Training and racing advice for 48HR track event please ...
Have rather quickly (too quickly) moved from thinking that there is nothing I would want to do less than run around a 400m track for 48HRS to printing and filling out the entry form; anyone out there with experience of this type of event? Training and race day(s) tips very welcome indeed ......
Lirish - Careful that was my first reaction, then the glorious obsurd, pointlessness of it started to burrow into my simple brain and has now taken over!
Alistair ... Have you lost it completely...My training advice get used to going around in circles,at least you wont get lost,good luck buddy
DT - You can have a rest on this one buddy will not need your 'muling' or navigation services!
You are off your trolley Sir.....
Seriously, I think it's got to be a walk run strategy, stuck to rigidly as there's going to be no variation in terrain to force it. I think you need to have lots of alternative plans in place to deal with every eventuality ie weather, clothing, medical etc. Fuelling is going to be difficult - I have no idea how you can replicate what your body may want at any given time? Again, try to cover every possibility - hot, cold, sweet, sour etc etc...same with drinks? If you've never run with music before now might be the time to start thinking about it - even down to different playlists for different times of day/night...
I'd also consider training for sleep deprivation, and training your body to allow you to sleep in 15 minute windows etc...
wow... looking at their website there is also a 6 day event option!!
Rocker - All great thoughts, cheers buddy; you are right I never run with music (not even at TR24) and yes then might be the time to start mmm playlist ... The Archers omnibus would take up a bit of time; definitely get some long night runs in; hadn't thought of the lack of natural pace regulators (hills) very good point indeed; food, God only knows what is the 'norm', I know they provide 3 meals a day but outside of that not sure that gels will really do much! As an aside will try and get two cycles of metabolic efficiency training in beforehand to better adpat to burning fat.
MR F - Yeah not sure what the 48HR option counts as, I guess the 24HR is the 'Fun Run' mmm perhaps then the 48HR is the 'Short Course'.
The entry fee alone is enough to get me dizzy,let alone going around in circles for 48 hrs.
DAYTREKKER - It's down to me to get value / mile!
Alistair - If you are going the ipod route maybe save a coupel of usual podcasts or something until race day?! talkultra will see you through a couple of hours.
With regards pacing etc I am sure some people on here will have done 24hr track races but maybe people with GUCR experience could be of some use too if you know of anyone?
Read up on a few blogs from races like Self transendence 24 hour track race, GUCR, Badwater. May get some useful info in there.
No real use myself but that is probably where I would start my info finding.
Rocker - Starts 10AM August 15th, it's in Abingdon, Oxford. No idea crew wise will be a shout for help nearer the time it will be a big ask as it's summer and mid-week, anyone who can pop by for however long or short will get a heck of a welcome from me!
Rocker - that would be awesome, race entry includes a room in student digs adjacent to the track so accm inc for the two nights, support would be super welcome and of course will very willingly be reciprocated when needed. Am in credit with a couple of pals so hopefully will get a few people dropping in and out over the 2 days and nights.
I think you have found a race that even I think is too bonkers to attempt!
Alistair, if im off work (school hols ) i will most certainly come down to Abingdon and help you out if you need more crew to bring you things
Ben - I am certainly looking forward to spending some time with the 6 day runners, how nuts are they? But be careful it's the glorious, absurd, pointlessness that has managed to burrow itself into my simple noggin ... ....
Loulabell - Be awesome to see you, I think a friendly face or two will make all the difference.
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