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#1 TrailScene

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 02:44 PM

Has anyone run Tarawera? I'm running it this year, and true to form I have done little research.

My main query is - how hot is it/what type of heat is it? I've been training with a hand held/simple bottle, and I'm pretty sure I've got my hydration dialed in, however I'm at the "oh shit it's only 3 weeks away and I'm crapping my pants" stage and beginning to doubt everything (I think most ultra runners can relate).

Any input is appreciated.

Tom

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 12:23 PM

Is that Tarawera or Tarawena in NZ? If it is the later, I am also doing this Ultra fo the first time...The TUM site should answer all your questions....like you I am shitting my self as well. Just had to renew my passport!!@#$

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:32 PM

My kiwi friend tells me it's 5 degrees cooler then in Aus....

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:14 PM

Hey runninghot,

I'm running Tarawera (TUM) next Saturday.

How's your training been going?? I'm feeling ready to roll, although I'm at a loss with what to do with all of my spare time since taper started ;)

Tom

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 11:02 PM

Hey TrailScene......haven't been on here for a while.....just sitting here thinking how I must be undoing all the good work I have done...bloody taper. Getting real excited and nervous now I will be flying into AKL at 2pm Thursday then driving to Rotarua....I have 1 seat avaliable in the car interested.....must able to navigate

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:06 AM

Wow, I'm in Rotorua this weekend, and didn't realise this was on.  My plans for a quite jog in the Redwoods on Saturday are dashed, but i look forward to cheering you all on.  Good luck and enjoy.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 04:37 PM

thanx..... will need it

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 05:03 PM

Running hot, how did you go?

I was strong through to 62km coming through in 6 and a half hours, then my ITB went 64! Had to call it a day at 87km after hobbling and eventually becoming unable to walk downhill.

You win some, you lose some.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 06:50 PM

Well done TrailScene.  87km with a screaming ITB is a magnificent effort.  We had light rain most of the day in Rotorua, I hope that might have helped.

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:20 PM

Thanks Chris,

Had a rough day. But it's a good lesson to learn, and I can pin point a few reasons why the ITB went and thats something I'm going to work on.

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 09:12 PM

Hey TS...missed the 6.20 check point by one minute would you believe...I was ropable!#@$@#! Until I calmed down and realised that I get to run and some people can't even walk....I managed to get an 85km medal but boy it was a tough day Was chuffed on the drive back to AKL airport the next day when a complete stranger stopped and congratulated me for doing the 87km.

Can still smell that woody smell from my medal each time I pass my bookshelf

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 03:32 PM

Not only was it wet and muddy...we were running in 91% HUMIDITY.....no wonder it was tough.

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 04:57 PM

Great job! It was a tough day out there.

I've got unfinished business with that course! Will be back in 2017 to claim my medal!

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:31 PM

Anyone doing this in a few weeks time?

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 09:14 PM

I'm heading across the ditch to give it a crack. Don't know how I'll go - training has been poor over the last month or so. Mostly because of beer and christmas although I kid myself and say work is the problem. It is a good excuse to travel though. And should be cooler there than the 30+ degree temps and 80ish percent humidity I'm currently experiencing in Brissie...

I'm still debating how to approach this race from a kit point of view. Assuming we don't need to carry any extra bits I'm torn between going out with a hand bottle or two versus a thin/small hydration pack. The advantage of the latter is that I can carry some creature comforts such as salt/electrolyte tabs, a muesli bar or two, etc.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 07:32 AM

I'll be there supporting the wife in her first go at 100k.

Looking forward to it.

But let's hope the weather is kind........I don't like traipsing around knee deep in mud.

If no mandatory gear is required on the day she will probably run with a handheld and I'll catch up with her at every accessible CP.

Good luck with your run and hope it all works out well for you.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:38 PM

Back again next year.

In for the 60 and better half for the (new) miler.



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Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:40 PM

Hmmm thinking about doing this event next Feb. any tips/advice?

