WHAT THE FU­TURE HOLDS

10 000KM FROM HOME, CHERISE FINDS PER­SPEC­TIVE – AND AM­BI­TION.

Bicycling (South Africa) - - IN MY VIEW -

I re­cently ran my first 20km......

WWHENWHEN PEO­PLE TOLD ME THAT TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE A PAR­ENT, I NEVER IMAG­INED THEY WOULD BE SO

RIGHT. I be­came quite emo­tional re­cently, see­ing how quickly Thomas is grow­ing up. It feels like he was born only yes­ter­day – and now he’s walk­ing al­ready… ac­tu­ally, run­ning mostly.

My life has changed dra­mat­i­cally, and so has my way of think­ing. I worry about dif­fer­ent things now; mostly about Thomas, and pro­vid­ing for his fu­ture. More than any­thing, I’ve learned how to be pa­tient and kind, and to love with all of my heart.

Trav­el­ling Europe with Thomas has been such a high­light. Even through the tantrums and long flights, noth­ing beats see­ing the look on his face when he sees some­thing new.

We love ex­plor­ing, and I’m so grate­ful that I can make Thomas a part of my ac­tive life­style. With all the gear on the mar­ket I can carry him along ev­ery­where. I run, ride and even hike with him. I re­cently ran my first 20km with him, and (al­though I al­most died!) it was such an ac­com­plish­ment reach­ing that mile­stone with my son.

My goal is to bring Thomas up in an en­vi­ron­ment in which he will take care of his health and live an ac­tive life­style from a young age – with­out putting any pres­sure on him, other than to have fun.

As for my per­sonal fit­ness: trav­el­ling around makes it hard to train con­sis­tently, and my diet has been very bad (try­ing all the lo­cal dishes and del­i­ca­cies!) but I try my best to do some sort of train­ing at least five times a week.

Once I re­turn to SA, I’ll fo­cus on a structured pro­gramme, with stage rac­ing as my goal… if a rid­ing part­ner comes along. I’m start­ing to make plans for the 2018 Cape Epic, and there may be some ex­cit­ing news com­ing soon.

Cherise Willeit, for­merly Stander, fin­ished 16th in the women’s cat­e­gory and 287th over­all in the 2017 Absa Cape Epic.

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