In early February I received a Facebook message in broken english from Yannick asking if I would like to take part in an Xterra he was organizing on the reunion Islands in April. I was thankful for his offer but embarrassingly had no idea where the Reunion Islands were. Before responding I did a quick search online and stumbled across some of the most beautiful images I had ever seen. I was hooked and determined to get myself to this start line. The dates worked out favorably and soon I had confirmed my entry and would be on my way to a new race venue.
2nd - 6:20 behind Ben Allen
Photo Credit: Rich Cruse Photography
Crossing the line 6 weeks ago in Grabouw at the SA Xterra National Championships I knew I had a hard road ahead of me and was doubtful to when I would be racing again. The chronic ITB syndrome in my right knee had progressively gotten worse with each race and once I had cooled down following my second place in South Africa I could barely put any weight onto my right leg such was the damage I had caused. The pain I was feeling was mainly just inflammation and my body doing all it can to immobilize the knee in an attempt to heal itself. I of course was being the stubborn athlete refusing to admit I had a serious problem and racing anyway despite many warning signs.