I have Freedom Trail FOMO

#Freedom Trail (A trail where you make ever lasting friends and get to know yourself intimately)

#FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

In the beginning of 2015 it was not my specific intention to be at Race 2 Rhodes on the Freedom Trail in June. Then in March 2015 I had such an amazing Race to Cradock experience that I could not resist entering Race 2 Rhodes again. I only discovered over the past 12 months or so an ability to be able to ride my bicycle for long hours on end and somehow still find enjoyment in that, rather bizarre I but I accept it for what it is. So I had some big ambitions for Race 2 Rhodes, not with regard to time or position as I don’t care too much about that, but to try and see how far I could push myself, inspired by many Freedom Challenge heros that have showed the way. Unfortunately timing has not worked out and I won’t be at the race come June.

I have peace but I am sad.

Too console myself I have deliberately avoided the Freedom Challenge website, Facebook page and Twitter List … up to today … and I am today overcome by a severe sense of FOMO. Whilst I have only done two races on the trail, it leaves a deep impression of incredible special memories. I have made many friends through the Freedom Challenge, several of whom I have met and have ridden with and in this age of social media, many whom I have never and may never even meet. Many of these friends will be on the trail from tomorrow for the next 4 weeks. I have tried the avoidance or ignore technique and it has not worked. So from tomorrow I will be tracking every movement on the trail, absorbing every Tweet and every message that makes it into my online world.

To all my friends and not yet friends who will be riding on the Freedom Trail in June 2015, I wish you only the very best of times, be safe, enjoy the incredible journey you will be undertaking and bring back amazing memories. God bless.

PS: If you read this and you also want FOMO then go and visit the Freedom Challenge website at http://www.freedomchallenge.org.za.

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Race to Cradock is here!

First we had Freedom Challenge RASA, the Race Across South Africa, it is big, its hard core and it requires a big chunk of time to complete.

Then Ride to Rhodes was turned into a Race to Rhodes, non-stop, unsupported, RASA rules covering Days 1-6 of the Freedom Trail.

Now we have the sequel, Race to Cradock, days 7-12 of the Freedom Trail. Same as Race to Rhodes, same as RASA, just a different route. Being a Freedom Trail junkie I couldn’t resist, my entry is confirmed, we’re starting 19 March 2015. At first glance one wonders if there is risk that it may be just more of the same old. At second glance, taking into account this route covers a different region, different trails, different portages, different climate (March is the top rainfall month for the Stormberg region) and remains map & compass, Race to Cradock presents a whole new set of dynamics and challenges. Given it will be run in New Moon conditions (dark nights), new stories and legends are bound to be created and new stories and chapters of the Freedom Trail will be written.

Only 40 spots are available for the first event and with new bragging rights available, First Winner, Record Holder, One day to Romansfontein, etc, I suspect the legends of the trail will be lining up come 19 March to push heir bodies and minds, exchange strategies and execute their secret strategies to collect new accolades and make new memories.

Personally I have been considering some options to try and go a bit faster than the 6 days par, none of these are compelling to my body & mind, they all require tricky navigation to be conducted in pitch black conditions, they all require very challenging days in the saddle with difficult riding conditions. Six days seems to make the most sense and the famous hospitality along this 600km section will no doubt influence stop/go decisions. Like with RASA and R2R … Race to Cradock will be no ordinary mountain bike adventure.