A 12-hour race held overnight on a 7.5km lap course... what could go wrong?
The UTA50 is quite possibly the most difficult thing I have ever done, made more so by my father's passing just a few days before.
Really not prepared for this Dear old dad The day before I took leave my dad had a fall at his home. We visited him in hospital in Newcastle on the Saturday - an 860 km, 9 hour round trip - and had a long conversation. On Sunday his numbers worsened so he was moved … Continue reading UTA50 – Part 4 – But first…
(To paraphrase Eddy Merckx, "Don't buy upgrades; run up grades." I followed that advice... to some extent.) Sponsorship offers welcome (but highly unlikely) Gear change There was nothing wrong with my gear in 2018. Everything fitted in the 12 litre Kathmandu vest pack, everything worked. But over time and through experience and stuff wearing out … Continue reading UTA 50 – Part 3 – Gearing up!
(Part 1 was https://templeblot.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/uta50-entered-achievement-unlocked/) Apart from the odd high-volume weekend, this was the program I followed Best of intentions I had plenty of time to prepare for UTA50 since entering September 2018. Among bouts of running I finished Fitz's Classic 165 km with relative ease and l'etape 170 km (story to come). Then this thing … Continue reading UTA50 Part 2 Training… somewhat underdone
My wife took annual leave to be ready to enter the UTA50 as soon as entries opened at 10:00 AEST today. I thought that she was overly keen as it took a few days to sell out last year. At about 15:00 today UTA announced that UTA50 was sold out. Thank you! As Chikako was … Continue reading UTA50 entered – achievement unlocked!
NASA says that missions fall into one of two categories: Missions that are successful, and missions that are rich in learning opportunities. What a lovely event! As a location it's hard to beat the Blue Mountains. Clean air, established trails, enough altitude to affect performance and brutal but beautiful conditions. Everything was well-signposted, the collection … Continue reading Hang on… I started a 50km off-road run in May!
How do you follow a marathon, why does Kyoto have a marathon and how cold does it have to be before running in a cow suit makes sense?