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Our cold active weekend …

Son and Hubby making their way to the start
Son and Hubby making their way to the start

Early Saturday morning we packed our family car and made our way to Northern Farm. For the second year now, we opted to support the Winter Ride n Run hosted by the Redhill School and FedGroup. It was freaking cold, but our young man was super excited that we were for a change packing his bike into the car and making our way to the main road to ride it. I’ve not seen him this happy in ages. Smiling from ear to ear and kept confirming if indeed he was going to ride his bike. I was also very promptly told that I would have to wait for them while they went off on their bikes.

What are we waiting for...
What are we waiting for…

Hubby left first, I had to hold our young man back as he felt he needed to be riding off with dadD. It took some convincing that he too would be riding off soon.

When we eventually got tot he starting pen, he was like .. “What are we waiting for now..?”  We eventually left and the race was on! He road off and was loving every minute of the experience. 

I thought bottlenecks only happened in the big peoples races, apparently not! It wasn’t too long after we left that we hit our first bottleneck!

Bottleneck ... seriously
Bottleneck … seriously

If he had his way, he would have been pushing forward and bumping his front tyre onto the bike in from to get them to move out the way .. so typical of many adult MTB races! If I could read minds, I am sure his would have been screaming ..“Move it!” 

Roughing it
Roughing it

I really loved how they made the route “technical”, keeping it real in terms of what MTB is all about! The young man was loving all the ups and downs, even overtaking the slow bikes on his own. It really was too special to watch and just share this moment with him.

This was the first time we’d been back to Northern Farm since he joined the family. We loved that he was clearly having a fun time. I don’t think it will be too long before we make it a habit. I have no doubt, this young man is going to be MTB cyclist .. he loves calculated danger, this was very clear on Saturday!

Fellow Runners
Fellow Runners

So great to see both Lucy and Stevie supporting the Redhill School event as well. They both ran the 6km Trail run, while Lucy’s hubby rode the 45km MTB race.

Festive Time
Festive Time

The event itself was very well organised, number collection was quick and much better compared to last year. The public support was amazing. If the event was better communicated this year, then it is a recipe the school and FedGroup should continue to use, it definately works!

There was plenty of entertainment for the little ones, space for the riders to park their bikes post the race, loads of food  and fresh coffee to warm us up being sold to the public as well.

Next year .. try and give it a go .. 🙂




Later on Saturday afternoon it was time to support two charities via the Otter’s Annual 6.7km Fun Run Challenge .. we clearly enjoying these annual events .. well some of them anyway with great causes. The Otter’s run supports The Baby House in Lonehill and Lesedi Children’s Home. I would have loved to include a link to the Lesedi Children’s Home, but either I’ve lost my touch with searching for stuff online or they don’t have a page at the moment.

I’ve included the link to The Baby House above, so you can read up on them as well. Briefly here is an extract from their website

The Baby House Lonehill

The Baby House was founded in response to the need for 5 million children who will be orphaned by 2015 in South Africa. The Baby House is officially a place of safety for abused and abandoned babies and toddlers… our style of care however is far beyond what you would expect in a typical children’s home. We value one on one attention, loving touch and good quality nutrition, medication and therapies to assist our little ones in healing from trauma and returning to a safe world of self-discovery. We opened our doors in 2011, to date the destiny of 21 children has been radically and beautifully changed. We are based in Johannesburg and house 6 children at a time. Our vision is to create more homes, with medical facilities to accommodate victims of infant rape as well as abused and abandoned babies. In order to do this we need to increase our sustainable income and to form partnerships with corporations devoted to the care and development of our current and future generation of children.”

They will be hosting a few events from September this year to raise funds for their charity, one of which includes riding for them in the forthcoming 94.7 Cycle Challenge taking place on the 16th November. I need to chat to hubby about raising funds for our kit and entry, so that we can proudly cycle through the streets of Jozi in the colours of The Baby House and at the same time not only raise awareness of this wonderful cause, but also help raise much needed funds so that they may continue to do their wonderful work. 

Otter's Fun Run Challenge
Otter’s Fun Run Challenge

Now back to the run… having run the route last year I was in familiar surroundings and what to expect. I am happy that I managed to run more of the route than I did last year, and the “killer hill” wasn’t so deadly this year. I didn’t run all of it perhaps next year, but I did run more of it than last year…hope that counts for something?

