Race 1. Tool Up.

Tool Up

Well after months of shoulder surgery recovery, long runs, short runs and lifting teeny tiny weights (that really stings), it seems that my race season “proper” is about to kick off.  The first half of the year has been pretty much a non-event in comparison to last year’s World’s Toughest Mudder prep and performance….which was fun, frantic and relentless.  Going from that intensity of 100mph to a virtual zimmer frame has indeed sucked the big one.  Even now, I’m still fighting off overuse niggles in an attempt to run and lift without nuisance factors in tow. I always new the restoration process would be riddled with frustration, and it has not failed to deliver. Bastard.

Zimmer Frame Athlete

A nice (?) early start to the Sunday will deliver me into the arms of my first trail race of the year.  Yeah, the 8km Mother’s Day Classic was a challenge with a 20kg sandbag over my shoulder, but the pressure to pull decent times definitely starts now.  These trail races are opportunities to tune the running legs over unpredictable surfaces in the absence of any gnarly obstacles…this was definitely a missing link from last year’s WTM12 prep work. If you’re reading this with an intention to diving into the 2013 Worlds Toughest Mudder…learn from my mistake and hit the trails.

Put together by Sam’s friendly and highly organised crew at Rapid Ascent | Adventure Event Management, the Salomon Trail Running Series is designed to present trail running for all that it can be: scenic, accessible, not overly technical and fun for everyone….even Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris Approved

This series of four events includes short, medium and long course races on exhilarating trails through the wilderness…all within a 1-hour drive of Melbourne that will get your city mouse legs into some magnificent landscapes. Enjoy lungfulls of carbon-monoxide-free air and join over 1,000 other runners as we run through fern-fringed valleys, weave through towering stands of gums and sweep along flowing trails beside rivers and creeks. It’s soul food, people….although mine will be nicely seasoned with audio from Tool, Faith No More, Nick Cave and System of a Down….ahhh, the serenity.

Race 1 kicks off tomorrow at Studley Park in Yarra Bend National Park, Kew. As the opening round of the four race Series, a record field of over 1,400 will tackle the off-road trail experience with three course options; 5km, 11km and 15km. I’ve committed myself to the long course option at each race as the 100km Surf Coast Century draws ever nearer!

Salomon Trail Race 1 Map

The map above is for your benefit.  I’ll be loved and accurately monitored by my Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire HR  [ Yes, so technically advanced is the Ambit2 it will actually develop an emotional response proportionate to how often you use it. Mine is currently considering a restraining order. ]  I know you can’t wait for all the data I’m going to throw at you after the race.

Complimenting my Ambit2, I will be pimped out in a combination of super comfortable Asics running kit [thanks, Claire 😉 ] and 2XU compression gear. Now all I have to do is make sure this doesn’t finish as story that reads something like “all show, no go”.  I’m torturing myself today with some roller work on my achilles/calves so hopefully all will be well for a good race.

I recently endured another birthday recently (yep, 34 again…that’s a cool age) and, in amongst a swag of cool prezzies, I was given something that will be handed down from father to son for generations to come.  Behold.

Longer & Harder

From this day forward, I will bless you with zen-like moments of spiritual and emotional enlightenment by bestowing the bearded wisdom upon you with every post.

You’re welcome.

FACT

Originally, Chuck Norris was cast to play the role of Jack Bauer on the television series, “24“.  The producers changed their mind when they realised the show would only last seventeen minutes.

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