‘Change a life’ guys step it up….

Having based myself in KZN, it seems Durban/Maritzburg residents live in cotton wool as far as the winter blues go. The storms that recently ravaged the Cape resulted in a mere 10min faint drizzle yesterday, thats all that came of it. Training through winter, this is the place to set up camp.

Blue smoke continues to spiral upwards from the surrounding countryside of Maritzburg, as locals set fire to the parched grasslands. “Why burn….?” chatting to the local herdsman in the Nagle Dam vicinity, reasons range from flushing out buck for hunting, creating fresh grass shoots, to reducing tick.

The ‘Change a life’ guy’s excitement escalates as the number of days decrease to the first Jeep Msinsi Multisport race on the 19th of July at Albert Falls Dam. Yesterday’s weekly Multisport dress rehearsal (8km run, 16km mtb and 10km paddle) saw records tumble as Eric (9th-Dusi) went under the 2hr barrier, blitzing the course in a new record of 1hr56.50sec. Thomas (15th-Dusi) gallantly shadowed his 2010 Dusi K2 partner, hanging on for dear life in the bike & boat slipstream, finishing 4 sec behind upon crossing the finish. Its quite the spectacle, witnessing 10 young athletes charging voluntarily around Nagle Dam, on a mission to better their previous weeks time. “For what”, I ask.

Pure and simple, to improve their lives. And by that I don’t mean get fitter, but more importantly get ‘ahead of the curve’ in the poverty stricken Valley of a Thousand Hills. For them, remaining on the ‘Change a life’ program is crucial, a stepping stone to a better life. Weekly food parcels to feed their families is part of it. Thomas and Mkhonzeni have got work at the Parklane Spar and soon, Eric will begin his drivers license.

Lucas (10th – dusi) raced the K1 in SA Champs Marathon on the Keurbooms River-Plettenberg Bay on the weekend, placing in the top ten. Mmeli (1st under 16 in Dusi) and Sboniso raced to silver medals in the under 16 category.

The “friendly neighbour” popped in unwelcomed and my Laptop, camera and Gps went on a walkabout, so my apologies for lack of content over the last week.

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