Mountain Biking

Leadville 100 miler & Ride to Nowhere

September 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I’m not even sure where to begin! The last 2 months have been a whirlwind of fun, massive altitudes, mountains, rad people and miles of cycling.. the way I like it! Half way through July, we left the cold, wet embrace of Cape Town and flew off to Colorado, the US of A – one of my favourite places on earth! Colorado is one of those special places with incredible landscapes, interesting little towns and friendly people. Ryan and I were both there with a mission in mind – the Leadville race series. After 3 weeks of adjusting to the altitude, a bout of flu and lots of training, I was ready to kick some mountain butt… well, sort of. Coming from sea level and performing at 3100m above sea level, climbing to a magnificent altitude of 4000m, is tough. Really tough. Imagine sucking air through a thin straw whilst running or cycling, and that that tiny stream of life-giving air is your only source of oxygen. That’s what it’s like. Add a bit of asthma to that equation and you basically have a wheezing 95 year old…me! 😉 Never-the-less, come race day, I put my big-girl panties on, jumped […]

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Leadville 100 miler here I come!

August 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

WOW! The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of note! Just a few weeks ago I was at the Knysna Oyster Festival taking part in some of their sporting events, judging various culinary competitions, MC-ing events and then of course… the ENGAGEMENT! The week marked Ryan and my 3rd anniversary and he popped the question on one knee, on the beach, sun setting over the horizon, with champagne… I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since! Only a few days after we got back from Knysna, we were packing for another epic adventure to the US and to one of my favourite places – Leadville, Colorado! We were here in 2011 when Ryan ran (and won!) his first ever 100 mile trail run and hopefully he’ll have another stellar of a year this time. We’ve been here for the last 3 weeks training, taking in the sites, visiting nearby villages, eating LOTS of Mexican and just enjoying this awesome little town and it’s rad people. I was super blessed to get an entry to the 100 miler mountain bike race taking place this weekend… in a few hours to be exact. I can quite easily say that I […]

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Fitness Magazine – May 2013

May 25, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I wrote this article for Fitness Magazine (May 2013) about my experience at the ABSA Cape Epic this year…