UCT boys getting involved during Franckhoek-Paarl big water release. Including: Mike Bissett, Jimbo Howell, James Day, Bennos and me.

Almost a relief to get off the bike as paddling comes into full force! With the BREEDE, Franckhoek-Paarl and Pre-fish under the belt, it is all about FISH in just over a week.

Pre- Fish was awesome! Leaving on Friday at noon we were in Cradock by 11pm ready to tackle the mighty fish. Day one was epic with the first 10km boasting the new double trouble shoots, toast rack, the technical willows and the mighty KEITH’S Flyover. Souties, Glen Alpha and knutsford drop never disappoint even though everything seemed small after Keith’s. As fast and exiting as the fish is 46km in a canoe is always a long way and a good rest and a HANSA was necessary as we (Bruce Hughes and I) shot Keith’s in style! Day 2- “the day of the weirs” didn’t disappoint and we somehow managed to do pretty well, paddling our way to a +-6hr fish. Big ups to Andrew Birkett and Adi Cox from UCT who claimed victory a pre-FISH!

Bruce Hughes and I across the finish of Day 1 claiming “I shot Keith’s!”

The trip was perfect opportunity to test my blood sugar management before the race. Once again my insulin pump worked a treat thanks to a waterproof strap from AQUAPAK- http://www.aquapac.net/ukstore/insulin-pump-case-154-1162-0.html . Nothing better than getting on the water at 7mmol/l and off 3 hrs later at 5.6mmol/l!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s back to work now! I have to get all my work done before the mighty HANSA Powerade FISH River Canoe Marathon 2010!