wannabe ultra runner?

share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........

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02/11/2012 at 12:25
WiB wrote (see)

Good luck with the WHW entry CC... my ultra running history could be written on a post it

slankeuk - Quite a set up! but looks far too annoying to carry for me... what do you do with all the cable that is starting at your wrist?!

As i said earlier, battery pack goes in ruck sack. Sometimes I wrap a bit of cable round the arm else most of it goes in rucksack. Needs to be long for manoevribility (incase I tumble ) but its no more awkward than wearing a watch!

02/11/2012 at 12:27

slaneuk: Thanks; I'll have to look for a decent little charger.

And I'm in for NDW50. With SDW50, NDW50 and Lakeland 50 lined up (okay, not entered SDW50 yet, but that's only 'cos entries are not yet open) I find myself wondering whether I can find two more 50-milers, to do 5 x 50 in 2013... Would have to be later in the year, I think, as I've entered Winter Tanners, am about to enter Pilgrims Way, and have the Lakeland recce weekend at the end of June...

Maybe Ladybower? - of course this all supposes that my legs are still working by then!

02/11/2012 at 12:28

I do agree but since that's where my opinion came from I thought it was mentioning. People who improve by dedicating time to something gain my respect, seeing people try to buy improvement by way of fancy gadgets and gear is a huge turn off.

My other main sport is snowboarding and it's soooo common to see enthusiastic newbies spend huge amounts on kit because they think it will make them better, where time on snow is the only true way to improve.

GKD
02/11/2012 at 12:29
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBw39uCT4Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player


For those who still want to know how he two disciplines differ.
Didn't mean to start off a big debate about the relative merits of the two disciplines, though my point, though based in humour, was one I do believe.
For me ultra running is about freedom. Times mean nothing to me, I have what could be considered decent times for everything from 40 milers up but unless you know exactly what the trail was like on the day I did them then they really mean nothing at all, I don't run to beat anyone else (luckily) I run only to challenge myself and to enjoy the outdoors.
Some of my friends are tri athletes and I just can't get my head around how much work them put into the sport outside of the physical training, they seem to spend every waking moment not training weighing their meals, putting the results into graphs of different colours and downloading stuff to their garmins. I just can't be arsed
GKD
02/11/2012 at 12:37

Re triathlon, I have respect for people that can do them, particularly IM and longer (the training load for the Arch to Arc challenge is impressive - I was talking to Mark Bayliss about it at a club run recently). But I -enjoy- running. I don't really want to take time out from that to get my swimming and cycling up to par.

02/11/2012 at 12:41
Lirish wrote (see)
Some of my friends are tri athletes..... I just can't be arsed

However nutty people think I am for running these mediocre distances, I find cyclists on a whole different planet - they love their bikes more than anything else. And if you are not that way inclined, then you're going to struggle in Tri!

Reminds me of the Kirk sketch on SNL http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x930vt_william-shatner-snl-skit-get-a-life_fun

Just replace trekkies with cyclists and its a perfect fit :P

WiB
02/11/2012 at 12:43

Slaneuk - Fair enough... Sounds like it works fine then  Though about storing the pack and running the cable along the bag strap and mounting it on there? Sorry, I am just a neat freak when it comes to carrying kit!

shawk - Yes, I will respect someone who works hard rather than those looking for a shortcut solution. Much like I think more of someone who sets off in a race and really pushes themselves potentially DNFing over someone who cruises through. Then again, some people are just there for the ride so to speak and there is nothing wrong with that. It very much horses for courses.

Lirish - Spot on about times/results. I love the fact that a performance at many ultras is based around the course and conditions and not just times. At Caesars camp forexample the only time I knew of anything about the times was if I was told them at the end of the lap and the CR didnt even enter my mind until I was sat down after the finish and someone told me. I was most happy about finishing it running well and the fact I could have a brew!

Anyway, enough of serious stuff now from me... Anyone else out to play on the trails tonight in the mud with a lamp on their head?!

More importantly anyone entered for the NDW50 has to have a go on the rope swing at the stepping stones. The rulez are the rulez!

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 12:45
WiB
GKD
02/11/2012 at 12:47
I seem to remember someone promising to do that last year WiB?
GKD
WiB
02/11/2012 at 13:00

haha... yes and I wasn't the onyl person to forget! if I am there this year I promise to be the guinea pig and go first

WiB
02/11/2012 at 15:18

Oy! Us Tri's are delicate flowers you know, we can't help being cr*p at swimming, biking and running, but at least hiding behind all that lycra we feeeeel fast

02/11/2012 at 18:09
I'm in, I'm in, I'm in.

Sorry, it's Loula's fault
02/11/2012 at 18:32
WiB wrote (see)

haha... yes and I wasn't the onyl person to forget! if I am there this year I promise to be the guinea pig and go first

can i play toooooooooooooooo????? i wanted a go on the swingy fing other week but the water was about 70ft high

02/11/2012 at 18:32

.....and the rope wasnt there

02/11/2012 at 18:33
WiB wrote (see)

haha... yes and I wasn't the onyl person to forget! if I am there this year I promise to be the guinea pig and go first

can i play toooooooooooooooo????? i wanted a go on the swingy fing other week but the water was about 70ft high

02/11/2012 at 18:34

andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....you will love it!! pray for 80 degree heat for me

02/11/2012 at 18:37
NiceIronDad wrote (see)

Oy! Us Tri's are delicate flowers you know, we can't help being cr*p at swimming, biking and running, but at least hiding behind all that lycra we feeeeel fast

bless you are the exception NID, we love you

02/11/2012 at 19:47

Cragchick - Put my entry in for WHW yesterday, fingers crossed for both of us! I hope to see you there.

 

02/11/2012 at 20:57

Having done my first couple of Ultras and Triathlons way back in 1989,while serving  as a Army PTI ,Ive got to admit that nether appealed to me at the time.I got picked to do the Army Tri Championships,because i ran and swam for the Regiment,and i used to bike the 40 mile round trip to camp and back.It was the same for my first Ultra,Being used to doing 10/20 miles a day in my job meant i was a obvious choice to do a 4 day team event.IT took me 20 years to do another Tri,and 22 for an Ultra, as the saying goes [what goes around comes around ] Now i couldn't even think about Not doing either .Doing all 3 disciplines makes you a more versatile athlete.The accumulation of all 3 sports will give you a much bigger endurance and crossover base of fitness than one sport will .You get less injuries and you don't get bored of doing the same thing day after day. My aim is to combine both events in to one by hopefully doing the Double Enduroman in 2014 Which is a 4.8 mile swim, 232 miles bike and a 52 mile run with a cut of time of 43hrs .[anyone else care to join me]

02/11/2012 at 21:45

daytrekker...i'll get back to you on that one

WiB
02/11/2012 at 21:58

DT - Sounds awesome but I really hate swimming! I certainly wouldnt have fun training in the pool and the reason I do the events that I do is for fun... Will be very interested in how you do though so keep us up to date.

WiB
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