Six Foot Track
Distance: 45.00km (GPS distance 43.87Km)
Time: 4 hrs 50 mins 00 secs
Rate: 6'26.7" per km
Weather: sunny, calm,temp range 12- mid 20's, humidity low.
Track conditions: wet in places, muddy, river & creek crossings had plenty in them, very rocky where soil has been washed away.
It over again for another year with No 9 now in the bank. Got away to a good start at the back of the 1st main group with a good walk down Nellie's Glen without a problem. Made it out into the open and started running and immediately fell over taking skin off left elbow, & both knees. No running damage done so continued on down to Cox's River where everyone went into the river to come out on the sandy bank with shoes full of sand. Had so much in right shoe had to stop and try to remove the sand as that would no doubt have lead to blisters.
Ran all the mini saddle except last 100 metres and charged down to Alum Creek. Going OK at this stage and ran all of pluviometer and onto black range where I passed a couple of ACT runners. Still going well until I turned into the deviation and just starting that awful uphill section when had an attack of the cramps on inside of left thigh. Had to sit to massage out the knots to relieve the pain,but was able to get to the next drink station at Cave's Road. Took a salt tablet there which did wonders and was able to run on then to the finish although must say I was getting nervous about the cramps returning. If not for that doubt, I was feeling reasonably strong.
Necessary stops for a fall, sand in shoe and cramps probably cost 10 minutes in time but that is just part of what can happen on race day. Finish position of 136th will mean a group 2 start next time but that's just the way it is.
Great day catching up with other runners I have come to know over the years of running ultras, a great bunch who all know what the others go thru in these events.
Running days: 6/10
Ave: 17.61 km per day
YTD: 906.6 km
Easy week to recover then will have to start on Glasshouse Mtns 80km in May. I have already written out the training plan.