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My Group H set off this morning bright and early from the city hall in PMB for Day 1: 105km, +3000m alt gain.

We have some real FC old dogs in our group who sey a blistering pace up to the Minerva gate (45km). At this point I opted to drop off and settle into my comfortable conservative race pace. At the half way water stopped I bumped into Richmond who had had an off and blew 2 spokes. After installing the new spokes off we jetted. He was pushing a double up strategy so flew off leaving me to negotiate the technical umko river section on my own. This proved to be a blessing as I got time familiarise myself with being 100% independent. I surprising felt very comfortable progressed well with no nav issues or offs.

My strategy is very clear,take it easy on the first 8 days to consolidate the fitness then stretch the legs later on. Finishing is priority 1 then a respectable time. 

Some facts I was proud of today:
– I stuck to my strategy
– ITB issues stayed away
– My map reading was top class
– The bike and kit feels good
– Lastly, my head is in a good place

This race really is the heart of mountain biking. The 2 wheels allowing you to explore foreign valleys and terrain. Freakin awesome!

Tomorrow 85km or so via Donnybrook to Ntsikeni.

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11 Comments

  • Marc and Carey

    17/06/2012

    Well done on day 1 bro. We both very proud of you. Keep at it and enjoy the moments. Xx

  • Douglas Ryder

    17/06/2012

    keep going Jody and good luck

  • Fiona

    17/06/2012

    Getting independent early is crucial – it definitely puts the head in the right place then if you team up with others, you still have that head space. Glad the first day went well. Stay in the moment!

  • Jason Kozinsky

    17/06/2012

    All the best man!!

  • tash

    17/06/2012

    Your wife is so proud of you. Well done and keep it up. You can do this thing. Loving the GPS tracker, its like i still have some control hehe.
    Love from your wife beaming with pride

    • thaps

      18/06/2012

      Glad all is going well. I am taking care of your wife at work. *lol*

  • jill

    17/06/2012

    Sooo proud of u. Keep it up love. X x

  • Johan Potgieter

    18/06/2012

    Hi Jody, enjoy every moment, it is a huge privilege.
    Pottie

  • Johan Potgieter

    18/06/2012

    Hi Jody, enjoy every moment, it is a huge privilege to be part of such an event.
    Pottie

  • Joey Whitfield

    18/06/2012

    Well done Jody! Stick to your strategy and Enjoy every second.

  • Aadil

    19/06/2012

    Hey Jody,

    Well done on your first few days…..Wish you well for the balance of your journey

    We are proud to have you as our boss..

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