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Melbourne, Victoria
15C / 59F
Total Time = 1h 20m 40s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drove out to meet P & M at Ferntree Gully station, on the way I ate breakfast that consisted of two crumpets with peanut butter and a coffee. Because M was spectating we decided to carpool to Belgrave, the race start. We stood around for a bit before they started calling competitors.
  • 1h 20m 40s
  • 13.2 kms
  • 06m 07s  min/km

I could not believe how quickly the first 3 kms went. It was pretty much all downhill, past cheering spectators and beautiful forest.

At about 5km there was a hill that was a real giver. It just kept going, I ended up having to walk for a little bit.

We were held up by the second train at the last crossing. I wasn't overly disappointed, it was quite fun having all the passengers wave at us. The community involvement in this run is pretty impressive too. People were cheering from their picnic tables, or chairs that they'd set up outside their houses. There was a huge Country Fire Authority and Police presence too.

Running into the finish line was spectacular, the park and trees in all their Autumnal glory. There's a little kicker to the finish line which made it difficult to sprint finish.

Two things struck me about the run - I was surrounded by people the entire time. For so long it was just me at the back with very few other people running as slow as I.

The second was that I estimated I'd come in at 1:20 and actually did. Usually my expectations far exceed my talent.

What would you do differently?:

About 30 seconds before the race start I remembered I'd forgotten to eat my clif shots.

Not really knowing the course I held back a touch - not a whole lot, but I wish now I'd pushed harder in the last couple of km. I'll know for next time. There will be a next time. A fun run indeed.
Post race
Warm down:

Mmm blackberry gatorade, I'm a fan.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I've not done a whole lot of training, let along hill training. I was buoyed by the fact that I ran a 9.6km last weekend, that had it been extended to 10km would have been a PB. My form appears better without training ;)

Last updated: 2012-05-04 12:00 AM
01:20:40 | 13.2 kms | 06m 07s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-05-10 2:59 AM

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Subject: Great Train Race | Puffing Billy

2012-05-10 3:39 AM
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Subject: RE: Great Train Race | Puffing Billy

I was registered for this but decided to pull out being only 4 weeks out from my first 70.3.  I will do it next year for sure.  I'm a bit prone to calf strains and shin splints so thought muddy hills might be risking it a bit.

Well done - great report.  See you there next year!

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