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The Aquelle Cordwalles Mudman took place at Midmar Dam this past weekend and despite the rain falling during the night the participants were not put off – true MUDman spirit!! The event was a great success attracting 1408 entries, which is a little creepy to me and maybe you too if you’ve seen the horror movie ’1408′. On the racing side of things, the usual stars Tyronne White, Justin Porteous, Daniel Carleton, J.P. van der Linder and also the new face to Mudman Gareth Harrington, who has been injured up to now, all made their ways to the start line. K-Swiss athletes Henri Schoeman and Glen Gore, who are both well known in the road triathlon scene, also decided to come out, making this Mudman a much more competitive field than the previous two Mudmans this year. For me, unfortunately my knee injury has meant I can’t run and ride at the moment but instead of missing out I managed to get a team together with brothers Evan and Elmo van der Spuy making sure we didn’t miss out on the fun!
In the individuals, Tyronne ended up coming out on top just ahead of Justin. Not far behind was another close match up between Daniel and Gareth who is going to be one to watch for as he gets stronger and stronger after his injury. Our team had a great day out leading the team event from start to finish crossing the line about a minute ahead of Tyronne (about time a team won the event overall!).
The sad news coming out of the event was hearing about Henri Schoemans crash on the MTB leg. Latest update from him:
wow thank u everyone for the messages:) surgery went great! shattered my collar bone into 4 pieces but all pinned up now and feeling good!
Besides the collar bone he also fractured his elbow and shoulder. Great to see he’s still in good spirits and hopefully he’ll have a speedy recovery and be back into races soon!
So that’s all for now. Don’t forget about the last Mudman of the year at Thornlea Dam, which will be hosted by DPHS on 17 April. For more details check out the Mudman site: www.mudman.co.za.
See you all there!
PS: Here are the full results from the 2011 Mudman events so far:
And here’s the broadcasting times to look out for:
Ryan 1 KRA 0 (aka Kick Ryan’s Ass)
There may have been blood, tears and broken friendships on the cards for yesterdays head to head between KRA and myself but that simply wasn’t the case. I felt the presence of the competition early on as Calum swam on my feet for the first part of the swim but that didn’t last too long. Instead for me, my eyes were set on the swimmer who was trying to get away. I charged hard after the first buoy and managed to get onto his feet but that didn’t last too long as he slowly crept away. Fortunately for me, it was a 2 lap swim which allowed me to sprint around the Land Rover, complete 3 big effort dolphin dives and a quick sprint and I was back on. No easy task if you look at the gap he had on me in the photo. So I was back in the draft zone were I could relax a bit and allow the fish man to pull me away from the competition chasing behind. As we made our way to the second last buoy I noticed that we were actually not making our way to the first buoy, but instead headed for the shore. I figured he’d realise and change course but after a few more meters I changed course to take the shortest line to the buoy. A good plan at the time but after a few more strokes he did indeed notice meaning that we were swimming parallel to each other but about 10m apart. I could see him slowly drifting ahead and so surged everything I had in me to get to the buoy with but but he had broken the elastic and had left me behind. I did come out the water behind him but I had put the hurt into the guys behind getting out of transition before seeing any of the other big guns.
About a third of the way through the lap I saw two figures chasing me down. Knowing the likes of Justin Porteous, Ty White and Daniel Carleton are a bit stronger than me on the bike at the moment, I took the opportunity to get some juice in and settle the heart rate knowing I’d need to make a big surge to get on their wheels. This seemed to work as I managed the necessary jump in pace to get Ty’s wheels just after he had moved ahead of Downhill World Champ Greg Minaar (who was riding in a team). For the rest of the lap Ty and I worked quite nicely together which was a great confidence boost for me as he normally breezes straight by. Up the big hill on lap 2 though Ty moved off the front and I left to hold off the chasers on my own.
Hitting the run in 2nd, its was only a matter of time before Justin and Daniel would catch me after my lack of running training. Justin got me on the first lap and Daniel on the second. So 4th would be my end result. I would normally have been disappointed with that but these 3 guys are all in great shape and were 4th, 6th and 8th at SA Xterra champs only a week before. Positives for me were seeing improvements in all 3 disciplines and as I said on my facebook status…more importantly, I come out of this race 100% injury free!
We now have three weeks till the next Mudman which will be at Midmar Dam…I hope to see you all there!
Mudman time..enough said! One of my favourite times of the year is when the Mudman series is on. The reason being that the series is aimed at getting as many kids into the world of multi sport as possible. Friends, family and new-comers are all encouraged to take part (or even just support) with the choice of undertaking the full, half or even shorter mudskippers distances and to come out and just have fun. The four schools that each take a turn to hold their own race in their unique venues are Hermannsburg, Epworth, Cordwalles and DPHS. Taking on the first event every year is Hermannburg situated not far from Greytown.
On the racing front, I’d just raced in Buffelspoort at the first Xterra in SA for 2011 and had a disappointing day having to pull out due to a lingering injury from last year. I’d spent a lot of time working on it with the help of Gareth Harrington at PhysioLink and felt fairly confident that it would hold out for the 5km run. Just in case however, I planned to hammer the swim and see if I could just hold the likes of Justin Porteous and Daniel Carleton at bay as long as possible. The swim went to plan with only one team swimmer out in front of me. I worked hard on the bike feeling really strong and managed to stay away for more than half of the bike. Up the last major hill, an in form Daniel made his way past and not too far down the road Justin moved ahead of me. Starting the run with Daniel out ahead, Justin not far behind and myself in third, things didn’t change and we kept the 1,2,3 between us. Not the defence I would have liked having won it last year but I’m always happy to be close to the likes of these guys and look forward to some good racing between us to come.
So now that I’ve caught up on the races I’ve done so far, the next is right here already. Tomorrow I fly down to Cape Town for SA Xterra champs in Grabouw. This will be the first race in the world Xterra tour for me although not exactly in form I’ve had a few weeks of controlled training. I’ve also begun training under Ian Rodger, coach to the infamous 4-time and current world Xterra champion, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz. I’ve noticed straight off the bat that his favourite phrase among others is “this is pretty much a session to failure”. Only having officially been with him for 8 days now there won’t be too many signs of it this weekend but I’m looking forward to seeing where I partnership will go this year! Exciting times! But for now, all focus is on the SA Xterra on Saturday…will let you know how it goes. If you’d like to get more frequent and up to date details on what’s going on…follow me on twitter: RyanRedman1985