Posted: 23/11/2014 at 13:11
So Canter the lowdown on bootcamp that I have picked up on the threads over the last year or two.
Those who have been to bootcamp tend not to share with people on the threads other than say it is a great day and a really tough workout.
There are photographs, interviews, physio sessions, gait analysis and all that jazz.
There will be warm up and cool down sessions but then two key and different track sessions. These must be the ones that determine how they whittle it down from 50 to 3-4 runners per category. And they make this decision before teh public vote.
There is a pacing session with Sam Murphy and a 5K time trial with Steve Smythe.
Everyone says the 5K session is really tough and if you get it in the after lunch slot it will be harder. Just be wary of what you eat for lunch I guess.
The track session with Sam is all about checking your pacing and your consistency. She will have you doing intervals of different distances at different paces (I think without your watch) and she will be calling out your times part way through to see if you can adjust up or down depending on what is needed. So something like 400m at MP + 60 seconds, then MP + 30 seconds for 800m, then MP for 1600m.
And of course you told them your MP that you were after in the application so it will all be related to that.
The 5k time trial with Steve is something that everyone seems to dread. Steve is a hard taskmaster and pushes everyone to their limits. He is apparently a very intense coach and comes across as stern.
This is not a 5k time trial like you would normally do. Burst off from the start, going as fast as you can and trying to hold on.
No. It is a much more controlled race against the clock.
It is 10 repeats of a 500m.
Each 500m is 400m at faster than 5k pace and then 100m recovery at a fast jog.
No ordinary 5k.
And the objective is to finish at about your usual 5k time. Again you have told them what this is.
So on the day, they are looking to see who has told them the truth about their race times, who can run at a consistent pace, who can listen to instructions and vary the pace accordingly.
The day by all accounts is a great experience and you will get loads of tips and make loads of friends.
After boot camp they down select from the 50 to a few people in each category. Clearly they have never failed so they will only be picking people for the public vote that they are confident will achieve the race goal of sub 3 / 3:30 / 4 / 4:30 etc.
Previously this used be dominated by people on the forums as the voting was restricted to those who were a member of the forums. Not anymore. Last year they introduced twitter and quite a few of the people selected were voted in by their twitter following.
Malcs got the forum vote last year and got the sub 3:30 category. I think he will be at bootcamp on Friday.
So best of luck with it. It will be one of those experiences you will never forget. And if you get selected you have my vote.