Test Run

While it’s been a physically restful weekend, it has been great to get a little networking done. Through a couple of chance encounters, I’ve found about another five or six other Aussies all bound for the US in November. It’s safe to say that we are all equally keen to see that this traditionally US-dominated event shaken up a bit by some random Australians. Also, it would be great to have our own “Aussie Corner” set up in the race transition zone.

Now connected by FaceBook, it has been pretty inspirational to be updated with some of the hardcore training going on out there…such as one guy heading out in the torrential rain at midnight on Friday night, returning 50.2km later…in a very respectable time of 4hours 35minutes. It’s stuff like this that keeps me going.  Cheers, Tim.

For those that don’t know him, the 2011 winner of World’s Toughest Mudder was a guy by the name of Juyong Pak. A slightly built 33yr old guy with a massive heart and refuse-to-quit mentality. Aside from the World’s Toughest Mudder credentials, he recently placed second in an event called The Death Race.  Give the icon below a tap to read his highly detailed and insightful debrief of the race.  It’s a fantastic read…

If you would like to learn more about this 48hr+ adventure race monster, feel free to visit their website (love the name)… www.youmaydie.com   Needless to say, this has planted a small seed but let’s see how we feel after the 24hr gig first shall we?

Now, as a drop in the ocean in comparison, I headed out today to just test out the ITB problem that slammed me in the July Debris training.  Today’s run was the first one I have taken since the July 29 event, with considerable mobility drills, myotherapy, osteotherapy and general frustration in between. I set out to just run out at a pace that I thought I could hold for the World’s Toughest Mudder race with minimal drama.


Run 11.0km

< 59:13.05 >

15 Minutes of roller / stick work

Pretty slow stuff at 5:39/km, but it wasn’t about that.  It’s critical that I establish a cruise-zone that I can sustain for the 24-hours…successfully completing the race is priority numero uno. From a cardiovascular point of view, I could have held that pace all day. Very comfortable. The ITB did “say hello”, but nowhere near the volume it had during July Debris and it didn’t continue to get worse either…pretty much finding a level and staying there.  I was careful about running “gently”, so I think this helped too. The softer surface of the race course should also make a difference.  Finally, the other good thing was that I really enjoyed the run….it felt good to get back into it again.

Some good training ahead this week.  Looking forward to it.


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