is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you
going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’” – Peter Maher,
Gale force winds were the big challenge in the 44th Old
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) but with the right strategy the Cape’s blustery
weather could be a blessing in disguise.
Finishing first in the race with a time of 03:08:54, David
Gatebe says that he watched the weather forecast throughout the week and was
fully aware of the wind. "The race went well and it was good conditions. I
was preparing for wind and it helped me with my muscles," said Gatebe, who
trains in Rustenburg with the Impala Marathon Club.
All about the protein
The OMTOM winner says that protein is very important to him
in terms of competing, but he likes to combine in with a South African
favourite. "I eat pap and chicken for the protein. That is in my
programme," smiles Gatebe.
Student Julia Tooke says that she is health conscious and
tries to up her protein daily. "I do try to plan my meals with high
protein and low carbohydrates. The last few days before the race I've been
eating scrambled eggs and peanut butter on toast."
Pace and balance
Gatebe had it all worked out on his hand. Writing on his
palm, the runner from Kroonstad had a strategy which had helped him during his
training. Pacing himself to get to the 10km mark within 32 minutes and just
continuing to keep to the plan.
Luwayn Duitser came all the way from Mossel Bay to compete
and says that the race is tough and requires a good balance. "I train four
times a week. I am working, so I am trying to balance my training and my
work," says Duitser.
A support system is very much encouraged, says Cara Groblaar
who completed her third race. She trains with her mother and sister who also