Thanks Jools - though I'm not at all down about it. These races are incredibly tough; I don't say that lightly too. So just to finish is reward enough, although you always think (ie, know) that you can do better.
CW - yeah, it's a mystery. Reckon I've been sick during or after 80% of the marathons and ultras I've run (over a hundred of them). But almost never in a training run (thousands of those). It's just something that happens when I push hard in a race. Then I feel fine after an hour or two and back to normal. Occupational hazard I guess.
Had my 100k race at the UTMB series on Friday. Race of two halves.
First half started well, but ended in the medical tent after 52k. Temp was about 35 degrees, and I was puking continuously from about 5 hours in, so couldn't hold any food or liquid so was running on empty for hours. Collapsed into the checkpoint and was carried away by medical staff (there's a video link on the results which I've not yet brought myself to look at yet). Unconscious for an hour, then they hooked me up to a drip for another hour.
Felt a lot better after that, but the doc said I had to abandon the event (sensibly enough). Ignored her though, and thought I'd carry on to see if I could get to the next checkpoint. Was clearly hours behind plan, but just pushed on through the gears overtaking several hundred through the night. Legs were fine, and I was feeling better the further it went. Even took 85 places in the final 5k but ran out of trail when I could happily have started again.
Did so much work preparing from the waist down, but was let down by the mid-section. Don't know how to stop that happening, as it's not the first time. Main thing in these races is to finish though; about 40% dropout rate of the 2000 starters and about 40-50% in the longer race, including a lot of elites & pros. Was my 5th finish out of eight races on UTMB weekend. Probably have to go back next year and try again!!
PP/Dachs - that's some pretty mighty 5k running. Jurassic improvements - sub 15h30 gold standard not far away I suspect. Wonder what happened to Samir btw. Don't see his name at on the world champ entries, so can only assume he's getting his head down for Rio. Also, that said, where's TR? Think this is the longest he's ever been away from this thread. Hope all is OK.
Got led astray yesterday. Beers/curry/late night. Is it possible to undo three months preparation in six hours? Feels like it at the mo