• injury,  training & racing

    Damn, This Ankle!

    The story of my dodgy ankles is a long and eventful one. I’ve suffered multiple sprains and injuries – all thanks to a nasty little condition called hypermobility – and have already had ankle surgery in 2013 and 2015 respectively. And now it seems I’m going down that road again. Please follow and like us:

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Anniversary: 3 Years Strong

    We’ve officially been homeschooling for three years. Happy Homeschooliversary To Us! It’s been crazybusy, since I have been juggling a demanding job with homeschooling, but we somehow made it through the wilderness. We may be a bit battered and bruised, but we are also older and wiser. And I’m quite proud to be dispensing (limited) homeschooling advice to those who ask. Please follow and like us:

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Emotional Rollercoaster

    Coach Evil Steve promised us two things the first time he met us: The friends we were about to make on this 70.3 journey would stay with us for the rest of our lives.  We would experience a rollercoaster of emotions as the programme progress. He was right on both accounts. I have probably experienced more ups and downs in the past ten days than what I have experienced during most of this programme. Up:  Langebaan Lagoon Challenge (80km), 17 November I’ve heard a lot about the Langebaan Lagoon Challenge, and although I had toyed with the idea of participating, I didn’t really give it any serious thought.  It wasn’t…

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Revenge of the Tri Nerd

    OOH – this blog post is WAY overdue, but things have been a little hectic at work and in training. Stay tuned for a wrap-up of this past weekend, coming to a PC near you in the next 48 hours. First things first…  I have a very important message: Last Sunday was undoubtedly one of the most awesome days of my very short and very limited tri life.  To fully understand what I mean, you need to remember what happened to me last year. As a first-timer at the 2011 BSG tri in Worcester, I didn’t really know what to do or expect.  I didn’t know anything about transition. I…

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Feeling like a superstar

    Can somebody hand me my cape please because I feel like a freaking superhero!! The morning started like most canal mornings.  I drove to the Waterfront at warp speed because I was running late.  Arrived, sniffed the air to get a feel for the stink level (conclusion:  ripe) and went through the ritual of shoehorning (and being shoehorned) team mates into wetsuits.  <<Meg actually came up with a pretty nifty term for what we do each other:  “POP”.>> Then I looked around to spot a few friends (unsuccessfully, since we all look like seals with orange swim caps on), jumped in (gets easier every time) and had the usual panic…

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Why Egg-Mayo is a NO-NO

    I’ve been fretting about this blog since Saturday.  After all, what can I say about my disastrous opening tri for the season without sounding like a total whiner? For most it was a great race.  In my case it turned into a bit of a non-event.  In a nutshell: I had a bit of a panic attack beforehand which included a few tears (aahhh… the old ugly cry…) Had a great warm-up swim Started feeling sick a few minutes before the start Felt so ill that in the time it took the others to complete two laps, I could only manage one Had a few quality puking sessions on the bike before…

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Training Update: My swimming progress

    While most of you will be snoozing tomorrow morning, I’ll be getting up at 4am to pack my stuff, collect Sofie, Meg & Radesh and go road trippen to the other side of the Huguenot Tunnel where we will join the rest of our Embark training group to participate in the  Slanghoek Triathlon. The road tri comprises a 1,2km swim, 50km cycle and 12km run. I’m a little nervous…  But the dam swim is divided up in two 600m loops – making it a little more manageable for a newbie like myself – and Slanghoek veterans have been telling me that it’s one of their favorite races on the tri calendar.  So I guess what…

  • blog post,  life stuff,  training & racing

    Instant gratification: the greatest myth of them all

    We live in an age of instant gratification.  Quick fixes. Where popping a pill can adjust our mood as needed. Where  we can lose 5kg a week by simply taking a few drops of some herbal-all-natural-approved-by-scientists-may-give-you-kidney-failure-but-you-don’t-care concoction. Where our bosses expect an answer to a work BBM at 2 in the morning. Where, in the current Romney-Obama debate, one candidate proposes a long-term and more sustainable solution, while the other plays to the American’s expectation of an insta-fix. Where children are quickly given the ADD label and medicated so that teachers can cope in the classroom (this is a massive generalization but something I have personally experienced with my own…