Why Everyone HAS to MAS

This is not a race report about personal struggles, climbing a mountain or sliding down a hill on my ass.   It’s a little something about what happens behind the scenes so we get to enjoy the spectacular trails of races like Mont Aux Sources and…

Killer K2C

I haven’t written a blog post in a long time but the killer that was Kruger 2 Canyon this past weekend deserves one.  Lazarus Lake said that ‘If you are going to face a real challenge, it has to be a real challenge. You can’t…

POP goes the Ankle

‘I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them’                                                                                                                                                 Charles Bukowski  Getting injured is not really an injustice but it surely feels like it.  I’ve seen people in casts, moon boots, splints, on crutches and various other…

Do it Afraid – DNT 2018

Drakensberg Northern Trail 2018 was so much more than a race to me. Actually it wasn’t a race at all. It was my first venture back on the trails in 8 months and my longest run since July 2017.  It was a big test for…

Why Run?

I’ve recently felt very lost and aimless and realised it’s because I haven’t been on a running adventure for almost five months. I’ve tried very hard so replace running with cycling but I have to be honest. It’s just not the same. I started wondering…

Broken but not done.

I suspect this post is very much a senseless ramble but I’m so confused with my body and health right now I think that is fitting. On a bike my body has taken me up the Alps, to China and to Nigeria. I have run…

ICU for Dummies

I don’t want to write a long story about how I was sick but unfortunately me being sick is part of this story.  A bit of background of how I ended up in ICU two weeks ago. After going to the movies on Sunday, reading my…

DFL vd DNF

Not finishing a race is probably one of the more tender points for most runners but it’s not all bad.  Legendary South African ultra-runner Tobie Reyneke helped me look at DNF in a completely different light when he said you actually learn more from not…

The Mountain Buffalo at #DNT2017

People usually don’t like doing things that they’re not good at.  We tend to stay in our comfort zone and pick jobs, holidays, races, partners and restaurants where we know what to expect, not wanting to venture into unknown territory, in the fear that this…

The frying pan that was #ADDO2017

  Too much of anything is bad but too much running is barely enough.  Often when you do a challenging event you think ‘What am I doing here?’, ‘Never again.’ Or ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’  I don’t know if I’m a sucker…