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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1080 on: April 23, 2019, 07:28:30 pm »
Ja nee. Lekker.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1081 on: April 24, 2019, 06:54:01 am »
Ek los altyd jou thread vir 'n rukkie so wanneer ek tyd het dan vang ek bietjie op sodat ek lekker rustig kan lees.

Daai stukkie Lanseria toe was soos 'n fiction novel gewees.....jy skryf net so goed as wat jy kan vlieg.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1082 on: April 24, 2019, 08:58:36 am »
So cool Sardine!
Iíve been up & down quite a bit the last ~6 months, and itís always fascinating as a passenger to try pick out landmarks as you go. The last flight into Lanseria had me totally stumped-you donít realize how much topography there is as you approach!
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1083 on: April 24, 2019, 09:49:56 pm »
Is that the airstrip next to the N7 in Clanwilliam?  The owner has some interesting aircraft in the hangers.  I have in a few of them with him.  Great guy we had a blast
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1084 on: April 25, 2019, 03:20:55 pm »
Yesterday I arranged to take a friend flying in the Chipmunk. He is considering doing his PPL so I thought I would fuel the fire.

The wind was howling at 5am but it calmed down as the sun came up. There was barely a breath of wind at the Stellenbosch Flying Club. A perfect day to go taildragging!

We puttered around the Simonsberg and up the Franschhoek Valley. There was a bump here and there, but otherwise, beautiful!

Back at the airfield we did a couple of circuits and I amazed myself with what was quite possibly my smoothest landing in the Chipmunk.

I then flew with the owner of the plane as he hadnít flown it in ages and wanted a refresher (my landings were better than his :P).

And I finished off the morning with a lekker chicken burger.

What a way to spend a brilliant autumn morning!

Today I woke up at 04:45 and briefly considered hitting snooze and going to sleep. But, I had a plan to follow through with. Go to... gym!

I have entered a duathlon this Monday. Iíve never done such an event, and the only running events Ive done are a 10km trail run at Delvera, and the 5km Impi at Coetzenburg.

I was going to enter the team event, but the guy who was going to cycle has to work. So I figured, screw it. Time for a challenge! And entered. Gulp.

Itís 10.5km running, then 30km mountain biking, and finishes with another 5.25km run.

So this morning I hit the treadmill and bicycle to see how my body would handle the exercises back to back. I think key will be to pace myself, and to stay properly hydrated and fueled. It was also a test to see if I could run in my cycling shorts. Fortunately there was no discomfort, so no need to fork out on ďtri pantsĒ.

I kicked off with 35min on the treadmill, with the ďrolling hillsĒ setting. I know I can do 5km in 30min but I donít know if it is sustainable.
I got through that alright considering I had been asleep 45minutes earlier.

Then I had a minute or two rest and jumped on the bike, also for 35min. My original plan was to only do a 5km run and 10km cycle. But as I cycled I realized ďhey, I can just do half the eventĒ. So I managed a little over 15km cycling in 35min.

Then it was back on the treadmill for a 2.5km run, which wound up being a little longer as I decided to run for 20 minutes.

The second run felt better than the first and I found my breathing more controlled, my muscles less sore and my mind clear.

That was the start to my day!
I did some errands the rest of the morning and then went by an Italian place at Opa Greek Taverna in Main Road Somerset West.

Someone on Facebook mentioned they do a good pizza and the cheesecake isnít half bad.
So I parked off with my book (Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand... I havenít seen the movie yet- I wanted to read the book first. Which I have now almost finished ) and munched a regina pizza. It wasnít bad- nice thin crust, just enough cheese, but a little bland.

Then the waiter convinced me to try their ďbaklava cheesecakeĒ. Oh go on then.

It was beautifully presented with nuts and honey on the top, and a little phyllo pastry. The based seemed to be a coconut biscuit. The cheesecake was just the right consistency and had good flavour.

But boy oh boy was it rich. I ate all of it, of course, but you would likely be satisfied with half a slice.

There I was, alone in a restaurant, contentedly reading my book. Bliss :)
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1085 on: April 25, 2019, 04:02:18 pm »
You're an old soul huh?  :3some:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1086 on: April 25, 2019, 04:08:20 pm »
What a great read, Heather? Keep on posting!
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1087 on: April 27, 2019, 04:59:07 am »
Oh noes...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1088 on: April 29, 2019, 08:40:08 pm »
A while back I was searching for trail running events and came across the 8 Hour Challenge. Itís a 3-day event held in Wellington at the Welbedacht Farm.

I could only take part on day 3, 29 April, and had hoped to enter the duathlon as a team. I would run and my teammate would cycle.

Alas, he had to work. So early last week I decided bugger it, I will enter solo!

I got there bright and early, just before 7am, and watched the sunrise.

With my racepack in hand, I paced, packed and repacked, ate breakfast and fidgeted until the start time of 09:00.

Being a Monday, there werenít that many participants. A number had also withdrawn due to injury from the previous day. So it didnít quite have the gees that the Delvera run had.

