It is now less than 13 weeks to the 2011 North Face 100km race…here is my reflection on the 2010 event.
|At the start with my training partner Andy. All smiles here!!|
Well....I have arrived back into the land of the living....just! The North Face 100km was singely the greatest challenge that I have ever undertaken. Amazing, breathtaking scenery, heartbreakingly challenging terrain like I have never seen or travelled over before. This event leaves an indelible mark on your heart and soul. Every person who reaches the start line and commences this event will have a story of blind elation, devastating lows and periods of vague incomprehension. Here is a small snipet of my experience. Reaching the start line of this event saw me wade through a myriad problems from over training, under training, training for non related events, troubleshooting injuries and general stubborness! It was mentioned to me that simply getting to the start line was the hardest part of this event…………well………maybe not!!
|Didn't get much of this to stay down!|
The day started at 4am for me with attempts at getting food and fluids in and keeping them down. Anticipation was now my major enemy resulting in nausea; nausea; nausea. Crisp and cold (for a thin blooded QLD'er anyway) air greeted me at the fairmont resort, along with 650 odd other competitors. Race brief completed we now stand waiting for the starter's gun. It was an amazing sight………650 people, nearly silent, arms interlink, kinds words of encouragement and support being offered. Stark contrast to nearyl every other race I've entered. We start and make our way along the streets and into the bush…now along single file tracks. The pace was steady, I start to wam up and take some layers off. we now start to descend into the valley and I begin to feel cold again with some monor cramping in my fingers and toes. Not paying attention to the early signs will come to haunt me later on. By the time I reach the first checkpoint I now have cramping in my quads. I've never had cramps during any training or competition, however this is my first cold event. I battle through and continue and find my toes are getting extremely painful from butting into the front of my shoe. By the time I reach CP2, damage has been done. I take shoes and socks off, therafix all my toes, heels, arches and then double sock. Off I go toward CP3. Some really tough terrain is encountered.
|The race traverses around the bottom of the 3 Sisters and then up |
and out on the other side of the valley!
|Coming up and out of CP1.|