Over training is over rated, rest better so that you can train even more" - Nick Yster Bester

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Early Morning Rides

I am finally back training after the worst flu I've had in many years. I'll be concentrating on the cycling for a few weeks as I have a few races coming up. This is also good for getting back into things with my chest still wanting to go into a coughing frenzy at times.

The mornings are absolutely wonderful at the moment with spring on its way. However, it is still dark during my training and though this is not a problem when running I find it a bit intimidating while out cycling.

I am lit up and I have more than enough lights on the bike to see what's happening in the road in front of me, but there are a few places where there is no street lights or very little light and I find I do slow down here. South Africa is certainly not known for the best road surfaces in the world as well and there are times when I am really glad I'm riding a mountain bike.

Stray animals seem to like mountain bikes as well. I've had a few dog and cat encounters and this was actually quite scary. Cats love to sprint over the road as I approach and when it's dark I sometimes see them very late. At least they don't chase me like the dogs do!

Having said all of that I am still very happy to be back training and getting out there early in the morning. Nothing beats starting a day's work after a nice training session.

In a few weeks time the morning sessions will consist of cycling and running. Who knows, before the year ends I might throw in some swimming as well...

Train well my friends!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

And then there was flu...

Just as I was getting into a routine of cycling and running the flu put a stop to my progress. I've been lucky with being sick and getting the flu but this year it got me. Must be because I am in the worst shape I've been in many years..

But this too shall pass and by next week I should be back to training 5 or 6 times per week. I will remain positive.

Happy training everyone!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Help Brendon Fund Raiser Ride

Yesterday Anette and I took part in the fund raising event organised to help Brendon MacDonald's family raise the necessary funds for the urgent operation he needs. (See previous post)

Even though it was an icy cold morning, we had a lot of fun.

The ride was held at the Boswell Wilkie circuis grounds at Daleside just outside Meyerton. This is about 15km from home so it was quick and easy to get there.

The ride was off-road on some mountain bike trails at the venue. As far as I know these trails were made and are maintained by the DOC Mountain Bike Club. It is a great place to come for some easier mountain biking.

Anette getting ready.

We chose the shorter ride as we are new on the mountain biking scene and Anette even rode with her slick road tires. I have to give special mention to her for the way she was keeping pace right up front, dropping quite a few riders along the way. She showed again that the legs and head are much stronger and better than the best 29'er out there...


We really enjoyed the ride and the magnificent burger afterwards was just as good. The ride itself was a zig-zag and criss-cross affair of an open field with lots of grass plumes and also 100's of mole heaps and holes to add to the fun.

Zig-zag route across the grass field.

There was quite a nice turnout and we wish Brendon all the best with his operation later this week.

We will certainly include this venue in our training for our mountain bike race in September.

Happy training everyone and have a super week!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cycling for a cause

This Sunday Anette and I will take part in a cycle race. This is a charity event to help a family raise funds for an operation their son desperately needs.

CYCLE TO KEEP THIS YOUNG MAN WALKING: Brendon Macdonald suffers from severe and progressive scoliosis and needs an urgent operation on July 28. Join the cycle challenge to make this possible!

When Anette saw the article above in our local newspaper she immediately committed us to the cycle and the cause. So Sunday morning at 10:00 we'll set of on our ride.

I'm really excited to get out for a race again and even more so for helping someone at the same time.

Mmmm... next week I'll write my first ever cycle race report...

Have a super weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I'm Following Doctor's Orders

With my leg, foot and back finally on the mend I am getting back into regular training. For me this is usually 6 days of running a week, but now it is 6 days of training a week.

I am listening to the doctor and will only run twice a week for now and slowly build back up. I will cycle on the days I'm not running and for now I will take a rest day every week as well. I will later increase running to 3 times per week and gradually get back to where I should be.

With the 94.7 Cycle Challenge I'm entered for on 15 November I will probably continue with more cycling until then.

For now my week looks like this:

Mon - Run
Tue - Cycle
Wed - Cycle
Thu - Run
Fri - Rest
Sat - Cycle
Sun - Cycle

The runs will be very short for now as I must remember I am coming back from stress fractures in my right femur. I certainly don't want to go through this again... I will listen to the doctor!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three Things Thursday

1. My foot is almost 100% recovered and I should be able to start some running next week.

2. I will continue training outside on the mountain bike as weather permits.

3. I have added the racer on the indoor trainer to the mix for those mornings when the temperature is around the 0°C mark.

Happy training everyone!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I entered a cycle race!

What? True story... I entered a cycle race!

The 94.7 cycle challenge is much like the Comrades marathon... You have to do it at least once... If you cycle...

Anette has done it before and she's been keen to get me to do it with her. Since I'm cycling and still not able to run I figured this is a good time to get this done.

So Anette and I are both entered for this year's 94.7 cycle challenge. Better get some training done!

Happy training everyone!