2017 Yarrabilba TrailFest 21k

Back again for my second run of this course, it was a no brainer given that it’s somewhere different and a great relaxed and social event.
A chilli morning in preparation for this run, with a 50 min drive down to Yarrabilba from Brisbane. Managed to time it right and not having to wait too long before starting…
After a quick briefing, and appreciation of all the new runners with a quick casual briefing, we were at the start line and then we were off.
The course stated with about 700m of new estate roads, before getting into the start of the trails. We were warned of the creek crossing at 1.5km mark – which was very smart given the new runners. Personally I was happy to plough though it, and keep the feet cool. I think after about 5 km I finally got warmed up and found bit of a groove. At the 10km mark was the first of the hills, I managed to keep a decent pace up this hill, and disappointed that the scenic lookout point was not mentioned this year. Was a good spot for a selfie last year 😉
After descending this hill we ran the best bit of the course, the single trails for about 3km, and then back onto the fire-trails. With a couple short steep hills, then we had the rock hop down the ridge back towards the finish – via the creek crossing and the estate road.
Highlights was the single trails and chatting to the other runners in the different sections – making some of the hills so much easier.
  • Solomon slab vest with 2 water bottles
  • Asics GT2000.
  • Mountain Goat singlet and trucker cap
  • Injinji socks
  • Lululemon pants
  • Arbonne Preworkout
  •  4 Dates
  • 1.2l of water with Phytosport Hydration
  • Clif blok chews – whole bar
  • Beer
  • Post workout and a protein shake


Flyover view on relive: https://www.relive.cc/view/1096729379
Always trying to optimise my nutrition, I am happy with the hourly intake of sodium and carbs to to keep me feeling good for these 2 hours – with no cramping or lack of energy.
Thanks to the organisers – Those Guys, and looking forward to the next event with them as well – Coastal High 50 in 6? weeks… watch this space!

2017 Pinnacles 18k Trail Run

A last minute entry to this, given the original date – I couldn’t make, and this is a loop that I have done a couple of years ago – but wanted to do it again, mainly to test some of my recent learnings with nutrition over an event that was over 10kms.

The Pinnacles classic was promoted as 18 hills in 18 kms. Here is a elevation profile from my run.

 With the run starting at 7am, and a slower wave at 6.40am – this gave the “slower” runners an ability to finish at a reasonable time, and also allow the faster ones to pass – and have a chat if feasible.

For me, aan event to focus on nutrition – and it worked out really well. Also helped that I ran with lots of other friendly trail runners – so we could all have a  chat at the appropriate time.

Another great event organised by TRAQ , and as always looking forward to their next event.

Strava Details:

Some timings for food intake;

About 5.30am – On wakeup food was a water based shake (Arbonne – 20g protein) and a Clif bar. Then had 500ml of Prepare and Endure.

Just before the race started I also popped a Saltstick salt tablet – to be sure my salt levels would be well looked after.

During the race – carried 1 liter of water in the bladder, and 500ml of water in bottle, and 500ml of Complete Hydration and a protein bar – The 2 bladders and the protein bar were all consumed by 9km and topped up at the 9km checkpoint

Refilled the 500ml of water in bottle, and 500ml of Complete Hydration and drank all of these for the next 9km – and at the end actually felt awesome. Probably helped having a big downhill for the last 2km? But but felt good and energy levels were still high.

Finished off the run with a burger from the tent and when back in the car – had the After Workout mix.

Overall a small event that brought together a great crowd and great trail running community.