His and Hers
With seven weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD faced some fresh challenges! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cycling for over 30 years and are tackling some mid-life bicycle riding challenges together. This won’t be their first stage race as teammates; but it will be Joanne’s first Wines2Whales. Sean has done three previously.
After a really limited training week last week, I was planning on a bigger week. It went quite well during the weekdays, with three successive steady sessions at Power Lab on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I got a new Garmin Edge 530 and was looking forward to using it on my Saturday long ride. I’ve never been much of a gadget/tech rider and usually ride with a GPS unit in my pocket to record my ride. But the Garmin Edge 530 has some new MTB features on it and I wanted to see how they functioned, so I secured it to my handlebar via the mount.
I did a quick 20km with Joanne at Northern Farm before her Cycle Lab Active Women’s Beginner Ride duty started. I planned to continue riding steadily for another two hours on my own. But around 30 minutes in, while freewheeling down a wide gravel perimeter road, I crashed!
I’d taken my right hand off the bar to scroll through my Edge 530’s data. Next thing I was flung from my bike and slid to a halt a few metres away from my bike! A small bush on the side of the road had caught my handlebar and pulled it sharply to the right!
Looking at the ride data on my Edge 530, I see I was doing 31.0kph when I went down.
My phone and mini-pump were thrown from my jersey pockets, my eyewear joined them and my Edge 530 also went into separation mode, landing unscathed a few metres away.
I quickly assessed what had happened. Damn! I didn’t feel like I’d got badly hurt. I had some grazes on my left shoulder, left foreram, left quad and left knee. Whoa! I did a double take at my left knee. It was grazed, but there was also a deep hole and I could see what looked like bone in that hole. It wasn’t really bleeding much, but I knew it would require stitching.
I headed back along the trail to wait for Joanne and her group of beginner ladies.
Long story shortened, Joanne left her group in the capable hands of fellow CLAW head girls, Bev and Beth, rode back with me to the car and took me straight to the ER at Olivedale Clinic.
There the doctor gave me various pain meds, including a local anaesthetic injected in and around the wound (ouch!) and ordered a device that required me to inhale and exhale, which she called a patient compliance device! I floated in and out of full consciousness while she scrubbed and snipped and stitched my wounded knee.
So, my planned long Saturday ride never really got going and I spent Sunday with my leg up, hoping like crazy it’s going to escape infection… Another week of training that didn’t go to plan. My priority now is to focus on my knee’s healing and I will do some much-needed stretching until I can start riding again…
Tuesday: 34km, 1hr13min HIIT session at Power Lab
Wednesday: 37km, 1hr10min Tempo session at Power Lab
Thursday: 30km, 1hr00min HIIT session at Power Lab
Saturday: 34km, 1hr52min ‘Long’ ride at Northern Farm
Total distance: 135km
Total time: 5hrs15min
I’ve been reasonably happy with my training so far. Although I am still dealing with the little injury issues, I am able to still ride my bike. After a chat with Sean, we decided that rather than train harder for the next two weeks (I am supposed to be increasing time on the bike and distance), I am going to focus on trying lose a few kilos. This will obviously help with my power-to-weight ratio, which should help my climbing.
Adding to the losing weight, I have the privilege of being sent the new/prototype Momsen Mia ladies bike to ride. It has a full carbon frame, and the geometry is oh so sweet. I felt like I was riding in stealth mode! Comfortable, responsive and very pretty too. Now all I need to do is watch the diet, and I will manage the climbing at Wines2Whales with a little more ease.
So, my riding during the week was all short and sweet. Saturday’s morning ride with Sean was so awesome. A stunning sunrise and a steady spin around Nortnern Farm, before we went our separate ways. Sean to do his long steady ride and myself with the beginner CLAW group. As per above, this did not go according to plan, and both our rides were cut short. I then decided to accept the offer to join some CLAW ladies on a long ride on Sunday at Suikerbosrand. I really needed to do a longish ride with as much climbing as possible, just for my mental well-being. I needed to know that I won’t die or fall off doing that amount of ascent as there is in Wines2Whales. I was very happy with how I coped. I was not broken afterwards, and definitely not as scared anymore. Dousing those flames that have been feeding my fear.
Tuesday: 27km, 1hr2min HIIT session at Power Lab
Wednesday: 21.5km, 1hr37min CLAW Ride at Avianto
Thursday: 24km, 58min TEMPO session at Power Lab
Friday: 10.5km, 1hr05min Single Track Session at PWC Bike Park
Saturday: 22km, 1hr54min Sunrise Dash with Sean and CLAW Beginner Ride at Northern Farm
Sunday: 62km, 4h4min, Steady Hills on my MTB at Suikerbosrand
Total distance: 177,8km
Total time: 10hrs43min
Limited entries are still available for Wines2Whales Pinotage and Shiraz, https://wines2whales.com/riders/entry-information