Monday, September 04, 2006

Return to Glasshouse

glasshouse 100km (well 102km) 2.9.06 - 14.47 - 3rd overall (2nd male). first ever (non age-group) bling!

i know this sounds stupid, considering i have 11 glasshouse finishers mugs (7 ultras) in the cupboard but i have felt 'out of the action' there in recent years.
the main event of the year is of course is in september and i hadnt run this event since 2003 - i paced sean greenhill in 2004 and crewed for team mellum in 2005.
the absence made me quite edgy this year - though not helped by some pre-race ITB pain.
after a whole tube of voltaren gel, a DT massage and a few sobering words from whippet i fronted up without cortisone half expecting an ITB blow-up at 40-50km.
'failing this' (!) i had hoped for a 13.30ish finish but with the wet/boggy weather was happy to go sub 14.

started off in a conservative manner - had to remind myself i was running 'IN' the forest not running 'THRU' it - like in may.
ran with a few of the 100 milers in the early sections - tamsin, colin and robert but left them on the crappy uphill just before cp5.
planning on taking it easy on the infamous 'powerlines' - had done 2 loops on the previous friday in 38 and 42 minutes so planned for 45 this time.
until i reached the first downhill and found the bog and revised this to 50mins.
stopped looking at the watch all together soon after when in certain sections you had to slide/surf down gullies and use all limbs to go up the other side to stop yourself falling back.
didnt particularly worry me that 14hrs was slipping away.

arrived at cp8 feeling a little nauseus so took an anti-nausea tablet and planned to take it easy in the loops at 8.
started to push a little harder when i saw lindsay phillips and pete gardiner on the 1st loop and subsequently passed them on the hilly bits to be in what i thought was 5th place (9 starters).
it was pleasing to see all the runners going to/from cp8 on the loops as i hadnt seen many of them all day - and especially great to see team mellum doing so well early!
arrived at cp7 before tanky to my surprise as i hadnt passed her (she took a minor detour).
after talking to the cp people i found that i was actually in 4th place - 3rd male at this stage so thought i better get my arse into gear.
it all started to become 'less fun' on the way to cp6 and i guess things can become a bit of a grind after 11 hours!

sorted out the night gear at cp6 and hoped to get thru at least some of the 'beerwah loop' before needing the light but of course needed it on arrival at the crappy bit .... bugger!
the beerwah loop is just terrible to do in the dark - i have little confidence going downhill at the best of times but with all the bog and on tired legs and at night i found myself at times simply tip-toeing down even the relatively benign downhills.
was extremely pleased to reach that long steep uphill that indicates the end of the loop and emergence onto connection road about 2km from cp5.
once there it was a case of drink coke and run run run.
which i did - had some walk breaks during the worst boggy bits but ran hard most of the way back home.
great to see the 100 milers coming back out over hamburger hill (having done 102km and heading back out on the eastern loop) - but was of course a little disappointed that i hadnt managed to catch some of them before i finished.
arrived to some cheers from ann/mrs boonarga, brenda and jenny and was very surpised to hear that i'd actually come 3rd (2nd male) after the early leader (a NZ world 100km rep) had pulled out - he had been sick pre race.
john pearson won.
the girl from WA finished 20mins or so before me after being not far behind john all day but getting lost twice.
it was somewhat embarrasing to see that half the 100 mile field had come thru the 102km mark before i finished so it seemed a little silly to be receiving a podium finish in the 100km event but i'll take it!

fantastic year for the 100 mile event with 20/26 starters finishing - 10 so doing under 24 hours.
dave waugh broke the course record - only 3 weeks after winning the australian 24hr track champs.
great to see spud (2nd), tim and whippet (team mellum) all break 24hours.
tim now has a shirt!
hard to pick other individual highlites but the finishes of AB and tanky were great as well as seeing most of the first timers finish - will, blue dog, horrie, tamsin (1st female).
you wont find 2 blokes who luv their running as much as dog and horrie.
and of course its always great to see the 'old farts' ian and bill cross the finish line (this time together).
great runs in the 50 and 30km - bloggers lady jove, clairie and hannah got some bling.

have never seen so many teary eyes before.
its amazing what an emotional event this is.
such a huge weekend.
for the 100 mile competitors its such a huge effort over several months or even years for them to get to the start line and then such a torture test to finish on 'the day'.

i seem to have pulled up well after the 100km.
think the ITB was just a brain-playing-games thing and had had a few other little niggles none of which troubled me on the day either.

so should i do the 100 miler again?
to be honest i'm just so glad to be running again, and enjoying running again that the last thing i want to do is not enjoy it.
but i have to admit this alpine 100 mile thingy has got my attention!
anyway better give some more thought to this GNW first as its in november - the 100km tho not the 100 mile!
now 3 ultras for the year - my busiest year ever!


Blogger Jen_runs said...

What a great report Bro. Congrats on the bling. Looking forward to getting up to GH myself - one day!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Iron Pete said...

Great work on the bling... you seemed to have put in the hard yards on the slopes this year, so well done.

8:32 AM  
Blogger tim. said...

I was pretty stoked when I saw you heading for the finish line even though you did not know who i was at the time :)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Tesso said...

Go the Bro!!!

Great result buddy, and a great run. You make this ultra trail running caper look almost easy and like its fun.

So, another 100 miler? Somehow or other I can't imagine you not wanting to join you Team Mellum mates in the really really big one next year.

Happy recovery :-)

8:23 AM  
Blogger Spud said...

You da man UCB, now step up next year and do the 100 miler with us ;-)
Hey respect though, after see those climbs up Tibrogargen (sp) and Beerwah, phew! Thanks for your help over the weekend too mate.

9:28 AM  
Blogger plu said...

Great effort on the weekend. Do you think you could ahve managed the 100miles?


11:00 AM  
Blogger Horrie said...

It was great to share the Glasshouse experience with you Bro. Thanks for taking us on the shortened tour on Thursday and pointing out parts where you can get lost. Shame you didn't point out the 2 parts that I got lost on. ;) Really enjoyed the whole weekend. Can't wait to be back next year.

7:11 PM  

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