Showing posts from January, 2013

A public pool. A swimming bath.

Okay, another blogpost about swimming. I should have been a Pisces.

It's one thing to go jump in a lake on a Sunday morning, but you need to do some training first. So far I have been hitting the gym, but recently some friends wanted to join in the fun. One has a gym membership at a rival fitness group, the other is sans gym membership. What to do, what to do? Last year I did a few sessions at the Hillcrest pool in Hatfield, Pretoria. It is an olympic size pool, 50m in length  and open to the public. But we are in Joburg. Surely there has to be a Joburg alternative.

Indeed there is! Hooray! Last year I discovered the Linden public pool, in the suburb of, you've guessed it, Linden. Firstly, I did not even know it existed. I might have even passed by it and not know it was a pool. But it is there, amongst the family homes and duplex townhouses. It is a 25m pool. It is clean, indoors and open to the public for a minimal entrance fee (I think it was R7).

This year I discovered th…

Another dam swim

There are 19 days, 6 hours and 3 minutes to go until the Midmar Mile 2013, according to their website. As you know from previous posts, I have been training to do my second Midmar. Part of the plan is to do a few open water events, to track my progress. Today was one such event.

It has been raining for 3 days and the clouds were gray and saturated. Waltzing around in a bathing suit was not at the top of my list, but alas, I have already entered and paid. And the Midmar clock is ticking - 19 days 5 hours and 57 minutes to go.

So off I went, with my support team (every sportsperson needs one right?), aka my parents and husband, to Lake Heritage at Heia Safari Ranch in Muldersdrift.

Now, I don't have many interesting photos about today's event, but I wish I had. I really need those google glasses so I can take more inconspicuous photos. Open water swimming events draw an interesting crowds. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but swimming really is a great equaliser. All s…

Saying farewell to 2012 in Wakkerstroom

The end of the year could not arrive any sooner. Phew! What a year. It was quite an intens one and we were planning on doing very little during our short Christmas/New Year break. Buuut, as things happen, we got invited to spend a few days with friends in Wakkerstroom. Having no idea where this place was, we naturally, accepted the invitation.

 So, Wakkerstroom is somewhere on the border of Mpumalanga and Kwazulu Natal. If you head towards Heidelberg from Johannesburg, you take the horrific R23 through Balfour, Standerton, Volksrust and finally you get to Wakkerstroom which directly translates to Awake Stream. Other notable surrounding towns you might spot on the map include Vrede (Peace), Perdekop (Horse head), and Daggakraal (marijuana enclosure).

Wakkerstroom is small. It is quiet. And it is a bird watching paradise. There are mostly dirt streets and farm style houses. You'll find just enough little shops and cafes to help stadsjaapies (city slickers) feel at home and prevent w…