Cycling, Dare2Tri, Experiences, Family, Fitness, Milestone, Running, Swim, Tri, Weekend

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 …!?

HKL

Dare2Tri, Exhibition, Family, hylery, Kids Entertainment, Parenting, Swim, Toddlers, Tri, Weekend

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 …..

DSTV Kids
DSTV Kids

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.

HKL

Dare2Tri, Family, Fitness, Kids Entertainment, Races, Toddlers, Tri

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?!

HKL

Beginnings, Cycling, Duathlon, Fitness, hylery, Run, Swim, Tri

Bunny anyone ….?

Photo Courtsey of Ishay Govender-Ypma
Photo Courtsey of Ishay Govender-Ypma

Today started off moody. A grey morning with a touch of mist in the air and evidence of the rain from the night before spread across our driveway this morning.

I’m not sure why, but with winters we tend to wear duller coloured clothing, almost as if we’re reinforcing the weather to ourselves and those around us. Case in point the dress code at the office today, majority of us were in grey. One or more item of clothing on almost all at the office was grey .. reflecting the somber mood the sky above was in today.

Going against my Banting diet, but because it just seems like the best idea at the time the suggestion came a group of us ordered ourselves Bunny Chows. Move those eyes towards the picture above to have an idea of what it is .. should you not know what it is. Basically a portion of the loaf hollowed out and stuffed with a curry of you tasting. YUM!

The bunny, as us locals refer to it, is best eaten using your hands. No knife and fork needed. You break off a piece of bread, dunk it into the curry grabbing a piece of protein or veggie and stuff your mouth! After you’ve chewed and swallowed that scruptious hand of bunny, remember to lick those fingers… it is for that very reason that you can’t eat a bunny with cutlery! Soh-reeeeee!

This meal is however, not just delicious but also extremely filling. I’ve mentioned, it seemed like the best idea at the time the order was placed…. not so much now that I’m feeling all bloated and the idea of taking the rest of the afternoon off to nap seems like a brilliant idea.

I’m not totally unhappy about it though .. as tomorrow part 2 of my Triathlon training begins….

Javier Gomez - Sourced Online
Javier Gomez – Sourced Online

Extremely early tomorrow morning I am supposed to join my new triathlon training group – DARE2TRI – for a few kilometers of road running. Since completing the Two Oceans Half Marathon back over Easter Weekend … I’ve not been as disciplined with my running. This has become evidently apparent during part 1 of Triathlon training during the week. The running part of the training feels like such an effort! Hopefully after tomorrow morning’s run I will begin to get my groove back.

I really didn’t realise one loses the groove so quickly .. and that easily.

Swim - Photo source is online
Swim – Photo source is online

Tomorrow afternoon after a bit of a break from the run, we as a group hit the pool. Yep, we’re very serious about not only burning off all that bunny chow I ate for lunch today but, as a group we have a goal.

There are a few Triathlons taking place over end of this winter, that means we need to get fitness and confidence levels up. Although part of the group are not new, there is a decent number that have been with the group for at least a year. For the rest of us “newbies” it’s more about building our confidence levels in the different disciplines while for the rest it’s more about continuing to build their fitness levels. Last week the pool session was really well attended, I didn’t know almost anyone at the pool with the exception of Kobus whom I’d met last October during my first attempt at the Triathlon sport.

Cycle - Photo source online
Cycle – Photo source online

Come Sunday morning .. even earlier than my start tomorrow, it is time for a road cycle. Last week I unfortunately did not attend the group cycle, our first for this season. Left me full of FOMO I tell you!

Dare2Tri 2015 Group - Source Facebook Group
Dare2Tri 2015 Group – Source Facebook Group

After I saw the group picture following the ride last week, FOMO hit me big time!

Everyone looked amazing in their kit and reading the comments afterwards really left me feeling I’d missed out.

Truth be told I did, but not because I was feeling lazy. Gastro hit me hard last week Friday and it’s only just now deciding to leave me be.

I’m praying really hard that I feel so much better tomorrow and get to participate in all 3 discipline’s training sessions this weekend.

