As 2017 is nearing its end, I find myself as I am sure many of you do too setting goals and objectives for 2018. With so many new races on the calendar, it is important to select the ones you intend to focus on in the new year. Certainly for me, this helps me stay motivated and to keep training. Without a goal, I find myself less inclined to train early mornings and evenings. I hope that you too take the plunge and enter your bucket list races for 2018.
With those of you who have entered Ironman 70.3 East London you will be in full training mode throughout the festive season. For safety reasons, it is recommended to train in groups. Feel free to post on the facebook page and invite your fellow triathletes to join you for a training session. Those who do not have a race in January, enjoy your well-deserved break!
This time of year leads me to quiet contemplation and to focus on the important things in life namely family. Spend as much time as possible with your loved ones. If possible, include your family in your tri journey. It makes it so much more special if you are able to share it with the people you love the most. Wishing you all a safe and blessed festive season.
Race2Standford Race Report by Walter Hayes
R2S was my first attempt at a 70.3 Distance before Ironman East London. Being a novice, I didn’t quite know what to expect or if I was even ready to attempt such a distance. I had only run my first 10km race in February this year, ever, and I still took swimming lessons until August. The distance in all 3 disciplines would therefore really test my ability. Fear set in a couple of weeks before the race, but the words from my coach “Just use it as a long training session” calmed the nerves for the time being. Knowing that doubt and panic will set in again once I am in my wetsuit, ready to hit the water in Hermanus.
My mother stays in Arniston, an hours’ drive from Hermanus. This was also a good chance to visit her and get a shoulder to cry on, should I not make the full race, and have somebody to spoil me with after race treats. In the car from Durbanville I already realised that the cycle from Hermanus to Stanford will be tough as hell. My whole life I have been driving that piece of road, never ever realising how hilly it is. Once you start cycling or running, you form a whole new perspective of roads. I always used to think Durbanville was flat.
The 1.9km swim started in the new Hermanus Harbour. The water conditions was perfect and luckily I had fellow club member Elmaree Stapelberg to “hold my hand” in what was only my second Ocean Open Water Swim. We started at 9:15 with the signal from the Whale crier blowing the horn. Now with me I always have a little panic attack about 250m in. I then just say to myself, enjoy it and think how fantastic it is to swim in the open waters with people around me. I usually then come to my senses and pull through. Exiting the water is always a relief to me, then you know only 2 more to go.
The 90km cycle was tough. Right or wrong, my race strategy is not to look at the route beforehand. Partly because I am lazy, but also I think if I don’t know what is coming, I won’t panic that much. With R2S, this strategy might have been a mistake. I didn’t realise the route included 2 passes. Shaw’s pass was hell, that’s all I can say. The wind was pumping heading back to Stanford, but the route was really beautiful and with not to many cars on the road it turned out to be a lot of fun. Some heavy swearing during the ride and some singing, but mostly swearing all the way from Caledon.
I feel that once you rack your bike during T2, the hardest part of a triathlon is over. It’s only the run left and who cannot run? Yes I have never run 21km after a long cycle, but at that point my mind was strong. Having a strong mental state is very important to me in any race, big or small. I usually prep myself for the distance beforehand, hence I am not always a happy chappy if a race is supposed to be 5km and it turns out to be 7km. That extra km or two always gets to me, no matter what the distance of the race is. The run was in and around the beautiful town Stanford. Do yourself a favour and take a drive if you have never been. The run was 3 loops that was planned just right. I count in Park run lengths. “OK, you only have 4 Park run’s left….3,2,1”
The old lady watering her garden, hopefully with borehole water, was a very welcome sight. Spraying that nice old water all over me on my last lap. Lots of bystanders cheering you on with every pass. The energy was fantastic.
Then suddenly you realise, you only have one Park run left, you can almost already taste that nice ice cold drink at the finish line. The last couple of metres is always the best part of any race for me. You made, YES! It was a long day on the road. I finished in 6:44 hours. Achievement and then reward. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY. Will I do it again? Without a doubt.
Race2Stanford was one of the best, if not the best race that I have done in my life. Extremely well organised down to every little detail. I cannot wait for next year. This is a race to keep your eye on, it’s going to get huge. Tough, challenging and extremely rewarding in one of the most beautiful parts of the Western Cape.
The best part of training for such an event, is the people that you meet along the way. I have made a lot of new friends at Cape Multisport and are extremely grateful for the support and motivation that I receive daily from those around me. Well done guys, we have a great club.
Hope to see you all next year at the Race2Stanford. Have a great holiday season and happy training.
Other notable achievements
|Time||Age category position|
|Wingman Trio (Elmaree Stapelberg, Adrian Klackers, Lize-Mari Jacobs)||06:41:02||6th team|
|Walter Michael Hayes||06:44:19||24th|
Woolworths Tri - Long
|Time||Age category position|
|Jandri de Milander||03:17:44||35|
|Elma van Noordwyk||03:18:30||4|
Woolworths Tri - Short
|Time||Age category position|
|Alec van Wyk||01:23:30||15|
At the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour (97km) race on 3 December, many of our club members achieved great results. Well done in the rainy conditions which resulted in a number of crashes in the earlier start groups. Congratulations to Irma Theron on her outstanding result of 4th in her age group.
Scroll down below for a list of events to keep you on track.
Lomond Triathlon – 16 December 2017
A new offroad triathlon will be taking place on 16 December 2017 at Lomond Wine Estate in Gansbaai. There are two distances on offer, the full (1.2km swim, 30km MTB, 12km trail run) or the sprint (400m swim, 15km MTB, 6km trail run). Registration and late entries will be available at Lomond on 15 December between 17:00 to 19:00 or on 16 December between 06:30 -08:00.
Full Solo R400
Full Team R450
Sprint Solo R300
Sprint Team R360
Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw – Competition time
Please look out for the competition on our Facebook page. You stand a chance to win either a free entry for Xterra Grabouw Lite or a free entry for Xterra Grabouw Full.
The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite is perfect for the triathlete who still working his or her way up the distance stakes. It will take place in Graboutw on Sunday, 25 February and features a 400m swim, 14km MTB and 6.55km trail run.
Serious triathletes with a fair bit of experience under the belt can test their endurance on Saturday, 24 February 2018 during the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full with a 1.5km swim, 25.6km MTB and 12.4km trail run.
The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Kids events will be held on Friday, 23 February 2018:
Age group 6-8 years: Swim 60m, MTB 2km, trail run 600m
Age group 9-11 years: Swim 100m, MTB 3km, trail run 1.5km
Age group 12-15 years: Swim 250m, MTB 5km, trail run 2.5km
Xterra Grabouw Trail Run features a 6km and 12km trail run. XTERRA Grabouw enteries are now open.
|2 December 2017||Woolworths Trust Charity Triathlon|
|16 December 2017||Lomond Triathlon|
|28 January 2018||Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 Buffalo City|
|11 February 2018||Discovery Triathlon World Cup|
|24/25February 2018||Fedhealth Xterra Grabouw|
|4 March 2018||Miway Durban Ultra|
|17 March 2018||South Africa Triathlon Championships, Bloemfontein|
|15 April 2018||Standard Bank Ironman African Championships South Africa|
|3 June 2018||Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 Durban|
You can order your club apparel from Estelle Kock. Kit available includes triathlon top, buff, arm warmers, cycling top, running top and gilets.
Yours in fitness
Julia le Roux