Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas in Franschhoek

stats of the week: cycled 157km

At least my knee allows some hiking already and let me see how my regular beverage grows.

I follow a tight diet to feed my cartilage. Including red wine for dinner. Besides of hot spices for breakfast.

The view from Klapmutskop at the full moon christmas hike.

Franschhoek Pass. Our exercise cycle route right from the doorstep,
440 meters of altitude difference on 8 km of distance.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Cycling the Cape

stats of the week: cycled 70km

Road biking is increasingly popular in South Africa. Cape Town and Joburg not only host the world's biggest cycling events, now SA has its first pro team managed by German Rolf Aldag.

Biking on country roads feels dangerous. Car drivers are going fast and tend to overtake at little distance. If there is no hard shoulder it's no fun. However, the landscape makes up for the agony.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Hard times as a spectator

stats of the week: second week of forced rest

You might imagine that it is hard to be a spectator but otherwise it was good fun to support C. at the Sundowner 10Km in Cape Town. It was a fairly big event with approx. more than 2,000 runners, about nearly half of them women.

They're off! No chip time. For a European soul it was strange to see how many runners were late at the start. Even 15 minutes after the crowd was gone there were runners still setting off on their own. Luckily roads were still closed for them.

System is simple and easy. When registering you get a card on which you write down your name. This card you have to carry during the race and to the finish line.

After crossing the finish line you get another card showing your place in the field. Here were separate finishs for men and women!

Putting both of your cards together you place them on a board. Ready is the result list!

Female winner at km 9.

Runners are required to carry their age group on front and back (here "J") if they aim for age group prizes.

And how about my knee? Everything goes to schedule. Meanwhile I have started cycling already :-)

Monday, 7 December 2015

Fast cut, long recovery

stats of the week: rest. ice. compression. elevation.

It was a different opportunity to feel like a pro. Monday morning at 11am I felt I should consult a doc to examin my knee. Less than 24 hours later I found myself lieing on the operating table.

Surgery of the torn meniscus went smooth but now patience is my biggest challenge. Biking should be possible after 2 weeks, running after 2 months! Winter holidays are going to be very recreative.