mandag 5. juli 2010
Thuringen Ultra, 100 km, 3.7.10-Race report
The race is divided into four parts. That's because it enables the arranger to facilitate for an additional relay-run. The first part is from the start in Frottstadt to Ruhlaer Skihutte(24km / 15,06 miles). The next place is Floh-Seligenthal(51km / 31,63 miles) . Further on we have Finsterbergen(74 km / 46,33 miles) and finally the finish at Frottstadt(100km / 62,1 miles). The course is pretty demanding-consisting of 2.150 metres of verticals(7.053ft). The race has a total of 17 aid stations with supplies of water and food.
My strategy was to run the flats and decends, and walk the uphills. It was kind of good to start running that early(4 a.m.)-allthough I was sceptical at first. It was about 4 km(2,5 miles) on small roads before we entered the deep of the woods in the morning mist. I felt good running. Having entered the forrest we soon startet to encounter a long ascend up to the first point(Ruhlaer Skihutte). I felt really fit and only had to walk at very steep ascends. I logged in at Ruhlaer Skihutte after 2h 41 56s-an average of 6,46m/km(10,4 min/miles), after gaining a total of 705 m(2.313ft) from the start in Frottstadt.
It was with a feeling of true accomplishment that I broke the finish line after 13h 26m 44 s-over thirty minutes before my target time, with an average pace of 8,07m/km(12,99m/miles).
Why 14h? Well, it's the qualification time for Western States Endurance Run, and now I'm able to approach that event with an applicant for the lottery.
1. First check point-Ruhlaer Skihutte, after 24 km(15,06 miles):
Total time: 2h 41m 56s
Average pace in total: 6,77m/km(10,89m/miles)
Elevation gained in total: 705m (2.313ft)
2. Second check point-Floh Seligenthal, after 51km(31,63 miles):
Total time: 5h 59m 16s(3h 17m 20s)
Average pace in total: 7,04m/km(11,33m/miles) / (7,33m/km(11,8m/miles))
Elevation gained in total: 1.161,9m(3.812ft) ( 457m(1.499ft))
3. Third check point-Finsterbergen, after 74km(46,33 miles):
Total time: 9h 33m 59s(3h 34m 43s)
Average pace in total: 7,76m/km(12,49m/miles) / (8,9m/km(14,3m/miles))
Elevation gained in total: 1.799,8m(5.905ft) ( 637,9m(2.093ft))
4. Finish line-Frottstadt, after 100km(62,1 miles):
Total time: 13h 26m 44s(3h 52m 45s)
Average pace in total: 8,07m/km(12,99m/miles) / (9,37m/km(15,08m/miles))
Elevation gained in total: 2.186,3m(7.173ft) ( 386,5m(1.268ft))
I came in 7th in the category(W40), some 30% after the winner. There were 12 finishers.
Overall I came in 12th of 23 finishers, some 30 % after the winner.
Full results here:
The Garmin logfile can be found at:
Video from the race:
Thueringenultra 2010 from Mayk Hirschfeld on Vimeo.
Average heart rate: 135(173).
-Water: I had lots of water. I would estimate about 10l. I had three peing breaks and two other breaks due to natures call.
-Energy: I used the arranger's supplies with Iso-drink and Coca Cola. i had an intake of 2l of each. In addition I had two bananas and some salty biscuits.
-Total energy intake: ..later..
-Clothes: I ran in short tights and a singlet. They're both from GORE and were excellent as always.
-Shoes: Montrail Masochist. Just wonderful! Doesn't like to much asphalt pavement, but wonderful on the tracks and gravel roads.
-GPS-watch, GF 205: The watch let me know after 11h 45 m that battery was low, but I decided to let it run without bothering to follow instructions on the watch to "enter". The whole race was logged.
-Heart rate watch, Polar S725X: Values were pretty narrowed. I guess the battery capacity is low on the heart-rate monitor. Not representative at all.
It is vital to have a strategy in advance. It is also extremely important to break the race into bits. I consentrated on moving from one check point to the next, from one aid-station to the next and from 1 km to the next. All along I was trying to keep as relaxed as possible, consentraiting on maintaining a good technique. I'd experienced a tension in my elbows during Kristins Runde and this time I let my arms hang straight down in a relaxed manner during parts of the descends. It worked out well. I didnt' experience any similar problems. It was a pretty though race with all the ascends and descends, but I was never in doubt on wether I should finish or not. The question was before or after the targeted finish time. I was truly happy right after crossing the finish line. I haven't felt like that since Kristins Runde. It's worth running just to get that feeling again!
In addition I get a feeling of true pleasure when running through such beautiful terrain as this course was. I know I'm having a great time when time and space just disappears and I'm just being present right there, running. There is no better time in life than that!