Will Thames

swim, bike, run, tech

2015 So Far

2015 started well with some great weeks on the trails in January and early February, with Mount Glorious race recces, a very wet Mount Coot-tha run, the Brisbane Trail Running Series race at Bunyaville and more.

Unfortunately my running took a two week hiatus just while I was hitting my stride as I somehow cricked my neck in my sleep, and then made it worse the following evening by going trail running up Chainsaw. By the end of that run I could barely move my neck. Several physio trips later and a couple of weeks off running and it finally eased up ready for more running.

The postponement of the Mount Glorious race was ideal for me — I was marginal for the original date as I was only just getting back into running but two weeks later and I was ready to go, and got a 3 minute PB. I went to Mapleton for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk run, 32 hard kms up some very long climbs, but was good to be able to run with Brad again who had just come back from injury and did very well to finish the 32km.

The following weekend looked like it might be another good one as I was in good form for the Twilight Half. Alas, it was not to be, as torrential downpours flooded the course and a severe thunderstorm loomed ominously enough for the race organisers to stop the race before the second lap. I found out it was a 10km race at the 9km mark, and the last km is my third ever fastest according to Strava. I was a minute off my 10km PB, and well on course to beat my half marathon PB by around three minutes. The conditions were ideal for me other than the flooding!

My Ultra Trail de 4 Massifs training plan remains on track — I’ve only missed one planned run so far and I’m comfortable with how I’m doing. My two biggest sessions have been a back to back weekend containing Pinnacles race recce followed by 26km at Mount Coot-tha, and yesterday’s Numinbah to Pollys 50km race, of which more to come. I’ll also provide more details on my training plan in a future post.

Month Distance Time Ascent
January 204.6km 24:10 5555m
February 137.3km 16:10 4064m
March 260.0km 29:40 5531m
April (so far) 216.5km 24:45 6339m