Sunday, 5 June 2005

There is only one race left

On January 1 this year I started training for the Comrades Marathon. The 89km Ultramarathon is held yearly in Sth Africa. By the time I am on the starting line I will have run 1,513km in preparation for the big race.

On January 1 I weighed 104kg, today I’m 94kg and still carrying plenty of unneeded weight. After Comrades I’ll maintain a schedule of events and focus on the psychological barrier of 90kg. But before I plan the next steps too much I should get Comrades out of the way.

1,513km including two marathons and four ultramarathons qualifies me for a finishers medal in Sth Africa. So long as I plan the day and don’t let the excitement of the race force me to make stupid choices I’ll get to the finish line in under the cut-off of 12hrs. I don’t want to end up looking like Kostya Tszyu did today after 11 rounds in his light-welterweight IBF crown fight against Ricky Hatton in Manchester.

The last race in my preparation was the Williamstown Marathon on the 22nd May. My race plan was to run to ‘blow up’ which, means that I decided to run at a pace which I thought would be unsustainable for 42.2km. Not only did I sustain the pace I managed to run faster in a marathon than I have in 21 years. My time of 3hrs 40min is certainly not world class but very satisfying and a great confidence booster for things to come.

In keeping with tradition my target race schedule on the way to my goal is listed below;

20-Feb-05 Maroondah Dam Ultra 50km - Done
13-Mar-05 6 Foot Track Marathon 46km - Done
10-Apr-05 Canberra Ultra 50km - Done
24-Apr-05 Brisbane Marathon 42km - Done
8-May-05 Walhalla Wound Up 65km – Done
22-May-05 Williamstown Marathon 42km Done

Only one to go..


I am currently in the training phase called the taper which, is by far, the most boring part. It involves drastically reduced mileage and is supposed to allow your body to recover fully from the months of hard training. I shouldn’t whinge I am carrying a few small injuries which will benefit from the lighter training load.

In terms of logistics I fly to Sth Africa next Sunday.

Sunday – Johannesburg
Monday – Fly to Durban and register. Apparently my hotel (The Elengani) is the one all the top African runners stay in. (Hope they don’t get all the non smoking rooms)
Tuesday – Transfer to Pietermaritzburg on the newbie bus. (The bus reserved for all the first time runners) and Stay at the Golden Horse Casino.
Wednesday – Relax by the pool of the Golden Horse Casino.
Thursday – Run 89km to Durban
Friday – Fly back to Australia

My race number is 54878 you will be able to track me on the internet on race day.. I’ll provide details on how to do this when I figure it out for myself
My last post before I head to Sth Africa will be next weekend where I will outline my race plan.


At 5 June 2005 at 9:05 pm, Blogger TA and the Gnome said...

This sounds amazing. Hope the niggles improve with the taper and we look forward to following your race. Enjoy it. TA

At 6 June 2005 at 5:40 am, Blogger The Owl said...

We'll be looking out for you...just as soon as you tell us how! All the best Brendan - you are an inspiration.

At 8 June 2005 at 7:21 am, Blogger Jen_runs said...

What an amazing experience Brendan. We are all very proud of you. Enjoy the day - I'll be sending you good thoughts ! J

At 8 June 2005 at 9:10 pm, Blogger Ewen said...

Great reading Brendan. That 3:40 marathon points to something special. Looking forward to reading blog entries from SA - but I don't want a Kostya-like story.

At 9 June 2005 at 5:40 am, Blogger Gronk said...

Wishing you the very best for June 16 Brendan. What ever your on - I want some of it ! :)

At 9 June 2005 at 6:42 pm, Blogger Tesso said...

Just want to get in early and say GOOD LUCK at Comrades Brendan!

A good friend of mine has finished 8 of them, and several other friends have done a few. It sounds like the most amazing experience.

Its gonna be fun for all of us following your progress during the day. I really can't wait to read your race report.


At 9 June 2005 at 9:11 pm, Blogger moondust said...

Brendan, I've loved following your progress over the last six months both on CR and in your blog and I have unbounded admiration for what you've achieved.

Best of luck on 16th. I'll be following your progress.

At 10 June 2005 at 5:11 pm, Blogger Horrie said...

Great run Brendan - you are on fire. You must be over the moon with 3:40 at Williamstown. You will go gang busters at Comrades. Good luck!

At 11 June 2005 at 11:07 am, Blogger Eddie said...

Have a good run Brendan. You have done the work - reap the rewards.


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