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Luke




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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: VoTwo Oner race report - 78.6 miles, 22hrs27mins, 2feet Reply with quote

Hello,

If anyone wants to read a full (long) report from my first ultra-marathon race, see:

http://luketaylor.blogspot.com/

Cheers,

Luke
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

way to go luke Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luke

Great report (though the picture of the feet is little scary!) . As i am getting ready for my first iron distance race, i am rapidly discovering a love of running and am considering whther i could do an ultra of some sort next year.

How much build up did you do for an event like this? Longest runs and paces you trained at? You said you hadnt done an ultra before - what was your prevous longest event?

Like you i have a young family so have to think about how much time it would take up!

Well done again - you must feel an immense sense of achievement!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Total respect to you Luke - that is one awesome achievement Worship
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats for staying awake onger than I managed to Wink

it was a very tough challenge and much respect for making it to the finish
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toyota_Crown wrote:
way to go luke Cool


Thanks TC,

Actually, it was some of your advice way back in March that has helped in my preparation for this event.

Toyota_Crown wrote:
luke - go find your local multi storey car park/tower block etc. Walk fast up repeatedly. I spose the walking going down will help soften your quads up too.

My original advice to Mojon stands: For the ONER, best long term plan to complete this is to walk anything resembling a 0.00001% uphill gradient, protect your quads on any downhills bits, and the lightest of jogs on the flatter bits. Seriously This plan may mean you can keep moving along for the whole race, right to the finish.

lookin back i'm still thrilled and well chuffed i did that race, regardless of performance. so many nice images floating round my head. it was spectacular. improving form and weather as the event progressed was the icing on the cake.

it was great having doug around to 'measure myself against'. Gave me a handle on the whole event. TriTalk is great Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Ted wrote:
Luke

Great report (though the picture of the feet is little scary!) . As i am getting ready for my first iron distance race, i am rapidly discovering a love of running and am considering whther i could do an ultra of some sort next year.

How much build up did you do for an event like this? Longest runs and paces you trained at? You said you hadnt done an ultra before - what was your prevous longest event?

Like you i have a young family so have to think about how much time it would take up!

Well done again - you must feel an immense sense of achievement!

Ted


Hi Ted,

I wouldn't call myself an experienced ultra runner, but a love of running (and walking Very Happy ) is a very good start.

Personally, high weekly mileages didn't work for me. But race specificity was what it was all about. My key sessions were:

1. Regular long run/walks. I built-up to doing the first half of the course at my race pace average (4mph), which is a 10 hour long run/walk. I think everyone finds different patterns for run/walk. I liked lots of short walk breaks, but others like fewer long walk breaks

2. The Oner is very hilly, so my number two specific sessions included lots of hills work. Working hard on the downs is just as important as the ups as the quads take a real bashing on the downhills in the race

3. Core and leg weights

The other important training included:

1. Some night running practice (but I didn't do very much of this)

2. Learning what works to be able to consume large amounts of calories for 22+ hours is crucial

Ultra running has been a welcome addition to doing triathlon. I will definitely do more events like these. Might also consider doing some long distance swimming too.

Good luck if you do decide to do an ultra. Listen to your body and know when to push hard and when to ease back.

All the best,

Luke
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountaingirl wrote:
Total respect to you Luke - that is one awesome achievement Worship


Thanks Rachel. This event really brought back my love for the great out doors. This was true even when most of my long runs in the countryside started at 4-5am.

MoJon wrote:
congrats for staying awake onger than I managed to Wink

it was a very tough challenge and much respect for making it to the finish


Jon, it was great to meet you. And I hope we meet at another event soon.

Your training looked pretty much spot-on. And you have accomplished a lot of PB's and personal goals this year.

As you know, physically you could have made the finish. But you made the right decision having given the tiredness a good chance to shed itself.

That decision earns a lot of respect from me.

All the best,

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested to know if you included, or considered including, any cycling as part of your training / recovery?

I am considering a similar hilly event myself (although only 78K!) and one of the things I am worried about is the impact of all that running on my knees. I have read in a couple of places that including some cross training can be helpful.

Also, did you find that you needed regular massage whilst training?

Thanks - and any other helpful tips most welcome Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am considering a similar hilly event myself (although only 78K!)


Whrre, when, what?!

Stop it... now i'm interested, damn you Wink

FWIW I didn't cycle, bar some fixie commuting and managed with only 2 massages (and one chiropracter appointment - Don't ask!) in the process.

Cycling could be beneficial, but for me it was a time thing, I didn't want to sacrifice back to back runs in favour of cycling personally
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MoJon wrote:
mountaingirl wrote:

I am considering a similar hilly event myself (although only 78K!)


Whrre, when, what?!

Stop it... now i'm interested, damn you Wink


This...

http://www.swissalpine.ch/cms/overview.phtml

I did the K31 4 years ago and loved it. I vowed I would go back and do the K42 one day, but having done IM since, the 78 seems quite attractive Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey luke

top work! i know you worked hard to get ready for this (how many others did course recce I wonder??) and i'm in awe!

inspiring. will have to find something similar and follow your lead!

cheerio

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountaingirl wrote:
MoJon wrote:
mountaingirl wrote:

I am considering a similar hilly event myself (although only 78K!)


Whrre, when, what?!

Stop it... now i'm interested, damn you Wink


This...

http://www.swissalpine.ch/cms/overview.phtml

I did the K31 4 years ago and loved it. I vowed I would go back and do the K42 one day, but having done IM since, the 78 seems quite attractive Very Happy


ooh looks lovely Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mojons mega-report is in his blog, in case other peeps like me totally missed it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luke, I've really loved following your blog since you decided to do this all those months ago.

I was absolutely made up for you when the results came out and I saw that you'd completed! Cool

Hugely inspirational for me, and has given me some pointers for my planned events next year. Thanks!

Huge congrats - brilliant effort! Very Happy
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