Race Reports

Balcombe Bull Run?

The Balcombe Bull Run, a 7km cross-country run, is being held at 10.30am on Sunday 23rd March.  The event is being organised by Balcombe School PTA and Mid Sussex Triathlon Club.  It goes over the fields, paths, lanes and tracks of Balcombe Estate.  It is a fully marshalled event and refreshments are available in the school hall.
 
Here is a map of the course http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6141126
 
For application form and instructions for runners Click Here, and a flyer.  Adults are £8, juniors/U16 £5 (all runners must be over 12 on 31/8/14).  Race numbers should be collected on the day from registration in the school hall.  There is a maximum field of 150 runners, so apply early to avoid disappointment.
 
If you would like to help marshal on the day (between 9.30am and 11.30am) please get in touch with Mat Record at mcrecord@hotmail.com or 07811 325.  You'll get to wear a lovely flourescent jacket!
 
Mat Record
Race Director

Charity Donation

Rach will be handing over a cheque to Hazel tonight (2nd Jan) for the Hollyrood learning centre for £1,385.72.  This is the total sum raised last year from our club events.

 

Please all attend

Quintuple Ironman 2013 race report

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What is it?
5 x iron/day format.
Total of 19k swim, 900k bike & 211k run in 80hr40sec.

Where is it?
Monterrey, Nuevo León , Mexico, 18-22 Nov 13.

 

Monterrey was like I expected a Mexican city to be... colourful, but a bit crappy with lots of heavily armed police in big trucks. Even race site security had kevlar helmets and semi-automatics. There is quite a lot of drug related gang violence in Mexico.

Type in 'Monterrey deca' in Google and it comes up 'Monterrey decapitation'; last year 49 mutilated bodies were found in one of Monterrey's municipal parks. But most of the violence is gang-on-gang so I guess it's pretty safe... you just hope not to be caught up in any crossfire or that they don't take a dislike to your lycra bike shorts.

However, we found most of the locals to be charming. The race venue was Parque Espana where we swam in an open air 50m pool in wetsuits, and completed bike & run loops around the park.

 

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The bike course was very juddery; after day 1 I took to wearing 2 bike shorts to dampen the vibration.

The weather was variable, from 31'C in baking hot sun on day 1 down to 6'C on the last day. We also had thunderstorms and torrential rain. Strong winds on day 5 brought down a power line so that it was held up by a tree only feet above our heads on the bike course.

In Europe the race would have been suspended for H&S (half way through the final day) ... but I needn't have worried... this was Mexico; some park employees built some sort of gantry to raise the line higher above our heads while we continued to cycle underneath.

 

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Some people don't like the idea of short looped courses that are often a feature of ultra distance triathlons but there are benefits. You're never that far away from your support crew or medical attention if necessary. During the event you get to know the other competitors (double, triple, quin & deca) as you occasionally run and bike together, offering each other support or telling jokes.

I was able to witness the fascinating duel between Kamil Suran and Antal Voneki as they battled it out for title of IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association... governing body of ultra dist tris) World Champion 2013.  

They both came to the race with similar points so winning the continuous deca would be decisive. Half way through their 422k run they were still within 4k of each other!

  

 

 

 

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(Right: Kamil, taking a short nap during 422k run. Note ice bags)

By day 3 you've got yourself and support crew into a pattern. A daily routine of discomfort becomes your new 'reality' and acceptance of it is necessary. The discomfort (aka pain) and fatigue involved normally comes in waves, and it is vital to remain upbeat. Everybody was managing 'issues'.

Mine was a dodgy back; in March I had prolapsed a lumbar disc and torn another. That had severely disrupted my training and I had to miss 2 build up races over the summer. I owe a debt of gratitude to the pain specialist at the Nuffield. He scheduled a root nerve injection for me a couple of weeks before so that the optimum window of benefit would coincide with the race.

