3 sept – stumble upon rad raleigh rc 300 bike at my fave second hand shop. R850 for a bike worth 6 grand new. of course no-one mentioned the additional grand (i’m sure it was more!) i’d be spending on set-up, cleats, cycling pants, etc. after some prevaricating, i pull out some plastic.
26 sept – go for my first ride at cradle of humankind. ok. this is doable.
21 nov – the 94.7 cycle challenge; just shy of 100km.
i was most certainly not planning to ride 100km. not when i’d only ever been on the road 6 times, only had about 150km under my belt and never done more than 48 in one go. no way in hell.
20 nov – after not riding for most of the week because of a glute strain, i drive to sandton and sign up at the expo. yeah, call me crazy.
21 nov – we’re in the front of the line at 9pm when the whistle blows for our group. after what felt like an eternity, almost 6 and 1/2 hrs (5h37 in the saddle), 2 falls, 1 puncture, and a few all too short recovery stops later, i save my last spurt of energy to pretend to sprint across the line. halle-fricken-lujah. my right knee has been in agony since km 54, i’m exhausted, and i got there by sheer force of will, but i did it and i have the medal to prove it!
of course my friend did it in 3:37, someone else i know did it under 3, but for just doing it, i fricken rock! bring on kilimanjaro! 🙂