Bribie Beach Bash 1.10.06
46km 5.14 (splits 2.17 2.57) - 13th ultra!
went into this one a little 'underdone' i had ran about 40km in the 4 weeks between GH100km and this event. a mixture of travel and a lingering cold conspiring to prevent more mileage.
i do like this run because its a typical low-key ultra.
geoff williams organises it with the proceeds going to the endeavour foundation.
it has a very friendly 'community' atmosphere.
unfortunately i dont really like running along the beach - the view doesnt change much!, its flat, its crap when the tide starts coming in, its hot/unshaded and the camber is a killer.
ran the 1st half with CRs kato and repete.
felt it was a little fast but didnt feel like i was struggling until about 30km (7km after the turn).
was keeping pretty well on 6min/km until now and was starting to feel it especially with the headwind.
felt tired and like i had no power in the legs - especially the left quad.
soon after the left knee started to hurt - behind the kneecap (think i had a tight quad).
this settled a little with stretching and some panadeine (the 1st time i've ever taken painkillers in a run) but soon the itb felt 'funny'.
wasnt sure if it was just the skins making them feel tight or not.
but after some more shuffling and some walk breaks eventually the pain returned in the knee cap and then at the knee where the itb inserts.
said a few swear words and stopped immediately.
had a good stretch and decided to walk it home from there (3-4km to go).
have never had an itb blowup during a race before and to be honest was pretty bloody upset at the finishline - at the prospect of several months of rehab which i had had several times before for the same fking thing.
sorry if i ignored anyone/everyone at the finish.
was keen to find kato and his trusty ice-pack and just have a little cry by myself.
some comforting looks from AB and a few others softened the blow.
its still sore today but i am comforted by the fact that it doesnt look swollen, it blew up at the 42km mark of a hard, cambered run and the knee passed the 'bin night' test - putting the bins out going down the steep driveway.
will take things day by day at this stage and not make any predictions.
sensei whippet thinks i'll be fine but i'm mindful that previous itb problems have seen me out for 4-6 months.
if so the first person on the kepler waiting list is looking pretty good!
thanks again for the previous comments - especially r2b! :)