Friday, November 20, 2009

Rain and some more Rain

Today I received a parcel and as I am waiting for three parcels I was really excited to see which one it was. I was hoping it was the prize I won on Twitter from Polar, for the person who sends a pictures of their Polar watch displaying the most calories.

Luckily for me I don't think a lot of people saw the tweet and I won with 837 000 calories on my S625x. At first I did send a picture of my RS800CX but having it only for a year I wasn't one of the leaders. Then I remembered about my S625X that I used before and I took the lead and the person getting the closest was at 600 000 sometime calories. I still don't know what I've won and although I could have ask them what the prize is, I purposely didn't ask, creating this surprise element.

Instead it was my Mark Allen Online Tri Top in the right colours that arrived. When I received my top to participate in Kona, a communication error occurred between me, MAO and Kiwami the Tri top suppliers and mine was Black, Yellow and Red instead of the customary Blue and White colours.

In Kona I did mention it to Andre, owner of Kiwami at the MAO breakfast meeting and he apologised for it and said he will send me the right top. I forgot about this and only remembered about it three week ago. I was really surprised when it arrived today. There was even a hand written note from Andre apologizing for the miscommunication and congratulating me on my race in Kona.

It is little things like this that make me believe in a product and sticking to it.

Now I can race Ironman70.3 South Africa in January in my new race top.

Apart from the excitement of the race top arriving it was a boring week with not much happening. The only thing that was very constant and persistent this week was the rain. It has been four days now of non stop raining. The weather bureau says it will start clearing up on Sunday. Hope they are right as I am doing my first ever Mountain Bike race on Sunday.

Everybody is talking about the funny weather we're having in the middle of summer. It feels like winter is back and temperatures were in single digits for most of the mornings. It was wet and windy most of the week. Luckily I am in my off season as it would have been a real challenge to bike 6 hours or run 3 hours in this weather during the weekend.

I think it is going to be a real mud bath with all the rain. Luckily I am just doing it for fun and only entered the 35km race. According to the route map there are two river crossing but I hear that they might change the route as it will be impossible to cross the river after the weeks rain.

Hopefully I can survive the race without breaking any bones. Will post a "race report" on Sunday.


  1. Congrats on the polar contest. That's a LOT of calories.

  2. Incredible...1 Million calories!! I am really just a beginner!! haha

    Keep training hard! Guys like you motivate me to keep pushing hard..."Where is the limit?"

    "XTB" Xavi.