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Trail to AfricanX: Fitness Report for Team Trail Hub

Trail Hub in conjunction with Stillwater Sports will be lacing up their running shoes and placing a team on the start line for South Africa’s premier multiday trail running event, the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.

Attached Image: African X -2.jpg
Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg

 

Building up to the event on 17 March 2017 Trail Hub will have a monthly feature on the team, the training, the kit and life while training for the 2017 AfricanX. 
This instalment is a recap and reflection on the training experience.

 

What is AfricanX?



Born in 2009, the event has become a must-do event for trail enthusiasts. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX Trailrun has grown rapidly and is now capped at 400 teams of two. Based now at the historic Houw Hoek Inn after four years in Kleinmond, the AfricanX Trailrun takes runners on a challenging three-day adventure through some of the most immaculate terrain in the country. The team format adds to the experience, with runners having to carefully approach each day with a sound strategy. It’s not just for hard-core trail bunnies, though, road runners will enjoy some sections of the route that are fast and flat, but remember – a rugged climb is never far off.

 



EVENT FAST FACTS


Date: 17 – 19 March 2017 

Venue: Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw 

Distances: 

Stage 1: 36km 

Stage 2: 34km 

Stage 3: 22km 


 

Fitness evaluation and reflection


So with less than two and a half weeks left till race day it’s time to reflect on the training that has been done over the past months but in this case the fitness evaluation is concentrated around a worst case scenario. My partner has developed an injury! A potential stress fracture has us a little worried as the Physiotherapist and Radiographer continue to debate the results of an MRI, so while this goes on we will continue to train hoping that the diagnosis is a positive one for Team Trailhub.

 

Life happens
So while still hopeful, our self-assessments of fitness are somewhat less positive, both my partner and myself feel that we are a fair bit away from the fitness we had hoped for at this time, so with injury in mind we have reset our expectations for the race and what we are looking to achieve as a team.

 

It does however seem we are not the only team that is feeling a little panicky about their training and fitness, a little comforting, but only a little. The AfricanX athletes I have spoken have all rung the same tune about training over the past months and echo the fact that life still has to happen. Work, family, injury and personal stresses have to be dealt with on a daily basis while your training happens in between.

 

While on a longer training run with a couple of friends one morning I overheard a friend note how his personal and work stress had negatively affected his running, while this is often the general way of thinking I decided to flip this way of thinking for him and pointed out how much more terrible his personal and work stress might be if it were not for his running.

 

In less than three weeks I will be lining up at the start of the 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS and eagerly looking forward to sharing my experience.

 

For a comprehensive training plan that includes cross training and strength work you can get hold of me on robert @ftls.co.za.




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2 Comments

I relate very much to what has been said in this article. Between work, school-related obligations (still can't get my head around why we have to attend so many meetings and functions) and plenty of foul and rainy weather this season in Gauteng, things didn't quite work out as I planned beginning of December. Throw in a niggle or 2 as well as losing my running mojo a bit in February...

 

But in the end we ended up with a fair amount of mileage, but not as much as hoped for. Never done a 3-day stage race before. So it remains to be seen how we will handle day 3. On our previous stage races day 2 was our best day so I hope for same again.

 

Now to stay healthy.

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I relate very much to what has been said in this article. Between work, school-related obligations (still can't get my head around why we have to attend so many meetings and functions) and plenty of foul and rainy weather this season in Gauteng, things didn't quite work out as I planned beginning of December. Throw in a niggle or 2 as well as losing my running mojo a bit in February...

 

But in the end we ended up with a fair amount of mileage, but not as much as hoped for. Never done a 3-day stage race before. So it remains to be seen how we will handle day 3. On our previous stage races day 2 was our best day so I hope for same again.

 

Now to stay healthy.

 

In the office we'll be crossing fingers for all Trailhubbers! Hope you guys stay healthy and have a fantastic race  :D

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