Here’s to you Andy. Yep, without the laugh-a-minute local attorney, Andy Cox, Synaptoman wouldn’t have stood a chance in todays running of the Knysna Half Marathon. Not that Andy was even there.
Here’s a shot of Andy giving a chop-stick demonstration recently
No, without Andy, the self-styled ITB guru, I would probably have been crippled for a week. Also, training helps but Synaptoman doesn’t train. Never have and never will. This year was even more extreme, and I can honestly say that I never ran even 100m in preparation for this brilliant race, run through the beautiful Knysna forests over 21km.
But I digress, back to ITB. More commonly known as Runners Knee, I have suffered from this ailment for years, and it effectively put a stop to a rather successful track and field career in my earlier years.
Andy also suffers from ITB, and at Comrades this year (no I didn’t run) he suggested strapping up both legs with insulation tape exactly 4 fingers above the knee. So there I was this morning at the start, with my two skinny legs strapped up like those thin poles that the road-builders plant at the side of the road to show levels. I certainly attracted some curious stares from many of the 4000 plus runners tackling the Half, but I persevered and wow, what a difference !!
With a cut-off time of 3 hours, I cruised in at 2 hours and 35 minutes to earn my 7th medal in this race (I had been disqualified once, but that is a different story).
So here’s to you Andy, cheers.
Oh, and the Child Bride ran a very credible 2 hours something. She also helped out doing bar duty at registration the night before.
Here’s a picture of her and Mike (aka Captain Courageous)
And finally, a shot of the medal and the tape. Now for some champagne.