Either 100k or 100 Miles. To be decided a bit later depending how the 100k goes in October.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:35 AM

They revised (reversed) the course about six-eight weeks prior to the event this year........meaning the difficult tech sections were run in the dark (for mid-back packers). The unfortunate weather conditions on the day made it treacherous.

Interestingly the main reason (to the best of my knowledge) for reversing the course was so that the race/s would finish in downtown Rotorua. Given the crap atmosphere (compared to previous year) I'd say it was a tactical mistake.

IMO they should release details of intended course on the day registrations open.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:53 AM

Thanks riffraff!

Interesting. I looked at the course last night and all races finish In Rotorua.

Not keen to run the technical sections in the dark as  Iím definitely not a fast runner. Hmmmm

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:06 PM

View PostJindalee, on 10 August 2018 - 09:53 AM, said:

Thanks riffraff!

Interesting. I looked at the course last night and all races finish In Rotorua.

Not keen to run the technical sections in the dark as  I'm definitely not a fast runner. Hmmmm

And when registrations opened last year for 2018 event they clearly stated that all races finish at Firmin Fields.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 03:43 PM

Ah ok. Letís see what happens.

I take it you are not a fan of the race?

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:50 PM

Interesting my daughter ids getting married and moving to Roturua, her fiancee is a runner

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:31 PM

View PostJindalee, on 10 August 2018 - 03:43 PM, said:

Ah ok. Letís see what happens.

I take it you are not a fan of the race?

The 2017 event was good, the 2018 event not so good.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:07 PM

Thanks riffraff

Gives me something to think about.

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Interesting my daughter ids getting married and moving to Roturua, her fiancee is a runner

Aww bless.

Are they doing this event for their wedding and ask all the guests to pick and do a distance too? ;)

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 05:28 PM

Ha wedding is on 1st September the date entries open, gather it sells out on the day, probably no entry from me then.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 05:53 PM

^ nah it doesn't sell out quickly.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:07 PM

View PostBeesKnees, on 13 August 2018 - 05:28 PM, said:

Ha wedding is on 1st September the date entries open, gather it sells out on the day, probably no entry from me then.
why is that an impedance?
either way can a mate enter for you?

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:28 PM

View Postriffraff, on 13 August 2018 - 05:53 PM, said:

^ nah it doesn't sell out quickly.

Good to know as I will be on my way to Germany then.

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 05:15 PM

So did anyone enter.? I am thinking about it. Daughter and new son in law are living in Roturua so logistics possibly good for crew, plus he is a runner.

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 11:33 PM

Havenít entered yet as Iím still in Germany. Will enter the 100k end of next week when Iím back. Hopefully itís not sold out by then.

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 09:31 AM

View PostJindalee, on 13 August 2018 - 07:28 PM, said:

View Postriffraff, on 13 August 2018 - 05:53 PM, said:

^ nah it doesn't sell out quickly.

Good to know as I will be on my way to Germany then.

Actually, I should have said "it doesn't sell out, period".

Just read this morning that they've enticed Courtney Dauwalter over for the 100k, which is a major coup for Paul and Tim.



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Posted 12 November 2018 - 11:13 AM

Thanks riffraff

Iím all entered now :)  so do no longer care if it sells out or not.

Interesting news! Would be great if she is going to come over and do the race.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:05 AM

Exciting news Jindalee, I am still thinking about it perhaps the 50km is more me, but I want a 100km finish. In my mind I will never be a runner until I have done 100km.
What are your plans for pre and post race they seem to have lots to choose from for tourists

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:16 AM

Well I am in for the 50km race, flights booked, accomodation free at daughter and son in law house. Very excited. Leave Sydney on Wednesday and leave Roturua on the Monday

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

Great news BK :)
I booked flights yesterday and will book accommodation today
We are flying  Thursday to Monday


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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

Only 3 weeks till race date, part of me wants to do the 100km, but the sensible part says 50km will be best. I need to get to Rotterdam and Paris (a week apart in April)) with no injuries. Also daughter no 1's birthday a week later can truly celebrate it if mother feeling up to it. I will be sensible despite FOMO. Plan is to go back next year and do 100km, at least accomodation free.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 05:38 PM