Following now two weeks of structured training, my body is certainly beginning to feel the difference. My legs are, the entire length, feeling tender along with the arms. I have no doubt that by Sunday night my body may be begging me to stop. I won’t! I have a goal. This year’s focus is the 5150 African Championship at the Germiston Lake taking place in November. Incidentally, it is the same venue that my first triathlon attempt fell flat on its face! Depending on how that goes .. the next major triathlon I would like to attempt is the Ironman 70.3 Durban 2016. I’ve never done an ocean triathlon, so it would be a major step for me.

The best part of all this training, is that it will be getting me fit for not only the 94.7 Cycle Challenge 2015 hubby and I are riding in November this year, but also ready for all the main running races I plan to complete later this year and in 2016.

SO … don’t just sit on that couch all weekend! Get Active!

HKL

Cycling, Fitness, hylery, Races, Run, Running, Tri, Two Oceans Marathon

Run.. Swim .. or Cycle?

Run.. Run.. Run..
Run.. Run.. Run..

So I started running by accident. Hubby ran the local Parkrun one cold Saturday morning last year, then tempted me to do the same. Taking up his challenge, off I went one Saturday and attempted it. It was all Trail Running, full of people of all ages, shapes and sizes. There isn’t a prize at the end, it’s just a brilliant way to get people off their couch on a Saturday morning and do something physical. Its all of 5kms and over before the hour is up!

My first one wasn’t too far off hubby’s time, and that I believe was what got be to attempt to do more. Before I knew it, I was waiting for the entries for the Two Oceans to open for 2015. I had it diarised and had made sure that no meetings were planned for the period. Once secured .. the question was “how do I finish it now?

I was soon running more 10km runs, building up towards 21km races. It was awesome fun, I know I’m not really running fast times just yet. I’m not running close to what I should be, if I want to improve these times. I had thought of running the 56km full Two Oceans Marathon in 2016 .. not so sure it’s where I want to go anymore.

Cycling
Cycling

The focus now turns to improving my cycling road confidence. Have cycled twice now with the Cruisers and it’s been loads of fun and learning. First time was an outing where I was almost blown off my bike by a passing truck and this past weekend I participated in my first 50km cycle race for the charity – Bell of Hope for Mental Wellness. Finished it! If it wasn’t for the cramps towards the last 5kms I’d say it went amazing!

Ok! the cold start wasn’t something I thrive to experience a lot of. We started the ride as a group of 5 individuals, Adele, Charysse, Danie, Louise and I. At some point during the initial 10kms … that’s how long my legs take to warm up .. we lost Adele and Danie. I was just cycling way too slow for their liking 🙂 Charysse and Louise would take turns babysitting me .. a bit kak .. but alas .. I’m sure you can count the number of cycle rides I’ve done in one hand. They were super supportive and I’m hoping that in the short future .. I will be dragging them from the front for a change 🙂 The ride was overall extremely well organised, traffic was managed and a fun experience. Hopefully it won’t be so cold next year …

It was also the ideal time for me to try out my Team Vitality Cycle top! Loved it! Now just wish they had a bib that complimented it….

DareToTri_SA
DareToTri_SA

 June 2015 sees the start of my official Triathlon training with the DareToTri group of athletes. They claim a very high success rate of taking individuals from novices to completing their first major Triathlon. I’m hoping to add to their success and complete at least .. this is the main goal for 2015/16 the 5150 Triathlon out in Gauteng and the Midmar Mile. These are both achievable with training, and with the ripple effect .. I will finish the 94.7 Cycle Challenge this year that hubby has so graciously entered us into! Talk about no pressure!

So from Monday 1 June … I have a strict training schedule I need to be following …

On a different topic altogether … our young man is now officially sleeping through the night .. no nappy .. no wetness in the middle of the night to deal with .. touch wood .. it will continue that way. We’re super proud of our boy! We have a full bag and some loose ones now, and gorgeous bin for them not being used!

This afternoon hubby went to collect him from school, our young man and little L have become real good mates. Home time today they both decided that they would be travelling with L’s gran home, so promptly sat themselves down in the gran’s car and refused to budge. L demanded to confirm himself that our young man’s car seat indeed was stuck to the car and could not be moved between cars. I’m sure he was entirely convinced but allowed it the adults to think they had. His face on the other hand spoke volumes .. and nothing pleasant mind you!

