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Featherbed Trail Run: 2012

It was Tuesday 10 July in Knysna. The skies were clear, though there was a slight bite in the air.

I was really looking forward to the 2012 Salomon Featherbed Trail Run. For those who are new to this run, its actually 6 runs on one day! Yes, you read right, 6 different runs. A breakfast, lunch and sunset run, each comprising of either a 11 km Seahorse Run or a 15 km Coelacanth run.

So, what makes this event so different you may ask? Well, for starters, you have 2 route options to choose from. That’s already a plus. Then there’s the fact that you run on the Featherbed private nature reserve, not something that you can just access at any time. Even more significant is the fact that you can choose to do the morning, afternoon or evening run.

None of those USP’s ( as they say in sales) really sold me ( even in my second year). No, what does it for me is the 30 minutes cruise from the Cruise Cafe on Knysna’s lagoon across to the start on the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Then of course there is the lunch! ( breakfast or dinner for the other time slots). Sure I’m paying a premimium to run this event. Even so, coming home to a great salad selection and a very generous portion of excellent lasagne, sure makes the effort worth while.

Oh yes, about the run: great weather this year! After having run in the rain last year, I brought longs, long sleeve top, raincoat & a buff. Arriving for my run, I dumped all of the above a opted to run in a short sleeve top and shorts. The sun was out the whole time and the boat trip across was amazing. Arriving on the other side, we were taken half way up the moutain with Unimog’s with trailers. The entire run was fun, exciting and a must on any trailrunner’s calendar.

The rain and storms only hit Knysna 3 days later….

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about that top 40….

Just today, a friend asked me how I was doing with my top 40 events for 2011.

If you remember reading my April posting, you would’ve taken note of my challenge to participate in 40 events this year. I admire every runner, cyclist, mountain biker, adventurer who can set a goal to compete in and complete a major event. Be it the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Argus Cycle Tour, Otter Trail Run, etc. For myself this year however, I decided to take on a different challenge: participate in 40 events in 2011. That comes with its own set of challenges, of course. The biggest of these being:

  1. Not enough events: I have had a number week-ends during in which I did not participate in any events, purely because there were none to participate in, in my area.
  2. Travel: I have in fact entered online and paid for 2 events for a Saturday morning, thinking that arriving home late from a business trip on the Friday night before, I’ll be able to make it the next morning. WRONG! Being out of town at least every second week also messes with regular training, especially when you loathe spinning classes and treadmill running, like I do.
  3. Family commitments: When you are 40-something, you can only miss so many kids parties, ballet lessons and ice-skating sessions before you get into trouble with her majesty, the Queen of the household. That has its own set of disadvantages and de-merits! I also like being in church on a Sunday morning and therefore loose out on some events.
  4. Health: well, some days you are just not up to the task, especially over winter. Due to the pressure of having to make up the tally, one off week-end is considered a disaster!

So, as it stands today, 5 June 2011, I have raked up 15 events, or 37,5% of my goal. That is a huge 25 events still to go.

To be honest, I plan my events as I go and never more than two months in advance. So for now, I have my June & July plans sorted and some events for August 2011. Below find the list with web links. If you plan to participate in any of these events, please let me know in order for us to hook up. Alternatively, why don’t you send me some suggestions of events that you think will work for me.

  • 12 June: Itheko 10km road run, Grand Parade, Cape Town: Modern Athlete
  • 16 June: Dirtopia 9 to 5 mtb event, Stellenbosch: Dirtopia
  • 18 June: Mamre, 15km run: Top Events
  • 25 June: Eerste Rivier, 10 Km road run: Modern Athlete
  • 2 July: 50km Knysna Oyster Festival MTB : Knysna Cycle
  • 3 July: 100km Knysna Oyster Road ride: Knysna
  • 5 July: Salomon Featherbed Trail  Run , 11 km, Knysna: Magnetic South
  • 10 July: Cape Winter Trail Series #1, 10 km trail run: Trail Series
  • 17 July: Cape Winter Trail Series #2, 10 km trail run: Trail Series
  • 24 July: Cape Winter Trail Series #3, 10 km trail run: Trail Series
  • 30 July: Burger MTB challenge: 75km, 60km, 42km (my event), 30km & 15km, Stellenbosch: Dirtopia
  • 13 August: Cape Winter Trail Series # 4, 10 km trail run, Kleinmond: Trail Series
  • 14 August: Gravity Festival MTB, Kleinmond: details TBA.

So, there is is. If all works out according to plan I would’ve participated in 28 events at the end of August 2011 and be only slightly over the half-way mark.

Any suggestions and ideas wrt to this challenge are MOST welcome.

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