Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snakes+Training= Good times

I am considering carrying toilet paper with me on rides. Strange you might might think, but a month ago (we really should update our blog more often) I managed to ride over a live Cape Cobra. Some of you know about this, but I cant help but write about it. The short of the long is that Im still alive…which is good right? I only went over its tail and although it “flaired its cheeks”, for some unknown reason it didn’t have a go at me. And so our “wild life files” continue…

This time of year most Epic riders ask themselves, is it all worth it? Why do I have to get up at 4:45am? Why does “milk’o balm” feel so cold at 5am in the morning? (don’t ask) Do I really want to go cycle 5hours tomorrow after cycling 5hours today? Can’t I switch from “light” to “lager” tonight? Will motor biking not be more fun? For us normal folk training for this event really tests ones love for the sport. That said, we are on course for our 3rd ABSA Cape Epic and when thinking about it we cant help but get excited!

We have BIG news in that PVM Nutritional Sciences ( ) has come on board with Cranks of Glory. They are well known and respected for their training and race nutrition products. We have been using their awesome products for the last 3years and we managed to convince them that we are awesome too! : ) We really are very privileged to be sponsored by great brands such as adidas, Bemer, MET and now PVM.

It has been a very up and down year as far as training is concerned. We have done more mileage and put in more hours than any other year. However, I have been battling with flu, sinus and a stomach virus whilst Nico has not been feeling very good on the bike lately. We both managed to finish the MTN Attakwas (135km and 2750m climbing from Oudtshoorn to Grootbrak). Its widely regarded as the toughest one day race in South Africa. I had a solid race and was quite happy with a respectable time of 7hrs35min. Nico had a poor race by his standards, battling with cramps and general tiredness…however, he still beat me by 12mins!!! I don’t know if I should be embarrassed or just in awe of him.

Lastly, we just want to say that we hope everybody are safely back home and into the swing of normal life again. May 2010 be a good year for you all with many blessings!

49 days till ABSA Cape Epic 2010 … nice …


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