The duathlon was a 10.5km run, 30km mountainbike ride, and a final 5.25km run. Though the distances were shorter (or my watch GPS skipped sections).

I set off at the back of the ground, and managed to position myself just behind a couple who had competed the entire weekend. The lady had injured her shoulder on Sunday during the mountainbike ride. But wow, she missioned on like an absolute boss! I managed to gain some distance on them for the cycling portion, but for the final run they caught me up.

But I was about 5th from the back.
The run was two laps, the route taking us between the vineyards with a mix of flats, downhills and uphills.

I took it easy, not wanting to tire myself out too early in the game. Come the 7km mark I was sweating in places no one should ever sweat. It wasnít hot, but there was no breeze, and no shade.

I completed the run is just over 1hr which I am really happy with. On my second lap the leaders were already on their bikes and lapping me - the running and cycling loops overlapped here and there.

My transition went well, considering Iíve never done something like this before, and I was on the bike and ready for the cycle. It felt good to have the wind in my hair, and the first 3km of the cycle route were the same as the running, so I knew what to expect.

But, at the 4km mark my calves started to cramp. I pushed through, pain and all, and eventually the cramping started to subside.

And then, we got whacked with one heck of an uphill. Like Suikerbossie towards the end of the Argus, this wasnít a long stretch but it was steep, in the sun, and painful.

Over all, the 3x10km cycle loop wasnít too bad. There was however lots of loose sand in the corners, and a front wheel washout was always on my mind. There were also two big dips that I elected to walk through, costing me time.

By the third lap I was really hurting from the cramps and actually looking forward to running. The cycle had taken me 2 hours. There was a 4-hour cut off, so I had 1hr left in which to finish.

Another fairly quick transition and I was off on my run. With a banana in hand for fuel, I felt strong, for all of 50m. I was hoping the potassium would kick in quickly.

I decided to walk a lot of it- no point in killing myself. But when I came to the first ascent, my quads started to cramp up. Iíve never had that before. I walked the hills and did a very slow jog on the flats and downhills.

At the water station I glugged as much powearade as I could without wanting to throw up, and stocked up on water. It was hot now.

The couple that had been behind me overtook me. As much as I tried to push and not let them widen the gap, my body just wasnít having any of it. I firmly believe endurance events are a case of mind over matter. But I had pushed hard, was probably dehydrated, lacking electrolytes, and lacking food.

But, I jogged the last downhill, walked the flats, and managed to jog the final 100m and across the finish line.

I think it had taken me a total of 3:44, which I am really happy with. I finished third last, but, I finished, and thatís all that matters.

It took about 45min for my heart rate to come down from 160 odd bpm to 100bpm, and then another hour to eventually settle down. I was so sore, that chewing hurt, and so exhausted that I lost feeling in my face.

But what a day :) I have learnt about myself, and about the importance of proper race nutrition - I thought I had eaten well, but looking back I was vastly unprepared.

As for the organization of the event, it was quite good, but at the water stations the volunteers didnít hold the cups for you to grab on the go, so you had to stop each time. I also wish they had had more music for the gees.

There were quite a few photographers, and I made sure to smile, wave, give a thumbs up, fist pump etc every time I passed one. I might have been hurting, but I was just stoked to be there and experience something like this!

Now, weíll see if I can move come tomorrow...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1089 on: April 29, 2019, 09:23:34 pm »
You did it - congrats - well done  :thumleft:
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« Reply #1090 on: April 30, 2019, 12:28:52 pm »
Well done Heather!  :thumleft:
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« Reply #1091 on: April 30, 2019, 12:55:24 pm »
Super congrats and well done!!   :thumleft:

It took about 45min for my heart rate to come down from 160 odd bpm to 100bpm, and then another hour to eventually settle down. I was so sore, that chewing hurt, and so exhausted that I lost feeling in my face.

This sounds pretty hectic. I know it's not really same to compare (oxygen levels etc) but how did this feel tired-wise compared to summit day on Kili, that 7 hour slog from base camp to uhuru?
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« Reply #1092 on: April 30, 2019, 01:18:38 pm »
Super congrats and well done!!   :thumleft:

It took about 45min for my heart rate to come down from 160 odd bpm to 100bpm, and then another hour to eventually settle down. I was so sore, that chewing hurt, and so exhausted that I lost feeling in my face.

This sounds pretty hectic. I know it's not really same to compare (oxygen levels etc) but how did this feel tired-wise compared to summit day on Kili, that 7 hour slog from base camp to uhuru?

It is very difficult to compare, Kili being 3 years ago. And the environments are complete opposites - yesterday was hot, Kili was freezing.

From what I can remember of my summit, it was more of a mental struggle. I was ready to sit down and go to sleep. Yes, I was sore physically, but I can't really recall being in a lot of pain-more just discomfort. I was ready to give up. Literally each step required a huge amount of mental input.

