Well, it’s been another brilliant week in Sea Point. Great weather, great training and great evenings, which can only mean one thing… high 5’s all round. With all the December action, finding the balance is crucial. Making sure I get my 8 to 10 hours of quality sleep is probably the most important part of the plan and of course hitting the targets on my training rides. However, I’ve been very naughty these past few weeks, burning the candle at both ends, sometimes ferociously! Festivities culminated on Friday night with arguably my biggest night of the year, a birthday bash in Camps Bay (read rock star vibe!). The jol was epic, a variety of different groups of mates meant that we vibed well into Saturday morning. We were well lubricated by a bar tab that lasted from 6pm until 1130pm… I’m still debating whether this is a good or bad thing! All I know is that it is very, very dangerous and steers both guys and girls in a single direction… hangover’ville!
Having dominated Friday night, that’s largely it for me on the social scene. It’s now time to ramp up the wattage and get on with the job not the jol!
Come 6am Saturday morning, after a few short hours of sleep I was on my chariot and pedalling off to Stellies for the Songo Christmas Bash. The ride out to Stellies is actually not too bad. Depending on the route it’s between 70 and 80 easily manageable km’s with only the climbs of Vissershok or Tikkiedraai standing in your way. I was quite early when arriving at the boerewors curtain passport control which meant I was able to get through without any hassles (always a pleasure). On arrival in Kayamandi I was greeted by a police van that screeched to a halt and the two policemen jumped out and proceeded to warm me against this dangerous place… “Was I mad?!” they asked? I tuned them naught, I’m here for the Songo Bash but they were having none of it. They politely escorted me to the police station for safe keeping! Luckily I saw some of the Songo kids en route to the police station and, after some discussion, I was handed over to them and we made our way to the Songo Offices.
The Christmas party was a great event. The kids were overboard excited with the vibe. Their eyes lit up like fireworks when I rolled in on my GT, in my team “suit” as they called it. The little kids all got a ride on my bike and some of them have even mastered the 2 arm victory salute. Once the kids were settled they were all given a book and pens in which they could write down and draw their 2012 goals and aspirations. All children have dreams and for the kids of Kayamandi, theirs are to be BMX and Mountain Bike champions! It is something very special (and humbling) to see those lighties, who have so little, appreciate so much what Angie and her team are doing in Kayamandi. I am very stoked to be a part of the programme… visit www.songo.info for more info on the awesome work Songo and Angie are doing for the kids of Kayamandi.
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Oli is currently living the dream as a professional mountain biker, racing for the GT Mr Price squad based out of Cape Town. Keep up with Oli on his blog http://olivermunnik.wordpress.com