Being a participant in the 2012 Olympics, and numerous time South African Cross-Country and Marathon Champion, Philip surely has a knack for the trails. He answered a few questions regarding the #lockdown South Africa and other countries are facing.
Photo by Milan de Beer for MEDIATIC Studios.
How are you dealing with being locked inside your house? Mentally and Physically.
Apart from that we are not allowed to train or race outside, my day is going pretty much as usual.
I am fortunate enough to have an indoor trainer so my current riding is good enough to at least maintain fitness. I am also doing more core and stability work which is great for overall performance.
What positives are you taking from this 21 day lockdown?
All my home improvements and maintenance will be done. I am hoping this time will raise awareness and that everyone will be more conscious and considerate towards people around them with regards to spreading any kind of virus or contagious illness.
What do you miss most about the trails?
The rush and risk of pushing my limits on the trails..
Photo by Daniel Coetzee. Edited by Milan de Beer/MEDIATIC Studios.
Is there anything that you could take from this experience?
There is a lot that you can get done online.
Are there any skills that you are learning in this time?
I did an online SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) course. I am improving my balancing on a gym ball whilst juggling.
Fitness and Skill. How are you keeping up?
I have an indoor trainer specific plan and also do a 30 minute coordination and stability exercise routine indoors. I have also activated my Zwift account, which also helps with the riding part.
You and your wife have two children. How does this time create ideal opportunities to spend time with the family?
My wife also works from home, so our routine is not much different than usual.
Photo by Milan de Beer for MEDIATIC Studios. Taken at the 2020 Attakwas Extreme.
What ride are you going to do when you get to ride outside? Distance, terrain and goal?
It will probably be a 2 hour ride to Wolwespruit with a few runs down the “flowline” and then end it off meeting the family at Spout for a coffee and fresh croissant.
What is your next racing goal, being said if the quarantine time stays 21 days?
If we look at the bigger scheme of things, my plan will be built backwards from 2021 Epic.