Pete has been the most wonderful PT Master / Coach with my running and motivates me to keep improving on what I have already achieved. Just before I decided to get some viral bug of sorts, we did a couple of runs and rides – they were awesome!
First up was a 20km ride which was mostly road riding – it was wonderful to see how my stamina has improved since I started running although not having ridden for quite a while, my derrière was not very happy.
Then we did a 7.5km trail run which took us onto old closed roads, running alongside sand dunes, had us scaling fences and climbing up and over a few inclines. Best of all was having a family (herd) of no less than 12 kudu ran across the trail a few meters in front of us. They are quite majestic when they run considering they are such big antelope. It was incredible to see them. They were quite interested in watching us run passed with their big ears listening to our every step. Pete keeps saying he wants to get a GoPro camera – that way I could share with you exactly what we see.
Next up was another 20km ride which started on beautiful old overgrown dirt roads full of spoor and droppings, we assume kudu, smaller buck, no doubt bushbuck and small wild cats. The winding gravel track led us to what we thought would be a deserted (or possibly private) piece of land with kilometres of private beach. Lo and behold there were 3 parked 4×4 SUV vehicles with the occupants spread out on the beach fishing and picnicking.
The only way onto the beach was down a very steep set of wooden steps which were easier to descend than I thought with a bike under one arm and camera under the other. The ride on the beach was magnificent – we were confident we would find more whale bones but alas we did not.
We rode on the low water mark where the sand is it’s hardest and then over rocks and pebbles until we had to walk our bikes over a few dunes back to another dirt road where we have ridden before – I remember the steep hills very well, only difference now is I am stronger and can traverse them a lot easier. Yay.
Last up was a 8.2km run which was just before I realised I had a bug. It would have been the most brilliant run had I not been so tired. I didn’t know I was as tired as I was until I tried to keep my pace as with previous runs.
Saddest part is the viral whatever it was (yes, I went to the doctor) kept me from running for a whole week! It was pure hell I tell you. I was climbing the walls not being able to hit the road for my run. I am all better now and back into the swing of things.
How’s your exercise routing going?