With a successful P.e Energade Triathlon Series there was a week before the Brandvlei Dam event ..
Great training week between events with new training partner Anton Ruanova – http://www.antonruanova.com/ set us up for a good 6th event of the BSG tri series..
Brandvlei Dam only about 1hour drive from my home in Durbanville , and the race pushed 1 hour later , it gave us PLENTY of time to get to the event on time in the morning 🙂
With the weather holding out “Surprizingly ” we were all set up in transition and amazing background 🙂
New tv crew were at Brandvlei, and a good bit of chatting before event is always fun 🙂
This event was a rather important one for me, as I had already won 3 events and needed to do well to gain the overall series Title on the 4thDec !
Great to see Wickus Weber back on the scene and Theo Bilignaut back in action after a bout of sickness.
With my mate Nic Muhl chirping me that he is going to deliver some HURT on the swim, we needed to hit a small pose !
I was expecting a good swim, much like the pervious events , BUT boy was I wrong .. I dislike it when people moan on their blogs about if’s and But’s , BUT my goggles for some reason misted up and I was really battling to see where we were swimming this weekend .
On the way back from the last bouy in the swim I really battled with the choppy water and fogged up goggles, and lost the feet in front of me 😦
Out of the water, and some work to be done in transition, I ran into transition on the wrong side and had to run around a rack to get to my bike. This then gave me even more work to catch up, and with a sticky wetsuit by my ankles I was in BIG trouble ..
WIth the rain coming down in buckets and there a HUGE head wind +- 40km/h for the 10km out and back loop, some INSANE cycling was needed to catch team mate Abrahm LOuw.
ON the bike we caught Theo Blignaut-Jeff Norton and Pieter Van De mesch within 4km and then It was almost a Time trail for myself till the turn around point on the bike..
WIth Theo Blignaut and Anton Ruanova coming through after the 10km point, we then needed to catch up 1 minute before the end of the bike!
WIth a steep down hill and transition, caution was the name of the game 🙂
Off the bike, and down the sand dune into transition , I was 1minute down on Henri Schoeman, Claude Eksteen and Team mate (BSG ) Abrahm Louw ..
I knew that I needed to KILL my run, keep my head down and run them down by the end of the event ..
Abrahm Louw was just ahead of Claude and pulling away for the win .
With +- 1.5km to go I gave it all I had and managed to reel in Claude and we were flying over the dam Wall of Brandvlei Dam .
I knew If I dug really deap I would rain that 45 seconds back and take the win !!! With around 500meters to go I pushed again and caught Abrahm louw and passed him at the bottem of transition . With 1 last hill left to go before the finish line Abrahm louw was right on my heals and I still needed to dig deep!
I managed to push through the pain, and come away with a win I thought not possible at the start of the run . This was by far one of the hardest runs I have done ALL year and was all worth it in the end . I have learnt, that If u believe in yourself and your capabilities you can go way further that you realize ..! NEver give up untill the finish line 🙂