Tasmania 3 peaks race
Posted 29 March 2005 - 08:27 PM
Latest press release here.
"The event is a non-stop combination of offshore sailing and endurance runnning. Teams sail 335 nautical miles around Tasmania's rugged east coast with the mountain runners covering 131 kilometres of roads and bush tracks."
Map of course here.
Nice to see coolrunner "Kelvin" in the city of west tamar team WEARING A CR LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT. Pictured here.
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 06:21 PM
Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:34 PM
Sounds like you may well be in shape for Frankston to Portsea ;) .
Posted 30 March 2005 - 11:08 PM
Fastest 5 elapsed times:
Jail House Grill: 14 Hours 7 Minutes 29 seconds
Elite Renovations: 14 Hours 10 Minutes 56 seconds
City Of West Tamar (My team): 15 Hours 58 M 52 S
Brunetti: 15 Hours 59 Minutes 27 seconds
Derwent Valley Pharmacy: 16 Hours 6 minutes 16 S
Bottom line is i spent in round figures 16 hours running and 66 hours in the boat (a helluva lot of them spent in the bunk trying to sleep !!). Still reckon the sailors probably had it harder than us after all fatigue after that 3 to 4 days with virtually no sleep is considerable !!! :)
Posted 31 March 2005 - 01:38 AM
Posted 31 March 2005 - 01:43 AM
Posted 31 March 2005 - 05:59 PM
Aki, i definitely had seasickness tablets, as i was once seasick on a 30 minute ferry ride from Green Island to Cairns :o and certainly wasn't that confident as to how i would go (funny thing is my running team mate Mark Padgett is also a word class yachtsman - not only supplied the tablets but i think needed them worse than me :unsure: ).
Typically me not using a watch (actually didn't even find mine till i got back to Melbourne), wasn't watching the times too closely though Mark had a pretty fair handle on our speed (and a heartrate monitor).
I'm still a vague chance for Frankston to Portsea (i'm still trying to convince myself that sub 3 at Canberra is the goal and 55K's the week before will only do harm to my chances).
To some degree having run 3 days with a pack shouldn't have any dramas running with the camelbak which does make me happier about F to P
Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:43 PM
I was wondering if you guys would be able to give a bit of info on the run legs, other than the brief description and topo's on the 3 peaks website.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 04:19 AM
Posted 31 January 2006 - 11:56 PM
Definitely one race where there are no set starting times for runs, so just how easy or otherwise depends on how much time you spend running in the dark which of course is dependent on your yacht speed and weather conditions.
The first run is by far the longest, 65 K's and in all likelihood much of it run and night.
The run on Flinders Island is basically made road (running anti clockwise) or sandy unmade road (running clockwise) to the actual start of Mt Strezlecki. Wish i could say how long it took us to go up the actual Mountain, but it is very steep, very thin track which, certainly in the dark, appeared to go forever. You reach the top and there is an incredible view (was sunrise for us), and then back down certainly this is one time when running down is no quicker than up. Definitely the hardest steepest mountain as well as longest. Only downside is the amount of roadkill on the roads (certainly the time we were out there no evidence of vehicles about ???).
Freycinet Peninsula is a beautiful run but the first few K's are spent dodging tourist traffic (we definitely aren't the first to discover it's beauty), then a lovely run along Wine Glass Bay. Mount Freycinet is not as severe as the first run but is still a real solid effort, very steep in places as well as very rough and exposed track (all that gear is definitely carried for a reason). Once off mountain a pretty flat run back.
Mount Wellington is by far the easiest run but after 2 hard mountains nothing is actually easy. Basically starts with a run through the streets of Hobart, and then through some back tracks (i've only done it at night so a little hard to be precise), very cold breeze is possible and the top, whilst easy to see, is certainly further way than it seems. Back down is a pleasure for a downhill specialist (trust me i enjoyed, the uphills really did knock me about on every leg).
Sorry for the sketchiness of my notes, but firstly alot of the running was done at night, and secondly i was lucky enough to have a team mate who knew the course like the back of his hand so navigating wasn't an issue.
I'd certainly love to do this again this year, but basically am not scheduling any races in April (bar Canberra Marathon) until i get confirmed the Rolling Stones Tour dates (sources tell me there will be only 2 concerts in Australia apparently with the one Melbourne concert around this date :) ).