I see us having to plan another play date in the not so distant future … justsaying!

HKL

Beginnings, Cycling, Firsts, Fitness, Run, Tri

What’s up dude?

Completed my first Tri!
Completed my first Tri!

This past Saturday I finally did it! Yep! I completed my very first Tri-Sprint. CradleRock a TriRockSA event, was meant to be a sprint .. but YOH! it did NOT feel like one! So much of hills wena!

I found the swim so freaking refreshing! I completed the 500m ahead of the main pack and enjoyed. It certainly tells me that the mental block is history! I have to thank my mate Minessa for introducing me to Smart-Tri leader Kristian for that. Through them, I got me some open water swimming experience, and that’s how I managed to motor it through the dam on Saturday.

The cycle transition was on the slow side. I started cramping as I got out the water and for a while as I attempted to put on my cycling shoes. Drank some water and unmounted my bike and made my way to the road. Cycle start was on an uphill. Cramp seemed to have calmed down so I mounted my bike and made my way on up the hill for 20kms. It wasn’t long and I had to get off my bike, my cramp had clearly not gone. So, instead of just chilling while everyone else cycled past me, I walked it off and stopped while I stretched me leg. It finally left me and on the bike I was playing catchup to the others and motoring like my life depended on it. Well it kinda did, I seriously wanted to finish this Tri! I had to prove to myself that I had it in me to complete it.

When it was time to run, the sun was belting it! It was seriously HOT! We carried on, and we climbed those hills and ran them down twice to complete the required 5kms.

Nothing will ever beat the smile on my hubby’s face, when he saw me cross the finish line! EVER! It made the cramps and the heat punishment all worthwhile!

One downside of the day was the lack of hydration in the running route, taking into account the heat, the least TriRock SA organisers could have done is place a watering point along the route. The other was that after all that effort they didn’t have any medals to hand out to the participants. How do you organise an event, promise medals to finishers and don’t hand these out at the finish line? I had assumed that because the sprint tri was a last-minute decision, they had no medals for us. I was wrong! The main event the day after, yesterday, also didn’t have any medals handed out!

Seriously! TriRockSA from what I’ve gathered has held these events in other provinces, so why was this event so mismanaged? When they marketed the sprint event, they targeted it at novices and those who wanted to try a Triathlon for the first time. This wasn’t very encouraging. A few tweets requesting where I can get the results from .. seem to be landing on deaf ears too. I thought reputable organizations with Social Media accounts would be more accountable?

Team Tri First Timers
Team Tri First Timers

This pic on the right is all the peeps I knew at the Tri on Saturday, attempting it for the first time. Well done Ilse, Charlene, and Fiona!

We all had hurdles to get over and we did!

Looking forward to the next one(s)! Before that though, I have a few 21km runs to complete, road cycle races and maybe some open water only swims too!

Loving all the active work and especially my coach .. hubby and family’s support!

I’m doing what I’ve always loved and has been dormant for years!

HKL

Beginnings, hylery, Run, Running, Tri

Jozi is calm …

Work Crew
Work Crew

It is certainly mid December!

The roads are loads quieter, but not quite as before. Still a breeze getting to work from home. It’s going to be this way for a little while .. ok just another 10 odd days and then Jozi is back to its noisy self. Most will be fresh from their break, while others will be dreading the new year and what is ahead, and then there will be those that embrace life and all it will throw at them and make lemonade out of the lemons and limes it shares. At the end, life is what we make of it. No one said it would be easy, no one warned us about the challenges and wins adulthood brings with it. Alas, like everything else, it is what it is .. and only you can make it count… for you!

So last week Friday, very impromptu a group of us from the office decided we were going to have a Christmas lunch, seeing as the company doesn’t offer us any. It’s been the norm the last 4 years or so. Not to be phased by it and as some of my colleagues would be ending their “Financial” year as I like to call it, last week Friday we had one any way. The picture you see to your left is my “crazy” work crew. All special characters, and I don’t mean it in a bad way, but because of them my work world is what it is. Each one bringing to my world something that resonates with who I am. Some of them I’ve worked with since day 1 at the company, while others joined along the years and others still just the other day.

