Review of Joburg Ultra - Sprint - 02 December 2018

Sport Triathlon
Event Joburg Ultra - Sprint
Date 02 December 2018
Where Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg, South Africa
Distance 25.6 Km
Finishing Time 01:52:23
Race Number 996
Result 356/672
Top % 53%
Pace 4:23 m/km
Speed 13.67 km/h
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My experience at the event:

2018 has been a challening year, sport wise. I must have entered a dozen or more races, only to be able to compete in 4 or 5. I managed to injure myself and ended up in the hospital with dangerous regularity: a broke foot in January, a concussion in July and a broken hand in October! So apart from 2-3 long runs, I basically did one triathlon in February, just after taking my support off my foot, and it didn't turn up too well) and this one at the end of the year, after missing for the first time in 10 years on the 94.7 Cycle Challenge and the Tough one race.

Curtis, who just 2 weeks before took part in the 94.7, wasn't feeling too well so he ended up assisting me on the day. With only one eye fully opened (I had an infection just before the race), it was nice of him to help me out. 

The race, on a hot day, and with Lindsey, Finn , my mum and her husband all coming to support me, didn't to too bed. Yes, I was (and still am) overweight and undertrained, but I enjoyed too much the well-known course (I've raced, trained and swam plenty of times at Cradle Moon / Heya Safari), so it was like running at home.

Eventually, after a decen swim, and a hilly first 10km of the ride, I found some groove and managed to finish before the 2 hours mark, which was my goal from the start. It was nice to see some extra support at the arrival!

Some pictures from the race (the whole album is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/olafmeister/albums/72157676540635368

With Curtis, who decided to assist me for the day

Here I am, a bit slow but still alive

On the hills

Everyone has been passed

Done for the day!

With my medal

The medal

In the meanwhile Lindsey and Finn were having more fun than me

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