Coming to Europe has been in the cards since 2007 and I find that coming here is vital to my progress every year…
I first have a few months of base in Cape Town/ Stellenbosch then I move to Johannesburg for some altitude training February- may. After this I move to Germany-Sigmaringen till World Triathlon champs in September. PRETTY radical if you ask me !
Sigmaringen-Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmaringen is an hour South of Stuttgart “for those who have NEVER heard of it”
This small village/town is live with culture/Castles and old people, and has many things to do and see, although I haven’t had much free time to explore them YET!
The reason: WHY Sigmaringen may jump to your mind? Why so far from home “RSA” and why a tiny village in the middle of know-where? Well, this place is, AWSOME for cycling. Flat-hilly-technical are some of the attributes it has with regards to pushing my big blade… Then there are forests for running in , endless trails and a tartan track is within 3.5km “long way around” or 1.3km uphill … SO a great warm-up and cool-down.
So ,scenic, safe, relaxing and enjoyable for the running and cycling so far! Looking good 🙂
Then there is a 50meter outdoor “semi –heated” swimming pool at 25-26degrees on most days.
With my swim still in need of some attention, this provides a great place to swim until blood comes from my eyes . Although I try to stop just before that occurs !
I find that here in Sigmaringen, the people are calm and relaxed, and don’t try run us over when we cycle 2 abroad on the main roads…
they wait until its COMPLETLY safe before they pass us. All these small things, makes one keen to come to race for team ALZ-Sigmaringen.http://www.alz-sigmaringen.de/
I will be racing for team ALZ-Sigmaringen whilst here in Germany , although I will only be able to do 1 LBS-Liga “second league” race and 1 Bundesliga “1st division German” race, I will do all I can to get the team higher on the score boards 🙂
I find when here, in Sigmaringen, I am at ease and it reminds me of the days when I used to live on our farm… its peace and tranquillity allows one to focus on what’s REALLY important in life, TRIATHLON!
After picking up a minor, viral infection on Tuesday evening after my HECTIC track session in the rain, I hope to recover to race this Sunday at Schomberg where last year I won!http://wp.me/pWVZ1-1I
Training here is GREAT especially that there are 6 of us here now, and that we all are TRIATHLON addicts, it makes things more enjoyable
Till my “Possible” race report Sunday evening.. Never forget to “LIVE A LITTLE”! Life is busy people