This will be my first time doing a stage race, and to top that off – the Jock consist of a total of 304km and 7 000m of climbing over the three days.
This will also be the first time that ladies can take part in the event.
To be honest, thinking about it caused a lot of anxiety in my life.
It has also become a real challenge as I am still in the process of gaining full fitness.
At first it made me quite negative due to the fact that I was so scared that I might fail this challenge.
My first reaction was to start looking for reasons not to do the Jock and even found myself in tears because of the fear.
I realized that it became a big mental challenge and that I had to either quit due to the large amount of negative feelings or I had to use my energy to train harder and to accept the challenge.
The more I thought about it the more I became positive and realized that if I only gave my utmost best and another 20% after that I can never fail.
I have now accepted the challenge in the light that this will be an experience and an opportunity to learn more about myself and where I will fit into stage racing.
My expectations for this race are to complete each stage within the best of my current abilities.
My strategy will be to focus on endurance to ride a consistent pace – one I will be comfortable with to ensure that I will be able to complete the race.
I have to ensure that I am well hydrated, to take in enough calories and nutrition while on the road to prevent dehydration, cramps and exhaustion.
I will make sure that when I am not on the road that I get enough sleep and rest my legs properly.
My final strategy will be to enjoy the scenery and the people I will be sharing this experience with and my prayers will be to God to provide us with the strength for this journey and to keep us all safe.