February is celebrated by many as the month of love, with shop shelves brimming with awfully clichéd ceramic hearts, stuffed bears and every shade of red discernible to the human eye. I'm afraid that things are a lot less romantic in the Running the Race household, though, because to us February is simply known as the month of spinach and beetroot.
Because, you see, Will is once again in the peak training phase for his yearly goal cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which takes place on 8 March this year. And somewhere, through the years, spinach and beetroot has become an integral part of this training phase - it's the food of champions, so I'm told. (If you've been following our adventures for a while, you'll know by now that Will is chasing a sub-3 hour finish, and that he has narrowly missed this goal on four previous occasions. Four. And when I say "narrowly missed it", I literally mean that he missed it by a few seconds.)
|Will in his happy place. [Photo by Vrystaat Fietsry.]|
So here we are again: The entire household eating beetroot until everything is stained purple (ahem, Miss K and Baby J) and eating enough spinach to make even Popeye cringe - all in the name of a sub-3 hour finish. And I can tell you this much: We'll continue with our annual spinach and beetroot fest for the next decade if that's what it takes to get Will to his goal.
You can do it, Honey! We're right behind you!