Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ironman Transition Time: 20:11

Well after thinking long and hard about it and talking to my Family and Coach I am not going to do Ironman South Africa beginning of April this year. So you won't find my name on the entry list this year.
My Knee is good but not 100% and trying to push now and be ready in two months time may just be the wrong thing to do, thinking long term.

Since injuring me knee in November I haven't done any long bike rides or any long runs and currently I can only manage about 1 hour running before my knee feels "tender" and as many Ironman triathletes will tell you, you need to put in the long hours in training to survive on race day.

Obviously I am very disappointed but I think it is the right decision thinking long term. I am going to do to some IM70.3's for now and will take on the Ironman challenge again in 2012.

Today on my bike training saw these three guys playing in the main road with their man made "draadkarre" (cars build from wire), don't see it that often these days. I was doing 4x15min intervals and chose the Zaaihoek road, a not so busy 10km road outside Witbank which ends with a T junction.
Bit boring doing the loop a few times but it's quite good for intervals with no major hills and traffic.
Luckily my intervals were done when I had to stop for the train on my way back home.
Yesterday we went to the venue where by sister is thinking of getting married on the 7th of May. After talking to the venue coordinator and looking at different options she decided on this venue. I must say it is quite nice and they have accommodation available at the venue, so no driving home after the wedding.

Me, my Mother and Sister listening to all the ideas the lady from the venue is proposing.


  1. Dude, I'm transmitting but not receiving! Ironman China!!!!!!!!!!!! May 29th!!!!!!!!! Another two months to train. Come of buddy, you know you want to.

  2. Good decision on skipping this year's PE IM. I know the real reason is because I will be joining you in the 40-44 age group and you wanted to save up your energy for the showdown to see who will be the first to go sub10!

    I love a good challenge. :o)

    Wedding venue looks awesome. You are a good brother.

  3. Glad to hear you've come to your senses :) Heal up buddy! :)

  4. J, I think you made a wise decision. Not that long ago you didn't know if you'd be able to run again and now look at the great progress. What's another year? Except you'll get older and closer to Kona. haha

    Keep up the good work.