It was well organised and reasonably well attended. As it was held on Mandela Day, I’m not sure if all the other number of events taking place across the city this year overshadowed it, as it seemed a lot more low keyed in comparison to last year.

Still, it was beautiful to see the streets crowed by both local residents and visitors alike. Everyone running the streets of the Lonehill suburb as families, including their pets. After the run there were a few stalls selling food and drinks, while the children could run around the park enjoying the late afternoon sun around the park lawns.

Again, if you’re not doing anything else next year .. why not join us and the many families supporting this great initiative?

I dropped off my boys at home and after I was sure they were both washed and fed, I was back in my car and headed back to the local gym. Saturdays as part of my #DareToTri training is made up of a morning run and a swim session in the afternoon. I did the run, now I ached to complete the swim too. The gym closes at 8pm on Saturdays, so I managed to get there with just over an hour to spare. I’ve never been to the gym and found it so empty and quiet, a pleasant change. Changing from running gear to swim was the fastest I’ve done in a while, and before long I was in the pool. It wasn’t quite a brick swim, but I was motoring through the warmish waters. A goal of 2.5km was set and I was determined to accomplish it. Just under 50 minutes later I was done! Goal under the belt, I hit the showers and was out of the gym with 10 minutes to spare before they closed for the day.

Sunday morning came way too soon for my liking. Again, I had a goal to achieve. My legs have complained that I am not giving them enough road cycling time, so that was what would be happening Sunday morning. At 6am when the alarm went off, it was still way too cold for my liking. We waited for just after 8am when we felt the outdoors was slightly much warmer and made our way to the Cradle for my “lonely” ride. Lonely, only because I wasn’t riding with anyone else I knew but there were plenty of other riders on the road. I was supported by my hubby and son throughout the ride and that made it fun. At 9h30 I was cleated and hit the road. In no time I was out of the main Lanseria road and in the slightly more quieter road of the Cradle. Having successfully ridden on my own through the worst part of the Lanseria road for me … the section of the road is narrow and there is NO bike lane! Get the picture?!

Halfway Point - The Caves
Halfway Point – The Caves

I was on a roll. My initial goal was to cycle at least 60km, but would be happy with 50km at least, but nothing less than 50! First 30km was fun and I had a great pace. Met up with son and hubby at the caves for a bit of a breather and I was back on the saddle.

For a change I was also riding past some other cyclists 🙂 and not me being left behind as per norm. At the 40km point I began to feel my quadricep femoris muscles hinting that they were tired, they let me ride past it and when I got to the top of the road I was climbing .. I stopped! Cleated off and put my foot on the ground … OUCH! I was on a major road with quite a bit of traffic and hubby with the car was a whole 5km away from me. I could have called him and asked to be collected, but I was too proud .. yes typical male. After a brief rest and water .. leg seemed ready, I cleated back onto the bike and rode past the car all the way to the 50km point! That’s when I decided it was enough….

Hubby secured the bike back onto the bike rack. I changed my cycling shoes for running and hit the road. This time for my brick run. Yeah, my friends think I’m nuts too! What’s a brick run you may be asking …well it …

…refers to training on two disciplines during the same workout.

Bricks are a very important part of triathlon (and duathlon) training, one after the other with minimal or no interruption in between, just as you would do in a race (I am sure you knew this).

Let’s just say that after that run .. my legs were begging for forgiveness!

Next week we attempt again and the weekend after until it is all very normal for my legs. Now if only I could find a way of ridding my legs of cramps …!?


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I need another day to recover from this weekend ….

Georgie and Derick
Georgie and Derick

Yep I seriously do! This weekend was jam packed with activity. If it wasn’t training it was us off to something or other that had been committed to our young man. I’m thrilled it all worked out well though and can’t wait for next weekend.

Group Training
Group Training

Saturday morning I was up at the break of dawn and hit the gym for their 90 minute Spinning class. I’ve not been for a Saturday morning session in a while, so was looking forward to a serious workout. Morgan our young instructor did not disappoint. She woke up on a mission and was determined to deliver or perhaps it was more a case of ” I will show them” because she was told quite late on Friday evening that she had been allocated the first call. Whatever the reason, she had us climbing hills, some endurance pacing and speeding periods.

