Still struggling to walk three days after finishing my 80k on Friday (although I didn't finish until Saturday I was that broken by it). Hardest race I've done.
SL fared much better in the marathon yesterday. 1st Brit 'n all.
bainspj - sounds like you're turning the injury corner nicely. About time you had some luck.
There are five races this weekend. Vertical km, 10k, Cross (23k), Marathon & 82k. I think last year some bloke managed the 80k and the vertical k on the Friday, the Cross on the Saturday, then the marathon on the Sunday.
If anyone wants to follow live progress over the weekend there's a link to all the events here (I start 4am Friday - 3am UK time and expect to take about 17-18 hours; SL starts 7am Sunday - 6am UK time and I reckon will take 4-4.5 hours).
Very jealous of all these speedy times, esp Padams & PP. Summer is more about distance than speed for me; probably why despite a decent 17:16 parkrun win on Saturday, I had a shocking 10k on Sunday where I only just got above marathon pace.
Oh well, at least Friday's 80k race doesn't require any flat speed. In fact an average pace of 5km per hour would usually be enough for the top 100 (and it's a world championship!). Fully expecting SL to be stronging it with the big boys in the marathon on Sunday. Kilian Jornet is ducking out of the challenge by only doing the vertical km race. Can't wait...it's my favourite weekend of the year in my favourite place in the world. SL, you're going to love it.
CW - agree on the downhill stepper, or even downhill treadmill. Wonder if you invent a treadmill that varies both terrain and elevation for trail/fell simulation.
In these European mountain races, you can do descents that take 1-2 hours. Impossible to train for unless you can get out there beforehand. Whenever I see groups doing hill training in the UK, they are doing the efforts up & recovering on the down. Should be the other way round IMO.