Monday, June 20, 2011


sri chinmoy 6 hour track 18.6.11 56.6km

long story short is this wasn't my best ultra.
far from it.
badly paced and the hard surface just played havoc with me in the second half.
managed 32km+ for the first 3 hrs and just basically fell apart.
got a really bad case of the walksies at 3.5hrs and went thru the mara in 4.06 (was hoping close to 3.50-55 which i did as a trot at GC last year) and felt terrible.
sore legs and nauseus.
not easy knowing kerrie and greg had just zoomed past looking fresh and 3rd was out of reach unless MUN really hit the crapper.
at one stage just felt like pulling over and stopping and having a cry.
thats what track does to me.
at least on the trail you have something to look forward to.
on the track theres nothing except another lap.

did a lot of walking in the 5th hour.
knew i wouldn't make 60km and was even looking at <55km at one stage!
i run further on hilly trail!!
just managed to keep 4th by running a bit more in the last hour.
laps: 27/28/25/24/15/21 divide those by 2.5 for km per hour.

funniest part of the day was when grant saw me there: did you bring your ipod?? he asked :)
and i did!
track sucks.

popped into TW after the race.
very very impressed with the organisation.
>100 cars at the finish at 8pm day 2.
heaps of volies around guiding walkers and crews and cars.
massage and podiatry still on hand...very impressed.
so i guess as per my comment in the previous post: with 700+ volies and >1100 runners it is kind of like organising a shuttle launch.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I don't do team. I don't do track.

had to break one of my 'rules' this weekend.
don't usually let work get in the way of running but with the boss away only have one completely free weekend in june: the trailwalker/sri chinmoy track weekend.

long story short team mellum (TW brisbane) didn't eventuate: overseas, sick or just not running i was the only one left. even our crewie left us ;)
i am a terrible team organiser - put some time into finding replacements but in the end (and i know this sounds rude) i just want to turn up to a 100km race with a couple of dropbags and a bit of thought the night before.
preparing for TW has become like landing on the frigging moon: compulsory briefing nights, 2xcrewies required, huge weekly emails, race packs and rule books that have me losing concentration page 2 and without meaning to sound like a complete prick i have never been big on the 'donation events'.
events this size need all this stuff it is an extremely well run event - but it's just not me.
so basically i am selfish and lazy.
that shouldn't be news to anyone ;)

thought about slotting into another team and did have a couple of interested teams who were a member short but saw today one started with only 3 ... what the? as whippet says 'so they chose to DNF/finish incomplete rather than run with you' :)
sitting at home all day looking at photos and trail updates having a really bad case of trail envy.
tho having said this 'mr perspective' reminded me today he can't even walk up a hill without getting breathless and WAS due to fly out to hardrock today... chosen race this weekend is sri chinmoy 6 hour tomorrow.
have grandious delusions of doing 60km+ so will see how i go.
running well at the moment but 'the unspeakable injury' has been giving me some curry over the last few weeks.
have the white skins, garmin and ipod at the ready.
this will be embarrasing!