I’m all about the music, so was very pleased that her music complimented her training really well and although 60% of the class left after 60 minutes, we all had fun.

This training session done, I had about an hour to basically get ready for my next session. My favourite discipline in the Triathlon, swimming. The #DareToTri coach Derick had organised a swim workshop for all us novices and the seasoned triathletes who wanted to participate as well. Off to the Eastrand I went, super glad that for a change the highway was sans accidents on either side of the road. Derick arranged for Georgie Thomas from Total Immersion to spend a few hours with us, sharing her experience in open water swimming and Triathlons. Following about just over an hour of valuable theory, sharing tips on how to tackle waves when swimming in the sea, we then hit the water for another hour fine tuning our swimming technique. Looking around during the theory session, it was a great sight looking at my fellow teammates as they were all so engaged by Georgies English accent and the informative information she was sharing. For me this session was just another reassurance for me that we are in great hands with Derick, for much of the information shared by Georgie is what he has shared with us to date.

Swimming done, I was pumped up to tackle the Pirates 10km Run/Walk today. I had been warned that their route was mainly hills for the bulk of the race .. 7/10km to be honest. Coach Derick is always pushing for us to face those hills when training, so I was following his orders.

Pirates 10km Run
Pirates 10km Run

It was super cold this morning when we got to the Pirates Club, and it was such a pleasant surprise to not have to wait to find parking. Leaving your car behind and praying that it would be intact when we finished our run. I had not pre-entered the race so had to still purchase my entry. This was organized coax, in a nice way. Coax in that it wasn’t immediately clear where I had to go in order to buy my entry, but organized because once I’d figured it out, the whole process was fast. Actually it’s thanks to hubby who standing on the greens away from the masses had seen a gap and let me know .. 🙂

When I started the run I had told myself it was a training run, not going for time or beating my personal best but more to get some much needed milage on my legs. Last time I had done some road running was back at the Colgate 15km race a few months back. I tried not to focus on the hills and running my own race, so after about 2kms with Lucy and her husband Daniel, they left me and I ran the rest of the race on my own. Looking at my pace with them, I was running way faster than I normally do. I found my groove and kept to it. Managed to run most of the hills and run/walk the others. The route was leafy and super scenic. Only downside was that hubby and our young man were not permitted to participate as prams were not permitted… or so we thought. Next year we know better as there were a few prams on the route. 62 minutes later I was finished. Super chuffed with my time, especially as already mentioned I didn’t feel fit enough for it. The added bonus is that I’d completed leg milage in all three Triathlon disciplines .. yes I am well aware that Spinning and indoor swimming don’t equate to the open waters and road cycling that I will be facing in the Triathlon.

Needless that was part of the active weekend …..


You may recall in my previous post that DSTV was hosting a Kids Xtravaganza out at VodaWorld. Most of it was a fantastic experience for our young man. The DSTV team had arranged for us to be picked up from the car park and transported to the main building where the show was taking place. First words out of our young man’s mouth were … “we going in a taxi dad” … yep this was one of those minibuses also known as taxis out here.

There was plenty of direction to where we had to go, and within the theatre we were ever so efficiently shown to our seats by the most polite usher. Just before the show started, the hostess asked us to all move towards the middle. We found an unoccupied bean bag and plonked our young man on it. He was in his element!

The show begun with Katy from the I Can Cook show, a show targeted and the little older children with a much longer attention span. The Teletubbies followed once her show was done, and by this time the toddlers were all a little fidgety and frankly bored. Surely the shows should have been the other way round? The songs used as background for the Teletubbies were not typical of the show, and once it was all over, all of 5 minutes .. the Teletubbies were off the stage never to be seen again. #disappointing

We moved onto a vibe Fun Zone, with much activity for the kids to enjoy of all age groups. Here we found a photo booth for those interested in to take pictures with mini Teletubbies. Really! You have the life size ones around and you make us take photos with these mini ones! We didn’t bother. Moved over to the carosel that was popular and the ball pits. Overall 7/10 experience.

