Surf Coast Century 2012

I’m pretty excited. I’m heading interstate for the first time to the Surf Coast Century 2012 for a running holiday. No kids but sadly no husband. I spotted the Surf Coast Century at the beginning of the year. I thought it looked like an awesome way to clock up 100km.

This year I have already 2 race records for coastal events in 2012. Coastrek 50km Team Race Record of 6 hours 14 minutes from Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach and Coastal Classic 2:49 from Otford to Bundeena. Oxfam Trail Walker Sydney can be said to be similar terrain to a coastal event, as it is located along the Hawksbury River, Jerusalem Bay, Cowan Creek and Sydney Harbour. I again broke a record, I now hold the Mixed Course Record for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney of 12 hours 18 minutes. It was competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 was when I decided to go for the the hat trick of Coastal Events wins in a year.

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Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012

Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012

It was a big ask to back up for Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012 only one week after Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I would not normally enter a race so soon after an Ultra. My sponsors Barefoot Inc with Inov8 shoes were the featured sponsors for the event so I felt compelled to show my support for the brand. Last year I had an extra week to recover and relish my energy stores, so I was not sure how my body was going to react. I am the current female record holder for the course and last years winner with a time of 2 Hours 57 minutes. I had to give it a go. You just never know how you are going to feel.
Mikey, my husband knows how well I’m going to run before the event better than I do. When I was figuring out my splits the morning of the Coastal Classic 2012 in the car on the way to Otford, Mikey insisted a personal best and breaking the record by 2 minutes was not enough. He suggested a 7 minute personal best just to keep me honest. Fine. I thought. I have not had a good PB since TNF100 (50 minute PB and City2Surf 80 second PB) so I would have loved a 7 minute personal best over 29ks. But was it possible so soon after Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney?
It was to be the start of a weird and wonderful day. At the start of the event my mate Brendan Davies approached me an offered to run with me as my pacer.
“How fast do you want to run it?” Brendan asked.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Davidson reserve to the Finish

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 toward the Finish.

I emerged from the Port-a-loo’s feeling better but a bit shaky. My support crew gave a a 2 minute count down to get my gear together including my head torch and with in 2 minutes we took off as a group and I started to struggle. Brendan Davies joined the support crew at Davidson Reserve help out and to encourage us and I think this really spurred Andy on. Andy suddenly remembered how fast he could run. The guys were now on a roll and I was having problems keeping up with them. Far out man Andy is so fast and Jono can match it with him. I was happy that Paul was starting to feel tired.I was going to have to work my butt of to stay with them.
We ran up a set of stairs and I was dizzy. I’d had not eaten for about 45 minutes or more with my guts feeling a bit fragile.
“I’m dizzy guys”. I informed them.
“Eat something!” They all said as a group.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 St Ives to Davidson Reserve

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012

We ran into St Ives Showground Check Point 4 hot and bothered. I was feeling relaxed knowing that that hard effort we put in on the climb has paid off. I spotted my hubby Mikey taking photos and I waved to my mates Michael, Gordi and Tom at the checkpoint. As a team we quickly checked in and out and I ran over to Beth who had my gear organized for me. I quickly swopped over my Hammer Gels and my Hammer Fizz water bottles over and I was ready to run. Mikey informed me that the Gu Nathan Team was only 2 minutes behind us at the 50km mark. I started to get antsy.

Andy was injured. He was so strong not to complain once about his knee. He needed some pain relief. I found him some voltaren gel and nureofen was given to him with some food. I started to get edgy knowing that we were losing time at the check point. I had no idea how far behind the Gu Nathan team was and I wanted to get moving. I started walking out of the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney check point.

Paul soon followed me. We started to chat.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Berowra to St Ives

We ran into the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Berowra Community Center 28.5km at 10:14am after 3 hours and 14 minutes of running and quickly checked in and out out the check point. We all turned around and found our support crew Garry and Beth Cardelli waiting for us. Beth was awesome, she had all my gear ready and waiting. I quickly had some more serotide hoping that the long lasting ventolin would help with my asthma. I was having to use my ventolin almost every 2 hours with not much relief. I would just have to see if the serotide would make a difference or otherwise at the end of this event I will collapse like at Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon and probably end up on oxygen.

