spent the weekend at o'reillys at lamington national park: http://www.oreillys.com.au/
was here last in february and spent so much time running and walking/hiking i injured myself and missed 6 foot!
the lamington classic runs the 21.5km from the lodgings at o'reillys to binna burra (along the 'border track' ie. along the Qld/NSW border) on the saturday with the return trip BB to ORs on the sunday.
to try and improve the DTI we stayed at o'reillys (the 'nicer' end!) and i ran straight back (semi-officially) on the saturday.
ORs is at 920m and you climb to 1200m before heading back down to BB at 780m.
i have described the trail before as the closest thing in SE Qld to the overland track/cradle mountain run without being anything like it!
the border track has quite a few rocky parts and tree-rooted sections but is without the ferocity and consistancy that the overland track does.
the start was divided up into 6 'waves' (2.5 mins apart) of 6 people and was seeded on best recent HM time.
i've always thought my HM pb of 94.10 wasnt too bad (for an ultra runner anyway) so was a bit shocked (and pssed) to find myself in the 5th wave!!
started eyeballing those at the start in superior waves and before i knew it i was counting all those i thought i could pass based solely on appearance :)
discounting the obvious fact that i had twice as far to run that day.
never knew i was so competitive!
was particularly focussed on a 5 foot tall 60-year old asian grandmother (i assume she was a grandmother - she was that old) who was in wave 3.
consequently started off waaaaay too fast and passed the first person in 4 mins and had passed 5 people in the first 20mins or so.
eventually settled into a good rhythm and although passed a few more 4 or 5 passed me again on the way down to BB.
refilled the camelbak and turned in 2.18 (not far off 6min/kms) and when i explained to the lady what i was doing she asked me if i'd had my medication that day.
saw the 60 year old doing her warm down and stormed back up the hill again shaking my head and promising to quit running forever due to shame :)
made some mental arithmetic and thought a neg split was way off the cards but a 2.30 would be nice.
passed a few people on the way back - people still finishing and a few going for a post race warm down.
one asked me if i was running all the way back and i explained that if i stopped halfway i would have a very cold & lonely night! LOL
the hammies which were hurting in the first half really started to suffer and i just didnt have any 'zip' up the hill for the second time and found myself walking long sections.
really gritted the teeth on several parts and its been a while that i have stuffed myself so badly on a 'short' ultra.
i have to admit i really suffered all the way back!
got thru the rough mid-section and calculated i needed 6.40s for the last downhill 7km to go under 5hrs.
managed 5.50s of so doing the last half in 2.36 for a 4.54 finish.
was veeeeeeerrrrrrry stiff and sore at the end.
very pleased when TOH decided she didnt feel like a walk that afternoon!
went for a gentle 2 hour stroll this morning.
need to sort out my ongoing narky calf.
only 3 weeks til bright/alpine 4 peaks.
no running this week other than at lamington.
3 x 1hour bike sessions tues/wed/thurs.
thanks for the gear tips 2p - those were the watches i was looking at and will probably get from rei.
re: gortex etc... dont take this the wrong way but you have a bit more padding that me ;)