Strap in, you may get battle fatigue or dizzy reading this loopy saga! In my quest to gain UTMB points, I scoured my options during quarantine in Feburary and Elephant Trail popped up. I’d heard it was challenging from a technical and mental perspective. 6 loops of a 27km circle, reversing direction every 2 laps. … Continue reading Elephant Trail Race 2021 — Time to get Loopy!
Writing race reports always seems a bit self-indulgent, but man I do love reading about other peoples triumphs and woes. I’ve been less keen to write this one, because frankly my 2021 UTA100 was a train wreck. In the interests of balanced journalism, I’ll share the less-than-pretty story that was 2021! Goodness knows the world … Continue reading UTA 2021 — A Slog Century!
Some people have an online shopping habit. While locked in quarantine entering Australia in February, I developed a ‘race entering’ habit. Mum suggested a trip to Alice Springs (‘a running holiday’) and I signed up that day. I also talked her into entering 2 stages. It was the first time I would pin a number … Continue reading Run Larapinta 2021 — Maiden voyage into the world of stage racing!
This is a bit of a saga. I'm blaming covid for my inability to edit effectively. 2019 was a pretty lacklustre year for me. Jan 2020 rolled around and I was determined to crawl my way back to fitness. I was prepared to feel rubbish coming back to fitness and Jan and Feb did not … Continue reading Cove to Cove Adventure 2020 — Redefining the term ‘technical’!
A friend told me he couldn’t wait to read my race report for GSER (Great Southern Endurance Run). I said I couldn’t write one, since I didn’t race. But as I drove home from Victoria and mulled over all the interesting, crazy and downright hilarious events of the past weekend, I just had to share! … Continue reading Sweeping GSER 2019 — Speculation, Despair and The Power of a Gel!
For the first time in 5 years I did not set a PB at UTA100… and I am thrilled with my race! After the disappointment of UTMB in Sept 2018, I took some mental and physical downtime. I embraced poor eating choices with great gusto and quickly inflated! By early 2019 injury, professional and personal … Continue reading UTA 2019 — A Cracker of a Race!
It’s been 48 hours since I shuffled across that finish line in Chamonix and I’m still not sure how I feel. It was a very wild ride. Settle in and I’ll try to relay the experience, warts and all. In 2017, I was really surprised with my time. I only ever intended to do UTMB … Continue reading UTMB 2018 — Time to take up lawn bowls???
This is too long winded….sorry. Feel free to give up halfway. Unfortunately there’s no belt buckle, if you get to the end! I’ve never written a UTA (UltraTrail Australia) race report… here goes. I ventured into the insane ultra world in 2014, with my first Blue Mountains UTA50 (previously NorthFace50). I had no idea that … Continue reading UTA 2018 — Every race is unique… even the ones you do over and over
Here goes my second ever race report. I’ll try to keep it shorter than the last one! Post UTMB, I did exactly what you’re meant to avoid….I immediately entered another race. The come-down from these big adventures can throw you. Suddenly there’s no goal and I don’t enjoy the sense of aimlessness. UTCT (Ultra Trail … Continue reading UTCT 2017 — A Lesson in how to TOTALLY underestimate an event!
Bear with me here. I've never written a race report or set up a blog. It could get ugly... take a gel or 2 and push on. If you get to the finish line, I'm impressed! PS. I just read this start to finish and it is WAY too long. Feel free to look at … Continue reading UTMB 2017 — Trial by fire (or snow)!