The ride (Remember I'm on a motorbike) out there was simple, down the N1, take the turnoff and the about 3km up that road follow the signs to Tygerberg Nature Reserve... The Reserve is at the top of the hill (people were parking half way down the hill and walking up) with amazing views of Table Mountain,
|(OK it wasn't so good today)|
Now I would like to say: We jostled for a spot on the front row, and then all to suddenly the shot broke the eerie silence and we were off... But it was nothing like that, we where all still chatting when Owen said 10 seconds and then GO...
I was off, with my 40+ win last week I know if I could pull off another victory today I would have a shot at the series title!
We were now running along a single track on the side of the "hill" (it's not really a mountain), I could see the leaders, now 10-15sec ahead, but the it wasn't going to stay that way, we had to get back up... One by one they fell, the Zimbo's and Eddie, Allan had put in a walk, and then I had Nic... He didn't stay with me as I just kept running (OK it was jogging, that km from 4.5km to 5.5km had taken me 6:27, and I had climbed 141m). For the 4th race in a row I was in the lead at half way, I crested the top and took off, I was pushing, but I had no speed. Nic soon joined me and together we weaved down and around to the dam at the bottom of the course. I could hear Allan catching and the 3 of us rounded the dam together. With just the climb to the finish left I thought I had a chance, but the gradient wasn't kind to me and the 2 of them ran away from me leaving me in 3rd (2nd 40+)
I need to get fit....
I am so jealous that you get to race so often. Great job!ReplyDelete
Wait for it I run a half in Saturday and the last in the trail series on Sunday.Delete
YOU need to get fit?! Where does that leave the rest of us?ReplyDelete
My empathies to your wife - although I'm a little jealous that she's allowed 5k every second day. I hope she heals soon.
I grew up in Bellville and did my first trail running training runs on Tygerberg hills. Unfortunately I live in PE now and haven't had a oppurtunity to race there. When I trained there I always thought about the home ground advantage I would have should a race be held there. Ai, maybe next year.ReplyDelete
Another exciting report, though you'll be a bit niggled Allan went past on the final climb. Are you still in with a chance of winning the series - after you've 'got fit'?ReplyDelete