3 weeks to the TNF100!
This week delivered major storms in Sydney which wasn’t great for getting outdoors. This was fine by me as I was pretty tired after my back to back races, The Buffalo Stampede Sky Marathon and Mt Solitary Ultra. So I took it a bit easy with my running. Just a couple of 5k runs (the latter left my ankle a bit tender) and a 16k run to Manly and back up Allambie hill.
Instead I played around with the kml exporter in Veloviewer to create some cool 3d paths in Google Earth of my runs!
My gear list looks something like this:
- Pack: Ultimate Direction SJ Pack
- Hydration: Salomon 1.5L bladder + 2 x UD 600mL bottles
- Thermals: NZ Nature Co Silk Thermals, Ultra 168 Buff, Gore Running Gloves
- Jumper: The North Face TKA 100 Glacier
- Rainwear: Salomon Bonatti Jacket, Inov-8 Windpant
- Lighting: Black Diamond Icon, Black Diamond Ion
- Safety Vest: Bunnings fluoro yellow!
- Compass/Whistle: Suunto Clipper, UD Whistle (came with pack)
Finally, I have been contemplating my TNF100 strategy. I still dream of going sub 14hrs but after Buffalo and Solitary I am less than confident. Realistically 15hrs should be both achievable and a good outcome. My current plans, which I write only so I can reflect on them in my race report after the event are to think of the race like and Ironman… a 14hr Ironman. Stupid??? Probably! So here goes…
Start to CP1, 10.5k: Leg 1, the swim. Take it easy and go with the flow staying will within my start group down Furber and back up Golden stairs. Target 1:20, 7:36/km (I usually go about 1:06 in an IM swim)
CP1 to CP5, 67.5k: Leg 2, the bike. Open up and take advantage of the good running terrain. Try and run most but walk up Nellies Glen. Target 9:10, 8:09/km (Ok its a looooong bike leg!)
CP5 to Finish, 22k: Leg 3, the run. Just hold on and survive, plenty of slow running and walking. Especially up from the bottom of Kedumba. Target 3:30, 9:33/km (A short run leg by my standards!)
Will be interesting to see how I go against these goals!