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The Argus Experience: Wow!

March 11th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 4 Comments

Another blog post about personal stuff. Bear with me. While I should make no promises about the dates of future posts, I can say I hope to get back to them this week. Reducing the expectations/hopes I had for my future posts a little – in terms of standards, well researched and good links – should help to get them out the door, which is more important in the end.

Well, the Argus was a great experience. Despite perfect weather (I was done by the time the nasty winds picked up, and the temperature and mild cloud cover was great), 3:15 was too optimistic. (That is probably because I effectively trained three times a month since the Totalsports Challenge. Add to that the Argus Mountainbike Challenge, puts it at 10 sessions since 6 Jan, and about 300km. Counting from 1 December, I did nearer 700km.)

Early in the race, I saw my speed was much too low… and expected I might have to work hard just to improve my personal best, which was 3:42:47. Half way through the race, I became more optimistic again, preparing myself mentally for the nice (infamous) climbs, and expecting a time between 3:30 and 3:35.

The absolute best part of the race? I totally whipped Chapman’s Peak! Yea! And then I whipped Suikerbossie too! Whoohoo! (These two are infamous as the “toughest climbs” in the race. Have a look at the race profile, the two “mountains” near the end.) Not a single person passed me on the climbs, most people appeared to be standing still. Hey, allow me my moment of glory, and bear in mind I started in “S”, so I wasn’t competing with the big guns.

The good performance on the climbs was where I placed my hope for making up lost time, and I succeeded beautifully. I came in around 3:21. I love my road bike! (Uh, if my mountain bike is reading this: I love you too, our relationship has just hit a rough patch, and we should work on our trust issues… we can get through this. I really do have enough love for the both of you!) I look forward to the day I actually train properly. If that day ever arrives. For now, I must just work hard at getting the current priorities out of the way (i.e. completed).

Some of my adventure racing friends may label it “The Rat Race”, that doesn’t change the fact that it can really be a truly awesome experience.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Riaan // Mar 14, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Glad you enjoyed it! I also took part, and although I am pleased with my effort (considering I got on my bicycle on Friday for the first time in 7 years!) I will rather not publish the results! :) The views around Cape Town are stunning and the event is very well organized. It was good to get some time to think about life, the universe and everything.

  • 2 Steve // Mar 16, 2007 at 7:49 am

    As I said yesterday, that’s the fastest I’ve heard from in my circle of friends. Congrats.

  • 3 Steve // Mar 16, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Update: Jeanne’s brother Willem did a 3:19. I hereby withdraw my unflinching support :P

  • 4 Hugo // Mar 17, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Hehe. Thanks Steve, either way! There is a long list of my friends that just completely whip my ass in something like the Argus. Respect to those that put in the hours and discipline to train well. However, also a lot of respect to those people who are prepared to cycle for more than four hours, or more than five even. (I’ve heard of people that do it in seven hours!) I think that is truly an accomplishment, to cycle for that long. (I can’t do that, that’s too hard. ;) – actually, I did it once, last year. Never again, I hope!)

    Especially comparing people that “give it their best”, isn’t the slower people doing much better? The winners give all they have. For less than three hours. The slower people give all they have, for closer to four… ’nuff said!

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