EWXC Action: Not for the faint-hearted

by Naomi on August 23, 2011

in Daily Life

Enduro World Corss Country race start

It was typically hectic, Saturday’s leg of the Enduro World Cross Country championship, held at Heidelberg (about an hour’s drive from our home in Johannesburg).

Enduro World Cross Country - Heidelberg, South Africa

I was relieved that Dave wasn’t racing, because that tends to spike my stress levels a bit, particularly since his double spinal fusion was done only three months ago. All told, though, I probably had more cause for concern, because he landed up doing some sports photography and riding the whole way around the track with no protective gear other than his helmet (not even a kidney belt or boots), complete with a heavy camera bag on his back. Returning to the pits, he had the widest smile you can imagine!

Dave Estment photographing at EWXC Heidelberg Race, August 2011

Nineteen years on from the month that we met, my heart still skips a beat when faced with the risks Dave routinely takes. With him being an ex-pro superbike racer, these are many. One day I swear I will write a handbook for the wives of men like these: extreme sports junkies.

The opening paragraph may be something along the lines of M Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled: “Men are unmanageable. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. Once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly understand and accept that men are unmanageable – then we cease to fear for their safety. Because once it is accepted, the fact that men are unmanageable no longer matters. We simply hand them over to their army of guardian angels. Problem solved.”

Then we’re free to enjoy the benefits that come with being the wife of an extreme sports junkie – starting with deep, undying appreciation for the moments we share. There’s also non-stop adventure laced with a good dose of adrenaline, and that special camaraderie that comes with living close to the edge. It’s an exhilarating place to spend your time.

Take it from these guys, especially Chris Birch, who gave everyone a lesson in sublime enduro riding:

Enduro World Cross Country Action - Heidelberg, South Africa

Enduro World Cross Country Action - Heidelberg, South Africa

EWXC Extreme Race Action - Heidelberg, South Africa

EWXC Extreme Race Action - Heidelberg, South Africa

Chris Birch at EWXC race - Heidelberg, South Africa, Aug 2011

Dave is training again in earnest, his eye on returning to racing soon. All the more reason for me to hit the gym, and exercise my muscles along with a positive mindset. After all, there’s little more motivating than a healthy challenge, perhaps backed by the safety net of sincere prayer πŸ˜€

For more photo’s from the event, take a look at my Facebook album: EWXC 20 Aug 2011 and Dave’s: EWXC 20 August 2011

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[email protected] August 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

Thank goodness for Scott Peck. I remember his attempt to define love – it was something like the desire to enhance one’s own and the love partner’s spiritual condition. It seems that you are kept in prayers enough to be well in love! πŸ˜€

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Naomi August 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Ah, thanks Amy πŸ™‚ Now I feel even more loved…MWAH!

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Kate Shrewsday August 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

So pleased Dave is going to be able to race again soon. That was quite an op. I love your visits to these cross country events: the photography is amazing as usual, Naomi…

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Naomi August 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thank you, Kate – also from Dave. He is the most pleased of all that he’ll be racing again soon πŸ˜€

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nrhatch August 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Beautiful pics, Naomi. Better you than me.

I am complacent and accepting about much in life . . . but it would be hard to watch BFF racing around that course without biting my nails to the quick! πŸ˜€

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Naomi August 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thanks, Nancy! Given your great approach to life, I’m sure you would take it all in your stride, although I can vouch for the fact that it’s not always easy πŸ˜€

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Cindy August 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

I admire you both, my nerves wouldn’t take it :O

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Naomi August 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thanks, Cin…it’s definitely a work out for the nerves πŸ™‚

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JamieDedes September 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Totally intimidated by this, but I love the pics.

P.S. – I didn’t comment on your posts on blogging (time!), but I did appreciate them. Well done. Thanks!

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