that I was in good shape I have been working so, so hard on my biking. But the legs on the bike was not there on the day. Was going okay. I really need to be honest I didn’t had the legs I had at the Lourensfort Duathlon. But had to keep on grinding!!!! After I lost my legs somewhere along the way. I was booming down a hill and my chain bubble looped, had to take my wheel out to the it back into riding order. Lost so much time there. After that my gears got stuck in the big blade yip I was locked in the KING KONG gears for the rest of the ride!!!! Now i can claim my name ” Big Blade Blignaut” πŸ™‚

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The only thing that didn’t stop working was my amazing Look S-Track MTB Pedals!!!! Really amazing in the mud!
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As I kept King Konging my way to the end of the bike leg. Last decent what do you know? Back brake failed and I was putting my big foot on the back wheel to just slow down!!! Old school braking. “In case of emergency slap foot on back wheel” If that doesn’t work tug and roll!

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In to T2 in 15th place and now I had to work really hard just to make it back in to the top 10!!! Must say King Kong gear has killed my legs but I did run in to 10th place.

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Not happy with the race but its back to grinning and go home and work harder.

So proud of my Titan Team 29er that maid it all the way!

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Yes that a Titan and PVM bottles and you can’t even see my CycleOps Joule GPS but its there and it is mud proof!!!!

Well done to everyone who raced it was not easy out there!!! Once again Stillwater Sport did a great job.

Keep well and keep it in the Big Blade!!! πŸ™‚

2012 Lourensford off road Duathlon

Its always so amazing to race at Lourensfort. When you see the photos you will see what I am talking about! Last weekend I won the Durbanville off road triathlon and it felt really good to be back and racing well. Really didn’t know how the legs will go after the race but Ian my coach said this week is going to be easy. I have never done so little training. well it works!!!! I was so rested. By the time I stood at the start line I felt like hoofing the ground just want to run like a wild beast. That’s Ian’s saying.

The sun rising over Lourensfort.
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This Duathlon started with a 5km run then a 30km MTB to end the race was a 2.5km run.

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The camera man getting a great shot. the splits said I run a 15:24 for the first 5km but I think it was a bit short. didn’t feel like 3min km pace. The bike I did in 1:06:00 AVE Speed of 31kmh that I got of my CycleOps Joule GPS.

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Really cool shot by Craig Brandenburg with the chopper in the background.

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So the run worked out well. I was first out of T1 thanks to ITU racing my transitions are really fast. out on the the bike I put the hammer down up to the first 8km climb. Legs was on fire felt really good.

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In the zone! so focused must have been my Bio-Strath I took the morning of the race. I find it really helps me to relax and get in the zone for racing.

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On the bike I had a really big lead but I had no idea so I just kept it in the big blade of my Titan Team 29er, head down a sip of PVM Octane and pushed on. also not overdoing it on the down hills but my Geax tiers gave me extra confidence I new that if I have these bad boys on there is nothing that will stand in my way. Brick wall bring it on. In to T2 and out on to the last run.

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Felt really good on the second run as well. I just kept it steady and to made sure to take the win. This is me coming in to the finishing shoot putting up the finger and a big smile!!! Once again Chris Hitchcock catching all the cool shots!

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This was a big moment of joy when I took up the banner!!! Praise the Lord for this Win with out Him I am nothing!!!

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The top 3 men and times:
Theo BLIGNAUT 01:30:46
Wilhelm STEYN 01:35:57
Matt DANEEL 01:37:11

Great sprint by Matt garbing that 3rd spot!!!

Here is a slide show that i have put together.

Keep on dreaming!!!

A big thanks to all my sponsors for standing by me in hard times and kept believing in me. PVM,CycleOps,Bio-Strath,Titan,Argon18,compressport, Also Masons bike Inn making sure my bike is race ready before every race.

Till I see you again!! Keep it real, Keep it in the big blade!!! πŸ™‚

DNF at 2013 Xterra Grabouw

One of the things that I absolutely love about Xterra Grabouw is the red couch that they interview the pros on that they plonk on the beach. It is just so incongruous and cool and has really become a fixture in the race.

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In the distance.
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Xterra Grabouw was supposed to be my most important race this year. I have pretty much been training for it since I returned from Germany last year. I was so ready and keen for the race, but then about one month before the race I came down with a nasty flu that kept me from racing Xterra Buffelspoort and since then I was just really struggling through training and not feeling good at all. I was feeling okay doing easy stuff, but as soon as I needed to push a bit harder I just had nothing to give.

I went into Grabouw hoping that it would just all come together on race day, but in my swim warm up I just felt like a rock. When the race started and I started to feel even worse I knew it was going to be a long day.
During the first part of the bike I felt dizzy and I was getting strange pins and needles in my limbs and I knew that if I pushed on the day might end like it did last year at Buffelspoort – on the ground.

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2012 Buffelspoort.

It was very tough to pull out of the race. That is just not like me at all. But it was the right thing to do.

It was still nice to spend some time there and to watch the race. Oh my goodness, but did the guys put on a show! Conrad came into T2 with a 40sec lead on Richard Murray and Richard then passed him on the run. But Conrad continued to run well and held on for second place.
Richard’s performance was truly world class.

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The top 3 was Richard and Conrad, followed by Dan. Sadly, Conrad was then disqualified as he had unintentionally run last years route which had a slight change in it. He handled the DQ like the true gentleman and champion that he is. I have huge respect for this boereseun.

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I am also so proud of Robyn who did her first Xterra on one of the hardest Xterra courses in the world. Well done Robs!

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These past few weeks have been incredibly hard and frustrating – not knowing what is really wrong with me and not getting better.
I don’t know what my plans are going forward, but one thing is for certain and that is that I am not giving up. I will keep on pushing on.
Grabouw

Stuart Marais with his boy Luke.

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God has said that He will never leave nor forsake me and I trust Him. I know that there is a way.

Thank you for all your support and prayers. You know who you are πŸ™‚

My focus for now is just to get better and to be able to train again.

Thank you Stillwater Sports for this world class event!

Thanks to Cherie Vale for all the amazing photos and and also to the awesome Stillwater Sports media team.

Keep it in the big blade!:-)