The odd dude bottom in the picture above – aka Henri, well he is the “craziest” of the lot. A recent acquisition to the office life. Every morning he is in and not travelling he will stop en route to his coffee for a quick chat. In the short time, he has reflected the kind of father I admire. He isn’t just a dad or the sperm donor, he is a father to his kids. He is their friend, their gang leader, confidante and father that commands their respect out of their love for him.

Then we the two crazy pictures above his. That’s a mixed masala bag right there.

Kanitha is my oldest colleague. Not old as in age but as in time at the company! I found her here and over the years we’ve grown to appreciate each other. She is a strong woman, stronger than even she realises at times. Life hasn’t always been kind to her, but she took those lemons and limes and conjured up some amazing lemonade and lemon meringues. Why, well because that’s just the kind of person she is. Someone with a HUGE heart, sees the best in people and sets an amazing example to her children.

Goldman is Mr. Sneakers. He loves his sneakers and takes immense pride in purchasing the right pair for the right reason. I’m yet to meet someone else that has so much pride. He is passionate about what he does and his basketball, after the sneakers. He can be extremely private, and I love that he feels confident enough to share some very personal ideas with me from time to time.

Nicci and Renee are relatively new to the team. Both names mentioned by the way, are not their official birth names but rather their preferred ones. We aim to please I say! Nicci is our fashionista. Anything fashion related she is onto it. If you ask her to source a fashion item, she will let you know it’s a done deal! She knows someone who will do it for you. Love that attitude, young entrepreneur in the making right there!

Then we have Renee, she’s the keen sweet tooth person to contact in the office. Makes amazing Milk tarts! These are made with so much love and dedication, that when you eat a slice you can’t but enjoy the love and passion she left behind when pressing the tart base and stirred the milky content. She’s also very organised. Don’t tease her about having missed a deadline .. you will fluster her … order is her way!

So, next year 2015, there are plans for us all to become more active. Yep plans to attend Parkruns, Bowls, Cycling etc are planned. We live in hope….

Smart -Tri Crew
Smart -Tri Crew

The rest of the weekend was pretty active. Saturday I did the local Parkrun in the morning and some open water swimming in the afternoon with the Smart-Tri crew. I’m really enjoying the camaraderie at our meetings. Amazes me every time how everyone supports everyone. You’re not intimidated to do anything you don’t want to either. Looking forward to great Tri results from this team next year!

I know Minessa and Ilse are already geared to do the 1st tri of the season early January 2015. They are both putting so much time and effort into their training, it is only bound to reap amazing times and results for them.

What I really enjoy of this group is how there are no airs or attitudes. Everyone is equal, granted some more seasonal that us novices, but no ones made to feel inferior. Everyone is extremely supportive and only keen to see another Tri-Athlete emerge.

Minessa
Minessa

This is Minessa, another strong woman with so much love and passion to share with all her mates. I’ve only known her for a short while but the person I’m getting to know is someone extremely special. If it wasn’t for her I would not be part of the Smart-Tri group, well technically I’m still not .. but she introduced me to the crew and wow!

Then hubby had me waking up bright and early on Sunday morning to brave the streets of Gauteng. Yep! I according to him I need to put more mileage on my legs if I want to run the 21kms next year and not cry about it afterwards!

Depending on which of my two recording gadgets we choose to believe, I either ran 13.9kms or 10kms yesterday morning. Route wasn’t extremely tough, but a good balance of both hills and flats. Traffic was fair, which was great for me!

I met a few fellow runners on the road too, and took note that those seasonal runners all greet as they run pass you. I quite like that, made me feel like I belonged on the road with them too. We then have the non-seasonal runners. I’m hoping that these individuals will be on the road through the year and not just now as part of a fad. These individuals sadly run past you as if you don’t exist. Sad really.

Home later as reward this was waiting for me ========>>> Check the picture … ok the pic below. Wine was amazingly refreshing. We polished the bottle pretty quick!

Rose Sparkling Wine
Rose Sparkling Wine

Now it’s a few more days at the office before we take a break.

Some will head on off into the sunsets in the fair Cape. While most will stay behind and enjoy the quiet of the streets in Jozi.

Whichever option you decide on, please be SAFE!

This is after all the season to be silly … but within reason.

HKL