Yip, its time to plan again. Sure, by this time last year my plan was already sorted. Where-as in 2011 I attempted to do as many events as possible ( 40 in fact) and in 2012 my goal was km driven ( 3062km), this year I am aiming at one substantial event per month. That doesn’t mean that I wont do the small ones or even attempt to do more than one big one a month!
So, here’s my plan as it stands now:
- Bay to Bay 30km run. Did that one last week-end and yes, I am still suffering. Being more of a 10km runner and having only ever done 1 half marathon, 30 km is quite something for me. So, that should really be my ONE big event for January 2013.
- The Totalsports Challenge, Terra Firma. I did the solo Terra Firma in 2011 & 2012 so decided to try the pair thing this year. I’ll be doing the 13km road run as well as the 9km beach run. My riding partner, Omri Kleynhans will take care of the cycling legs. Good to have him on board. This takes place on Saturday 12 January from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond.
- Two smaller events for January are the 10km long course trail run at 7pm on 23 January at Constantia and the 49km MTB event in Paarl on 27 January.
- In February there are a couple of trail runs and road rides I’ll be participating in. The main event however will be the 3 day Grape Escape. This MTB event starts in Riebeek Kasteel with Wellington being the race base. Day 1: 75km, Day 2: 60km, Day 3: 70km. It aint the distances or hills I’m worried about but the HEAT! Date: 28 February to 2 March.
- In March there’s the good ol’ Argus Cycle Tour. I am not a huge fan and so far have only done 5 in total. It is a good day out, especially if you stop twice for coffee along the way….Date: 10 March.
- Then there’s the Two Oceans Half Marathon on 30 March. I hear the biggest challenge is just to get away from the 16,000 strong bundle before one can actually start running.
So, now I am looking for suggestions for the second quarter of 2013. Any suggestions / ideas will be welcomed.
The only other definite for 2013 is the Big 5 at the Oyster Festival, 28 June to 6 July 2013:
- Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna MTB race - 80km
- Pick n Pay Rotary Knysna Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Road race- 100km
- Salomon Featherbed Trail Run – Coelacanth - 14km
- Totalsports XTERRA: Full (3km trail run, 23km MTB, 7km trail run)
- Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon - 21 Km
I am really a reluctant road cyclist. I completed my first Argus Cycle Tour in 2000 and then did so again in 2001 and 2002. From then it was only mountain biking. Then last year I decided to give it another go and really enjoyed the vibe. When the PPA email then arrived, encouraging me to take on the challenge again in 2012, I entered without really thinking about it. Now that my training is more running, trail running and mountain biking, I only got onto my road bicycle twice since Argus 2011. With that in mind I decided that it will be a “tour” as the name states and not a race in 2012. It was good to have a 7.21 am start slot in what turned out to be a super hot day. Knowing I was going to take it easy though, made a big difference. My first stop was at the top of Edinburg drive where my wife and kids waited to support me.
At the refreshment station on top of Boyes Drive I decided to wait for a friend that started 30 minutes after me. Riding with some-one always makes it even more enjoyable, especially when both are riding the same pace. When we hit Simon’s Town we decided it was time for a coffee stop.
It is great to be able to take off your helmet, order a cappuccino and enjoy it while others are speeding by. From there we started feeling the heat and actually saw a girl pass out on the Smitswinkel section of the route. The “gees” along that section was great. When there is an uphill every-one slows down and this means you’re riding very closely to others and no real passing takes place.
On a hot day it is always nice to know that you can expect some coolness when passing through Misty Cliffs. That “village” really deserves its name and once again did not disappoint. The dreaded suikerbossie was so packed with supporters shouting, drumming, spraying water and even offering to give you a push that it really took my mind off that long uphill. From there it was just downhill, turquoise green seas, white sands and shouts of “almost home” that got us to the finish line.
The weather, route, crowd support, logistics and 2 coffee stops ( did I not mention stopping again in Noordhoek?) made Argus 2012 the highlight of my sporting year.
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