 

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Lugging my bike box and the long flight didn't help... the days before the race it was causing me pain again just to walk around town. During each swim I had to limit the power I put into the stroke to keep my back happy, but the juddery bike course was the worst part. Normally I enjoy the bike the most, but each day I couldn't wait to get to the marathon.

Note to self day 3: 'tell my wife not to let me do anymore of these races!

Completing these races would not have been possible without a lot of support. The ladies in the 24hr race kitchen would make you anything.... as long as it was Mexican.

My eldest son Ben was my race crew. He has crewed a few of these races for me. Ben did a fantastic job of looking after his Dad, and I couldn't have done the race without him.

As well monitoring/managing my hydration, nutrition and electrolyte intake he was always thinking of innovative ways to take care of me like putting sandwich bags of ice in my bike jersey back pockets to keep me cool or duct taping a bag of ice into a neck scarf for the run. We also had a great time hanging out in Mexico before and after the race.

 

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The last 5k of the run on day 5 produced my fastest run splits as I was just so excited about the

prospect of finishing... finally. I had forgotten my day 3 'note to self' and was already thinking about the next challenge...?


Ultra distance triathlon is not going to be everybody's cup of tea but recommended if you think you'd enjoy small intimate races with great camaraderie and the opportunity to explore your personal mental and physical endurance. You don't have to be fast; you just need to keep moving.

My back is a lot happier now that I've stopped provoking it. 

 

 

 

See the 'World Cup Ultra Triathlon Mexico' Facebook page for more photos.

Follow this link to a video of Johns 5 days of Ironman

http://youtu.be/dvEzIZhy828

 

John Liebers

North Downs Way 100mile Ultra run

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On behalf of my wife and I, the time has come (allowing for mental and physical healing)  to provide an update on the NDW 100 (or what turned out to be NDW103).  

I assert that this is quite problematic as those looking in can't understand it and those looking out can't explain it.  For that I reason I feel the best way to provide insight into the event is through an explanation of the psychology behind Ultradistance running with the added benefit of providing an indication of your propensity to partake in the sport.  

If you answer yes in more than:

  •   50% of the questions then it is considered a positive response
  • >70% and you should seek counselling or drop me a line about what races the MidSussex UltraDistance & Cake Appreciation Society (AKA MUCAS) will be partaking in over the next 12 months.
  • > 90% then consider yourself an honorary member of the club and come to our next "meeting"!
  1. When you see 100 miles to go on a motorway, do you think that would be a good run but could you do it in 24hrs?
  2. Would you consider the additional 3 miles in the NDW100 as bonus miles?             
  3. When people mention cake, do you have a Pavlovian response?
  4. Do you have an unhealthy obsession with socks?
  5. Do you think Chris Froome looks healthy?
  6. Do people give you a wide birth when you explain what you did on the weekend?
  7. Are you a little embarrassed by what you got up to on the weekend?
  8. Does everything on your body hurt?
  9. Do you believe your body will self-heal anything?
  10. Do you carry a head torch when you go out at night (even to the pub)?
  11. Do you think it would be better to run and meet your family on a day out rather than drive?
  12. Do you own more shoes than your significant other - or at least compete on the number of trainers you have?
  13. When you go for a run, do you see things that you should not see?
  14. Do you take more medication than an 80 year old stroke sufferer?
  15. Do you know your physiotherapist by their first name?
  16. Do you go to a masseur for a massage?
  17. Do you respect athletes that no one else has heard of?
  18. Do you carry toilet paper when you leave the house?
  19. Does is disturb you to relieve yourself outdoors?
  20. Are Portaloos posh?
  21. Do you feel people who think about barefoot running, forefoot running, pronation and supination are interesting people?
  22. Have you purchased a pair of  barefoot running shoes and live with the injuries to show for it?
  23. Do you know what a salt tablet looks like?
  24. Do you consider Unltradistance running as a sport?
  25. Do you consider Football as a sport? (yes = no, no = yes)
  26. Have you considered removing your toenails to stop them falling off?
  27. Is there any part of your feet that has not had a blister?
  28. Do you know where the Vaseline is in your house?
  29. Do you know what calf cards are?
  30. Do you own but not use calf cards?
  31. Do you think walking up hills is cheating?  (yes = no, no = yes)
  32. Do you think walking down hills is cheating?  (yes = no, no = yes)
  33. Do you think walking is cheating?  (yes = no, no = yes)
  34. Can you eat a Big Mac Meal Deal with onion rings, mozzarella dippers and a shake and still go for a run?
  35. Can you sleep?
  36. Can you not sleep?
  37. Do you know how to read a map?
  38. Do you know how to carry a map without letting go - regardless of logic?
  39. Do you feel you can judge where you are on the planet by your awareness of the earths magnetic fields?
  40. Can you see through time or do you have other "special" powers?
  41. Do you think alcohol is a performance enhancing?
  42. Is Born To Run a book by Michael Morpurgo?  (yes = no, no = yes)
  43. Do you recognise or use any of the following acronyms?  UTMB, MDS, C2C, A2A, NDW, SDW, TTP.
  44. Have you ever had an energy gel that tasted good?
  45. Is Icecream racing food?
  46. Have you ever done a race where there were 2 or less people to greet you at the finish?
  47. Do you feel lucky or unlucky that you live in a country where distance are measured in miles not kilometers?
  48. Do you have a nick name that would be out of place in polite society?
  49. Do you consider anything over 5 hours duration as a race?  (yes = no, no = yes)
  50. If someone offered you a place in a Marathon the day before would you think 

