Enduroman race report

I was fascinated by road kill. There it was, I had seen the blue gel packet in the same spot twice before and a little further on I would find the orange jelly baby just to my left on a flat rock. Discarded but now a friendly supporter on each of my three laps of the run course. And then he was not there….

I ran on wondering if somebody was desperate enough to pick him up and eat him. I had thought about that often (today and at previous races) in the closing stages of a triathlon. Where the hell was my little friend?

I climbed two of the three sandy hills and almost forgot about him when suddenly next to my left foot he cheered me on. Glowing bright orange in the sun.

I was a few hundred meters from the finish line of Enduroman SA and my race had gone to plan. In fact better than expected.

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seconds before the start

Just over seven hours ago I had to work hard against the cold, black, swallowing too much water. Not enjoying it much. The water temperature was 15*C but it felt colder. The darkness pulled at me while I tried to maintain form and I had to try really hard not just to call it a day. Then the rainbow appeared. Rain left little dimples rainbowon the surface and all became better. I waved at M and friends as we started lap two and then I found my rhythm.

Why are they all still in transition? It seemed like half the field was just standing there taking their time. Getting dressed. So different form the usual rushing madness. And off we rode up the first hill. A few passed me and I knew it would not last long. Over eager on the technical section. Then one of them fell. Frustration has to be held back so early on.

Spectator point one and I was ahead of schedule. Glad to see M and friendly cheers. I burnt a match trying to catch a draft. All in vein as they disappeared into the distance a little while later. A lesson in caution and patience. I ate meat and real food and fueled the machine. Spinning, spinning all the time. The monster hill and I let them go. Down the mudslide and front wheel was tracking well.

Easy down the cobbles and then I started to gain some places.

Pit stops went like clockwork thanks to fantastic support.

Get the speed up on the final approach.

Then Transition two and I heard them announce the winner. I knew I would walk the monster hill. But anything other than that was to be run. I stuck to the plan. Attack the downhill and then push on the sandy bits.

And so it was over. Just like that. Like a dream.

Thanks to organisers: Glyn, Geddan and crew; sponsors: Orca, 32Gi and Oakpics for making this possible. I certainly hope that this will become an annual fixture on the calendar.

More Core sessions

TEnduroman bike route 2 recce maphis last weekend was another two days of core workouts in my preparation for Enduroman SA.

Saturday I met Geddan Ruddock of Franschoek Cycles, Ed from Atlantic Triathlon Club and new twitter friends for part two of the bike course. The 3km climb was sobering and set the tone for what is going to be a big day out. Total distance from Geddan’s Shop to the start and back was 47 km with over 1000 m vert. I stocked up on treats for the drive home.

 

 

 

 

Sunday I headed to Silvermine again. Old climbing friends with kids watched on as I suited up in my Orca wetsuit, two swim caps, ear plugs and goggles. The first lap I was doing ok, second lap I seriously wondered if this was a good idea and if I could actually complete my intended three laps, the third lap I just tried to keep my form as I saw M take some pictures.

IMG_1509 So what is the point of a 45 minute session in 12*C? I now know that I can. It’s not going to be pretty but I know I will get onto the bike and after that the run course. After that it is just a hop, skip and jump….

Silverman Triathlon

One of the best kept secrets around. I completed the Silverman Triathlon on Saturday. No entry fees, no marshals, no prize money, friendly photographers at every corner. Just getting out there and doing it and enjoying.

The standard route to follow: Swim two loops of the Silvermine Dam (1400m +) , walk back to your car, Drive the 500m to the MTB parking lot, hop onto the mountain bike, follow the Silvermine Loop, then down to the Tokai Gate via any single track that you like and back to your car (25km +). Trail shoes on and run the Perimeter Trail (11km) but more of that exact description later.

Obviously shorter options and much longer options are available.silverman map

On Saturday I chose to do a slightly longer route of the Silverman Tri in my prep for Enduroman SA. Here is my story:

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ambit showing a rather interesting swim course

M was my only spectator for the swim leg. Flat like a pool conditions and 13*C made me feel quite chuffed. Two laps around the periphery of the Silvermine Dam gave me between 1400m and 1680m depending if you believe my Ambit or Google Earth.

As I entered T1 Tony and Nix arrived and slowed down just long enough so that I had company on the climb to Noordhoek Peak. It was a really nice way to start the second leg. We did some single track on the way to the bottom of the Fairy Garden where I turned to add some more altitude zig zags to my movescount graph. I started to deal with puncture issues so opted to head back to the car. (Nice that I could do that as there were no officials around who would disqualify me.) On with my trail shoes in search of my dropped water bottle from leg 2. Not the most interesting option but it did give me an opportunity to think about pacing for the run leg of ESA.

Despite me not hitting the distance numbers that I had intended for the day I was pleased that I have worked out nutrition solutions which should work come race day. Also some pacing for the run.

Another piece of the puzzle is worked out J

Silverman Tri

not impressive numbers but I got out there and did it

 

 

Disclaimer: any similarities in name to actual persons is purely coincidental and is not the intention of the author.

 

Week Summary 24 Jan – 2 Feb 2014

So why post what I did last week?

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The week started with a rest day on Monday.

Tuesday was a double: trail run in Newlands Forest in the morn. Swim squad in the afternoon.

Wednesday was easy with only a swim.

Thursday another double with trail run up Mowbray Ridge in the morn and swim in the afternoon.

Friday easy swim. Just turning over.

Saturday was the Lion of Africa half marathon.

Well it was a pretty big week for me this year. Not in volume but intensity. Especially considering that the 85km Roller Coaster bike race on Sunday was pretty hard.

I admit that I am pretty tired this week and need to recover properly before I build again.

For me the crux is finding the right volume that I can maintain for a couple of weeks rather than do a massive week and then recover for a week repeat. Intensity is key!

This week would have been fine if the intensity were lower. But hey I was wanting to race my bike and keep up with the boys at the half! I only succeeded at one of those..