Sunday, 16 November 2014

Momentum 94.7... The new route

So i seem to always have the worst of luck with the 94.7.. just happens, today was  punctures, lots of tubes, lots of bombs and lots of sobs after the last puncture... on the 3rd puncture i went back to the start after the start climb.. ride/walk down.. to the mechanic whom i asked 10 times to see if what ever kept causing the slow puncture was gone as he assured me he had checked and i could thank him when i see him next... and the trek back up to start again.. spirit was low.. last puncture, the 4th one was up towards the M1, right next to that new shopping centre - the Philile people were amazing, they helped and the gent eventually found the thin metal pin that had been causing me hell, bless them, it was a lovely climb still :)

Felt very sorry for self for the majority of the ride but probably the worst.. not one person offering to help.. it was so weird.. i had 2 mtb'ers stop on my 3rd puncture, i understand everyone wants to do a great time but somehow, this was very discouraging as i begged, it'll teach me to know how to take my back wheel out :( I missed my MTB baaad today.

On to the route**! 
The M1 was... the same :) and somehow the Joe Slovo climb quite a party after id collected myself, loved it.. loved riding in town, it went quicker than i thought, before i knew it we were by the zoo.. not often i enjoy climbing but today the climbs were welcome :)

Trek to the top, Bryanston, coke and water, awesome down hill, steep climb.. Witkoppen, more suffering that felt good in some weird sadist way.. weird enough there had been no bananas at all water points today which was quite disappointing, till we turned off Witkoppen and to my left was a Du Toit box.. we all know that means bananas :), an emergency stop as i was eternally grateful to the lady, and off i was again.

The Malibongwe climb was epic.. definitely felt longer than normal, at the top of this climb was a gent announcing we had 15km's to go.. hmm, Cedar then home? i thought, but no such luck, turned into lion park, awesome fast section and before we knew it, we were on Cedar Road, tired legs and grueling climb, finding my rhythm was all that was needed, young chuckle and into Steyn City we went, another massively fast section leading to a massive climb.. i must admit i didn't see this one coming... the climb was long and just so steep in parts.. as a laugh escaped my lips i realized i'd had a day and a half, and here i was, almost at the finish.. the almost finish place took very long.. patience to the top.. a young lady motivating us '1 km to go' she sang.. and we climbed for another km.. what a finish.. very happy i showed up, and persevered to the finish.

The last thought i had was how we are so quick to call Metro police names yet when they pitch up to make events like this possible we hail them, but when they help on Rivonia in mad traffic its so quickly forgotten.. we all get paid to do what we do, but a 'thank you, you've done great' goes a long way.. anyway.. happy new week good people**!


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Passion to Living Ratio

I love the Sundays when i get a chance to sit and share my thoughts..

The past 2 weeks have been very interesting, deciding to not be ruled by circumstance but making a way to pursue and fulfill the happy fitter me has been happening with my trusted training partner #SuuntoAmbit2.. i have been more consistent.. along with that, good eating too, it feels good :)

In one of my rides in the past week i reflected on my inner while on the bike.. it felt great, I managed a solid training week without giving up time with family and friends.. it was a good balance between work, family, passion and Zandi time... it brought me to the old adage that most cyclists live by 'its all about power to weight ratio'.. surely like everything is relative, this is a relative statement too, its true to a certain extent.. don't get me wrong, everyone wants to be lighter on the bile, but at what cost.. people start living, eating, only conversing and being a refection of their bikes.. loosing self and any value for family and friends.. I've been in this weird place where all i wanted was to be lighter and stronger at all cost, but looking back at the past week.. managing a my training hours within the work week, and still cooking dinner and conversing with my +1 and yes, passing out #likeaboss .. but just that moment..I've taken back the power, I'm not quite a fan of being a passenger, so I'm loving this place :)

Taking the control back has never felt so good, I've always believed in the say 'if you don't have time in the day, then wake up earlier' and this has served me well :)

In other news, yesterday the Bestmed Ladies Team was invited to the Bestmed Chairman's Ball at Velmore Hotel, what an amazing event as the company celebrated 50 years of awesomness and reaching their dreams yet still striving for more in these demanding times, having managed to move with the times and transform within itself.. inspiring.. and we are very lucky girls to be part of the Bestmed family**!

Happy new week good people**!

Don't forget to tell the people whom you love, that you love them, its not always obvious, and too late is a place we are all very familiar with.