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Anyone doing Six Foot Track? I'm in for my first real trail run.

 

I'm doing 6 Foot for the first time since 2011 (I think). Have done SFA running in the last 6 months but got through the Knapsack 6 Hour trail race on Australia Day.

 

My original plan was to enter 6 Foot to ensure I had some running in my legs by Port in May. That plan is yet to work.

 

Really looking forward to 6 Foot though. It will obviously be run at a very cruisy pace and Fri and Sat evening will spent hanging out with about 10 friends in a wonderful house in Katoomba, overlooking the bush.

 

It's going to be fun weekend.

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Paperman, my advice for a first-timer:

  • Walk anything which even looks like a hill. Conserve energy that can be better utilised later in the race. Walk strongly with purpose.
  • Don't trash your legs on the descents. Run the downhills fluidly and gently without the jolting braking that trashes the quads.
  • The real race starts at top of Pluvi. Arriving there in a good shape will set up the rest of the race. The better condition you are in at the point, the better your finish time. Arrive there feeling strong and the next section along Black Range is totally runnable and you will pass heaps of fellow runners. Burn a match or two too many and Black Range is a monotonous slog before the final climbs along the Deviation.
  • The long descent to Caves House is steep, at times loose and rocky, and nasty on the quads. This is where you either rejoice that you looked after your quads or regret that you didn't.
  • The final few hundred metres as you descend to the finishline adjacent to Caves House in the packed natural amphitheatre is possibly the best of any event in Australia; an atmospheric, emotionally charged and beautiful conclusion to a rewarding event.

Enjoy! :smile1:

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Paperman, my advice for a first-timer:

  • Walk anything which even looks like a hill. Conserve energy that can be better utilised later in the race. Walk strongly with purpose.
  • Don't trash your legs on the descents. Run the downhills fluidly and gently without the jolting braking that trashes the quads.
  • The real race starts at top of Pluvi. Arriving there in a good shape will set up the rest of the race. The better condition you are in at the point, the better your finish time. Arrive there feeling strong and the next section along Black Range is totally runnable and you will pass heaps of fellow runners. Burn a match or two too many and Black Range is a monotonous slog before the final climbs along the Deviation.
  • The long descent to Caves House is steep, at times loose and rocky, and nasty on the quads. This is where you either rejoice that you looked after your quads or regret that you didn't.
  • The final few hundred metres as you descend to the finishline adjacent to Caves House in the packed natural amphitheatre is possibly the best of any event in Australia; an atmospheric, emotionally charged and beautiful conclusion to a rewarding event.
Enjoy! :smile1:

 

 

Great advice and regarding the decent down to Caves House, it's by far the best run finish I've ever done! :thumbsup:

 

It was also the most painful! :sleepy:

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I'll be out there, not excited at all!! I've still been riding and running this week, Im heading into one of those "long catered training days" :-(

 

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Also finished. Happy and had a lot of fun. Very different to anything I've done before.

 

Wading through rivers, climbing over fences, and so much ascent. Great support from RFS.

 

Speed walked past Paul Every spending time with someone who was struggling a bit I think, then he jogged past me later and gave me a bit of advice on where we were and what was coming up. Some great folks in trail running.

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Paperman, that was probably just me doing the struggling when you passed me......or at least playing it somewhat conservatively at that stage.

 

Hope everyone is pulling up OK today.

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Paperman, that was probably just me doing the struggling when you passed me......or at least playing it somewhat conservatively at that stage.

 

Hope everyone is pulling up OK today.

I can't move. Im absolutely broken!!! Sorest I have ever been. That last km or so was just horrendous. I cramped in places I didn't know existed.

 

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I can't move. Im absolutely broken!!! Sorest I have ever been. That last km or so was just horrendous. I cramped in places I didn't know existed.

 

 

 

So, ... next year then?

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So, ... next year then?

Ha!! Never again as a "side project". I had no taper, ran 30km the Sunday prior and did a full normal week of bike and swim. Totally underestimated it. If I do it next year there won't be an Ironman program wrapped around it!

 

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My quads are making themselves known. Did a recovery jog and felt good but I'm avoiding the stairs at work.

 

So I just signed up for UTA100.

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My quads are making themselves known. Did a recovery jog and felt good but I'm avoiding the stairs at work.

 

So I just signed up for UTA100.

I got really bad calf cramps about 500m from the finish, my quads are sore, but not too bad...My calves are absolutely destroyed. No UTA for me, ever!

