Race Report: Carla van Huyssteen – Warrior #8 [Soweto]

This time of the year is always a tricky time for most athletes. There is a general sense of tiredness, everyone is slowly unwinding, whether with injuries, work overload or just emotional tiredness, so going into the final race of the season taking this into account, if the elites racing is still in some good form after such a hectic year, it would be a miracle. That said, we all tried to finish the year off with as much sense of humour about our current state of body or mind and I take my hat off to all the elites trying their best to keep the level of participation high, putting their bodies at risk to finish the year enthusiastically and strong.

 

Soweto was a great venue to draw a multicultural crowd to the event, there seemed to be so many teams and newcomers to the event, the venue had a great vibe and the sprint course taking up most of the inner circle of the arena, was very spectator friendly and created an awesome viewing space.

 

Coming into this race I knew my running capabilities where not great. I have been struggling again with ITB, my knee niggling and after Tough Mudder Worlds, I tried to take a slight break. Putting all the excuses to the side, I tried my best to race a good race.  The challenge was on between Nadine and I, whoever finishes first, finished ahead of the other person in the series! Nadine has been improving steadily and is a strong contender. I wanted to win obviously but knew that there was a slight chance like all the other races, that even completing the course would prove difficult.

 

My game plan was simply to run hard and do what I can. Try my best, and hopefully get through all the obstacles!

 

The race started fast and furious and I ran as well as I could, but it was just not enough, my legs started just getting flat soon after the start and I was just trying to stay one obstacle ahead. Nadine caught me heading into the Monkey Ropes obstacle, it was very tough as the ropes where so far apart the only way to get through was the swing big swings between every rope and it nearly pumped my arms muscles so badly that I was worried about breaking point once I finally got through after a few tries.

Breaking Point was very tricky but I was sooo happy that I got through! The new lowrig section was very tricky but I just managed to get the sequence right and I managed with a big smile on my face.

 

Nadine had opened a gap and it was unlikely for me to catch up again and then Dominique had caught up to me and I had to run as hard as I could on the last few hundred meters of the race to just get 2nd place! Yes, not 1st but I am still very happy with the result!

 

As soon as I crossed the line and could ingest all that happened, I had to mentally prepare for the sprint racing that was coming up just in 30min. Initially, I did not even consider doing the individual sprint race, but then I have always had such a rubber arm. I had to qualify for the team sprint race, my team being a bit of a mixed bunch, Jan de Beer Jnr and Trevor Lagerway, both amazing sprint race athletes and me…granny… I always feel like I am moving so slow on the sprint course, especially when having raced in the morning.

But I tried my best and our team did very well, considering we are all broken in some way. We qualified all the way through the heats, semis and finals and was in solid second place, but almost lost Trevor’s kneecap on the way, but he pulled it together and we crossed the line in 2nd place!!

 

All in all, it was a great finish to the year and now REST TIME!!

 

Thank you to our Keyhealth Nevarest Team for a great year of racing. Thank you for all the support and enthusiasm. Great privilege to get to know all of you better on some way!

 

Have a good break and build for 2019