Dads and our young man
Dads and our young man

At 10h30 this morning we made our way to Montecasino as they were showing Ed Jordan’s Beautiful Creatures. The air had a slight chill to it, and the sun was showing its face. We found our spot and that’s where we stayed through the show.

If you get the chance, do take you little ones to it. It’s currently FREE when at Monte. The performance deal with real life topics such as abuse and appreciating that we’re all different and that doesn’t make one set better than the other.

The performers had all of the children wanting to go on stage to come on and dance with them for a minute. It was such a warm sight as all the kids had a ball of a time on stage.

Once it was all over, it was home and to bed. Our young man was exhausted! Five minutes after hitting the pillow he was out.

Active weekend! But I loved it!

Hope you had a great one too…..It was amazing to see how our young man is evolving and growing.


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6 Months and counting …

It's the weekend ...again!
It’s the weekend …again! : Sourced Online
How fast has the first half of this year been around!

We were discussing the other day at the office, that it feels like just yesterday we were all wishing each other the best for 2015. It won’t be long now, before our office manager comes around asking us again when we plan to take our December leave!

Yoh! Where’s this time racing to?!

First half of the year is over, and I think I can proudly say that I achieved much of what I’d hoped to in terms of my physical activity at least. I managed to run the Dischem21km back in January, did the OmDieDam21km later in March, and my ultimate, the Two Oceans Half Marathon in April. For someone that was initially content with just running a 5km, I’m super impressed with myself.

For this second half of the year, I have the 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship at the Germiston Lakea triathlon taking place later this year. There are a few before but I’m focused on this one for now. I’m hoping it will be the one that will hook me and drive me towards Ironman in 2016.

Dare To Tri Academy
Dare To Tri Academy

This weekend is time for another weekend of training with the Dare To Tri Academy out in the Eastrand. For me the main focus is the Total Immersion swimming workshop. Targeting both the novice and more experienced Triathlete, who are keen to improve their swimming techniques …efficiency and speed come to mind. Georgie Thomas is an experienced triathlete herself, having completed a number of Full Ironman and Half Ironman Championship events. I enjoy swimming so am super excited to attend this workshop this weekend.

DSTV Kids Xtravaganza
DSTV Kids Xtravaganza : Sourced Online

Then there’s the DSTV KIDS Xtravaganza starts tomorrow and promises to be another opportunity for parents looking for ways to keep their toddlers entertained over the school break.

Children’s favourites Teletubbies and I Can Cook are the star attractions at the DStv Kids Xtravaganza, happening at Vodacom World in Midrand from 4th  July to 9th July. Show start at 09:00; 12:30 and 16:00 followed by 90 minutes in the Fun Zone. Tickets are available at Computicket at R135 a person and includes entrance to the live shows as well as the play time in the Fun Zone.
Expect to be wowed by Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky-Winky characters from the popular Teletubbies can be watched daily on CBeebies (DStv Channel 306). Katy Ashworth presenter of the I can Cook show also be around for a fun session in the kitchen too!
Beautiful Creatures: Sourced Online
Beautiful Creatures: Sourced Online

Then this coming Sunday 5th July,  Monte Casino, Showtime Management and Beautiful Creatures will be at the Piazzo at Monte Casino presenting Beautiful Creatures for FREE!!! Now doesn’t that sound simply amazing! Who doesn’t love a freebie now and then?

The Beautiful Creatures trio will bring interactive sing along shows to audiences on the Montecasino Outdoor Piazza Stage on the following weekends on July 4th and5th at 11h00, 13h00, 15h00 and on the 22nd and 23rd of August 2015 at 11h00, 13h00, 15h00.

The 20 minute shows will feature some of Beautiful Creatures best loved songs, including Imvubu the Happiest Hippo, Lucas the Lazy Lion, Harry the hungry Hadeda and Mafutha the Elephant. So why not take the family over to Monte Casino for a bit of exciting fun for all.

In an effort to regain my running fitness, I’m waking up real early on Sunday to go an run through the streets of Greenside. My legs can feel I’ve not been hitting the road for a while. I need to get my fitness levels up again both for running and cycling.

Pirates 10km Run/Walk : Sourced Online
Pirates 10km Run/Walk : Sourced Online
If you’re not doing much, why not join me and many others on the road to fitness and support the Pirates Running Club at the event this weekend?!