Today I signed and dated a form and was reminded it was March. I’m not so stupid as to only just realise it’s March but the last six months or so seems to have just disappeared. My last blog was months ago, tending to give updates through my social pages rather than a long winded blog post. I considered the need for a blog page on my website but still feel there is a time that needs a long winded update.
So here it is, 2017.
The beginning of January involved counting down the days to sunny miles in South Africa. With half my family in South Africa I decided to spend the bulk of training into Ironman African Champs in Hermanus in the Western Cape. I love this spot and have been training here on and off for the last 5/6 years.
The end of January I headed down to the Eastern Cape to East London for 70.3 South Africa. After last years wipe out on the bike course and subsequent surgery I wanted to race and slay a few demons. For reference the road that I crashed on last year terrified me.
I was fairly convinced I wasn’t fit but went into the race with Rob convincing me I was in better shape than I thought I was (In hindsight he tells it how it is and is usually right). I had a great swim and came off the bike 3.5 mins behind Jodie Cunnama. Losing only a minute to Jodie is a big improvement for me. In 2012, my third triathlon and first pro race I think I lost well over 10 minutes on the same bike course. I didn't believe I had the run legs yet to catch Jodie, it was only the last 5km I thought it might be possible. Lesson learned, back yourself. Turns out it wasn’t to be and Jodie went on to win her seventh title. Quite impressive. I'm not sure there's another triathlete that has had such a successful defense of their title year on year.
Photo Credit: Craig Muller
Leaving East London with my best performance there to date put me in a good position to continue pushing through to the Ironman African Championships on 2nd April. I had heard Daniella Ryf was racing so that gave me the kick up the bum to get back on it fairly quickly. Since then training has been a bit of a blur. I’ve been ticking off the sessions, some great and some average but being out here in Hermanus has given me some winter consistency that I’ve never had before. Two weeks ago I had a mega blow up on my long ride and lost all of my confidence, this week I repeated the session and nailed it. I suppose that’s Ironman training. You push your limits, you succeed. You push your limits, you fail. You repeat and you might succeed.
For now that’s it. Four more weeks. See you again soon Port Elizabeth.
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P.S. As far as race schedules go I've put a very rough one up on my racing page. This is very much dependent on how Ironman African Champs goes. Kona qualification is my number one goal. If April 2nd goes well I'll follow something close to the schedule here. If it's not good I may race Ironman North American Champs. I've entered but I'm hoping I won't have to hop over to America until Kona in October.