|The Bronze Belt Buckle|
"Ultimately,ultra running is still a confrontation with self, a battle of you versus you and that spirit is still alive and will always thrive by virtue of the sport being so physically and mentally demanding."
" If you start to feel good during an ultra, don’t worry, you’ll get over it."
Like the race , Like any endurance race , the NorthFace had its ups and downs , literally and figuratively .It was my first ultra marathon. The two quotes pretty much sum up my feelings of the race and probably what most runners would have experienced in any ultra run . It was emotionally up and down , it was a battle within and eventually any feel good factor evaporated in the cold night air as the run progressed. Like the race this is going to be a long race report. It is what I call a mindless excruciating race and so is the report.I was in wave 6 , the last wave off at 6.53 am and I crossed the line 19hrs and 35minutes later at about 2.30 am . I can safely say , I had left everything out there at the end.
But like all races there is the start and getting there . After the mega planning that went into the training and the preparation I think I had covered all bases. I did find it a little harder preparing for such a race never having run an ultra. I had my gear for the back pack and nutrition and then 3 bags for 3 of the 5 checkpoints .All of which I had to organized fortunately with help from JD and those who had done the race before. In addition I had extra batteries for my headlight and chargers for my Iphone and even wireless headphones (which I never used) .
I left with the group from Boris fit (we trained together for the run) on Wednesday 13 May 2015 . It was the Jetstar red eye to Sydney and my luggage weighed in at an impressive 21kgs just in clothes , and the running gear and nutrition for the run.
|Joining the advance party .Perth Airport 13 May 2015|
|Picture of the Blue Mountains from the lookout in the Town|
|The 3 Sisters (Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo')|
|The massive Jamison Valley below|
|Another view with Ironpot ridge on the other side of the valley|
|One of many Falls in the area|
|The Expo and Registration|
|The Expo and Pop-up NorthFace shop|
|Queue's everywhere at the registration|
The months of preparation or possibly the lack of were about to be tested like never before.