The first 56km of the Down Run are very tough compared to Two Oceans, in my opinion. I haven't come across a tougher stretch of road than the bit from the bottom of Inchanga to the top of Bothas Hill. It seems to hold some sort of mental block over me!
The legs seem to be recovering well since Two Oceans. Good thing that, with the big training in April just around the corner.
Two Oceans was very enjoyable today. The weather was great and the crowd support was fantastic! Happy enough with 3:48 at my first crack at it and left a little in the tank with one eye on my Comrades training. Seeing Caroline Wostmann come flying past me at about 48km was surreal. She was absolutely flying! As beautiful as the scenery is, I still rate Comrades as my favourite event. Well done Dannir and Becca.
Good luck to anyone else doing Two Oceans this weekend. Looks like the weather will be nice and cool but may be a little rainy and windy. It will be my first crack at it so I'm really excited as to what the day has in store.
Terry - very sorry to hear of your problems. I have seen it in my family so I know it is very difficult. I hope your son gets all the help he needs.
Bike It - well done on a good run at Vaal.
We could do with some English weather down here in Durban at the moment. It's been cooking hot for the last month or so. I got lucky at the Maritzburg Marathon last Sunday as we finally got a cooler day. I had a really nice and relaxed run and ran the easiest feeling sub 3 I've ever run with a 2:50. This morning was the first longer than marathon distance run of the year with 50km on the route from Cato Ridge to 45th Cutting. It just reminded me of how tough that section from Drummond to the top of Bothas Hill is!
My training seems to be going generally well. I've clocked up about 1380km (about 855 miles) so far this year and it seems to be feeling easier.