Wrist surgery

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4 weeks ago I had surgery on the tendons of my left wrist. It all happened rather suddenly as I was back paddling, and the troubles of the past year and my wrist seemed to be over. Unfortunatley it flared up again, and after seeing a hand specialist, I was told that this was the only way I would be able to keep on paddling.

After 7 months of resting, cortisone, bracing, physio, changing paddles & running more than I have ever before, my Doctor felt that we had given it every chance to heal on its own.

The surgery was a lot more involved than I had thought, and afterwards the doc said the damage was extensive, and no amount of resting would have healed it. So 2 weeks in a cast up to my elbow, and now 4 weeks in a brace, and then a bit more physio and I should be able to get on the water sometime in May, if all goes well.

I had to laugh, as I read one of the UK’s top triathlete’s Julie Dibens blog as she has just had knee and foot surgery:

“Things they FAIL to tell u before u have a 2 for 1 surgery ….that u wish they had:

  1. about 26hrs after u wake up you are going to experience pain like nothing before and u are going to want to rip someone’s bloody head off.
  2. there is a fairly good chance u are not going to be able to drop a deuce for a few days. And when u do it will feel like u gave birth to a small baby elephant only to see u produced something resembling a rather large grape. Good lord! A bit of a warning might have been nice “

Anyway, glad the worst is over, and I can actually use my hand a lot more now, and drive again! (Although I still can’t wash dishes…)

Thank goodness for my mom, she has been a huge help, and this would have been a lot harder without her.

Racing at last year's Easter Ski Race

The PennyPinchers Plett Easter Surf Ski race is happening this weekend here in Plett. Sad to be missing it, but excited to be doing the TV interviews and commentary!

Earlier in the year, I got do a photoshoot for South Magazine, as they were doing an article for their Autumn edition. It was quite a fun experience, I had my own make up person, and we spent a fun evening on the Knysna Lagoon trying to catch the sunset and orange glow with Melanie Maré the photographer . Below are some shots from the magazine.

         

Happe Easter to everyone! Try not eat too much chocolate 🙂

Photo’s From the Pennypinchers Plett Easter Race

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Found these on the Facebook Group page for the Plett Easter Games (probably taken by Glenn Murray)

Stef & I in the Doubles Race

 

Think this was after first turn at Lookout

 

Heading out for last lap, beautiful mountains in background

Mako Sharks, Brydes Whale, Seals, & Easter Eggs

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Easter weekend in the East Cape involves a lot of paddling. First up is Good Friday, and the Nelson Mandela Surf Ski Classic in Port Elizabeth, which forms part of the Splash Festival. This always promises to be a tough one, as the conditions are generally flat, and there are these tiny little bumps that just beg to be chased, leaving you exhausted to complete the 26km course. With a cold front passing through there just the day before, there was a great left  over swell, and Mike Zoetmulder reversed his usual course, allowing us to surf the waves back from the Boiler Reef, which made the race a whole lot more fun! I won my 3rd in a row, and am starting to love my collection of “penguin” trophies. (Will post a photo soon).

After a quick 230km back home to the Land of Milk and Honey I got a great sleep in before the 1pm start of the Pennypinchers Easter Surf Ski Challenge which formed part of the Plett Easter Games, a weekend full of sporting activities, including trail running, mountain biking and more.

Image by Cape Town Sport Photography

Fortunately the river mouth had calmed down by Saturday, and the course involved 4 laps from Central Beach to Lookout, with laps 2-4 going in through the river mouth, around a can and back to Central. Most races these days are lap-style courses, which tend to get pretty boring. The great thing about the Plett course is that there is a bit of everything, surf, small runs, headwind and chop. Enough to keep it interesting and make the 22km feel shorter than it is. On the last lap, just after passing the Blinder rocks, a Mako shark jumped about 50m from us!

Crazy heart rate surge followed, almost like popping one of my PVM Octane Gels that have 100mg caffeine in them! I had a great race, and felt strongest in the middle section, and loved racing all the Plett guys I train with!

As part of MultiCoach, my online training and coaching business, I took local cyclist Erik Klootwyk, and taught him to paddle, as well as squeaking out some fitness training, just enough to get him to complete the 22km course in just over 2h30! An amazing feat, and I am sure he is as stoked as I am. The interesting thing is that he has mentioned how his core strength has increased so much that he is feeling better on the bike now! Bonus! Click on the Zero2Hero logo to find out more.

Sunday morning dawned chilly and crisp, even the Easter Bunny took a while to get moving:) I hopped in a double with local legend Stef le Roux, and the dice was on with other local crews Neal “Steel” Stephenson & Alexis Lyon, and Kyle Harris & Andrew Beverige. Stef had only paddled a few times in the last 6 weeks (including Saturday’s race) so our tactic should have been to take it slow, hold back and conserve ourselves for the home stretch. Unfortunately, Stef is just like me, and we charged off at the front, enjoying the race and vibe way too much for our own good. Halfway out to Robberg Point, a massive Brydes Whale popped up in front of us! A rare and privileged site, and another reason to paddle a ski! Just after that another Mako jumping (wonder if it was the same one from Saturday?)

Around the Point, and on to the Island. It was pretty choppy on the “Wild” side of Robberg, as usual, with lots of rebounds. Once in at the Island, a quick run around the flag and back out to the Point and home! I forget how amazing this paddle is. And that was that, another great weekend in Plett, with way too much chocolate!

Right now a massive storm has hit Plett, the temperature has dropped, and it feels like there is snow on the mountains. My “big mileage” week is losing momentum, I better go get cracking on the ergo instead!

Image by John Hishin-Cape Town Sport Photography