I like to spread these newsletter out, so that they don't become tedious. Especially to those who may feel obliged to read them.
However, there have been two phenomenal performances from our "old guard", within the space of a few days, that really deserve an emergency mention.
Firstly, last week, Hank pulling of his 12th win in the Berg.
Finishing just one of them, is a massive accomplishment. Winning one is a phenomenal achievement. Winning 12 is absurd.
He took whatever the rest of the field could throw at him, and never looked out of control.
His main challenge coming from a very game young Uli Hart.
The challenge for the last podium spot was an interesting one with Wayne Jacobs eventually finding the going too tough on day 4, allowing Simon Van Gysen to snatch the last step.
The battle for gold in the women's race made up for the poor showing in numbers and depth, with both Jenna Nisbet and Nix Birkett finishing in the top 20, overall.
One of the best overall results in the history of the race.
Two other phenomenal performances came from Jannie Malherbe, who, at age 83, took one step closer to the illusive 50 finishes and Giel Van Deventer who took a further step towards 60 finishes (51).
Performance of the week, however, must go to Andy Birkett, who, against all odds, overcame the intense heat and hectic pace to win the marathon at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday.
After a disappointing 8th position in the short course marathon the day before, many were discounting Birkett as any form of threat to the podium.
Current world champion, Mads Pedersen, from Denmark, set a ridiculously fast pace for much of the event, burning off all of the competition, except Birkett.
Andy backed himself for a crack at the end sprint and handed over the pull to the Dane after the last portage. His gamble paid off and a visibly exhausted Pedersen could not match Andy's surge of speed (like a taxi on orange) over the last hundred metres of the race.
This performance has elevated our sport, as it is unlikely that team SA will be coming home with bucket loads of medals from the others.
The number 13 proved to be unlucky for Bridgitte twice in 2 days, as she battled in the conditions and ended up in that position in both the short and long events.
A reminder for all those heading to Portugal for the Marathon World Championships and Surfski World Championships is that there is still room in the container but it leaves on MONDAY! Chat directly to me to get a spot.
If you are one of the seniors and are heading to Portugal to race the Masters Cup, read the latest bulletin HERE.
Short and sweet
And a joke:
A guy is sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the head with a frying pan.
"What was that for?" he asks. "That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Marylou written on it," she replies.
"Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Marylou was the name Of one of the horses I bet on," he explains. She looks satisfied and apologises.
Three days later he's again sitting in his chair reading when she nails him with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him out cold.
When he comes to, he says, "What the hell was that for?"
"Your horse phoned!!"