I swopped over my Hammer Gels and my Hammer Fizz Hydration mix. I was carrying 500ml of fluid the front of my UltrAspire Spry pack and 500ml in the back. With my supplies replenished I was ready to go. I worked out the splits for the team for 12 hours. From this I calculated the amount of hydration fluid and Hammer Gels that I would need between each check point. I put them all into little plastic zip lock bags with the check point name, distance between the next check point, the amount of fluid and the amount of gels I would need written on each bag so my support crew knew what I was going to require at each manned check point.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2 Berowra 28.5km

With a cheer we were off and running in the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I could not help myself I had to be at the front. I like to get rid of nervous energy. I’m like a horse at the gates, I just love to race. I ran out quick but well under my anaerobic threshold and I just was happy to stretch my legs along the road and have a clean run to up the first fire trail.

In 2012 there were some really strong teams competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. Our main rival for the mixed category was to be the Gu Nathan team featuring the Wellington Marathon 2012 Winner Sarah Burgess. Sarah Burgess is in great form and she had a star studded team around her featuring all sub 3 hour marathon runners. I have personally never competed in a road marathon but I know you have to be an amazing runner to achieve a sub-3 hour marathon. The Orange Whips were also looking strong on paper too. Oasis Property had some talented trail runners also, they initially asked me to be on their team but I later turned them down wanting to have the chance to run and train with my good friend Beth Cardelli in the No Roads Expeditions Team.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 – Forming a Winning Team.

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 is a team event first and foremost. To win the event you need an amazing team that is willing to work together through everyones strengths and weaknesses……

This story started way back in December when I emailed Brendan Davies about the possibility of forming a strong female No Roads Team for Oxfam 2012. No Roads Expeditions already had a cracking male team, there was no way I’d be able to keep up with the likes of Andrew Lee, Ben Artup, Brendan Davies, Mike Donges. But if there was a female team with Beth Cardelli and Angela Bateup, I felt like I could maybe just hold my own.
No Roads Expeditions could only managed to obtain one team entry for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. So I was not going to run in the No Roads Expeditions Team. I just was not fast enough. So I kept my options opened, and just stayed in contact with Brendan and waited for a spot as a reserve. The two major races for the Marathon Trail Running calendar in 2012 were cancelled the 6 Foot Track in March and Mt Solitary was cancelled in April. I had no way to prove myself as a runner until May. I then ran The North Face 100km in 12 Hours 29 seconds placed 3rd female. I then pulled up nicely two weeks later at the Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon and again managed a 3rd. I felt like I did enough to prove my ability. Brendan’s body feeling the effects of his amazing racing season thus far and I think Beth Cardelli wanted another “chick” on the team with her for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. So after the Glow Worm Tunnel in April I was asked onto the team. Yes!

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City2Surf 2012

I did not expect much from my performance for the City2Surf 2012. I’ve been injured for about a month with numerous ankle sprains. The last sprain was just over a week ago. My preparation for the event was definitely disrupted. I did what I could do. Cross trained and just watched my diet to keep the weight off. I heated and massaged and rehabbed my ankle daily. I’ve gone through about 4 rolls of strapping tape in 2 weeks. Running a personal best at the City2Surf 2012 was going to be a struggle. It is the only road race I compete in every year so I just wanted to enjoy the day, have fun, catch up with mates and hurt like hell. It was going to hurt.
I did not bother with City2Surf 2012 splits. My Garmin
will keep me posted on how I was doing. I instead wrote two of my favourite quotes on my hand. “Let Her Run” and “Heart of a Champion”. Both quotes are from my favourite kids movie about the famous race horse “Secretariat”. I knew that if I was going to manage a PB, I was going to have to run my little heart out.
I told all my mates to meet me up the front right hand side. I giggled to myself when they all appeared at the front , by my side one by one. How good is that. Amongst 80,000 people I could still organsie to find my friends. It was going to be a good day.

