Knysna - As I type this, in four days I will be embarking
on a sufferfest that, if I have to be honest, scares the living daylights out
I am heading to Knysna to take part in the Knysna Big 5 Challenge, which
starts on Saturday. The Knysna
Oyster festival attracts more than
50 000 visitors to the town every year and it has grown into something
bit of something for everyone it also attracts some of the fittest sports men
and women from around the country to take part in the various sports events
that take place throughout the festival.
always been pretty obsessive. When I used to smoke, I smoked between two and
three packs a day. When I put on weight, I seriously put on weight (165kgs as
my heaviest)! Over the last few years I have also become rather obsessive with
my training and fitness regime. I went from an obese couch potato to running
the Comrades Marathon in one year (That’s a whole long story which I’ve
condensed into this 5 minute video). I’ve
also completed a few Ironman triathlons and am doing another one at the end of
What does the Knysna Big 5 Challenge consist of?
never really done much stuff back to back though. Until now that is. The Knysna
Big 5 Challenge consists of an 80km mountain bike, followed by either a 100km
road cycle, a one mile lagoon swim or a 22km paddle (I’m doing the cycle), then
a 14km trail run, a full distance XTERRA duathlon and to top it all off, a
timing is perfect as far as my training for Ironman Zurich is concerned. There
are a couple of things that are worrying me though. The first one is the two
mountain biking events. I am not too concerned from a fitness perspective, but
more from a mountain bike skills perspective. I am properly rubbish on a
mountain bike. I know I am going to see my butt without a mirror I just need o
make sure I don’t break anything. With 4 days to go there is not much I can do
about that now!
second thing that has been bugging me is my nutrition plan for the event. I
am pretty sorted when it comes to one day events and what I need to do in
the few days leading up to a race and on race day but this is a different
kettle of fish.
no idea about what I need to do over a prolonged period of five big races. So I
called in some help. Pick n Pay have been kind enough to ‘loan’ me the skills
of their dietician Leanne in the build up to and during the event. After our
initial chat about what my requirements are going to be before and during the
event. (In case you didn’t know Pick n Pay have a health hotline that you can
call on 0800 11 22 88 or you can email them firstname.lastname@example.org if you
are looking for some dietary advice)
also important for me to have the plan we came up with suitable for my whole
family to eat (kids included). It needed to be simple and easy to prepare, as
well as what I needed to sustain my energy levels as well as aid in my
recovery. I’ve been eating off the plan Leanne sent me and so far I am feeling
brilliant. I am looking forward to seeing how putting the right stuff in after
each event will help my recovery for the next one.
we head towards the weekend, I am feeling good from a physical perspective (not
so much from a mtb’ing confidence perspective) but I am sure it will all turn
out fine in the end. Bring on the suffering.