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  1. So I've been riding a long time, albeit with far less mileage than I would like. Let's call it only around 20,000km over the last 10 years or so. I'm pretty fit, with plenty of running and swimming between rides, which are curtailed by fear of bike jacking and lack of time to get in any decent riding (I have kids who are worthy of more time than my bike). So, coming down a relatively inert slope at an event in August last year, I ran out of talent and saw my ass. This is the type of hill that I descend without thinking and have done for many years. This time, however, I managed to dig my front wheel in and go over the bars. The result was that I broke my nose, cut my face up, loads of roasties, top to tail, and managed to fracture the T6 vertebra in my spine. Whilst I was lucky to have escaped with the result I did. Whilst the neurosurgeon has told me that I am to expect a 12-18 month total recovery, with the green light given only to swim on 11th January, I'm keen to hit the bike again. I am aware that my age (46), and my injury preclude me from behaving like I used to, but I'd like to get to the point where I am comfortable on the cross country trails again, after all, this is where I enjoyed my MTB the most. I'm a little nervous to get on a bike again, but also cannot wait. Anyone here had an accident that left them unsure of their future on two wheels that got over it, and how? The will is there, the understanding of the need to take it easy is definitely there. What I'm looking for is an idea of how you got over the fear of permanent damage in order to enjoy the thrill of riding your bike again! I'm not keen for the black stuff, I've never been a serious downhill racer, but I'm so eager to inject just a little bit of adrenaline into my life again, without the fear of course...
  2. So we kick off on Thursday, and time is running out, training wise and fundraising wise. Between the two of us we've managed to reach R7,800 for me and R5,900 for my daughter. Please can I ask anyone who has even R100 spare to go to our fundraising page and drop a couple of buck in for the kids of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. These guys really do amazing work. Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation I managed a long swim yesterday, although the weather has hindered getting too much open water time in. I'll do 2km's tomorrow and the same on Wednesday, with Midmar kicking off for the 8 milers on Thursday. Please help if you can.
  3. So we kick off on Thursday, and time is running out, training wise and fundraising wise. Between the two of us we've managed to reach R7,800 for me and R5,900 for my daughter. Please can I ask anyone who has even R100 spare to go to our fundraising page and drop a couple of buck in for the kids of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. These guys really do amazing work. Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation I managed a long swim yesterday, although the weather has hindered getting too much open water time in. I'll do 2km's tomorrow and the same on Wednesday, with Midmar kicking off for the 8 milers on Thursday. Please help if you can.
  4. So we kick off on Thursday, and time is running out, training wise and fundraising wise. Between the two of us we've managed to reach R7,800 for me and R5,900 for my daughter. Please can I ask anyone who has even R100 spare to go to our fundraising page and drop a couple of buck in for the kids of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. These guys really do amazing work. Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation I managed a long swim yesterday, although the weather has hindered getting too much open water time in. I'll do 2km's tomorrow and the same on Wednesday, with Midmar kicking off for the 8 milers on Thursday. Please help if you can.
  5. I've owned so many Garmins, every fenix since the 2, two Forerunners, and three or four Edges. When I've had issues with anything, Garmin has simply swapped the units out for a brand new one with no questions asked. In fact, I had a 910XT that they replaced four times dues to software issues that wound up having been caused by my computers virus software and they were amazing in figuring out the issue and getting it sorted out. Only issue I have is that they are only available in Rosebank which is a mission to me.
  6. This is this morning's swim. Since being cleared for training on 12th January, I have managed to get 27.8km completed in the pool. Tomorrow, I will do my first open water swim in a long time, and the first since my accident. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. I will be trying 4 miles, one after the other, something of a simulation of one day of the event. If all goes well, i may try the same on Sunday. Donations remain open, check out my site... Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation
  7. This is this morning's swim. Since being cleared for training on 12th January, I have managed to get 27.8km completed in the pool. Tomorrow, I will do my first open water swim in a long time, and the first since my accident. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. I will be trying 4 miles, one after the other, something of a simulation of one day of the event. If all goes well, i may try the same on Sunday. Donations remain open, check out my site... Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation
  8. I'm waiting for the 8 or 9. My 6X Pro is only a year old.
  9. OK, so maybe swimming 100km in the month between getting the all clear and the event was a little optimistic. I've managed only around 25km in the last two weeks which is a little disappointing. I do however, anticipate getting in around 20-25km per week for the next two weeks leading up to Midmar. As you may or may not be aware, fundraising is still slower, even slower than my swimming. Don't forget peeps, that although I love this event, it is still all in aid of kids with cancer. You can donate here: Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation you could also check out CHOC and see the awesome work the do here: www.choc.org.za EVERY PENNY COUNTS
  10. OK, so maybe swimming 100km in the month between getting the all clear and the event was a little optimistic. I've managed only around 25km in the last two weeks which is a little disappointing. I do however, anticipate getting in around 20-25km per week for the next two weeks leading up to Midmar. As you may or may not be aware, fundraising is still slower, even slower than my swimming. Don't forget peeps, that although I love this event, it is still all in aid of kids with cancer. You can donate here: Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation you could also check out CHOC and see the awesome work the do here: www.choc.org.za EVERY PENNY COUNTS
  11. OK, so maybe swimming 100km in the month between getting the all clear and the event was a little optimistic. I've managed only around 25km in the last two weeks which is a little disappointing. I do however, anticipate getting in around 20-25km per week for the next two weeks leading up to Midmar. As you may or may not be aware, fundraising is still slower, even slower than my swimming. Don't forget peeps, that although I love this event, it is still all in aid of kids with cancer. You can donate here: Jason Raath is raising funds for CHOC | kydrin foundation you could also check out CHOC and see the awesome work the do here: www.choc.org.za EVERY PENNY COUNTS
  12. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
  13. So pulled two swims out the bag this weekend, a little 2km on Saturday in a time of 1min 58 per 100m (that's just over a 40min swim), this was followed up by 3.55km yesterday, swimming at the same pace for a 1hr 9min swim. So my total is now sitting at 7.2km out of the 100km target, so I've got my work cut out for me. Seems, however, that 100km will be easier to pull of than R10K fundraising... 😉
  14. Donations to CHOC are fully tax deductible. I'll arrange S18A tax certificates for you.
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