Knysna - Having competed in Ironman South Africa and the Absa Cape Town, EnduroPlus editor, Tiaan Pretorius is out to complete his maiden Big 5
You've competed in many grueling events
like the Cape Epic and more, what made you decide to compete in the BIG 5 for
the first time?
Tiaan: Following my first Ironman South Africa I
decided to attempt my very first Knysna Big 5 in 2010, but unfortunately after the
very first event which was the MTB event I picked up a ITB injury that
sidelined me for almost four months. With that in the back of my head I have been
planning my comeback ever since and looks like 2014 will be the year. Although
finishing the Absa Cape Epic this year I have generally been more of a
triathlete doing multisport and adventure races, so this week at Knysna will be
a typical training week, just with a bit more intensity. (actually… a lot
What do you think will be the most
challenging aspects of the BIG 5 Challenge?
Tiaan: What makes this event so appealing is the
fact that each event will post its own little challenge, yet we do it almost
every day for 9 days, which transforms ordinary 'individual' events into quite
the BIG 5 challenge.
What are your three top training tips for
challenges of this kind?
Tiaan: Consistency is extremely important,
especially when you’re training for a big event like the BIG5 Challenge.
- Find a group to help keep you motivated
- Join a coached group and make sure you have
Are there any BIG 5 participants that
particularly inspire you - and why?
Tiaan: I have to be honest, being such a small
community in South Africa, every athlete taking part is a massive inspiration
and with athletes like Kent Horner, Stuart Marais and Carla van Huyssteen to
look up to is just a blessing. Also don't forget about the top youngsters like
Matt Trautman who will lead the future athletes.
What's the one thing that you are looking
forward to this year at #KOF2014?
Tiaan: Visiting Knysna being one of our (my wife as
well) favorite towns in South Africa and just spending time with like minded
friends and athletes while training and competing with some of the world's best