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.
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!
Next up for me will be Xterra Grabouw, Till I blog again keep it in the big blade.
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!
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.
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!
Trying to help Phillip Buys with some fast transition tips. Was great to have him there on the start line with us!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Roger and I sitting behind the brake. Yip that’s where the sharks are at. 🙂
All big smiles after I got worked by a big wave!
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!