Race Report: Louis Smit – Warrior #5

Black Ops Elite…

I was looking forward the Warrior race in Nelspruit very much, as I won on this venue last year and was looking for a repeat, but unfortunately not to be…

The morning of the race was warmer than usual as the winter is clearly behind us, the competition has also heated up this year with athletes lifting their game every race and racing speed getting way faster than it has been in the past. This also means everyone is racing closer and mistakes will cost you a few positions at the least.

I had been working a lot on my speed and was excited to show everyone what I have been working on, the race started with a slight downhill slope so I started on all cylinders, moving at just under 3min pace per kilometre, I maintained this lead for the first 5km+- and as soon as the carries started to come the one after the other my lead diminished and soon I was fighting Claude Eksteen and we probably changed positions like 3 or 4 times…

It was a good battle up until the gauntlet of obstacles with grip being tested with every obstacle, Armin Botha and Tian Basson was also closer than anticipated and we were all next to each other on breaking point, Claude made the first move, then Armin went and I knew it’s a make or break moment, I had to go for it if I wanted to win this race, I hung on with everything I had left and my grip failed on the second last rope…

I raced hard, I raced with heart, I knew I could win but again Warrior found a weakness in my game, just when you think you have all skills and movements covered something else pops up that needs work. I felt this course was one of the better ones as well, so there are no excuses it’s my own fault…

I managed to finish the Black Ops Elite in 11th, it goes to show you the level of competition as at one moment I was fighting for the win, failed an obstacle and didn’t make top 10, so I just want to give a shout out to all the athletes in Black Ops Elite you guys are awesome and I respect all of you, also to the podium thanks for the battle up front, great results and awesome performances!!!

Thanks to my sponsors for giving me yet another great racing experience…

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Photo credits Jacques Barlow