 

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Great advice and regarding the decent down to Caves House, it's by far the best run finish I've ever done! :thumbsup:

 

It was also the most painful! :sleepy:

I can't move. Im absolutely broken!!! Sorest I have ever been. That last km or so was just horrendous. I cramped in places I didn't know existed.

I got really bad calf cramps about 500m from the finish, my quads are sore, but not too bad...My calves are absolutely destroyed.

 

Haha, told ya so!

 

But how great is that finish!!! :thumbup:.

 

Well done, to everyone who had a go, this is a run worth at least doing once!

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Haha, told ya so!

 

But how great is that finish!!! [emoji106].

 

Well done, to everyone who had a go, this is a run worth at least doing once!

Finish was awesome, no denying that! Such a friendly atmosphere. A definite bucket list race.

I was happy enough to finish in 4:44 as a first attempt

 

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I was happy enough to finish in 4:44 as a first attempt.

That's a very good time on such a tough course, well done!

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That's a very good time on such a tough course, well done!

Thanks! Best thing about doing something like this for the first time is having no expectations, no pressure and a guaranteed pb time!

 

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On 14/03/2017 at 0:35 PM, Cottoneyes said:

Any trannies joining Antisport and myself at Sharpies beer run on the peninsula this Saturday?

Top Day! Thank you for your help :)

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Did the Jabulani 45k today at Bobbin Head. Probably just as hard as Six Foot if not harder. 

Saw a Tranny hat but couldn't catch him. Finally did after the race and had a quick chat. Older than me but faster. Can't remember his name...

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On 02/06/2016 at 1:19 PM, Tyno said:

I saw this linked from the BTR facebook group - http://www.gser100.com.au

I don't know what sort of ironpo person would even contemplate doing this :D

 

Just saw Tyno's post from a while back.  Trying to waste a bit of time while I wait  to get out the front door for Easter..

My wife Liz got an invite and is enterred.

Currently doing a 100k event each month in training.   She just clocked up her 35th 100k event with a handfull of milers on top of that.  Separately, she's training on the course at least once a month with a few people that  she does a bit of Expedition Racing with.

The real benefit is that I get dragged around a bit running in some pretty speccy places.

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47 minutes ago, part_time_tri said:

Back in for Coastal High 50 this year. Looking forward to trying to better my 7.03 from last year. 

First time for me and haven't gone past 24kms on trails before (and unlikely to before the race) so could be interesting :) Will be backing up 4 weeks after Norseman so hopefully the fitness will be there for a reasonable time on the day.

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UTA100 for me. 4th one but first on the new course configuration. 

Just did IM and have pulled up on so far. Will aim for sub-15. 

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UTA100 for me. 4th one but first on the new course configuration. 

Just did IM and have pulled up ok so far. Will aim for sub-15. 

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UTA100 for me. 4th one but first on the new course configuration. 

Just did IM and have pulled up ok so far. Will aim for sub-15. 

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UTA100 for me. 4th one but first on the new course configuration. 

Just did IM and have pulled up ok so far. Will aim for sub-15. 

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Wifey's 10th UTA100 - only female to do all 10. 

Hope she's quick we're on a 1.00 p.m. Sunday flight to Europe to do a spot of running in the Alps.

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Looks like there are a few changes for the 50 and 100 for tomorrow. 

As for me, 22 done and dusted, unlikely I will do again! I prefer road running over that distance.

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1 hour ago, MissJess said:

Looks like there are a few changes for the 50 and 100 for tomorrow. 

As for me, 22 done and dusted, unlikely I will do again! I prefer road running over that distance.

Well done, thats a serious trail - I heard is was cold & fog at the start

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On ‎19‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 7:12 PM, MissJess said:

As for me, 22 done and dusted, unlikely I will do again! I prefer road running over that distance.

Well done Jess.  Am surprised you prefer road running over trail running but I guess we're all different.  I guess I still like a mix of both.

How'd all you others go?  It looked like it ended up being a nice day up there.

And what about Lucy Bartholomew winning the UTA 100k in 10:52 on her 21st Birthday...  That's a sensational result, and she seems to be a really nice person too.

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Well I finished in 17:45 but that was hard. My slowest UTA by 2:30. It was death by stairs for me. So many stairs!

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14 hours ago, Go Easy said:

Well done Jess.  Am surprised you prefer road running over trail running but I guess we're all different.  I guess I still like a mix of both.

 

I don't mind trail running when the trails are dry, or a little wet, but it was so slippery in there I could not get much momentum. Federal Pass was a mess, you would put a foot down and slide. So just ended up walking like everyone else.

Add crazy elevation changes and the fact that I could not train for it (no-one to train with), made it something I would not do again. Easier just to run road.