The duathlon was physically painful. Yes, there was a huge mental aspect to it too. But for the last 2km or so, I just couldn't get my body to move from a walk to a slow jog. Or if I did, it was for a step or two. I was reading up on marathon articles this morning (I'm trying to win a competition for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon...), and one lady used the term "hitting the wall". I think yesterday, I klapped that wall. I felt physically ill for about 3.5 hours afterwards. I haven't experienced that before.

... I'm just reading through the report about my Kili that I posted here. I'm so glad I documented it!
I dunno. It is very difficult to compare.
I think Kili knocked everything out of me. But I was well-fed! The guides made sure to take care of our nutrition.
Yesterday just knocked me physically.

I'm quite interested to see how I would do on Kili now that I have 18kg less weight to carry, and I'm significantly fitter. The pro to being somewhat overweight and very unfit was the risk of altitude sickness from ascending too fast was pretty much completely non-existant  :lol8:

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« Reply #1093 on: April 30, 2019, 02:10:27 pm »
Yes, due to the altitude one's brain takes longer to process things and I think that's why the mental aspect of Kili's final push is so big.

Hitting the wall, yes that is possibly what you experienced, have you checked the youtube videos, shame, peeps crawling!

I'm quite interested to see how I would do on Kili now that I have 18kg less weight to carry, and I'm significantly fitter. The pro to being somewhat overweight and very unfit was the risk of altitude sickness from ascending too fast was pretty much completely non-existant  :lol8:

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So I was the fittest I've been when I climbed Kili, (23min parkrun) and I passed out/dizziness twice when on that summit assault. The guide even checked O2 to see if I'm okay. But it wasn't a physical issue, was mental. Finished to the top without further incident. That's why I think, even if you are in peak fitness when climbing, a successful summit is not guaranteed!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1094 on: April 30, 2019, 04:13:06 pm »
Sjoe, I haven't been here for a while so missed on some action! Thanks, Heather, for sharing!!! I've been clocking up some Px hours in a 787 Dreamliner....
 
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« Reply #1095 on: May 23, 2019, 12:01:06 pm »
Sorry about the lack of updates, folks. It's just that, not much has been happening.

I've done 3 PC-12 flights, and also been able to play around in a 180hp Piper Super Cub. Now THAT was fun!

When I was still a fresh pilot, I towed gliders with one out in Worcester. That was probably the most challenging flying I have done to date- fast turn arounds, often in bumpy conditions, with a glider pulling your tail all over the place. I loved it!

So it was a joy to get behind the controls of the Super Cub again, and marvel at the lack of brakes... and sheer joy of taking off in no time!

As I have a lot of free time, I have been focusing on improving my strength and running. At the gym at 5am most days, I have found it has really helped me to focus, and motivates me for the day. I bit the bullet and went to the Run Specialist Store in Cape Town to have a gait analysis done, and get a new pair of shoes.

The staff were great and the gait analysis really cool. You run on a treadmill at a comfortable pace in a pair of shoes that offer no support. They film you in slow motion and from there can analyse your foot strike, reach, centre of gravity etc.

Turns out I over-reach, putting strain on my knees, and my right hamstring is both weak and tight, causing me to flick my leg out, placing unnecessary strain on my body and hindering my efficiency.
I also roll my foot inwards a lot.

After that they take you through each shoe that will benefit you, giving you the pros and cons of each, and then you try on each type (I tried 5 different pairs). From there you narrow down which one feels the best, and then you go back to the treadmill to try it.
There was an instant difference!

So I walked away the happy new owner of a pair of Adidas Solar Glide's.

I took them for their first "proper" (it was a treadmill) run earlier this week, and it was awesome. They are light and comfortable but feel solid.

And just as I was getting into the swing of a training program. Boom. I have been hit with a cold. I ran on Tuesday, but yesterday decided nope, pushing through will likely set me back more than if I just take a few days off.

And, just like that, I have gone from feeling motivated and being productive to binge eating and procrastinating.

If I'm feeling better tomorrow I'm going to drag the Chipmunk out, I think that will lift my mood.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1096 on: May 24, 2019, 06:45:54 am »
Hey Sardine, pity about the cold! Just get back into it as soon as possible and you'll be motivated again in no time, hopefully.

What is the Chipmunk?

I've been told tight hamstrings also cause problems with posture that can lead to hip and back problems, good thing you caught it. Are you training to correct it?

I'm not a runner, more of a biker (not the self-propelled kind either), but I walk funny so also had to look at foot roll. Foot bridge arches also play a part. The body is an amazing thing.

Hope you get busy again soon, love to read about your adventures :thumleft:
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1097 on: May 24, 2019, 06:57:31 am »
Welcome back. Hope you feel better soon  :thumleft:
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« Reply #1098 on: May 24, 2019, 12:13:16 pm »
The Chipmunk is a tandem trainer built by DeHavilland from 1947-1956.
Beautiful old aircraft.

And a beautiful day to fly!
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« Reply #1099 on: May 24, 2019, 02:42:14 pm »
Beyond awesome!! :o
 
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