I have just arrived in Cape Town along with the rest of South Africa’s cycling community. I however have a paddle under my arm and am not riding my bike through the airport like some over keen roadies that are down for tomorrow’s Argus Pick and Pay cycle tour which I am told is the biggest cycling race in the world.
I have no intentions in riding the 109km Argus, I have another mission in mind. I am here for the first real races of the year with the SA Lifesaving Champs at Blowberg from next Thursday to Saturday (13-15march) and then a short trip up to plett for the Penny Pinchers Easter Surfski Race.
Both have not been my focus in training the last 3 weeks with having to do some long stuff in preparations for the Molokai in May. I have had some great sessions and have some decent miles under the belt considering I have only been training for 4 weeks.
The only diversion from the training has been the Kia Motors Marine surfski series. I can’t get in enough races to count in the series so I have been having some fun and scaring some doubles crews. Last week I paddled mixed doubles with Angelique Mulder and came 3rd and then last night a paddled with Sthembiso Mbatha coming 2nd in a close dice beating the series leaders into 3rd. Sthembiso is a great talent from my development team and I hope to write a blog about him in the next week.
Back to what I am up to in the Cape!!! The distance I have done over the last 3 weeks will not help me much in the short lifesaving style racing this week and the cold water is always a surprise here. I also haven’t been in my lifesaving ski for some time and will have to adapt fast to the shorter ski. I am looking forward champs because the shorter surf racing is always exciting and you never know what going to happen. I got a 2nd in the ski race at last years champs in EL and would love to get one up on the fast Jasper Mocke who beat me so well last year.
The week of speed work will work out quite nicely for the flowing weeks 18km race in plett. All the big boys will be there to try rap up some World Series points, Hank is looking in fine form winning the race last night and Dawid is always on his game.
For now I get to enjoy my Sunday off by checking out the Argus tomorrow, hope to see some mates from home come and soak up the atmosphere of 35 000 riders.