Three things that stopped me DNF at last years race
Well, it is that time of year again.
The mass migration of trail runners and supporters are heading up to Bright in Victoria for the annual Buffalo Stampede and we will be there.
It is always a good time to reflect on the past year’s race to get yourself ready for this one and for me last years race was tough.
I was training for the North Face 100 in May but had taken a week off to go to Byron Bay Bluesfest music festival.
As you can imagine that week was not all hill repeats and tempo sessions unless you count going back and forth to the bar between bands!
I was reasonably fit and had pretty much been training 6 days a week since January.
But on race day I struggled, in fact, it was the closest I have ever been to DNF.
Anyone that has struggled through a race and contemplated pulling out would agree with me.
It’s not a good place to be.
I remember it clear as day.
I had just passed the aid station at Eurobond Creek around 24 km in and was about to face “The Big Walk” which is 10km with an elevation of 1126m.
I made a big mistake, I tried something that I had not tried on a run before
I had a big old cup of coca cola.
Sounds simple but for whatever reason, It totally threw me.
I think I had too much sugar in my system and combined with starting the 10km Big walk my body nearly shut down.
I went cold, the legs got heavy and let just say I was having a shocking time.
People were catching me, passing me and each step was harder and harder to take.
I was saying to myself
I was having a mental battle with myself and no one was winning.
And then I stopped, completely.
I never stop. I always try to keep moving no matter what.
And then I sat down.
It must have been for 10 seconds but at that moment in time, I was not sure if I was going to be able to get up again.
It is a horrible moment when you really feel like you can’t go on.
And then three things happened to me that changed everything
- I played a song I really liked – it was Ed Sheeran’s Blood Stream
- I smiled
- And I met Matt Grills
Having the distraction of the music took my mind off the suffering.
It allowed me to focus on something else and with that, I started to feel more confident.
I stopped looking down and started to look up at the beautiful scenery.
Soon after that I heard a voice,
Matt was competing in the Grand slam – which is taking on all three events over the weekend.
26.9km on a Friday
75.4km on a Saturday
and finish of with the marathon on Sunday.
That is a total of 144km and a huge 9329m of elevation.
Perspective is a wonderful thing and just realising what I was trying to achieve compared to Matt really inspired me to dig deep.
And I did and I got through it and finished strong and with it a huge sense of satisfaction and pride that I didn’t give up.
What does this mean to you?
You are your worst enemy sometimes on the long trails but you can achieve a huge amount if you just believe in yourself.
The power of the mind is just as important as a strong body.
So remember that if you are ever struggling take a moment to tell yourself:
I am lucky to be able to do this
(Nikki Wynd told me this)
I can do this
Because let’s face it we all enter these races to enjoy the challenge, meet like-minded people and run in beautiful environments.
I am ready for this weekends race and no matter what happens
Great things can be achieved by believing it’s possible?
So all the best to everyone competing, I hope to meet many of you throughout the weekend.
And no matter which race, run or event you are entered into believe in yourself and amazing things will happen.
You can Follow our journey and the sights and sounds of the Buffalo Stampede 2016 via our Facebook page.
It should be an amazing weekend!