        a) What a great day out?
        b) What a circus?
        c) All of the above or
        c) As "c" is statistically the correct answer and you can't be bothered reading the other options
        d) None of the above
Answer; "c" = yes

 

Jamie & Emma Goodhead

MSTC.....The Next Generation

This year's revived Horsted Keynes Triathlon brought out a great mixture of semi-pro athletes and first timers. It is these - slightly eccentric - events that are the breeding ground for our sport......and so it was proved to be at this year's event on Sunday 6th October.
Beautiful crisp weather greeted the start of the event where Paul Hedger took the teams and individuals through the race briefing. As I looked around I could see the cream of MSTC's finest.....Messrs Wintergold, Hoodless, Alden and others......as well as many (quite obvious) newbies.  But I could also see many children including Ben Hoodless, Rob's 13 year old son, complete in his yellow and black tri-suit. My own daughter Harriet, 12, was less well kitted out but you could see in both of them an athletic posture and determination.  Both of them had entered the Horsted Individual Shortie, a 200m swim, 5k bike and 2.5k run.  Call it a taster but there was definitely nothing stopping the two of them giving 100%. 
They both blasted off on the swim and you could tell both of them have been well taught (and practiced) in the pool. Ben went out strongly on the bike on roads he knows well, and chaperoned by Rachel Baker (no question of drafting of course). Then a quick transition on the village green into the two lap run with strong legs under blue skies.  I was escorting Harriet on the bike and on the run.
This was what the fun part of our sport is about......competitors of every age going as hard as they can, families gathered, laughter and cheers everywhere, mucking in with marshalling, having a pint afterwards.  You don't expect your kids to like everything that you like.....but it feels good to see them getting stuck in and having some success.  Both them gave it their all and came in strongly in each of the 3 disciplines.
Ben is definitely one to watch in the future.  He won the Men's Shorties event and took the Village Cup.  Harriet was 2nd overall although the organisers awarded her the winner before taking it away 20 mins later! C'est la vie. More importantly both of them had a great time and I'm sure will be at other events next year.  I suppose a trip to Evans might be in order for Harriet's Christmas present.
Ben Hoodless: 3.43 swim, 15.50 bike, 14.56 run
Harriet Record: 3.44 swim, 23.33 bike, 15.13 run

Mat Record