Dan B Training update – It’s all about the GNW

Seeing as little Terry has done an update, thought I’d whack a little one up from me too. Everything was going swimmingly until last week when the dreaded illness crept upon me. It thoroughly annoys me when people come into work sick, and so with as much predictability as an Aussie batting collapse at Melbourne, I started to feel rank on Thursday. This continued into Friday, but I managed to keep it at bay and snuck out for a cheeky 50kms with Terry along the GNW, running from Somersby to  Yarramalong and back. A lovely day out, there was many a walker on the track, in fact we must have come across twenty or so. I’ve never seen as many people out there, other than on race day.

You ain't from round these parts are you?

The route from Somersby to Yarramlong is pretty easy-going with a net downhill, and now that there’s an alternate route permanently installed because of some weed infestations, we measured the first half at 25.1kms in an easy-going 3hrs 5mins. Coming back would be a little harder with the kms in the legs, but this is why we decided to run it in reverse, so that we’d have 25kms in the legs coming back. We worked hard on the climb out of Yarramalong and enjoyed the cruisy fire trail back to the beautiful single track that heads back downhill and along the creek to the Hidden Valley. There’s then that pretty tough going 5.5kms back to the shops where there’s a couple of large-ish climbs, but nothing too difficult. The return journey taking us 3hrs 16mins.

Other than that, last week was a bit of a washout and only 71kms for the week with the illness. Needless to say, once I got back on Saturday night, a full on cold launched itself unto me, and has stayed with me the last three days, so once again, this week will be low-ish on kms as a result. But I’m not too worried. Training is in a pretty good place right now as I work towards the Glasshouse 50kms next month. There’s still the rest of this week and two more solid weeks of training to be had, before a lighter week the actual week of the race. I’m not going to really taper for it as it’s not an ‘A’ race at all. It was always something to work towards to get the fitness and base back. Once complete, the really serious training will start for GNW and a good 14-15 week training block, before taper.

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I'm a mediocre runner who can bat above his average when I train hard. A man of extremes, I do enjoy everything life offers and consider it an absolute pleasure just to be able to put one foot in front of the other and let my mind wander somewhere different.

4 thoughts on “Dan B Training update – It’s all about the GNW

  1. I’m in the same boat. Just 70kms last week and nothing this wel thus far. Itb issue and a stinkig cold have sidelined me. Can’t wait to get back into it

  2. On a side note, I read some research recently that associated vitamin D supplementation with immunity. 90% of my patients are sick at the moment and cough and splutter all over me all day. With the immune system of amoeba (ie.. I get every cold and flu going around) I decided to start the vit D drops. So far, after about a month of constant efforts by my patients to share the love, I am still not sick. (And from experience I would have normally been taken down by now).

    Might be worth a try. 🙂

    1. Thanks Emily, I’m taking every vitamin supplement under the sun right now, including multi-vitamins and vitamin C too. Funny how we only take this stuff when we’re ill, I need to be stricter about taking them everyday now.

      Interestingly, first session back after 3 days sick and I go and set a PB on our hills course in Balmoral… strange…

  3. Looks like a full on ultra168 assault at GNW this year – should be interesting
    Nice to hear the smiling assasin is back on the course

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