You should really compare yourself to some descent instead of just aiming to beat mediocre people.
Mediocre ha. You cant even finish in the top half of the field. You are below average on a bad day for me
As for you Tane, should have turned up. Was nothing for you to miss punch.
Full Recap for Greig
2018 I set/organised/hiked around the hills of Dunedin for the NZ Rogaine Champs. I did zero specific training for the Kepler. In fact the Wednesday prior I had to smash out a very hard 4:30 collecting controls. I've kept a spreadsheet of my Kepler training since day dot. I know how many k's I need to run, how fat I shouldn't be etc. It was somewhat of a shock to run 6:31 and finish strong, I'd done half the volume I'd hop for.
2019 rolls around and after many years of feeling a bit injured and over it I felt liek giving it a reasonably solid go and see what would happen. Mentally I was struggling with the 40 minute difference between a 6:31 in 2018 and a PB of 5:50, I simply couldn't work out the juxtaposition of doing some training which should push me closer to that PB but knowing I still can't run that fast.
I found a mid 40s guy who written a program for a 2:30 marathon, I thought if I could follow that things might be OK, it looked like a fun program. 19 weeks long, so I drew in 3 weeks prior that covered going to Spain and getting so sort of fitness started.
Overall - too much volume in the program. I just couldn't get the total volume done. Nevermind, I'm a lot older than I was when I used to run 100-140k/week I did get 8 weeks over 90k which seems sustainable for the near future. Oceania buggered up the middle 2 weeks of the program but at least got some good fartlek in.
Through the middle third I got a lot of really good lactate threshold sessions done which I hope would see me well for running the 2nd half efficiently liek I had in 2018. History said I needed a 100k/week average for 10 weeks to get near 6 hours. didn't happen. got about 800km instead of 1000km, ideally it would be 1100km. I was just tired all the time, off weeks were really really off, not just 75% but more like 25%
Weather forecast was awesome, weather was going to be crap. Alternate course was in, cool that'll be fun just like my first in 2004. Turns out there was a 2k section of balls deep water we had to do twice and a 3k section of thick thick mud, again twice. So instead of being 45 minute faster it was more like 20 minutes.
I think 6:15 was about right and who knows, maybe full course 6:00 if everything goes to plan and miracle happen. I was certainly in better shape than the previous year. Park Run said so. I know the splits for the course, I know what being at certain place and certain times mean. Got easy to Brod Bay in 25 and then got up to Luxmore walking 40% of the hill while those around me basically ran all of it. 1:25 which is bang on 6:15 pace for the full course.
Turned around and started down, never felt comfortable, passed one guy but at the bottom was caught by Michael Beaumont who had been 5 minutes back. We too and froed all the way back to the gates and on through the river and slop to the 5k aid station. I just never got more than a shuffle going. Got hard quite early, and struggled from the clearings all the way to Moturau and back, about a 15k section and lost quite a bit of time. Last 5k was alright. Lost about 15 minutes overall, bit shit really.
Long runs probably weren't long enough although had quite a few run/hike days of 5-6 hours, and some good doubles and some tripples. Oh well try again next year, it seems like I could still run another sub 6. 6:06 this year probably equivalent to about a 6:25-6:30 so similar to last year. Model predicted a 6:40 based on 5k and on Volume.
Withdrew from Barkley the day before, on a bit of a downer.