Sounds like a sensible plan BK. If you would have to go places and celebrate your daughters birthday I would say join me in the 100k, but doing the 50k is probably wiser.
Btw, I enjoyed Blackall100 last year if you wanted a 100k earlier than next feb. ;)

Edited by Jindalee, 19 January 2019 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 10:13 AM

Thanks Jindalee Blackall has certainly been on my "possible" list, Other 1/2 whoi would be crew, has been unemployed for over 2 years so money is tight but time is plentiful.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:35 PM

BK, I am going over in May to pace the Rotorua Marathon, 2nd time doing it, it certainly is a fantastic place.  Is your SIL likely to be running in that?

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:35 AM

He would have been, but my daughter is being a bridesmaid here in Aus that same weekend. MY SIL is very involved in the athletics club and was a volunteer last year as well as training runners. His name is Russell Clarke.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 06:36 AM

Well flying tomorrow and weather is looking good. according to family the track is looking good. My wave starts at 7am which really means more like 8-8.30am as that is bus pickup time and then have to catch a boat. My husband is very excited about me catching a boat to the start line, I could say I have never done that but did have to catch a ferry to start of Auckland.
Best wishes to all

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:04 PM

Think Iím all set to fly over on Thursday morning

Booked hotel
Booked flights
Arranged for hire car
Entered race
Done a list of things to pack so should go smoothly tomorrow

Have a good and safe flight BK and see you at Tarawera :)

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 07:39 PM

Bring it home Jinda, just a few more steps :)

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 08:35 PM

Aaaaand she's done!  I'll let her post her awesomeness :-)

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:21 AM

Hey, hey, hey, hey hey:)
Back in Sydney! Tarawera done and dusted and rocked it!
And even if I have to blow my own trumpet... I knocked 3h off my Blackall 100 time :) Iím absolutely delighted!

It was a fantastic day out, I was feeling quite tired the days before and was doubting being able to finish 100k but on the day things just went right, I ran lots more than at Blackall and it being daylight longer also helped!
I found the organisation spot in, trail was beautiful and the volunteers and aid stations were outstanding.
Thank you to the ones who followed and supported me.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:39 AM

^ great stuff and congrats Jinda.

Having been there for previous 2 years I was fretting a bit last Saturday, so best alternative was to live track bunches of friends and associates. Unwise move, it only exacerbated the fomo.

Did you get the selfie with Courtney? :)

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:52 AM

Totally understand Riffraff. It was a great event with perfect weather, unlike the mud party it was last year?
Thanks for following and supporting me. Much appreciated:)

No I did not get a selfie with Courtney. Only saw her at the presentation
Saw Jeff Browning and Camille Herron flying past me though. Was amazing to watch!

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:01 AM

View PostJindalee, on 12 February 2019 - 07:52 AM, said:

Totally understand Riffraff. It was a great event with perfect weather, unlike the mud party it was last year?
Thanks for following and supporting me. Much appreciated:)

No I did not get a selfie with Courtney. Only saw her at the presentation
Saw Jeff Browning and Camille Herron flying past me though. Was amazing to watch!

Hahahaha gotta love Camille..........girl never stops giggling.

Yeah first thing I noticed was that the weather was perrrrrrrrfect.

Sigh, back next year, if the running gods allow it.

Enjoy your recovery :)

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 01:32 PM

View Postriffraff, on 12 February 2019 - 08:01 AM, said:

View PostJindalee, on 12 February 2019 - 07:52 AM, said:

Totally understand Riffraff. It was a great event with perfect weather, unlike the mud party it was last year?
Thanks for following and supporting me. Much appreciated:)

No I did not get a selfie with Courtney. Only saw her at the presentation
Saw Jeff Browning and Camille Herron flying past me though. Was amazing to watch!


Hahahaha gotta love Camille..........girl never stops giggling.

Yeah first thing I noticed was that the weather was perrrrrrrrfect.

Sigh, back next year, if the running gods allow it.

Enjoy your recovery :)

Fingers crossed that you can do it again next year! Would be great to see you there.

Hoping for a speedy recovery as 6ft is next... :)