We attend this event every year at Jozini, or Pongolapoort Dam, it is now been 21 years since inception through the paper and printing industries. It started as an industry only shin dig back when companies had money to spend on their employees and clients. Now it is funded through a combination of event fees and plenty of prize and kit sponsorship by various companies and individuals and is an excellent event which gives back to anti-poaching and the Parks and Wildlife fraternity.
It is run by Chris Digges every year and the event itself is a success every year and a great place to be. Good to catch up and many many many beers over the course of 3 nights and 2 days fishing. There are about 190 teams.
COME THE FISHING. Every year we are catching less and less tiger fish, and I would like to think we are not getting worse at fishing with practice, nor is our eyesight so bad that it affects the fishing, but the inescapable fact is that the mighty Tiger fish, which Southern Africa holds as it’s pride and joy, is under threat. This year was the worst fishing ever all round, no “weighers” at all between 200 odd teams ( 50 cm fish are weighers), and the locals even say that there has not been any decent fish caught since November last year. This comes primarily from the unlicenced frantic poaching which goes on in Jozini which is run by the KZN parks.
We find more and more of this type of national resource depletion going on all around us (poaching in Worlds View, Bisley Nature Reserve to name a few closer to home) and are powerless to do anything as we wait for the law to take it’s course. Maybe we need to do something ourselves, but be careful as resource raping is big business and these people are ruthless.
The essential component of turmeric is cucurmin, a yellow compound which displays excellent healing properties, mainly anti-inflammatory and a potent anti-oxidant.
There are therefore many benefits to using turmeric as a supplement in general, but for purposes of this blog we concentrate on the benefits to Psoriasis sufferers:
reduces inflammation, even in Psoriasis
cucurminoids reduce appearance of the psoriasis
cucurmin works well with immuno-suppressives to control psoriasis
cucurmin, through it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is an awesome skin health booster,
Cucurmin assists with preventing skin infections and can be used topically
Turmeric should be taken with piperine to boost the bodies ability to absorb cucurmin, so the capsules available from runKZN are a mix of turmeric and piper nigrum.
PRECAUTIONS FOR TURMERIC
Avoid taking on empty stomach as can cause acid reflux
Do not take with prescribed drugs as it can inhibit the uptake
Cucurmin has some blood thinning activity so avoid close to surgery or if suffering from bleeding / clotting disorder
Avoid if suffering from gallstones
Epworth mudman at Albert falls, one of the more fun ones (lots of noise and support) and usually well attended. Not sure this year if it will be a swim or a walk through the water whilst dam is only at 23 %, but some appreciate the lack of swimming!!!!
Do the full distance, 750 m swim (sort of), 20 km ride and 5 km run. Less than this will leave you ashamed.
Half obviously half.
Swim is very flat!!!!!
The ride is fast, only really 2 hills, but is a 10 km loop twice for the full distance, so speed up to avoid getting caught in the half distance riders.
The run (2.5 km loop) has one tough hill, pretty much of a walk for 1 km, then down to finish and loop again.
This starts about 4 km from the Karkloof market so plenty to eat on the way back home. Very scenic run and much in the shade of the trees.
7 am start for the 20 km
This is a good workout, steady climb for about 5.5 km up to the ridge( then split from the 10 km route) then some more up to the fire mast, famous rolling hills of the Midlands to about the 10 km mark, THEN DOWNHILL HOME!!!!!!!!! Almost all anyway. Climb is net 200 m from start to halfway, but of course “rolling hills” means more than this.
7.30 for 10 km
Follows the same route under the road and up tot he ridge for 6 km odd, then back pretty much downhill all the way home.
7.45 for 5 km
There are hills in them thar hills, so not easy, but no where near the terrors of the Gilboa climbs. Should be a good turnout as always for the KZNTR races so you will be in good company.
For those who suffer from a bit of the runs before a race which is not got anything to do with your shoes, try an organic ginger based product, tends to settle the stomach. .
If added with Wasabi powder, this can be an effective cancer fighting agent according to scientific papers, added with turmeric can assist with Crohns disease, liver function, arthritis etc. Cumin and Fennel extract are also good for digestive problems and, everyone’s favourite, increasing the good old drive and putting lead in the pencil!! Drop a note if you are interested in these in capsule form.
Time for speed!! This is probably one of the easiest half marathons in my humble opinion. Average enthusiasts should look to cut under 2 hr 15 or 2 hr mark here. You will probably want to do the Marathon next year after this!!!! MOST hills are gentle and the route has long straights, which can be tiring when glancing up from your plodding shoes. It is likely to be well supported in terms of spectators and drinks tables, do not get caught up in the drinks table, grab and move!!
If you want to do around the 2.15 mark then I would suggest the following splits ( as tested by me stupidly but over 2 mornings):
Armitage Road Circle: 20 mins (3.5 km) -pick up pace down to the Duzi and down the hills in town, keep pace steady up the small short hills in town.
Duzi Crossing on College Road: 30 min (4.5 km) – The hill up through town is straight and can get you going slow, so keep thinking pace.
Duzi to Bisley Nature reserve: 35 min (5.5 km). This can get a bit tedious as it is straight, so stick with some mates and have a gas, hills are gentle but they do go up!!
Bisley to Washington Road: 20 min (3. km). Hill is slow but speeds up nearer the junction.
Washington road HOME to Race Course: 30 min ( 4.5 km). Only hill really is up Ridge Road then downhill all the way home. Piece of Pee.
My hat, this was tough. Held the weekend from 17th to 20th August, a ride (race for some!!) from Mkhuze Game Reserve to St. Lucia and surrounds in the beautiful Zululand area of South Africa. Weather like has not been seen, 31 knot headwinds, some rain and many mud puddles, unfortunately prevented us from seeing too many animals in these wonderful habitats, but made for very thirsty finishers. Total was about 280 km over 4 days, but what km they were!! Interspersed with many gin and tonics, beer and excellent history and wilderness speeches from guests, this really is one for the books. We did OK, but as usual, not prepared for what nature hurled at us, still managed to finish alive and keen for the next one. Mandela Day half marathon here we come!!!!
This is after the fact, but what a great experience. Took a mate for his first 20 km trail run, and despite some complaining and impromptu white water surfing on the Umgeni crossing, he enjoyed immensely, even with spider bite and my irritating one liners regarding the large hills looming.
I am keen to encourage average people to get out there, exercise is not scary and is as enjoyable as you make it, especially with mates. Gives good excuse for beer!!!