sfGnome, on Mar 19 2009, 01:04 PM, said:
Mind you, both Terry & Maggot ran past me along there like I was standing still and finished a fair way ahead, so their conservatism in the early sections looks like it paid off.
Hi Gnome ~ nice to meet you and many others mid and post race. Brettsrun and I even bumped into Jen runs the following day as she was basking in the post-run euphoria of Wild Endurance training in the Katoomba area.
My hill strategy was very similar to Blue Dog's (I wish my time was similar
) in that I ran all but the very steepest of part of the hills. I have the approach that no matter how slow I am jogging up the hills, it is still faster than most walking. There are those who actually power-walk up faster than me running, but that's cool. Rhythm and tempo and getting to Pluvi in some reasonable sort of shape is the name of the game. I try to visualise using granny gears on a mountain bike and let the terrain dictate the pace and effort.
This year I elected to start from Wave 3, having had jack of losing precious minutes bottle-necked at the top of Nellies Glen followed by a slow, crapola descent in previous years.
I went in to the race in some sort of form from recent races so far this year. The main selling point of this for me is the confidence it brings, especially in knowing I'd be good for the distance and that in theory I should be able to run the Black Range solidly. From this, I tried to gun anywhere that was flat or downhill, even from early on before Cox's.
So in response to the above, I didn't really run conservatively early, but coming from Wave 3 I had a bit of catching up to do
It was one of those rare days when running felt natural and flowing. I mention this because I agree with Mister G's sage wisdom about having enough juice in the tank to run the Black Range. Whether you run 4hours or 6, I'd suggest this is the part of the course where the well-prepared can make bucket-loads of time. And also the hills... and perhaps the downhills too