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Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankle, I am totally gutted. I’ve sprained my anklefor the 4th time in as many weeks and I have to use common sense and pull out of Mt Solitary that is on in two days. This is the chain of events that have lead to pulling out of Mt Solitary.
16th of July, after successfully running 55kms on the Saturday from Berowra to Brooklyn Return and then backing up and running the Footpoint Trail series on the 15th of July. I sprained my ankle badly jumping over a fence at Camperdown Oval at the arrival of a PT session. I had my PT bag on my shoulder adding an extra 10 kilos to my body weight on my right side. I’d just taken the strapping tape off it from the weekend of trail running only 15 minutes before. I jumped over the fence and landed in the only hole in 10m on the oval. I landed on dodgy ankle side that has had the ligaments torn in the past when I was 13 and 3 years ago. I took the full brunt of my body weight plus an extra 10 kilos at right angles on my ankle. My ankle was so sore I got ice from the local cafe and asked my husband to bring crutches to the oval so I could get off it straight away. After two PT sessions then I went to the hospital to get an x-ray for my ankle, ruling out a break. I then go straight to the physio for treatment of my sprained ankle.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney Training and Footpoint Trail Series

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney Training session for my No Roads Expeditions team consisted of Beth Cardelli. Our 3rd team mate, Andrew Lee was running in the Kokoda Challenge with Brendan Davies, Ewan Horsbrough and Clarke McCoughan up in Brisbane. Paul Robertson was resting before his adventure race in the following week. It was up to the girls, Beth and I to put in some tough kilometers in prep for the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 100km event in only 6 weeks.

I decided that to toughen myself up and to prepare my body for the onslaught of the Kuringai National Park, I needed to run from Berowra to Brooklyn and return. This would be our longest and most brutal training session for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney. It was the training session that was needed.

In the back of my mind I knew I was going to have to back up the next day and sprint 7.4km in the Footpoint Trail Series.I tried to forget that I racing the next day and I concentrated on the run ahead of me.

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Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 Sydney Training

Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 Sydney Training Session Brooklyn to Turramurra, my parents house.

I woke up on Saturday and I knew I could not run. I had gastro. Either it was the end of the flu. Or it was my stomach reacting form the antibiotics that I was prescribed from the doctor for my tonsillitis and chest infection that the flu developed into. On Thursday my asthma was still shocking. I’ve never heard my chest gurgle so much. I was having problem breathing and I was just having ventolin just to get through the day. I went to the doctors and got my asthma and what ever sickness I had sorted out.
I called Beth, and postponed my session for an extra day. I’ve been running in Bali with gastro before. It is not training. It is torture. When you are sick in your guts and you are training it is not training. I moved my session to Sunday in the hope that my lungs would recover as well as my guts.
Now that I was all on my own for my training session ,(or so I thought) I decided that I’d call on a favor from my Dad to give me a lift to Brooklyn from their house in Turramurra. I grew up in Turramurra. Our picnics were at Bobbin Head or Apple Tree Bay near The Oxfam trail on the Great North Walk (GNW). Recently my immediate family would take our boat out wake boarding at Apple Tree Bay before my running started to take over our weekends. Whenever I enter the Kuringai National Park it always feels like I am coming home. I do love that part of Sydney.

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Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012

Again I decided late to enter the Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012. I have 3 clients running in the Blue Mountains for the first time and I really wanted to be there for them. I’d run 42km around Mt Solitary the Saturday before. I was without a car for Tuesday and Thursday, so I had to bike between Personal Training Sessions (PT) on those days and I am helping out the local hospital RPA with an exercise induced asthma trial. I had a huge week, and I was feeling knackered. The Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012 in the past use to just kill my feet and I would always end up with a few “Hot Spots” in my feet after the event. I was cautious about entering. I entered late, just to make sure I had recovered from the weekend.
On Friday before the run, I had an asthma trial. I had to blow into a tube for 6 minutes and keep the the line above 87. The week before I could do it easily. But on Friday I struggled. So I knew I was not going to have an easy run on Sunday. Guys skip to the next paragraph now warning girly talk. I later told the specialist I had my period. She said that it does effect your performance. I had it for 7 days. 7 days is a long time for me. I guess it was nice to know that with all my training and events that I am still healthy. I’m still fertile and I’m still able to bleed for 7 days. Man it can knock you around though.

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