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Grand Raid Pyranees – Tour of the Lakes
29 Aug 2017

Grand Raid Pyranees – Tour of the Lakes

This past weekend Christiaan & I run the Grand Raid Pyranees Marathon (better known as the Tour du Neouvielle: http://www.grandraidpyrenees.com) in preparation of our upcoming Spanish races; the Riano 3day stage race  (8-10 Sept: http://www.rianotrail.run) and the Ultra Piranieu (24 Sept). It was quite ideal as it was only a 2.5 hour drive from our friends’ apartment in Broto (Ordesa National Park) where we were...

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Whale of a time at Whale of Trail
02 Aug 2017

Whale of a time at Whale of Trail

This past weekend I was one of 130 fortunate folks to “trailrun” one of South Africa’s iconic five day hiking trails, the Whale Trail, offered by Merrell and the Mountain Runner Team as a 53km run over “spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach stretches and endless, mind blowing, beautiful vistas.” Although the Whale Trail has been on my bucket list since the 1st...

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Allow or choose – the choice is yours!
28 Jun 2017

Allow or choose – the choice is yours!

I had it all mapped out in my head… Christiaan quit his day job so that we could live our dream of working from anywhere in the world, travel together to international races (where before I was mostly by myself) and train in Chamonix for our first major international race, the Mont Blanc 80km 3 weeks before the race. I am sure its easy to...

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22 Jun 2017

Mont Blanc 80k pre-race thoughts

Its less than 14 hours to go to the Mont Blanc 80k (actually it is 86km with a staggering 6100m of ascent and descent!) The pre-race preparation and build-up was supposed to be perfect, as I had 3 weeks in Chamonix with Christiaan to relax and train on the course. However, two and a half weeks ago, I fell badly on my shin on a...

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What are the benefits of coaching?
07 Jun 2017

What are the benefits of coaching?

What are the benefits of signing up for coaching? We can help you set better goals. One of the most prized skills of a coach is the ability to ask powerful questions–those that focus on what’s important, and why. We can provide perspective. Myopia is the inability to see any perspective but the one you have. We can help you to see other valid perspectives. We want your...

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Alive in Azores!
30 May 2017

Alive in Azores!

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport… This past week I added some more fascinating stories to my passport. After spending a couple of days with Portugese Salomon team member, Miguel Silva in Lisbon, I started my international racing season with the Azores Coast to Coast Trailrun and Vertical Kilometre (VK), in preparation for...

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Ultra Trail Drakensberg – It’s all about GRIT!
02 May 2017

Ultra Trail Drakensberg – It’s all about GRIT!

“Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) is a festival of trail running with events of 100km, 62km, 30km and the Drakensberg Rockjumper a two day trail run with distances of approximately 15km each day. All events take place within the Southern area of the internationally renowned Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site and are point-to-point in nature, ensuring that large swathes of this iconic wilderness are traversed. Incorporating and skirting some...

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Top 10 tips to Two Oceans Trail
16 Feb 2017

Top 10 tips to Two Oceans Trail

Don’t worry too much about pace per km or those details. There’s a bit of creativity involved out on the trails and with that comes a very relaxed nature and you really have to go with the flow, although you will still be running hard. Strong ankles, a strong pivot point, a strong core and strong hips are vital to navigate the trail obstacles and to avoid injury,...

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It’s about the journey AND the Destination
14 Dec 2016

It’s about the journey AND the Destination

On Saturday 10 December, I toed the line for my last contest of the season, and with that, quite a long season. It was finally time for the Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km. I have been wanting to add this one to my resume since Christiaan won it October last year and I had to settle for the 65km due to racing the Transalps 270km...

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