After winning the Dirt Maidens Challenge on saturday we headed out on sunday for a 3 hour ride up some very steep hills around Thredbo which were super rewarding coming down.
This is the boys and me heading back from Cascade Hut after racing along-side wild brumbies down some pretty excellent and occasionally sketchy fire trails. (I’m not even kidding. It was so fucking cool.)
I made some pretty awesome friends at the race, potentially have a job, and one of the guys I met wants to race with me at New Years for an 8 hour Enduro. Everyone out was super impressed that i’d only been riding for 6 weeks and I cannot wait to get out and race again (which will be on sunday for a 3hr enduro haha)
My weekend was fucking amazing.
This is a race report from the girl who beat me (by only 2 minutes). So funny.
Photos from the razorback marathon. Must have been nervous, have my jaw grind going on in both!
There’s a design contest for the 6 Foot Track Marathon’s logo in 2014. So i’m having a crack…
here’s a really rough WIP - i’ve used the elevation profile, and the green leaves down the bottom are from the RFS logo (will change them for copy right infringement stuff) because they’ve always been a big part of the run.
Gonna change the font and probably put footsteps in the background where the 6 is. waddaya think?
9km to go. So stuffed at this point, was trying to convince myself it was short haha
Mount Feathertop Pano
I live in a very beautiful city.
Went to bootcamp this morning because I had another rest day for my legs yesterday… then as I got out of the shower my friend asked if I wanted to go for a ride and I couldn’t say no. Today I decided to ride there from my house.
So cheeky ride to Stromlo to ride with my friend and then had to go pick up my last pay from work.
Now gonna have lunch.
MY FRIEND JUST BOUGHT THESE FOR ME AS A LATE BIRTHDAY PRESENT. MY FRIEND IS THE BEST HUMAN BEING EVER.
How about dem mountains (and ridge)!
So Razorback 43km Race report! -
Ended up arriving at the hotel at 1:30am, got to bed and woke up at 5am. Strapped my feet and ate some breakfast and then walked down to the start line.
There were lots of people with very pro gear, all those calve socks and such and once the race started it was 10km up to Mount Feathertop.
Got to the hut before the top which was on this open saddle and it was so amazing! Ran along the ridge line and was greeted with the most amazing view to the top of Feathertop and it was really cool seeing little human specs running up.
Made it to the top and then got back down to the junction where the 64/68km runners turned off one way and the 43 ers went straight. Had to get out the map and have a look and a few of the 64ers were like “i’m sorry if i’m sending you in the wrong direction!” Anyway it was the right direction and I didn’t see very many people till I got about 18kms in when all the 22ers were running the first half of their race (they were all super lovely and really supportive AND hopped out of the way to let me through!).
There was a woman in front of me who I caught up to at the half way mark and I was so so so ready to have a good 5 minute rest. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. The women in front wasn’t an issue because she’d forgotten to climb up to feather top so she was like “don’t worry about me darl!”. So as I was filling up my water bladder again, having a chat and such there was a woman coming up the ridge so I quickly filled, scoffed some fruit cake and ran off.
HIt the wall about 28kms in and the woman behind over took me. By that stage I knew I was coming about 5th/6th and first female so I was pretty happy that i’d held first place for the first 28.
She ran off and then I forced myself to eat some food and then felt a bit better. Got to the last 9kms and it was downhill the whole way.. which in theory sounds awesome but it was actually horrible. The only consolation was that hikers coming up were like “oh you’re only a few hundred metres behind the first woman!” so I sped up a bit and was doing about 5min kms down.. my quads were pretty sore by this point and at 3km to go I wanted to cry haha.
In the last km I saw her about 100 metres in front but I couldn’t catch her. iInitially the race was supposed to be 38, then it went up to 42 and at the end I was watching my watch really closely. I saw it read 41.5 and i was thinking “SWEET ALMOST THERE”. nope. nope it was another 1.5kms to the finish.
And then right at the end we had to go a bit through town and I got a bit disorientated cause there were no signs.. by this stage I felt like crying and fought really hard with my brain to keep calm haha. There was a lady sitting on a couch on her front lawn and I asked if I was going the right way and she cheered me on and said yes.
The finish line was so so sweet.
Sat down and sculled a huge amount of water and then the girl who won said that there was a river just behind the finishing tent so I hobbled down and had the best river bath ever.
I ended up coming second by a few minutes and 5th overall in 5:49:54 which I am super happy about!
I won myself a sweet pair of Mundo socks, a buff and a bottle of wine. :D
I love trail running prizes.
So all in all I think it was actually a fantastic race. Single track the whole way and amazing alpine views - what more could you want in a trail marathon?
I’m excited to go back next year to do the buffalo stampede 75 and they’re doing the same race again in march so I might go back and do the 64km this time.
Tom, Jack and I at the finish line. They both did the 64km and Tom (left) won, beat the course record and got sponsored as I sat next to him at dinner. He’s pretty awesome. Definitely aspiring to be a female version of him :P
Except the fact that I only weigh 60kg and all the girls/women I race against are the tiniest things ever haha.
It’s okay, I like my butt and having upper body strength!