A slow start to 2018

April 3, 2018

Update - April 2018

 

 

A slow start...

 

As you know, in November I had a small crash off my mountain bike at low speed, but did some serious damage to myself in the process. In short, I fractured my ribs in 9 places which caused a pneumothorax and 5 days in ICU. I am happy t

 

o report that I have made a full recovery and have no lingering effects from the crash. However, it has made for a slow start to the year… 

 

 

Normally by this point in the season I would be ramping up to near-maximum mileage and preparing for the first big race of 2018, Ironman South Africa. Unfortunately this year I am still a long way off being race-ready at this point. It is frustrating to watch my peers getting fit and racing while I slowly tick back to fitness, but I am sure I will be back to full fitness soon and the whole incident will seem a distant memory. 

 

I did compete in the recent Durban Ultra Triathlon, a half-distance race which was also SA LD Tri champs. It was good to get the body moving in a race environment again, even if I was a long way off any kind of form. I enjoyed my day and it motivated me to get back to real racing soon.

 

 

It has meant some adjustments to the season plan, but we are still on track for all the major events. I considered ‘just finishing’ Ironman South Africa to validate my Kona spot, but the injury and health risk is too high, so I will race an Ironman (properly) during the summer to qualify and prepare for Kona. 

I will also race Challenge Roth this year for the first time in a few years, before focusing on World Champs, first 70.3 WC at home in South Africa, before Ironman World Champs in Kona in October.

 

Meanwhile at home

 

One benefit of breaking your ribs 10 days before your son is born is that you have a lot of time at home to spend with him once he’s born! For the first 10 days I could do little more than lie on the couch, and Jack was happy to lie on my chest for most of it too. 

Jack has been absolutely amazing and Jodie and I are loving being parents to him. We think he is absolutely perfect and has been growing and learning faster than we could imagine. I often wish it would slow down as it is going so fast! He has started sitting already and I’m sure it won’t be long before he is swimming, biking and running…

 

Sponsors

 

2018 sees the continued support of my great sponsors: 

Cervelo

TYR

ENVE

Rotor 

Oakley

And the new addition of RYD - my new apparel sponsor who have come on board and are already impressing with their kit design and styles. This kit is going to turn heads! Look out for it on a race course near you.

Jodie and I are also proud to be ambassadors for Nelson Mandela Bay, the host city of the Ironman 70.3 World Champs 2018. We look forward to welcoming the world to SA in September!

Also supported by: 

Xlab accessories, Catlike helmets, CeramicSpeed and Schwalbe tyres. 

 

Despite the slow start I am confident that 2018 is going to be a great year on the race course(s) and I can’t wait to get going! See you at the races. 

James

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