The Run

I found myself a coach and after nearly three months of following her programming I requested a week of 'testing'. I wanted to know whether I was making progress and more specifically whether I was making progress at the required rate. So, upon my insistence an entire week of testing was set aside. On Monday …

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There is no “I” in “team”

On the 7th of December 2018 I lined up for my 4th Desert Dash. A 24hr MTB race covering a distance of 373km and in the process crossing the Namib Desert from east to west. I am in a 4-man team. Twice I completed the race in a 2-man team and last year I completed …

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A New Year, a New Mountain

It's Monday 14 January 2019. A new year with new opportunities beckons. I've made a decision, I chose myself a new mountain to climb. No, wait, I chose two mountains to climb. Summits I intend to reach simultaneously. More on the second mountain later... The first mountain involves the sport of triathlon. I've set small …

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Wines2Whales 2018 – Event Report

The W2W is one of South Africa's most iconic MTB events and this year it celebrated its tenth anniversary. It is a three-day stage race contested by teams consisting of two riders each. Due to its ever-growing popularity there are three races to choose from. The Chardonnay took place from 26-28 October, the Pinotage from …

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Kaokoland – All Roads lead to Puros

The Community Camp at Puros is Kaokoland's best campsite. I know, there are other camps with better facilities. But there's not many other camps where you can be seated on the "throne" with an elephant showering in the cubicle next to you. The place is simply special. Getting to Puros is half the fun. From Sesfontein you …

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Nedbank Desert Dash – The Second Half of my Solo Ride

Continued from Part 1 We're one stage 4. In my head, I'm on my 6th loop. We are still slightly ahead of schedule. It is as if stage 3 tired my legs up to a point and that they have now "settled" there. I'm not capable of going much faster but I'm not slowing down either. …

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The Nedbank Desert Dash – Soloing through the Namib Desert

This is part 1 of a two-part series on my solo ride through the Namib. I've written about the Desert Dash. A 369 km mountain bike event, slowly turning into Namibia's premier test of grit, determination and the ability to endure. Soloing the dash is about mental toughness, not physical ability. The reward is life-enriching, …

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