This year, the Big 5 Challenge began on the weekend of July 5th with a 75km Mountain Bike Race on Saturday followed by a 100km Road Cycling Race on Sunday. Then, throughout the following week, Greg Judin competed with other Big 5 competitors at a 16km Trail Running Race, an Xterra Off-Road Duathlon (consisting of 3k Trail Run, 23k Mountain Bike and a 7k Trail run) and finished up the challenge with a Half Marathon running race on July 12th. Prior to the Big 5 Challenge at the Knysna Oyster Festival, Greg Judin reminded his Peaks Coach, Karen Mackin of his two goals (in order or importance) for this special event 1) enjoy a nice vacation at this beautiful race venue with the family and 2) feel strong enough to enjoy the challenging events. Beyond just feeling strong, Greg's results were quite impressive. In the Half Marathon Greg came in 137th out of 7200 competitors! His overall placings in each of the events earned him 17th place in an incredibly challenging field of both Pro's and strong amateur competitors. Greg was also extremely pleased with how well he felt. He was able to have enough energy to enjoy the in between race time with his family. He attributes this to both his Peaks Nutritionist, Namrita O'Dea and careful planning by Coach Karen Mackin. On a race debrief call with his coach, he was thrilled that he just "nailed" the nutrition plan and how much it really helped him!
PCG Coach: Karen Mackin
PCG Nutritionist: Namrita O'Dea