In general, cooler temperatures begin to prevail at this time of year and the urge to sleep in takes hold. This year, however, we are experiencing an ‘Indian summer’ which is certainly great for training but also concerning with our current water crisis. Despite these water challenges, we managed to find an absolute gem where we can host our open water swimming in Devon Valley.
Open water swim
We hosted the first swim/brick session on Saturday, 29 April at Devon Valley with a temperature of 28 degrees at 7h15. The beginners and experienced swimmers thoroughly enjoyed their swim.
We had a number of hosts to assist with the brick sessions. Members were spoilt for choice and had the option to either run or cycle post swim followed by breakfast or head to breakfast at the bistro on the farm.
Going forward the swim session will take place on a Saturday afternoon. We are hoping that the Saturday afternoon slot will suit the majority’s training schedule. We will post the group swim event invite on our Facebook page.
We had an incredible time with our Ironman athletes at the Ironman Social on the 21st April at Ke-Monate Restaurant, Signal Gun. There was champagne, lucky draw giveaways for adults and kids, yummy cupcakes and great conversations. It was really special to have the opportunity to share in their experiences.
Some of our Ironman athletes not only completed Ironman South Africa and also took on the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.
|Ironman South Africa||Two Oceans Ultra|
Other Ironman athletes opted for Ironman and the 36One MTB Challenge.
|Ironman South Africa||36One MTB
|Jenny Close (Solo) – 2nd Female||10:58:42||22:47:08|
|Werner Schmidt (Solo)||13:33:31||25:23:50|
(Team – Anything for Beer) - 11th
Congratulations to Lukie Snyman who had an outstanding performance at Ironman with an incredible time of 09:59:13 and qualified for a slot to the 2018 70.3 World Championship. Congratulations Lukie on your selection to the Western Province team for the SA duathlon championship.
Other notable achievements
Freedom Swim Robben Island to Big Bay 8 April
Well done to Dieter Oosthuizen (“aka Yoda”) who successfully completed the Robben Island swim crossing. The conditions were challenging due to a strong wind prior to the swim which impacted surface conditions, chop from all directions and a sudden drop in water temperature. The water temperature at the start was 12.7C outside the harbour to sub 10C at Big Bay. The event was called off and therefore no results are officially recorded.
Walker Bay Xtreme 29-30 April
|Yolande van der Walt||01:05:49|
|Yolande van der Walt||01:36:13|
Scroll down below for a list of events for May to keep you on track.
Ironman 70.3 Buffalo City – 28 January
Entries have opened for the first race of 2018. The general entry fee for early entries is R2750 and will apply up to 1 August 2017. Thereafter the entry fee increases to R3200 and will apply up to 1 November 2017. The late entry fee is R3650. Don’t miss out on the early entry fee if you are planning to do this event.
Race Ready Entries – Package deal
Athletes who will be racing the Ironman 70.3 Buffalo City and Ironman African Championship can select the discounted Race Ready Package when registering for the Ironman African Championship. The package of R7830 will apply up to 3 August 2017.
Big5 Sports Challenge – 7-16 July
Big 5 Entry: https://entrytickets.net/big52017
Big 5 Lite Entry: https://entrytickets.net/big5lite2017
The 8th BIG5 Sport Challenge will be hosted again as part of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, Festival. This multi-sport event includes the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race, the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon 21km Run, The Featherbed Trail Run, Knysna Dragon’s Lagoon Mile Swim and will also be launching a brand new event the MTB X.
Athletes compete in five pre-determined events and a point system is used to determine the winners. In the BIG5 Lite, four of the events are pre-determined and athletes will have a choice between three other events, which will make up their fifth event result. A limited field of 125 entries will be made available for the BIG5 and 125 entries for the BIG5 Lite.
You can order your club apparel from Estelle Kock. Kit available includes triathlon top, buff, arm warmers, cycling top, running top and gilets.
A little humour…
Upcoming Events - May
|6-7 May||Houw-Hoek MTB challenge (2 day stage race)|
|10 May||Meerendal full moon run, ride & hike|
|13 May||Wellington MTB gravel travel|
|14 May||Stellenbosch Bartinney2Bartinney Trail Run (10km/25km)|
|14 May||VWS Trail Challenge Trail Run (10km/20km)|
|14 May||Slave Route Challenge Half Marathon|
|20 May||Amarider 50 & 100 Miler MTB|
|20 May||Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (11km/24km/38km)|
|20 May||Willow Creek Computer Mania MTB|
|21 May||Cape Town 12 OneRun|
|27 May||Darling Brew MTB|
|27 May||Hex Valley Autumn Splendour MTB race and Trail Run|
|28 May||Cyclo Sportif #1- Road Bike 95.8km|
Yours in fitness
Julia le Roux