But there are just 30 days to go now and one has yet to get into proper training - my runs having been pretty sporadic and nowhere near good enough to set me up for the sub three-hour race I intend to have come September 15.
You see, one of the reasons I had a poor Comrades was because I chased a sub three at the beginning of the year, and failure to get it in the first two months meant I was still racing in March.
I then raced Two Oceans on legs that had not fully rested and the lure to pile up mileage in April meant I did not have much of a break.
No wonder then that these good old trusted skinny and fast legs of mine gave in after the 65km mark of KwaZulu-Natal’s world famous ultra marathon - leaving me to negotiate with them to carry me to the finish line inside the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg almost an hour after the cut-off gun for my targeted time for a silver medal had been fired.
Hard lesson learnt, I resolved to earn qualification and seeding for next year’s Comrades early, and at the fast and flat Cape Town Marathon.
But alas, the race is upon us and I am far from being ready.
The temptation, with just a month left to the race, is to forget about the sub three in Cape Town and use it as training for a later race - most probably the Soweto Marathon in November.
Any runner worth his salt knows, however, just what a monster the famous township race is, and how hard a sub three is to achieve there.
I missed it by nine minutes last year and the idea to go for it this year instead of the Cape Town one is currently very appealing.
After all I already ran a sub three in Cape Town - a 2:57 in 2017.
Why not go into unchartered territory? I have almost three months to get ready for it, and with proper preparations I should be able to get close, right?
The Cape Town Marathon is a beautiful and fast race but I know I am not ready to smash it.
At least not in a way I will be happy with. And there is just no time left for me to prepare properly.
I will descend upon the Mother City with the sole purpose of getting great training there in preparation for a sub three assault in Soweto.