Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chamberlains 21 13 October 2012

Having been to Sabie River Sun for a week, where we MTBed everywhere I struggled a bit getting back into walking fast, I thought that cycling was supposed to increase my cadence!!!

Ok so Liz and I are training for Soweto Marathon, been on our bucket list, needed a goal to train for and so we needed to do a few 21s. I really enjoy Chamberlains, done it 5 years in a row now, so off we went, having had a few bottles of wine the night before with Leigh, Paula and Joyce. Heather came over and drove us to the race, Heather remember to fill up with petrol the day before races !!  

Entry was easy as usual, and I just wandered to the start, was about 150 back with huge crowd but I only wanted to finish, so no pressure. At around the 1k mark I caught up with  Liz and Heather who were struggling to get through the crowds. I just ket going feeling strong, did a really fast 6:15 km down to Techo park and then felt good, saw a few walkers ahead so kept up the pace. at around the 8 k marker I caught a guy who I have passed in races before but normally he has slowed quite a bit by then, we chatted a bit about running wives etc, he decided to just do the 10 so went in. Saying something about win the thing!

I carried on my race and I must say I enjoyed the route change. At around 12ks a marshall said I was the first walker so I wondered where all the fast guys were. I kept up my pace, the route being a bit long I did not quite do my hoped for 2:30, missing it by 2 odd minutes. Yes i was first walker, and first master. Got the Gold medals to prove it.  It jsut so happens all the race walkers were in Cape Town so instead of being just outside the prizes I got one( two) for a change  .

This was first Master 
This was first walker


Sunday, October 7, 2012


This page is mostly for myself to keep  record of my shoes, see how they collapse and how they wear out

These Asics 2160 are stability shoes and have done 839Km they have been retired

These NB 828s are neutral lightweights and have done 757 km they have been retired.
Therse Asics Kayano 17 stability shoes have done 456kms mostly races
These puma Complete lightweight trail shoes have done 116 
 The first 2 shoes show a significant collapsing of the left heel. I need to get a few videos done to analyze this. Even the 2160 has collapsed and it is supposed  to be a stability shoe and therefore should prevent this.. The NB always affected my Plantar but after cutting the plastic that link the heel with the sole with a hacksaw in two parallel cust about 20mm apart, they were much more flexible and I used them for a lot of training.
The Kayano I bought after my Nimbus 12 collapsed on Comrades, after 358km they were thrownout, no pics. My skyspeeds before that collapsed on Long Tom56k  after only 328km. Interestingly i got 1208kms on my Nimbus 11 and about 1250 on my Nimbus 10s!!
I bought the pumas because they are flexible and light.
I am now looking at getting
Kayano 18 on a special or
Brooks Pureflow or
Saucony Ride 5 or
Inov-8 255 Roads.

Who knows what I will decide on... May be based on size availability.