Wednesday, November 6, 2013

30/50 Challenge 50k - Preview

The 30/50 Challenge is a team or individual trail race held on the Mornington Peninsula on November 16th. I will be competing in the 50k individual event, which starts from Rosebud Golf Course, and runs along the Two Bays Trail until Cape Schanck, then continues along the Coastal Walk, finishing at the Portsea foreshore.

30/50 Challenge Course

Up until a week ago I would have said I was in better shape than before Yurrebilla, but the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has taken its toll, with plenty of socialising & imbibing taking place. On Saturday, we hosted our 8th straight "Derby-Q", which started at 1:30 in the afternoon, and finished up around 3:00am.

Needless to say, it has set me back a little in my fitness, but I had a good tempo hit out today, and will probably go in to the race around the same form I was in prior to Yurrebilla. And with 6k less to travel, I'm hoping for a reasonable performance.

The race will have some challenges. There is no drop bag service, or transport from finish back to start line, so it really does rely on you having some assistance - at the very least to drive you back to your car! They supply both gels and electrolyte along the course, fortunately the brand I use, so nutrition isn't the biggest issue.

The major issue is the 15k of sand that is interspersed along the back half of the course in 1.5-3k sections. I don't mind beach running, but with that much of it, I'm worried the sand will get into my shoes and tear my feet up a bit, requiring some blister patching & probable sock/shoe change at some point.

So instead of my original plan,  which was just to meet my family at the end, I will have a rendezvous with them at CP4 at the 32k mark. A drink of coke and fresh socks might make all the difference!

The biggest upside is the finish near the famous Portsea Hotel, where we will no doubt have a few celebratory drinks at afterwards. As there is also the Marysville 50k on the same weekend, which is likely to attract most of the top runners, I think if I run up to my Yurrebilla form, I might be a chance for a top 6 placing.

Portsea Hotel