Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 a year of ultras, running and climate change


























As the decade counts down and a new decade is on the horizon , it is fitting to reflect on the good and the bad of the year and what for me has been a big year of running...lots of running .

I started the year running on holiday in Singapore and Japan ,some solid base training in much cooler weather in Tokyo and Osaka and enjoyed the slow build. Got ill on the return with a cold but persevered with the start of a training program for UTA .My 4th attempt. This included 2 trips to Bluff knoll and Albany for lots of elevation and repeats on bluff Knoll. It was tough and character building. Lots of running in Wungong and King's park and  Reabolt repeats. I thought I was prepared but went out hard ,thinking I had the legs but the lack of drinking and nutrition was the undoing with a TDF at 46km . I had the flu coming back and 3 weeks of just been sick.then tried to run the 100km at Avon but found that the legs were just dead ,another TDF . Not Good.

Regrouped after a months break and then started training for feral Pig 100 miler . Also had a great trip to Italy nd France with lots of running ,hiking and cycling some spectacular mountains . Lots of elevation and mileage .All set for Feral Pig

Then continuing with training for Feral pig with a 50miler WTF race on the Queens Birthday Holiday in Perth at the end of September .That was a hard race but again hurting at the halfway mark like in the 50km race in Jarradale but managed to get the necessary nutrition to bounce back and finish the 82kms in 13 hours.

All set for Feral Pig but 6 hours before the midnight start it was called off because of the extreme heat . We all ended doing a 50km race on Sunday when the temperature stayed below 40 a more tolerable 34 if I recall.That took me a good 8.50 because I ran out of water 12km from the end .Another miscalculation as to how hot it can get and the need for hydration. Walked the rest of the way with 2 other runners and as it was not an A race just enjoyed finishing rather than pushing through for a time. That is life. Not everything will pan out .The race I was hoping to test myself will have to be next year . The rest of the year was just short races and a little down time .No Ironman this year .

Rounding the year with a break in Sydney enjoying the city , fireworks and running around the beautiful harbour even if it is a little hot and smoky.

For the record the stats are below for the year.I have surpassed the total running distance for the year with 2300 km and 51,000 m of elevation .


Activities86
Total Distance2,314.33 km
Total Activity Time100:57:09 h:m:s
Activity Calories37,956 C
Total Elev Gain22,806 m
Average Speed25.4 kph
Average Heart Rate107 bpm
Average Run Cadence--
Average Bike Cadence75 rpm


Activities226
Total Distance2,205.43 km
Total Activity Time314:23:14 h:m:s
Activity Calories138,882 C
Total Elev Gain51,849 m
Average Speed7.8 kph
Average Heart Rate138 bpm
Average Run Cadence150 spm
This year 2020 , the goals are to keep getting stronger , several ultras and an Ironman . Back to swimming regularly so lots f morning sessions which I have skipped this pass 5 years.

Here's to a better and stronger 2020.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Training Ultra 8-22 September 2019




After the 3 weeks in Europe it was back to a cooler Perth and back to training with 3 weeks before the next Ultra run , the WTF 50 miler in Dwellingup.I had not signed up yet but it was going to be a 50 miler or a 100 miler .Chances a 50 miler .



The training program by Dave Kennedy was straight forward , the next 2 weeks , Mondayhill work at Mount Street off Kings Park x10 repeats for about 350 m elevation and 7km
Tuesday and Thursday easy runs of 7.5 km and Wednesday a threshold run with 20 minutes at a sustained rate .I manage about 5.10 to 5.30 pace and the rest is at about 6 min pace but I managed to avaerage about a 5.30 pace for the 8kms Friday a rest day and then on Saturday
I ran in Kings Park with repeats at Kokoda and managed 22kms in 3.5 hrs and 650 m elevation .

Sunday an easy 10 km run for a total of 64 km . Just one 30 min ride on Zwift .

The following week same routine with just 1 hour on Sunday which I did at Mundaring before a clinic with Vlad Ixel .It was part of the ultra series entry of 4 races I signed up. The clinic consisted of good info n running but also on strength training and stability exercises which I needed . That clinic also consisted of running so did about 15km for the weekend  but not really as in the program.






Taper Week WTF 50Miler & Race Report

Coming in to Nanga Campsite after the first 38km

Heading out for the next 42kms


This week was the week leading up to the WTF 50 miler my B race for the year in preparation of the Feral Pig 100 miler. After 2 DNFs it was with some concern whether despite the training I would be able to finish this race.

The week started with a rest day on Monday usually it is Mount street repeats . On Tuesday and Wednesday I ran an easy 5km and then on Thursday I had a rest as well on Friday when I headed down to Nanga Campsite just outside Dwellingup after work .Got in at about 8pm and then registered and settled down to try and get some sleep before the early start at 6 am .

Did sleep a bit but was up before 5 am .had water and a banana for breakfast.it was a mass start of 70 runners doing the 50 miler and 100 miler and a few relay teams. Started easy and there were a few hills in the first half.I had the Garmin course downloaded and with the runners around the first half wasn't too difficult to navigate.It was a cool 14C before t got warmer after 10.30am

I got to the first water point or turn around in 2.36 feeling good .That was 18km and so as always the first half felt strong.The return was a little harder and I was struggling a bit with a few longer walks. I got back to the finish point or Nanga Campsite at about 5.46 hrs into the race .Feeling a little more tired after 38 kms and over 1200m of elevation. Had a drink of coke and then refilled my 2 x 500m with tailwind and a third flask I had made up and in my backpack . That was useful as it was about 21 km to the turnaround and the next water point. This was the hardest part for me despite the little elevation. I struggled with walking a fair bit and mentally . I was really glad to get to the turn around in just under 10 hrs so this section took me more than 3.5 hrs. After some coke and getting 2 x 500ml of coke and one of water I felt heaps better .Unfortunately I asked one of the vollies to put the third flask of coke down the back in my pack but she slid it between the pack and my back and it must have slid down into the chair I was sitting. So I did not have the third flask when I ran out of my 1000ml of fluid. Did get some water from a marshall about 7kms from the finish which helped but definitely could have used the coke. I did have some lollies but the coke helped me run most of this section and I finished pretty strong with 13 hrs flat .Not quite the 11 hours planned but it was a tough course and I was glad to finish with the legs cooked after the first half , the second half was all mental . I ran in with a 100miler who was going to do it all again. That would have been tough.

The lessons learnt , I had to go out a lot slower and save the legs . Have more fluids. 4.5 litres for the 13 hours worked out to about 340ml an hour plus whatever I could drink at the aid station . Not quite enough at certain points and especiall from mid morning to about 3 pm . Learn to exclude all negative thoughts that were flooding in especially coming into Nanga Camp after 38km and before the last aid station. It is so easy to pull the pin rather than fight on . By keeping to a walk and run strategy and getting fluids in at the last turnaround I was able to pass 7 runners. So that was a real positive. I did get a bit lost at the end as the Garmin told me I was off course when I was still on the course. I fortunately had my lights which I needed for the last hour.

The legs were pretty done . I had one big blister and a black nail but no chaffing issues and after 2 days managed an easy 5km run . Lots of lessons for Feral in 5 weeks.

Recover y is important

Morning of the race 2019

The all important WTF medal

Monday recovery in the ocean

Chasing a few birds

Munda Bindi Trail last 42kms

the Power lines in the  first half