Sunday, 26 October 2014

You cant put out what you haven't put in..

Another week has gone by where due to work restrictions i ended up not getting on the bike, not even once in the week.. in short I had a pretty tough weekend on the bike .

On Saturday my +1 and i had a do to go to so i missed the morning ride and had to make this up in the late morning ride going into the afternoon.. hot.. windy.. uncomfortable.. just constant hot insistent wind.. with all the will in the world and 'win talk' with my legs.. i just felt flat.. i eventually stopped at Home of the Chicken Pie to get some sugar in my system -Coke :) in hope to make it home with a sense of humor still.. yes it helped :)

And again this morning we went out for a ride with a few friends, nice and early as i see my nieces today**! But i just had another wet sock ride.. out of place and just off.. started strong but couldn't carry it.. it got me to exactly this thought.. you cant put out what you haven't put in, these inconsistencies on the bike pretty much sum up what my riding has been like for the last 3 odd months.. inconsistent,, and with that.. i choose to be better.. i love the bike and somehow the heavy wind didn't eat at me at the Bestmed Satellite Classic.. i was at a happy place regardless.. weird. And again, much as i sulked, it was a blimmen good ride with some awesome downhills and great company.. the bike is a special place.. no one but you can dictate what happens on it and what keeps you going.. <3 

Everything that happens in our lives is a result of choices that we make.. i love my work.. intense and crazy as it is.. i still choose health... my bike... being and feeling good.. with that mantra said.. its gonna be a great training week! **,)/*

Funny thing is even at your worst ride.. you realize how much it stretches you to endure more.. not just on the bike, but in life.. you've committed to the cause and cant just back out cause you having a tough ride.. the finish is the only option.. perhaps that's the best part about the bike :)

Now time with my nieces**! 

Happy new week beautiful people**!


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Back to back weekends of stage racing and a road race.. mouthful..

So I've been youngly quiet in the past few weeks.. sorry.. but  its been an interesting past 3 weeks, doing the Isuzu 3 Towers in the first weekend of October, the Fedgroup berg & Bush #Descent in the 2nd weekend and then this weekend -The Bestmed Satellite Classic.. what happiness!!

So its not often ill say i enjoyed climbing or enjoyed being on the road bike but somehow i just loved the Satellite Classic.. i was meant to ride the 116 but ended up doing the 80km as a friend was really wanting to ride but not alone, so the easy paced ride was needed but my legs were beyond happy to climb.. it felt good.. :)

A young reflection on the last  2 weekends..

The Isuzu 3 Towers was hella tough - mechanical infested but tough.. every day we started on a 20km climb between 800-1000m vertical ascent.. then an additional 50km with another 1000m vertical spread out.. i suffered but Lord knows i love Sabie for one reason, yes it has crazy climbs but the downhills and single track are beyond rewarding**! 
First day my partner had issues with gears not changing in the last 20 odd Km's, and big ring and Sabie rarely happens so that held us back. And on the second day i broke my saddle 12km's into the 1st 20km climb.. standing and resting to the top/ 1st water point was all that could happen, in between this drama was 2 different ideas on how we could keep the saddle 'on'.. oh boy.. at Waterpoint 1 another guy tried to make my spare tube a seat.. bless you all but we ended up having  to go back to race village to get my saddle sorted, i was determined to ride still so i was dropped off at the last guy on the field and allowed to finish.. <3 MTB and that afternoon.. Rugby as the Springboks made us proud.. the race village was so warm.. loved it! Ps.. its called 3 Towers because you climb to a Tower each day.. i didn't know this.. :)

The last day was beautiful.. lots of climbs, no mechanicals and lots of technical descent towards the end.. yes, i was one happy Bean!!

The Berg and Bush is known for its never ending single track up, down, across.. hmm.. fair climbing, hard terrain as we transversed the Berg, sickeningly amazing single track.. yes, Solly's Folly is worth all the hype it gets... especially with a bit of rain and mist.. i loved it.. first day was a long 95km.. id lost my sense of humor in the last 5 km's - this was the longest 5km's of my life..


Ive always said mtb climbing is harder than road climbing, but Berg and Bush took it a tad further.. single track climbing is tough.. yikes! 2nd day the legs started arriving, and 3rd day they had arrived and i couldn't have asked for a better stage for them to arrive.. this brought great happiness :)

Having missed Cape Pioneer this year and being blessed enough to do these stage races i couldn't help but wonder.. if every race has climbs.. is it not that the natural or differentiating factor should be the quality of the technical single track?.. good races cater for the climbers and the technical riders/downhillers/technical single track lovers.. i think.. hence some pray for uphills... some pray for downhills was all i thought on day 1  as most of the riders dismounted down a technical wet Solly's folly.. we made up time on the technical bits on day 2 and 3.. perhaps its cause i live for technical single track and tummy curdling descents.. i wouldn't have it any different though :) 

... Best single track ridden so far / the amount of effort put into insane downhills and technical single track
1. Bridge Cape Pioneeer
2. Fedgroup Berg and Bush
3. Sabie - everywhere.. in all directions going down :)
4. Sani2C Day 2

I love mtb'ing!!