That's a long slog home, but great grit to complete it with a qualifying result, especially without oxygen cylinders.
Your profile picture has you wearing some mighty fine head gear...do you have any recommendations for Comrades?
I have a buff which is OKish; got it after sunburning my scalp through having wet hair during a mega hot marathon; kept chucking water over myself to stay cool and didn't realise it let the rays through to my head. Since then I have just wet my face to cool off and not worn any head gear but you can end up going temporarily blind if you wash a heap of salt that has aggregated on your brow into your eyes - despite the buff being a fiery red design I can't help feeling bit daft wearing it.
Hot dog, jumping frog...Dannirr...you were a mile above sea level! Well done on the qualifier! Do you live at that altitude? Duke looks a little flatter than Mt Lemmon? You are getting in some great training.
Chester treating everyone really well yesterday! McHilly; astounding improvement! Well done. SW3; sub 3 "as a training run"? You must have wings on your ankles!
I discovered the CC pen; be one of the first 1,000 qualifiers to collect over 5,000 ZAR for the Amabeadibeadi charities and you get to start just behind the C pen! That's less than 300 GBP which I've never failed to break (I always collect for charity if running marathon distance) so seriously thinking of it as a way to propel myself forward from the H penitentiary. Only quirkiness given that my donators will be UK based is you appear to cough up in ZARs via the Comrades site.
Thanks WarrenK78 - I must pay better attention - those 30 seconds after crossing the start before I started my watch must have been more like 2 or 3 minutes! Amongst other lapses of concentration I also appear to have omitted to put sun screen on the front of my neck - have a wonderful deep purple (she makes you burn with a wave of her hand) necklace. I never intended to take it so close to the wire; was expecting 4:30ish; surprising at 3:30 when the 5 hour pace group passed me, but seemingly no pressure as I tagged along with them planning to burn them once I felt a bit better. Then at 5k to go I was in disbelief as they trotted into the distance and I started to crash. Thats when the ice cream man came to the rescue and I managed to string the saving finish effort together.
I have read up on several instances where Comrades runners thought they had minutes of chip time to spare only to sink to their knees at the realisation of "gun to gun". Nice to have this initial qualifier in the bag now. Must pay better attention to detail going forward!
McHilly; temperature has always tended to slow me down; possibly some of that in Cape Town, although I too feel like I've got better at running through it this English summer.
Ooo - I hope that scale is in feet! Dannirr - do you still have feet or just stumps where they used to be?
Mc Hilly - thanks! I didn't mean to go so close - stopped for that ice cream at one point - Mr Softee took ages finding the last grape flavour ice block - nicely cooled my core though - any longer and I might have missed the cut. Speaking of ice - what are you doing in your profile pic?
Warrenk78 - sparkling time! Can you help me understand CTM a bit more - I think my time was "from the gun" - I started well back possibly taking 2 minutes to cross the start - I don't recall running over a timing mat (but I am a space head) - me and another runner switched on our watches another good minute into the run (we'd been waiting to cross a timing mat) - so I knew I had to add that on to be safe. Thought went through my head that they were possibly using some new fangled non-mat technology. At the end it was amazing running in to a count-down to the 5 hour "gun mark", so I knew I had it in the bag, but I though by at least another few minutes. Getting home and checking the official time, there is only one, clearly gun time, no chip time. My jaw hit the deck when I realised how close I'd been to a miss. Despite mucho searching I can't find anything declaring "timing rules".