|Where else but in your own blog you can indulge in a bit of vanity photography :)|
Rollercoaster Run. Rollercoaster Emotions.
Not quite ready for this onslaught - & well proven too when I went out for a 21k test run yesterday. I would be extremely lucky to make the cut-off, and need to plan my energy & hydration recovery very well if I were to survive the 2nd loop..
The slopes in the final few kilometres are not runnable by my standard. I know the final 5km will be at an absolute crawling pace.
My excuses for yday would be - I was running in the sweltering heat of 36 degrees & in the height of the afternoon. I didn't bring enough electrolytes. I was carrying extra weight which I won't be carrying on race day.
I also wasted time getting a bit lost here & there... and at least 10mins recording myself running :P all of which should shave off another 15mins from my recorded time. Allowing me to make the cut-off albeit cutting it way too close.
I can't say it's unexpected, this pain. Given I've not trained in the terrain before until yesterday. It's not even about the standard of run (which will be v high), I know I fight my own battles.. it's just that I wish I didn't feel so weak u know? it's as if all the running I've done to date is pathetically insufficient.. that's the more annoying thing to deal with.
Oh well, we'll see. One thing's for sure - the rollercoaster is no child's play & deserves serious attention. Anyway here are some pics of my adventure/torment yday:
|Wedding at the 'The Secret Garden'|
The bride was saying her vows when I ran past in my spandex..
|The view from SkyHigh Mt Dandenong Observatory|
|Burkes Lookout.. way too warm to linger & enjoy|
|This was right after the first tormenting climb at Dodds Track|
|And this big fella along Stables/Bills Track|
|Back at SkyHigh (at long last).. my spandex stained with salt residue..|
|So knackered didn't even notice this twig|
|Dust & dirt.. no mercy shown to the poor legs|
|Job done.. but didn't exactly reinforce my confidence!|