Rush hour traffic is somehow different when I drive  down to                               Nagle Dam in the morning.  

The boys in the Valley are quietly getting it, sliding smoothly into a weekly training routine that comes without the disruptions of weekend racing. Thomas (15th – Dusi) hurts the others on the run and bike and then fades horribly on the paddle. Lucas (10th – Dusi) almost matches Nhlanhla (32nd – Dusi) on the run and cycle, however catches him on the paddle, then they work hard together to close the gap on Thomas. Richard (13th – Dusi) usually claims fourth, but his cycling lets him down. Next up are Zonele and Kwanda 14th & 18th – Dusi), they are consistent in all three disciplines. Eric (9th – Dusi) has yet to race multi-sport against the others in training. He is based at Shongweni and gets it on his lonesome. Going to be a great duel between Thomas and Eric.

The above mentioned seven athletes are my ‘Change a Life’ team that will be tackling the “Ironman” as they call it, popularly known as the Triple Challenge (21km trail run, 52km Mtb, 20km paddle) come November 8th. The high flying goal is to get 5 of them in the top 10 overall, in the Individual category. 

I almost wish that the first Jeep Msinsi Race (5km trail run, 20km Mtb, 5km paddle) was this coming weekend, instead of the 19th of July – just to see how they fare against the seasoned Multi-sporters.

Mkhonzeni, Tom and Skhumbuzo (36th, 44th & 72nd – Dusi) struggle with the running, so they will race the Team category, teaming up with some of their friends who like to run.                                                                                                                                                                        

The ‘Change a Life’ athlete families love the weekly food rations their boys earn. Never before in the Valley of a Thousand Hills have school kids been ‘providers’ for the family. So you can imagine the status that goes along with that.

Lucas lives in the midst of these families. So when I happen to go to his house for whatever reason, Moms appear miraculously, unable to thank me enough for the bundle of nutrition that appears weekly. “Its not me who you should thank but your sons, they earned it because they are training very hard”, I reply.

                                                                       Richard’s Mother

 Lucas’s Mother

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