Just thought I'd use my first CoolRunning post to thank everybody for a great run! Have now been running for a while, and a bit more seriously for the last months. Done several trail runs but always on my own and was therefore quite keen on once joining a Fatass run.
Took the bus at 7 from Randwick, arrived at 8:30 at Caringbah station, and after an easy jog of a few kms made it to the start in time.
After half an hour or so I found myself in group of four, making our way through the RNP. My original plan was to do the 21 km, but when we got to Audley and the routes separated (after 1h 10m I think), decided to that it would be more 'fun' to follow the others than to make my way back to the river on my own.
I was able to hang on until where the Winifred trail hits the road. From there it went downhill
(maybe it were the few kilometres from the station to the start that were too much?) Was completely out of energy and barely made it down. Jumped into the water after 3h 13m and slowly made my way to the sandbank. The water provided a more than welcome refreshment on what turned out to be a pretty hot day, although I was a bit scared of cramping. Swimming went slow with shoes and camelbag, and the rising tide in combination with my sore legs made crossing the sandbank pretty exhausting. Don't know exactly when I stepped ashore, but probably 20 to 30 minutes after getting into the water...
What a great day it was, although I wasn't worth much the rest of the afternoon, which was spent on the beach with an ice cream...
Hope to be there again for Otford-Bundeena in December. Hopefully I will then be able to keep going till the very end!