Posts Tagged ‘Balega’
I will be racing XTERRA Worlds in my birthday suit!
I got this birthday card from the Balega folks in South Africa. Tanya is always very creative with the Photoshop…
If your Afrikaans is a little rusty:
“Happy birthday Conrad, Enjoy every moment, Bert, Tanya and the Falke (Balega) team”
Had an amazing sushi dinner with the AVIA Team last night and they spoilt me again:
Balega socks at Fleet Feet Burlington
We usually have a meet and greet at the local Fleet Feet. (Even rhymes!) We smile knowingly when people rave about the best socks they have ever worn, I sign some posters, take a few pictures with athletes and their families, but mostly people ooh and aah at my foot. (this time anyway)
Doug from Fleet Feet Burlington manning the door.
Rob Zellmer from Balega (also the sister company Doctor Specified) took me to the traditional post Fleet Feet dinner. We tasted the local brews (this one is a “Beetroot Wacko”) and although Rob was warned about my appetite by Chris and Carol but he was still shocked when I had 2 main courses…
XTERRA Richmond. PG 13- B&G- Blood and Gore
The black stuff in there is rotting steel girder and James River mud. They breed us tough in Africa…
3 minutes before the start I moved a stray swim buoy to where it should be and kicked an old, rusty steel girder lodged in the mud under water. The gash was huge and completely black with rusty steel slime. I hobbled to the waters edge and the athletes parted way in a “whooooa!”
The race was about to start any moment and I had no idea how bad the injury was. One of the age group athletes (Kristen I think) is a doctor and came over for help. She said “those are tendons”, but they dont seems damaged as I could move my toes.
I somehow thrive on hardship and said: “I’m racing” A 1st aid crew quickly put gauze over it (to keep the dirt in?) and wound Ceran wrap around it.
A fellow pro yelled at me- “Race starts in 1 minute”. Fortunately there wasnt any time to think- the gun went and within a few minutes minutes so did the ceran wrap. Thats when it started hurting. Skin flapping around and I could visualize the flithy funk of the James River in flood irrigating the rusty steel girder out of the wound. I didnt care about keeping up or reading the tricky currents- I just flailed arms and tried to keep my left foot still.
XTERRA Coeur D’Alene
Photo shoot for “A day in the life of Conrad” by Gary Perkin.
Flowery run by Gary Perkin- Official UCI and Specialized shooter . www. flipper.co.za These pics are most definitely copyrighted.