PG3 - I wonder why a bike is required? It can't be to keep pace with the stragglers? Or am I at the wrong end of the course? Is it the leaders who are being "tailed"?
I imagine you're imagining actually constantly running for 30 miles? That's what you'll have been doing in marathons as you've closed in on that elusive sub4? Its not how most non-elites tackle ultras though. I suppose there is a limiting point where you have to adapt, its probably not the 30 mark, "just" 4 more than a marathon. It certainly applies to Comrades though; Don Oliver says: "If you haven't walked in the first hour of Comrades, you've made a grave mistake." For me that's "power walking", no messing about, crack on, but still walking. I did that on virtually all uphill sections. So I actually walked within the first few minutes of the start gun this year! Its about preservation, not putting yourself under undue stress. Giving your body maximum chance of lasting the course.
So, if I am daft enough to attempt 60 at White Rose then it will be on that basis, from the start, uphill = power walk. Each 30 mile lap has 3000ft of ascent, so there will be plenty of walking! I shouldn't be talking about that though! 30 is enough
F2D what is a tail cyclist? I have visions of the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as you entice poor exhausted unfortunates to take a breather only to sweep them up in your barbed wire net and cast them into the dnf bus!
Becca - I came up with the possibly daft notion of running 6 events in support of the 6 Amabeadibeadi charities, and wanting to run them relatively close to home. I sat and looked at White Rose for a long time before entering the 30 this week, still hurting from Chester, but mouth watering at the prospect of the event, in the end it was an easy choice, but, now, the hard core "gamblers" amongst my charity donating regulars are enticing me to "go 60"...tripling their donations if I do...the idiot in me wants to go for it! My physio almost grabbed me by the throat slapping each cheek in turn per word as she told me in no uncertain terms; absolutely (slap)...flipping (slap)...not (slap)! Still... and the event is so flexible that I can decide if I want to "go again" right at the end of the first 30m lap, although it is usually the other way around with 60 milers deciding 30 is enough. I think completing Comrades has turned me into a Beeblebrox - I no longer have any sense (should put a full stop there) of proportion. Looking forward to see what you'll enter this year.
Mac3, Dannirr - good luck. I hope you get perfect weather!
Sorry you are having injury problems Pudge...the more I look at this the more miles I want to go for but my physio gave me a "don't you dare" yesterday on this...damn the voices of reason! Looking at how it is described on the website, can I even leave it as late as getting round the first lap and then asking if I can go again? I can probably leave some sarnies in the fridge to cover late home time . I suppose the only problem with that approach is it will be all too easy to "give in" at that point. Back to the voices of reason I am "only" 30 mile fit at the moment...still...