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I was a DNS. Daughter admitted to hospital on Friday so pretty much no option. (She will be fine). 

Kudos to those who did it. Tough distance with a tough course in tough conditions. 

Met Lucy B in Pace briefly one day. She was just hanging out. Very very low key and seemed very nice. Was thrilled to see that she won. 

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1 hour ago, PaperMan said:

I was a DNS. Daughter admitted to hospital on Friday so pretty much no option. (She will be fine). 

Hope she recovers ok.  Great seeing that you've got your priorities in order, there'll always be plenty of other races.

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Met Lucy B in Pace briefly one day. She was just hanging out. Very very low key and seemed very nice. Was thrilled to see that she won. 

You wouldn't pick it eh!  She just seems to love what she does and really appreciates being able to do it.

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After being in Katoomba the other weekend and seeing the UTA50/100 vibe I got excited and signed up for a local 22km trail race in 6 weeks. (rafferty run)

All my running to date has been on paths and roads. Have no problem running that far normally on road. but who has some pointers they would to give a newbie.

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I've not noticed too many differences from road to trail, however the courses are far more likely to have some inclines, and alot more often, so get some hills into your training is the first priority.  You also may need to be a bit more nimble on your feet to dodge the odd puddle / tree root / uneven terrain.  Concentrate on looking ahead of you when running, and again try to get some training done on some paths (not footpaths) if you need to develop in this area

The other big difference in trail running is you won't be handed cups for hydration, you need to be self sufficient - ie carry your own container with you which you can refill in most races at aid stations.  If not used to it start to look at getting either some flasks to carry on a belt, or a hydration pack in a vest or backpack style.  When you go longer you may need to up it to being able to carry basic first aid, and jackets in winter months on some races so if you get hooked (which you will), start to look at what you need.

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Thanks Cottoneyes

I've started to include hills in most of my runs. I've already got a small handheld flask that i like using. not sure I'll get a vest or backpack (yet) They seem expensive, what should I look for if I decide to get one, what is everyone using?

Do you carry phone and/or bandages on all trails when training just in case? 

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I don't usually go into more isolated and remote trails until I get closer to an actual event, by which time I'm running with the full backpack including phone.  If your pack is comfortable though it usually doesn't take much to throw all this in.

My backpack is usually ready to go anytime with only the phone and money / id to be added, my wife works very odd hours and I don't know until the last moment if I'm going to be able to head out and join my training group, so it's all there ready to go

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2 hours ago, Limited said:

After being in Katoomba the other weekend and seeing the UTA50/100 vibe I got excited and signed up for a local 22km trail race in 6 weeks. (rafferty run)

All my running to date has been on paths and roads. Have no problem running that far normally on road. but who has some pointers they would to give a newbie.

Couple of things;

  • If you train with a watch (always looking at pace) on the road, forget it for the trails - it will only demotivate you how much slower you will be going. Doing one of my first trail runs I'm thinking it will only be 90 mins or so - finished in 3hrs and not  because I was walking
  • The shoes you use on the road may be useless on trails depending on the type of trail it is, particularly if it's wet and/or steep
  • As cottoneyes said, be more self sufficient, doesn't mean you need to take everything with you but having stuff like band aids/paw paw cream for blisters etc can be useful when there's no servos or short cuts home
  • Oh and at some point you'll trip over a rock and plant yourself face first :)
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11 hours ago, truck said:

Oh and at some point you'll trip over a rock and plant yourself face first :)

Yep, been there, done that... (More than once :huh:).

9 hours ago, Limited said:

Any tricks when going up/down hills?

Yeah... Don't face plant! :lol:.

Good luck with it Limited, you'll love it!

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All right then.... I'm prepared to face plant :rolleyes:

I think you're right go easy, the little bit I've done so far I've loved

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I always tell my partner which trail Im running & always speak to others I see out there eg "nice morning, cold, I cleared all the spider webs" etc etc so if anything happens Ive made a 'friend' or worse case someone might remember me cos I usually go early morning before work

In saying that, I dont go on remote trails alone. Regardless of the weather or season, the trails are always magic

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Anyone going to the Glow Worm Trail Run?  It's a great weekend of running and I've had a great time the past couple of years but mates have all decided to skip it this year due to other priorities.  So, just wondering if anyone's going...  I'm a social creature.

http://www.glowwormtrail.com/

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2 Bays trail run entries open for Jan 2018 tomorrow night at 9pm.

I'm entering the 28km, but if I can get a qualifier am hoping to upgrade it to a 56km before the end of the year.  Hoping like hell we can get the same weather as we had this year

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