Reigniting the Flame …

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I got back to Cape Town after the disappointment of Leadville 100 and was feeling super flat and my headspace was all over the place. I was trying to move on as quick as possible without accepting my past disappointment. I thought about going straight back to the US to run another 100 miler as well as a number of other crazy idea’s. Physically I was making good progress fixing my back but mentally I was going backwards.

Photos: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

 

Therefore I decided to head up to the Matroosberg for a couple of days to get away from it all and to mentally recharge and focus. I came up here with no plans or running schedule but just to get back to my roots, be in the mountains and run for the pure love of it.  It has been exactly what I needed … on my runs I have not worried about time or distance, I have stopped to play in the snow, admired the surroundings and taken an afternoon power-nap on top of one of the peaks. This has mentally allowed me to accept the disappointments of the past few months, learn from them and reignite my passion and love for trail running to move forward. Honestly, I would not change one thing about the past few months, at times it has been tough but life is a challenge and it is one big learning experience. We all have set backs in life and it is about how you deal with them that counts. I have so much to look forward to in the future and I am really excited by it.

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

 

My legs are tired from the past 6 days, but most importantly my heart and soul is alive again – We need our legs to run but it is our soul that fuels them …

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

 

Moving forward I have decided to run the Table Mountain Challenge (37km) this weekend, it’s the first trail race I ever ran and I have not been able to run it as a solo the past few years due to my race schedule. It will be a good test for me before heading off to Patagonia next week to run the Patagonia International Marathon  (63km). It has been a dream of mine to travel to the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia so I can not wait. I am sad to be missing the Otter Trail Run again this year as it is one of my favourite trail races but I am not sure when I will get the chance to go to Patagonia again.

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

Photo: Kolesky|Nikon|Lexar

 

Thanks to my dream givers for all their support, to my awesome support team, my family & friends and all the people who support me.

 

Onwards and upwards!

Ryan Sandes