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

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!

Monday, June 8, 2015

I give up!

I must have jinxed myself with my previous post after my test run last week. The next morning I was at the doctor with a different issue.

In November 2013 I dropped a piece of glass into my foot that gave me quite a bad cut. It healed just fine and all was well, but last weekend the scar started swelling a bit and by Monday evening I could see it was infected.

November 2013

Tuesday morning I could hardly walk it was so painful and a trip to the doctor was the only option. After some very painful digging the doctor actually found a tiny piece of bone in my foot. It seems that the piece of glass chipped this off when it fell and it finally worked itself out of my foot now.

I was amazed at how painful this has been. I can't wear normal shoes yet and obviously no training was possible for the past week.

18 Months after the initial cut I am back to this...

It should be all sorted by the end of the week. Leg, back then foot... I hope that is that!

Have a super week everyone!

Monday, June 1, 2015

I Ran!

I was allowed to do a test run this morning to see how the leg injury is doing. It was a very slow shuffle, but I ran!

My leg felt good with zero pain, but my back was a bit stiff and sore. I think my leg is almost healed but my back is not great yet.

I will cycle the rest of the week and if all is still good do the same run again next Monday. If good I will do two runs next week and take it from there. Progress!

Have a super week everyone!

Friday, May 29, 2015

It's Comrades Weekend!

Sunday sees the 90th running of the Comrades Marathon, the biggest ultra in the world, with 20000 entries allowed this year.

To all my friends and each and every other runner: "Run strong, persevere and enjoy every moment. I'll be following the race at home but in my heart I'll be right there.

All the best! You are all winners!

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Cycling Experience So Far

Wow, I have never been away from blogging for this long! This needs to be rectified properly starting right now.

Quick update:
I am still cycling and will do a short test run on 1 June. The best part of the cycling experience is that my leg is really feeling good. The worst part... I was just getting the hang of the cycling thing when I injured my back when moving a cupboard. Real bummer!

My back is still stiff and sore but it seems to be healing well. I am literally praying that it does not have any ongoing side effects or symptoms.

Getting back to the title of this post, I must admit I am enjoying parts of the cycling story. It will never be like running for me but it can definitely be a part of my life going forward. Getting used to all the paraphernalia is the worst part... I have to get out of bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier just to put on or clip on everything.

I feel a little like this when I head out the door...

Then we are also moving into winter and morning rides are dark and also getting colder and colder. Being visible is my number one priority. Being warm enough comes next. Cycling on South African roads in the dark is dangerous. There is nothing else to say about that. I think I look like a mobile Christmas tree,

Two strong lights at the front...

...and a headlight with that.

Facing backwards I have a read and a white light. These flash with different intervals and are positioned to lighten up the reflector belts and bibs I wear in different positions.

Then its gloves and helmet and, with the mornings getting colder, ear warmers and glasses to protect the eyes and what not else... Luckily I have numerous buffs to wear in the places I might get really cold. I think I'll continue adding buffs to my apparel as we move deeper into winter.

All in all the cycling experience has been good. It is just not as simple and effective as running. Also not as cheap...

Happy training everyone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Touching the Dark Side

Hi everyone! I'm still alive!

Leg update:
My leg felt better at some point and then suddenly just worse again. So I got all the necessary scans and x-rays and what have you done.

The verdict - I have multiple stress/hairline fractures in the upper part of my left femur. Zero impact training allowed for up to three months!

Which brings me to the title of this post... Touching the Dark Side...

I am now the proud owner of the bike below.

Giant ATX 27.5

I am allowed to cycle if I don't feel any pain. If it gets sore that is out as well. I cycled the last time about 20 years ago. So getting into this is quite a mission for me. I am not the world's keenest cyclist. But I will rather cycle than do nothing. Doing nothing is not an option for me.

I needed some motivation to do this as my first few rides on the old racer showed. I decided a new bike is the answer. I was right! This has me excited about cycling again and the fact that I have the off-road option excites me even more. This is my first mountain bike.

I'm enjoying the rides on this bike so far...a lot... I am not crossing to the dark side, but I am touching it and enjoying it. I have a few races in the back of my head...

Happy training everyone!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Frustrated Runner!

Yes, the pic above sums up my feelings quite well. I haven't been blogging much because I haven't been running much. That about says it all.

My leg is still sore although it is definitely getting better. The main reason I feel so frustrated is because I still don't know what I did to get this sore leg. If it was a running injury I might have felt better about it.

The past few weeks I often felt like this...

But I am running every day again and even though it is very short runs it does help to keep the frustration levels down. I am busy with a very slow buildup to what will be hopefully pretty normal training by April.

How bad was my leg? Think multiple stress fractures in the femur. That's how bad it felt at some point. Now it is a bit stiff and sore while I run but I don't feel any pain or discomfort through the days or nights anymore. Thinking about it like this I know there is progress and I am on my way to full recovery.

I still think I hurt my leg while gardening on tired legs after the 48 hour race in December. This is the only logical explanation I have so I will go with that.

For now I am back to running 6 times per week...short, but that is much better than no running at all.
At least I am a little less frustrated...

Stay strong my friends!