Monday, September 13, 2010

100 milers are never easy

GH100 report 11.9.2010 31st/42 28.57.17

i think whippet said this once.
he is right.
its just a bloody long way.

had splits set for 28-29.5hrs.
crept over the longer splits at the 110km mark (cp2/base) but was just pleased that i had never felt so good at such this stage of a 100 miler.
minimal nausea, was eating well and felt strong.
the feet (and a small chafing matter) were crap but bearable.
was well ahead of bill - always a good indicator ;)
wasnt worried at that stage.

an extra 2km (each way) in the eastern section played with my head a bit to be honest.
ian subsequently gave us another 30mins grace but i didnt know this at the time.
when you are 10 mins behind your 29.30 split and you now have an extra (unplanned) 4kms you better hope you dont sit and vomit for an hour or take a wrong turn!
in the end i had enough split buffer picking up 10mins on WH and 30mins on the loops at 10 without a problem; mainly through zipping in and out of CPs rather than any running as such... and soft splits of course :)

hardly ran at all in the eastern loop.
no need for it really.
have to admit i did regret the late finish coming back along the steve irwin way at 10am - some long unshaded sections had me just cooking.
presumed i looked a bit hot and bothered at the finish.
just hate the heat.

overall had things in control about 90% of the time which is all you can expect really.
the 8a loop and the last 5km the only real bad points.
pretty pleased to feel so good overnight i guess a reflection of the slow pace.
in 5 weeks i will see how chipper i feel at 2am when i have been pushing hard all day :)

the pre-race niggles behaved strangely.
the butt wasnt really a problem: the glute would fire randomly at times and give me some sharp pain but this didnt happen often. and the GH course isnt hilly enough for the glute/hammy to struggle it felt worse at 12FT to be honest.
the knee/prepatellar bursitis started playing up at 2.5hrs on downhills and i thought i was in for a loooooong day but by the 10hr mark for some reason the pain had almost gone and even when i got to the beerwah loop and wildhorse it behaved so it wasnt just that the hills had disappeared.

a few quick gear things.
i feel soft saying this but i really need to get some (running) gaiters.
i have said before i would rather wear a v-neck jumper and drink a soy latte but i had to remove my left shoe maybe 10 times to get a bucket of sand/gravel out.
my feet were pretty crap after the 50km mark and hopefully this explains most of this.
i have no buffer at gow i need to be fit/healthy and problem free and i still may not come within cooee of the cutoff.
and feet were a big problem this race.
the ayup headlamp worked well but will go back to the medium/diffusing beam. the intermediate is just too narrow and powerful and literally fried my retinas.
food was good, ate well.

it was really nice to catch up with mellum again.
also pleased to say i did all 3 x long GH races this year (80km, 50km, 160km) as well as hares and hounds.
never done that before!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nowt wrong with a v neck jumper (they balance a heavy bust nicely) ... or soy latte (creamy, caffeinated and cruelty free) and as for gaiters, who doesn't love a pair of Dirty Girls?

Glad your niggles behaved for this event. GOW here you come!

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