2012 Twilight 21km Run

Interesting lead up to this event, with not much food consumed on the day, and feeling a tad flat. Managed to get a some food down, but not feeling the best.

The location of the event at University of Queensland was well known, the usual training area so not knowing the course was never going to be an excuse. Although I had never run the circuit, so it will be interesting either-way, plus as the name depicts, it was a twilight run, which to my delight was not in the morning or midday sun!

Managed to hook up at the start with some of the usual training guys, Pete, Chris, Brian, Haydon so that provided some usual pre-race banter. Starting the event, we were near the front side and after the gun started, we jumped straight into the main stream of runners. Quite near the front, but at least we were off. This was probably my first mistake of the day, as my usual 5.30 minute kms, where quickly replaced with 4min kms. After about 3kms realizing my fault, I pulled it back to my slower pace, and soon being taken over by all the guys! Anyway, first 10km was ok, then the concept of “doing it all again”, was my usual repetitive struggle and with not having much in the tank the second 10kms where a real struggle. Managed to get through the event, but happy it was nothing more than 21kms. Upon finishing, completely dug into the bananas and bread rolls (probably had about 5) and a chance to replenish the energy levels before the walk back to the car.

Not my best event, but another one down and always good to catchup with the guys and enjoy a well hosted event.

2012 TRAQ Mt Glorious Run

My first TRAQ event in a long time. This local one looked different to my usual Mt Coot-tha circuit so I definitely wanted to give it a go.

PreRace: On Wednesday, was in Perth and couldn’t resist doing the 10km Swan River loop, probably one of the best inner city runs outside of Brisbane! Also on Friday, I went Paddleboarding for a session. Feeling a bit sore on the Friday night and Saturday morning…

Saturday 6am, caught the bus from The Gap school, and ventured out to Mt Glorious (via Ipswich? – as the bus wasn’t able to decent down the steep section from the Mt Nebo side of the road). We arrived at the start point with about 15 mins to spare so all good there.

Food: 3 liter bladder water, 3 gels, 2 Carmens bars.

Race: The 3 waves took off (5 mins apart). I quite happily went in the 3rd wave, and straight into shin deep water! Love it. Soggy shoes and then in the first of the big hills.

After the first of the hills, it was a steady rolling decent to about 10km, where the 2nd creek crossing (not wet) and a drinks station. Refilled another 3 liters, and some glucose lollies, and kept going. Good support from the guys at this transition.

From the 10-19km, it was a gradual grind up. Long and steady with a few flat breaks, but overall the obvious tough section.

From 19-22km, a lovely rainforest cooler environment, with some some great scenic views and an easy run to the finish line, where there was great support at the end!

Post Race: Not many flat sections at all through the event! Probably why they called it a mountain race! Fantastic work by the organises, and great food selection at the end! Heaps of Subway / fruit / sweets and drinks to cool down until the bus came at 11.30 (via Mt Nebo), and home at The Gap by 12.50pm.

The main issue I had was with the heat, but managed to stay well hydrated and ensured that I took it easy when required.

Also, just saw the preliminary results. No DNF! great job everyone! My official time was: 3.07.15 (as I forgot to turn off my garmin at the end)

My Garmin: