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I arrived in Canberra yesterday arvo so missed it by a whisker. Wife is down here for work so myself and little miss 6 followed for some sightseeing on school holidays. We are staying at tuggeranong, I'm going to look to do parts of that course for a 16km run Wednesday morning. Hopefully don't get lost. Had an easy 6km this morning around the lake. -3 a bit different to the usual training runs in the Gold Coast ?

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Currently sitting in my hotel room in the Pyrenees before volunteer duties start while Mrs L races along the Spanish and Andorran Pyrenees for 7 days in the Pyrenees Stage Race. Love the mountains of

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

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

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It's a pity you didn't make it PTT it was a great morning for it.  Very runnable trails and a reasonably fast course for a trail run.  I managed a 1:34:10 and it was a tad over 20kms.  There's no real creek crossings so you shouldn't have to worry about wet feet unless you get a heap of rain.

If you want a nice easy short run, the first loop of the 'Cotter Canter' course is a good one.  The second part is hilly and more of a true trail run.

https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/canberratrailruns/previous-results

The next trail race is the 'Gungahlin Gallop' 30km & 10km.

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Got out this morning and went for an easy 9km around Urambi Hill. Maps.Me was my friend as even though it was very open, I struggled to spot some trail heads in some places and took a while to realise I was looking for gates half the time. Nice scenery though! 

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On ‎3‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 8:03 PM, Go Easy said:

The next trail race (in Canberra) is the 'Gungahlin Gallop' 30km & 10km.

Yet another great trail run in a nice part of the world.  You ACT folks are spoilt!

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Just put this on a thread in Trichat, but am feeling generous so I thought I'd share it here.

The Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon running festival is on this coming weekend (sorry about the late notice) and there's something for everyone.  http://www.waggatrailmarathon.com/

 We've still got a couple of rooms free (nothing flash) so might be able to offer you a free bunk for the night if you get in quick - and plenty of floor space if you don't.  All you'll be up for is your entry in one of the events (1.5, 5, 10, 21, 42km, KOM or MTB Marathon) and your transport out here.  Some of you know where I live, but for others that don't and are keen, just send me a message and I'll let you know my address and some details of the weekend.

Note - I'll be fairly busy doing the 10k event on Saturday, the 21k on Sunday and helping out marking and marshalling the courses over most of the weekend, so you'll need to be able to look after yourself.

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Glad Wonderland was not on the weekend just past, lots of snow on the trail at the moment still after a substantial dump for the region over the weekend.  

less than 4 days at work and then heading up there, looking at 2 - 12 degrees for the weekend with little chance of rain so looking a bit better than last year

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On 21 August 2017 at 10:22 AM, Cottoneyes said:

Glad Wonderland was not on the weekend just past, lots of snow on the trail at the moment still after a substantial dump for the region over the weekend.  

less than 4 days at work and then heading up there, looking at 2 - 12 degrees for the weekend with little chance of rain so looking a bit better than last year

And we got a sprinkling of snow on the slowest 36km runners, which is getting close to my dream of snow up on the Pinnacle for all the 20km and 36km runners to see. (So long as it doesn't come with wind)

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Think I read yesterday UTA 100 and 50 are sold out, limited 22 entries still available.  It's on my bucket list, once life settles down and I get back into some regular training without medical interupptions, UTA 50 is definitely on the list in the next year or 2

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The Hume & Hovell Trail Runs are on again at Tumbarumba this coming weekend.

http://humehovellultra.com/

There are 22km, 50km, 100km, 100 Miler and Relay options for anyone that's keen on a bit of casual off-road action.  Entries close tonight (sorry about the late notice, but I've been a bit absent lately).  You can camp at the start/finish area so it's cheap weekend away in the bush if you don't mind roughing it a bit.

On ‎18‎/‎10‎/‎2016 at 2:57 PM, lawman said:

We're going back next year. Liz to beat the miler and me to put a team together for the relay. Might be a chance to podium if there is only one team again! Are you interested in joininmg a relay team?

 Forgot all about this...  I haven't entered anything yet as I'm a bit broken again and was waiting to see if they had enough volunteers.  Thought that I might cruise the 22km again if feeling up to it but could probably struggle through 25km if needed.

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11 hours ago, Go Easy said:

The Hume & Hovell Trail Runs are on again at Tumbarumba this coming weekend.

http://humehovellultra.com/

There are 22km, 50km, 100km, 100 Miler and Relay options for anyone that's keen on a bit of casual off-road action.  Entries close tonight (sorry about the late notice, but I've been a bit absent lately).  You can camp at the start/finish area so it's cheap weekend away in the bush if you don't mind roughing it a bit.

 Forgot all about this...  I haven't entered anything yet as I'm a bit broken again and was waiting to see if they had enough volunteers.  Thought that I might cruise the 22km again if feeling up to it but could probably struggle through 25km if needed.

Hey mate,

Not heading down this year.  Liz broke seven bones in her foot while on a training run on Mt Solitary in June and has had to pull out of the miler, races in NZ and India and the Great Southern Endurance Run.  Pins come out this Friday and training starts as soon as possible after that.   She's like a bear with a sore head at the moment. 

Will be back for H&H next year, its a great low key event in a pretty speccy  part of the world.   Enjoy the weekend.

Cheers

R

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11 hours ago, Cottoneyes said:

Sharpies Beer Run on St Paddies Day next year opened their entries.  Good run with 10km or 21km options on trails down at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula.  Aid stations on the course stocked with some beer if you want a real challenge

http://trailology.com.au/events/

The Bar Opens at 9.00am along with the Registrations, and they have Beer at the Aid Stations...  Now we're talkin! :lol:.

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Hey mate,

Not heading down this year.  Liz broke seven bones in her foot while on a training run on Mt Solitary in June and has had to pull out of the miler, races in NZ and India and the Great Southern Endurance Run.  Pins come out this Friday and training starts as soon as possible after that.   She's like a bear with a sore head at the moment. 

Will be back for H&H next year, its a great low key event in a pretty speccy  part of the world.   Enjoy the weekend.

Bugger!  What's the chances...  When I said I'm broken again I've got what I think is a stress fracture in my 2nd Metatarsal (toe).  Over the past 3 weeks I've only done a 3km, a 4km and a 5km run and thought that it was coming along alright.  I did just over 10km tonight to test it a bit and have pulled up lame so I probably won't be doing anything either.  Am tempted to have a go anyway, but don't really want to jeopardise some other events that I have coming up in the next couple of months.

Good luck with the bear and her recovery, I hope it all goes well for her and that she's back enjoying the trails again soon!

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On 10/11/2017 at 10:07 PM, Go Easy said:

Bugger!  What's the chances...  When I said I'm broken again I've got what I think is a stress fracture in my 2nd Metatarsal (toe).  Over the past 3 weeks I've only done a 3km, a 4km and a 5km run and thought that it was coming along alright.  I did just over 10km tonight to test it a bit and have pulled up lame so I probably won't be doing anything either.  Am tempted to have a go anyway, but don't really want to jeopardise some other events that I have coming up in the next couple of months.

Good luck with the bear and her recovery, I hope it all goes well for her and that she's back enjoying the trails again soon!

Not been on here much and what do I see ^^^^  this  = not good  - get better 

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On ‎16‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 1:43 PM, Mjainoz said:

Not been on here much and what do I see ^^^^  this  = not good  - get better 

Cheers, I saw the Doctor (another runner) on Monday and she thinks it's more likely to be tendon damage rather than a stress fracture due to it's location.  I've had an x-ray, which she thinks probably won't show anything anyway, and has suggested just self regulating and taking it easy for a while...  Could be worse!  :huh:.

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Anyone here done trail running over multiple days?  

Got an email yesterday about Run Larapinta which is on in the NT in August.  I'm going to be OS when it comes around this year, but got me thinking overnight of adding it into my schedule for 2019.

The question is, how much harder is it backing up trail runs day after day after day after day?

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Hey C,

I did the first Larapinta a couple of years ago and me and a mate are going back again this year.  Backing up is not too bad, its just ticking a day off at a time.  If you are worried there's two distances, do the shorter one first, but I'm sure you won't be tested and its only four days.  The best bit is racing during the day, sitting back having a beer with everyone else and then dinner and awards for the day.  You get a good chance to recover with a good nights sleep, a big brekky and are ready to go again the next day.  The scenery is absolutely spectacular Stanley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, are another world. Just be prepared for different surfaces, bit of sand, bit of rock hopping and a little bit of climbing.

Did an 8 day stage race in Europe a few years ago in the Alps which was much longer and a fair bit tougher.

Do it, its awesome fun.  Rapid Ascent do great events.

 

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On 17/01/2018 at 9:32 AM, Cottoneyes said:

Anyone here done trail running over multiple days?  

Got an email yesterday about Run Larapinta which is on in the NT in August.  I'm going to be OS when it comes around this year, but got me thinking overnight of adding it into my schedule for 2019.

The question is, how much harder is it backing up trail runs day after day after day after day?

Backing up isn't hard if you prepare and train for it.

Trails are generally softer on the legs, nor are you running as quickly as on road.

Train with back-to-back days of significant mileage building into consecutive days.

Manage your recovery (fluids, food, flexibility, etc) between stages. Eat as much as can, as often as can in your down time. You will have ample recovery time with few other priorities.

Learn how to manage your feet.

Prevent small problems from becoming large ones that can eventually screw up or end your run. Sunburn, chaffing, blisters are all avoidable. If these do crop up, attend to them early, don't try to run through or fix them later.

If you're worried about restarting each day, you can always have a crack at Jess and MQ's FKT for Larapinta and just run straight through. They only took about 60 hours. :devil2:

Seriously tough chicks.

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11 hours ago, part_time_tri said:

Only 2 more sleeps! In the car on the way down from the GC. Wife doing the 22 tomorrow before her and my daughter crew me in the hundred Saturday. 

Good luck to all the PTT's.  

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Ultra Trail Australia - May 16th to 19th 2019
It's an event that I've been planning to do for a while.

I believe there may be one or two other Trannies going around.

Anybody wanna catch up before or during the event?

Edit - Oops, just realised there's a UTA 2019 thread so I'll post there.

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Holy hell, what else can go wrong with this race prep?  Race is on Saturday, been battling a bad hip, then last night another bloody (literally) toe nail fell off, leaving a toe on my right foot very sore. Been bathing it in Epsom Salts, hopefully it will harden up before Saturday.

Apart from that and a severe lack of training, everything is on track. :lol:

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Just curious. Do you guys ever run with gaiters?  I had to stop a few times at my last race to empty my shoes of bits of grit.  Very few were wearing gaiters though, they look like they'd make your feet hot?

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35 minutes ago, FatPom said:

Just curious. Do you guys ever run with gaiters?  I had to stop a few times at my last race to empty my shoes of bits of grit.  Very few were wearing gaiters though, they look like they'd make your feet hot?

Most of the trail shoes I've used have a join between the tongue and the body of the shoe - doesn't eliminate that from happening but does reduce it. I do see some of these around though which go a step further and give a bit of snake protection :)  Just on getting hot feet I looked at getting some goretex based shoes but was advised (esp in Brisbane) my feet would just cook with the material just too thick to let the heat/sweat out.

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I wore gaiters when I ran Western States. The course was typically quite dry, gritty and dusty, at least it was after we dropped below the snow covering Emigrant Pass.

I had a pair of Dirty Girls, (which sounds way more exciting when I type it now). Thin, light, secure and not hot at all.

I'm not sure how much gaiter design has moved on in the intervening decade or so.

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3 hours ago, Paul Every said:

I wore gaiters when I ran Western States. The course was typically quite dry, gritty and dusty, at least it was after we dropped below the snow covering Emigrant Pass.

I had a pair of Dirty Girls, (which sounds way more exciting when I type it now). Thin, light, secure and not hot at all.

I'm not sure how much gaiter design has moved on in the intervening decade or so.

Holy Shit Paul, I had no idea you've done Western States!  How did you get your Golden Ticket?

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1 hour ago, FatPom said:

ouch!

The ouch was getting it off after 35 hours or so! 

 

Back on topic, these are the gaiters I use.   Brilliant.  Lycra upper and rear, tough front.  Keeps the debris out, water off the front from vegetation, but don't sweat and no chafing on the lower leg. 

https://www.moxiegear.com.au/product-page/moxie-ankle-gaiters

 

Mine are an older style but i'd just replace the strap/buckle with a bit of elastic like I did.  Makes for easy on and off. 

 

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4 minutes ago, FatPom said:

Cheers Turts. I did look at the type that have the strap underneath and I wondered how long they'd last if your shoes don't have a gap for it to run through?

Thats why I changed mine to a bit of elastic.  It fits between the lugs of the Hokas so doesn't rub on the ground - and easily replaceable if it starts to wear. 

I think the strap would only work if your shoes have the arch gap, which Hokas don't. 

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19 hours ago, FatPom said:

Holy Shit Paul, I had no idea you've done Western States!  How did you get your Golden Ticket?

It was 2007.

We were the one's who f*cked with the system and made it hard for everyone who came after us. :thumbsup:

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42 minutes ago, Paul Every said:

It was 2007.

We were the one's who f*cked with the system and made it hard for everyone who came after us. :thumbsup:

:lol:

Was it the same course back then?  I'm familiar with the last few years but not beyond that.  It looks amazing, that and HR100.  I can't even get my head around 100miles, let alone the climbing.:notworthy:

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Yes, it's been basically the same course since the mid 80s, barring the occasional diversion in heavy snow years.

Although a "downhill" course, WS certainly has some significant climbs, kicking off from the gun with the climb to Emigrant Pass, nearly 800 metres of climbing in the first 7km. There's also a stiff climb out of Duncan Canyon, the aptly named Devil's Thumb and Michigan Bluff all in the first 50 miles when you're smacked with canyon temps of around 100*F.

Hardrock is another dimension again, particularly with the altitude involved. I did apply for Hardrock without success one year. Ideally, if I could had squeezed out one more big race, I would have loved it to have been Hardrock.

For a comparison of the longstanding US 100 mile courses:

 

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Profiles of AC, HR, LT, OD, WF & WS (from Andrea Feucht)

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