Earlier this month I went on a business trip to Cape Town, South Africa with several collegues on the IE team and HR staff. You can read more about it on Scott's blog. Our purpose was recruiting, but there was enough time in our schedule for some sightseeing. I also took the opportunity to focus on my run training.
It's summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and man oh man was it gorgeous in Cape Town. We stayed at the Radisson Waterfront which as the name says is right on the waterfront, near the major shopping district called the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. And here's a shot taken about 5:20am one morning as I headed out for a 2 hour run. This is the harbor at the hotel, facing east toward Granger Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. (click for a larger view)
Yes, it really was that beautiful. See why I fell in love with Cape Town?
My triathlon training in Cape Town consisted of visiting the nearby Virgin Active gym (complementary for hotel guests) for weight lifting and swimming, and running along the waterfront and around the local neighborhood.
I discovered that gym etiquette was different than the States. For one thing, it's expected that you bring a "sweat towel" to drape over the equipment rather than use a spray bottle and towel to wipe them down. I didn't bring such a thing my first visit and had to bend the rules. On my second visit, I brought a sweat towel, but when swimming I found out that swim caps are required. Even for men with short hair like me.
I really liked the Virgin Active gym. Lots of equipment, a good pool, and fun high energy technopop music blasting at a "pump you up" volume throughout the gym. Plus they had a Kauai juice bar where I could get a protein enhanced banana blend smoothee after each workout. Delicious!
My running was mostly along the Beach Road waterfront pedestrian walkway in the Granger Bay / Sea Point / Green Point neighborhoods. This is about a 5 mile long brick paver / asphalt walking and running trail, right along the Granger Bay waterfront. I ran in the mornings before our interview day would start - once from 6am to 7am, and twice from 5:15 to about 7:15, for a total of about 30 miles.
Here's more of what I enjoyed seeing on my runs:
Facing south toward the Sea Point neighborhood with the Lion's Head in the background:
The Green Point lighthouse:
Finally, facing north back to the Radisson (the leftmost building you can see in the distance) which sits on Mouille Point.