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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quick Update

Hi Everyone!

I've been a bit MIA but life just caught up with me and here we are at the end of November already! I can't believe how the year has flown by...

I don't have much to report on which is probably another reason for not blogging that much.

Anette and I did a race at the beginning of the month. I forgot to take the camera! It was a very hard and very windy race but we did it and got this medal to show for it...

Anette had a little crash during one of our training rides a few weeks back. Luckily nothing serious but some scrapes and bruises to show for it. She says her ego is bruised more than her body.

I pulled my right calf muscle a month or two ago and it was really painful. Walking was almost impossible at some stage. I could cycle without much pain though. Last week was the first time I felt that it healed well. That was until Monday when I stepped funny going down some stairs and I pulled the muscle again. The injury is back just as it was originally. Bummer!

It is not torn but badly bruised in the same way and place a tear would occur.

Exactly like this...

That's it from me! We have a race this weekend and I will do my best to remember the camera...

Happy training everyone and be safe out there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GUTR Sweat Band Review

I've always sweat a lot when running and also now when cycling. Yes, runners, cyclists sweat too...

I always have a big problem with sweat running into my eyes. This was fairly easy to handle while running, using my trustee buff or even a t-shirt to wipe my eyes. Rinsing out with water was also easy on the run. Not so easy while cycling...

Sunglasses is the first problem when cycling and sweat runs into my eyes. That is long before I try to stay upright and alive while wiping my eyes. Rinsing is also not so easy and probably not recommended while riding.

Experiencing all these problems on a daily basis made me search the web for proper sweat bands. There are some nice goodies on the market with the GUTR and HALO standing out as great cycling sweatbands.

I found the GUTR locally and decided to give it a try. It is amazing! No sweaty eyes anymore! It uses a very basic concept to get rid of the problem.

The GUTR is a silicon sweatband which also means it never gets soaked in sweat. No soggy sweatband anymore. It simply directs the sweat away from your eyes. It has a little lip that acts as a gutter and the sweat just flows away and down the side of your face. It really works wonders for me!

If you have a sweat in the eyes problem I highly recommend the GUTR sweatband. It is worth every cent I paid for it.

Me with my magic GUTR sweatband.

Happy training everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Giants

Being a cyclist is quite different from being a runner. That is my experience anyway. You need a lot more gear than for running and there are many gadgets to have. This is a good thing for me as I love gadgets!

But first of course is the bicycle...

There are incredible machines available today. They also come at incredible prices. With our currency not doing great at all bicycle prices in South Africa seems to be totally crazy. Maybe it is the same everywhere... I really don't know.

I bought my Giant ATX 27.5 last year and it's been great. This is a great mountain bike for riding on the road and also some gravel and other off road if needed. It also copes well with the poor road surfaces and pot holes here in SA! It is not for technical single track in the mountains. It is perfect for me.

I've done 4000km with the ATX now. I ride it in the mornings during the week. It is perfect for our road conditions and I feel safe on it in the dark or semi dark.

Giant ATX 27.5 2

I've done a few races with the ATX without any problems. I am slow and don't plan to get very fast... However, I do find it difficult lately to keep the wheel of my wife Anette's road bike more and more as she gets stronger and faster.

So after some thinking and contemplating and more thinking I decided to buy a road bike as well. It is more or less the road equivalent of the ATX. 

Giant SCR 2

The bike is still very new and I am still getting used to it. It is great! The same effort on the mountain bike makes me much faster on this bike and I like that.

I didn't plan to own 2 Giants, it just worked out that way. I suppose they have the right bikes in the right price range for me.

The road bike will be my weekend ride for now while I stay on the mountain bike during the early morning week rides. I'll keep you posted on how things go.

Happy training everyone!

Monday, October 17, 2016

No Choice But To Pedal

As you can see I am changing the name of Run Tall, Walk Tall to No Choice But To Pedal. Yes, I am still cycling and it seems that it will be like this for a long time to come. I have fully recovered from the stress fractures I had but the back injury I sustained during the recovery period is still giving me problems and more so when I run.

So it is time to get my heart into cycling as it has always been with running. Let’s see if blogging will help the process along… because at the moment I have no choice but to pedal…

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throw Back Thursday

First I better throw back to 1 January 2016 and say Happy New Year to everyone! I've been too lazy too busy for blogging. Anyway, I hope we all have a fantastic year.

My Throw Back Thursday doesn't go back very far. We go back to 15 November 2015 and the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. If you read my race report you would have seen the photo below with the caption in there:

I want the jersey of that rider behind me!

I now have proof that someone actually reads my blog! The day after I published the report I received an e-mail from our local vet that said they can maybe help me with that jersey.

I was very surprised but followed it up and after some mails and getting some info they managed to get me a jersey like that. Wonderful!

I never had a chance to fetch it until yesterday afternoon. So here it is! My own SPCA Riding For Animals cycling jersey!



Thanks to Michelle and everyone else that made this possible! I would ride for this cause any day.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Summer Cold

It seems I jinxed myself with my previous post about my training going forward. Just the day after writing it I started feeling the first symptoms of a cold or flu. 

We are nearing the middle of summer but trust me to get something like this just as my training finally comes right... Frustration is the word that comes to mind. 

Anyway, my plan still remains the same. Everything will just be a week or two later than originally planned. Let's hope this is really the last setback.

Happy training!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I have a plan!

My training is slowly but surely coming along and after the past two years of really not much I am happy to actually have a plan again!

With all the injuries and mishaps I've been through, there was no real plan on the cards. The 94.7 cycle race was it and now that it is done and a new year is lurking I feel confident again to take up some challenges.

The main goal for 2016 will be to run some races again. But I am making a change. I will keep on cycling and do cycle races as well. The cycling is definitely helping me to build up strength for the running. The best news is I haven't felt anything from the stress fractures again! Big yay!!!

My plan for now is to run 3 times per week and cycle 4 times per week. This currently gives me 7 good workouts a week without too much stress on the body. The distances are too short for stress on the body yet... :) 

I will keep this up while preparing for my next cycling goal. A 116km race on 14 February. Once I've done this I will switch to running 4 times per week and cycling 3 times per week. This will continue until I run a 10km race probably early in March or maybe end of Feb.

From here I will build up distances and aim for longer races to run and also get myself back on the trails. I want to get on the trails with running and biking.

There are plenty goals to work for. For now I won't be too specific. What I will do is alternate the 3 and 4 days per week between running and cycling while continuing with 7 workouts per week. I will do this for which ever type race I am training for next and 3 of the other to keep the balance.

Later next year I will also try some Dual X off-road events. Trailrun - Mountain Bike - Trailrun. This is new to me and something exciting to look forward to.

For now I am just happy that I can train regularly again and I'm doing it without any pains or strains. It is awesome to look forward to the challenges ahead. It is awesome to be able to set goals with confidence again. I am happy!

Thanks for reading! Happy training!