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June 10th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 6 Comments

One week from now there is an orienteering race in Stellenbosch (Coetzenburg). I simply cannot let this opportunity to race without spending much time travelling, slip past. As such, I’ve started training again, yay! I’ve gone for two runs, the first on Friday night, in the dark, in the mud. Depending on your level of craziness, I was either unfortunate, or fortunate, that it didn’t rain as well – it was raining hard most of the evening/night. Anyway, one week to train, this is rather typical of me.

For something less typical: I want to do the Table Mountain Challenge again this year. Considering it takes place before my final thesis deadline, I will never have lots of time to train, so a crash-course is a no-no. Which means… I start training now, and will try to do a short run (less than 30 mins, or maybe even a really hard run for less than 20) practically every day. This will be a first, if I pull it off: training with some regularity from three months before a race. Table Mountain Challenge is a very nice trail run, which can be done as a relay by three people, if you don’t feel like doing the whole thing.

Orienteering can be great fun for everyone at any fitness level. There are a number of courses you can choose from: short/long, easy/difficult, you can make it a Sunday afternoon stroll (uh, midday, rather) with a friend or spouse, or you can race as hard as you want. You get a map which shows the checkpoints you must find. While you are allowed a compass, you really shouldn’t need one for the easy courses.

If you are interested in either event and want more info, just ask!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wendy // Jun 11, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    OK, you are going to be my official athletic tour guide when I come out there in December! I absolutely love running and hiking, and I’d love your input on where you recommend to go. I always hike Table Mountain at least once, and I want to do that as well as anything else you recommend.

    BTW, do you cycle at all? My parents are absolute fanatics!

    Good luck with the training :)

  • 2 Hugo // Jun 11, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Ooh, pressure! December? I’ll have time to increase my knowledge of the area before then. I am far from the most qualified in this regard, but I have some basic knowledge. And it’ll be good seeing you again! When was the last time, Greece or something?

    I have no idea where I will be in December right now. Possibly in the area, training hard for Totalsports Challenge early January. (Seven disciplines, so yes, I love cycling, mountain biking, paddling, hiking, orienteering, adventure racing, etc…)

    Thanks! Hang in there, hopefully see you in six months time… if not sooner, uh, who knows, I might be investigating options in USA before the end of the year. If I finish my thesis on time, that is… aargh! Back to work!

  • 3 Wendy // Jun 12, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Yeah, I think the last time I saw you must have been Greece! Wow, long time ago…

    Well, I hope that you’re around, ’cause I’d love to catch up! If not, no biggie, I’ll be back again. Where in the US are you planning on investigating? Come to California!!!! Then we can hang out all the time :)

  • 4 Hugo // Jun 12, 2007 at 2:06 am

    Stops to consider on my journey (whenever that might be) include Boston, Vancouver and San Francisco… not necessarily in that order. What frills I will be adding to flesh out the journey, I really don’t know yet. These are all places with people I would like to visit.

    Amongst other things, I hope to be looking for interesting job opportunities, and take a look at some universities as well (talking about Boston and San Francisco here). (That last idea came from the thought that I might do a PhD. At this point I seriously doubt that, I’ve had enough of studying, but the plan to at least take a look has stuck. Who knows why.)

    A better idea of “what I want to do with my life” will likely have some impact on when this trip happens and what my primary goals will be with this trip. At this point, I think I might work in South Africa for some experience first, before broadening my horizons with some international experience.

    Well, such is the current state of my thoughts, they are highly malleable, and probably open to various outside influences. ;)

  • 5 Wendy // Jun 12, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Well, San Francisco is only 6 hours away from me, so YAY! I’ve been thinking about doing an MBA for a while now, and my Dad suggested UCT. As much as I’d love to come back to live in South Africa for a while, I really feel like the US is my home now. I just love the freedoms that there are here, and I feel like anything is possible if I put my mind to it.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if you moved to the US and then I moved back to South Africa? LOL!

  • 6 Hugo // Jun 12, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Again I was bluffing myself. Today I turned back to literature and actually writing up, instead of plodding on with experiments. Again I realize how screwed I am in terms of how much work is left. It does not seem possible to finish this thing by September…

    I don’t know what lies ahead. Day to day survival is important… to not be overwhelmed by feelings of nausea… to actually succeed in falling asleep in a sensible amount of time… to keep my mind focused…

    Yea, I’m just saying, ignore my previous comments about upcoming plans. Reality has struck again, and each time it strikes harder. (Never mind that I felt I barely survived the previous strike…)

    Who knows where to now.

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