Once upon a time, before trail running, before Parkour, we hiked up various mountains in South Africa and ran down like crazy people… we called it Extreme Jogging. This blog is a tribute to the good old days, friends & family, my Creator and everybody that love running in nature!
During this run I had the privilege to extreme jog with Super Piet and Nadia (his wife, also pretty super). The idea was to jog as many single tracks as possible before the sun set in Jonkershoek. The result was what I call the "Super Single Track" loop: 88% of awesome single track, extremely jog-able and enjoyable! We started with "the peaceful" single which became not so peaceful after about 1km. After about 2km we jogged about 800m of contour jeep track to join up with the upper section of the Canary MTB trail. I pushed during the first section of Canary and Super Piet hunted me down and looked in much better shape than me when we finished. I think we've got a challenger for Deryck the downhill banded! Nadia's jogging style, on the other hand, included some slick Wim-type shortcuts and cutbacks all performed with precision and an "innocent-oops-how-did-I-get-here" expression on her face. Different to Wim, she fights to keep the lead after out-manoeuvring you on the donwhill. All in all we had a lot of fun and was treated with a beautiful sunset as we drove out of Jonkershoek. Piet and Nadia, what more reason do you need to move to Cape Town?
Super Piet and his doedie on "The Peaceful" single track
The single track becomes technical... and uphill
Nadia negotiating some tricky roots
Pieter almost finished with the uphill single track
Nadia on the final uphill single track with Stellenbosch Mountain at her back