Stepping Up- Tarawera 100km

Tarawera UltramarathonI am pretty excited today as I just enter the Tarawera Ultra Marathon 100km race that will be on the 19th March and goes from Rotorua to Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty. This race has been one that has been in the back of my mind for a while now but I was plaining on holding off entering it until early March. Things played out a little differently and it is really really good to have some race plans firmed up a little more. Before entering the TU100k today the only other race that I was entered in for the summer was The Blackball Hilton Croesus Crossing on Jan 22. The Croesus will be a great outing- 26km, about 1200m climbing I think, some good competition and a staunch race record. But after my small tastes of ultra races (Molesworth ’09, Naseby 50k and Kepler ’10) and the pure joy I get from bigger training runs I am ready to test my self some more in a ultra event. As far as a 100km race in NZ goes there is no choice in which one to line up in- Tarawera. Every thing I have heard, read and seen leads me to believe that this is one classy event and that Paul Charteris knows his stuff when it comes to putting on a race! I think that the big point to point race course looks really cool and having THIS GUY on the start line should be pretty cool, his results speak for them self.

Anyway, no lack of motivation to train now! I got Yap Yap camping down the road and Lukes is saying he is keen to come play on Thursday (he has been in Chch hiding from the rain, but I guess it has found him- and every one). Might do Casey- Biners if the side streams aren’t a raging torrent still.

Below is a little footage from part of the Tarawera course (heaps of images HERE)

http://player.vimeo.com/video/8788581

Tarawera Ultra: Tarawera Falls Track from trail ruNZ on Vimeo.

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Cashmere – Sumner

Meet up with Marty today for a great run from Cashmere out to Sumner via the Crater Rim trails in the Port Hills. After the crazy 35+ degrees heat  yesterday I was stoked to see some cloud cover when I got up, as between the Kiwi and Godely Head there is no water. I did 1hr in the heat of the day with Tim on Saturday and didn’t feel the need to spend 3+hrs running in that kind heat today.

Jules meet up with us for the first hour before turning back, leaving Marty, George and I to it. The trails were pretty quite, guess the low cloud and being the time of year it kept people away.
Was a pretty mellow 3hr40min and 1300m vert, with some cool scenery and views-
Godley Head

Godley Head

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Sunday Long Run

After such a huge rest before the Kepler Challenge last weekend my legs seem to have really bounced back well. I did a few easy 20-30min runs during the week, as well as have a few days totaly off running. So today I was ready for a good old “Sunday Long Run”. Check out the below link for the route  took-
CHV- Mtcheese Rd- Cheeseman- Izard- Cloudesley-Long Spur- CHV
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2010 Kepler Challenge Results & Report

For the official results click HERE, for the official race report HERE

For a poorly written, one dimensional account of Saturdays race read on!

The smack talking didn’t stop till we were on the start line about to go, with Matt telling me the splits I had written on my hand were all wrong, while 3 names wouldn’t show me the splits he had written down, we did laugh that he had only used a ball point pen to do it and they would likely sweat off. Continue reading

Te Anau

 

Welcome to Te Anau!

We rolled in to Te Anau this afternoon and the first thing we seen was this sign. First ad on the radio I heard was for the Kepler and open up the local paper and there are 5 pages on the race.

My legs are starting to feel good, relatively. I won’t say normal, cause the current norm aren’t very pretty…..      Meeting up with Gary for a easy 20mins on the course tomorrow, then gear check, stash some coke, pre race meeting and sleep. Can’t wait!