Welcome to the first episode of Trail Life our new trail vlog!
I began penning race and fitness goals a couple of years ago. I never really bought into New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe that having goals and actually writing them down is truly powerful. This year I found it tougher to decide on what 2017’s goals should be. It took me almost an entire month (and some time off from blogging this January) to sit down and commit to what I wanted to achieve. Finally, it’s been narrowed down to a simple question, “Have I levelled up?”
Taahir pointed out the Diagonal route when we were doing India Venster. From above Kloof Corner you can trace the zigzagged path down to the Pipe Track. A few weeks ago, Tammy and I explored the route as an option to descend the back Table and I thoroughly enjoyed it – barring the ankle-breaking Pipe Track on your way to the Kloof Nek car park 🙂
The Cederberg is truly a magical place. The night sky is bright with millions of tiny lights to count and trace. Dawn reveals a landscape that is rugged and expansive. It’s a giant’s playground on reddish earth. And we got to roam free.
Last year was the first Ramadaan that I continued to train right through the fasting period and I was really happy with the fitness improvements that I felt coming out of the month. Not only was it a spiritual bootcamp, but I could go straight into a race a few days later with no worries. This year I tried to emulate the same, but it was tough.
When I first heard about the Knife Edge, the name alone is what got me. I became completely obsessed and devoured all information about the route that I could find. I searched online, asked questions on social media – I even went to the library on a research mission. So when Taahir and I finally set off to find it, I’d seen so many photos and read so much about the route that I had a pretty good idea about what was coming around each bend. Usually this means that the experience will probably be a let down since I’d hyped it up in my mind too much. This time, however, it was so much more than I would’ve imagined!