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Training Log Archive: Stijn

In the 7 days ending Apr 7:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Mountain Biking2 14:04:57 124.03(8.8/h) 199.6(14.2/h) 4130
  Climbing5 3:20:00 305
  Total7 17:24:57 124.03 199.6 4435

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Sunday Apr 7 #

8 AM

Climbing 30:00 [3] +45m

Both of us were pretty worn-out this morning so didn't bother with the 24 and stuck to the last few 20s we hadn't done at the crag instead.

20,20,20.

Saturday Apr 6 #

9 AM

Climbing 40:00 [4] +60m

Great morning session with some big numbers going down :) 24 was 2nd go and 23 onsight.

19,20,24,23.
3 PM

Climbing 40:00 [3] +60m

Afternoon session on the block. Some nice routes but a fair amount of loose & licheny rock.

19,20,19,21.

Friday Apr 5 #

8 AM

Climbing 1:00:00 [4] +90m

At Houdenbek for the weekend with Rob, Justin & Lauren. Climbed some nice routes in our first session, with a surprising number of high-friction slopers. Worked out the moves on 2 of the 3 24s here. Hopefully at least one of them will go by the end of the weekend :)

18,19,(24),21,(24),20.
4 PM

Climbing 30:00 [4] +50m

Sunset session on the steep part of the crag. Gorgeous setting! Chuffed with the 22 onsight at the end of the day :)

18,21,22.

Tuesday Apr 2 #

6 AM

Mountain Biking 7:03:07 [3] 99.6 km (14.1 kph) +1684m
shoes: Merida Big Nine TFS 500

We managed to get away at first light this morning, in a chilly 3 degrees up at 2600m. The first mission for the day was to ride along the "contour" road towards Tiffendell, a track I had been wanting to ride for years. It was much tougher than expected with another rocky rutted dual track to follow, with many short steep climbs along the way. It was incredible riding through the Lesotho highlands at dawn and we felt like we were in a very remote & wild place. The track ended up climbing 500m total in the 25km to Tiffendell and we took a whole 4 hours to cover that stretch with all the hike-a-bike and pannier fixing along the way.

Barkly East was starting to seem very far away but the roads improved past Tiffendell and we started making much better progress. Volunteershoek Pass down to Wartrail was surprisingly steep and rocky but then we were spat out onto the smooth, flowing valley roads again.

A last fast 50km from Wartrail to Barkly East took us to the end of our tour and our earliest finish yet at 16:30.

All in all it was a tough but incredible trip, taking us to some wild places :) We had a strong group who were all happy to just ride all day, which was pretty necessary this time around. Highly recommended!

Monday Apr 1 #

7 AM

Mountain Biking 7:01:50 [3] 100.0 km (14.2 kph) +2446m
shoes: Merida Big Nine TFS 500

We had another long day planned, except this time it was net uphill by 1300m. We tried to hit the road early but the Leask farm breakfast was too good to resist! So at 7am we were flying along the initial 20km of tar to Maclear in a nice paceline. We hit Maclear in the middle of the monthly social grant & pension payout mayhem, which made stocking up on food quite a challenge. Thankfully cash is king at times like these and we were ushered to the front of some very long queues..

From there it was undulating gravel up through the plantations towards the Pot River Pass, which was tougher than we expected and just the baby pass compared to Naude's Nek looming ahead. Onwards and upwards into the clouds we went, striking it lucky with fresh water from a rural police station and then a freshly graded Naude's Nek road. We could have ridden up there with road bikes and it was a spectacular end to the day, riding up to the escarpment with the clouds billowing around us and the sunset breaking through.

We were well short of our planned campsite near Tiffendell and it was nearly dark when we reached the top. Plans were made to try camp at the luxury Tenahead Lodge instead and they were happy to have us. A few drinks in their bar helped round off a pretty epic day of climbing too :)

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