I tried so hard to pull all my energy together - down to the last drop! The Spartan Ultra really tested everything I have: my endurance, my spirit, my faith, my strength, and my patience..
So often my mind played tricks on me and got me thinking 🤔 “What on earth am I doing? seems like this is just never ending torture.”
I think what endurance sports teach me is to stay dedicated, stay focused and also to understand I am going to have ups and downs, but I need to keep running right through them..
Without patience I will never conquer endurance. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but to the one who endures, the final victory comes: belief in my ability to endure adversity!
My favourite part at the Spartan Ultra was that I was able to run half of the course with Panji, the captain of the Indonesian Spartans team. I really didn’t expect that to happen as he is a far more experienced and fitter Spartan racer than I am.
He knew what he was doing. During the first loop of the race, he saved up a lot of his energy....then pushed his speed....sped up on the second. With his skill and experience, he was able to manage his energy incredibly well with both loops. Being with him for that long in the race, I somehow picked up his strategy. As Benjamin Franklin used to say: “Tell me, and I’ll forget, show me, and I may remember, involve me and I will learn.”
The Spartan Ultra course is divided into two sections. The first loop is 29km with 38 obstacles, while the second loop is 21km with 36 obstacles.
In between there is a transition area. In this area we have access to our drop off bag where we put all our extra gear and refill fuels for the second loop. I managed to change my shoes from Inov8 x-talon ultra to vjsport xtrm for the second loop as well as top up my energy gels, water bladder and solid food. I spent less than 15 minutes in this area..
Panji and I both left the transition area together at 6 hours 23 minutes 05 seconds. I was quite amazed with myself to be able to do that, knowing that I still had plenty of reserve cut-out time for the transition area..
The above video was taken at the beginning of the second loop, very soon after we checked out the transition area. Immediately after I did the ‘Hercules Hoist’ obstacle, Panji broke away like a flash of light. Nothing left of him but a vapour trail.
These shoes have been amazing, highly recommend these for ocr or technical trail running.
I purchased these just over 2.5 years ago from @murphy_matty when I was training for OCR worlds in Canada, since then they have done 3km15km in Canada, 2x 24 hr enduros 44km and 130km each, buffalo stampede 42km, 3x ultra beasts in Bright, numerous Spartan and ocr races and training in between. The grip is still excellent and considering the amount of kms over that time the tread is still reasonably good.
Thinking it is time to retire them to #obstacool duties and get another pair.
1 1912:48 AM Nov 24, 2018
Last weekend @spartanraceau brought back a spark in me that has been missing for a fair few months, spent a great Saturday arvo doing a fun sprint lap with @davidstead_hwpo and @jado.naylor just moving the legs over before the ultra on Sunday.
The plan was to run the ultra with @scottymcd71, unfortunately things didnt go to plan and scotty had to withdraw due to injury. I continued on and caught up with @vanders_7 and ran the rest of the first till we got through to the first cut off in transition we continued on till being cut at the tyre drag. This was my first dnf and I am more than ok with it as it was so great to see others pushing themselves further than they have before.
Another highlight was seeing my gorgeous girlfriend @dentlinda volunteering and being soo happy and encouraging everyone at the top of mystic.
Well done to those who toed the line to start the ultra and wether you finished or not be proud of what you achieved.
Big plans for the coming year 💪💪
#vipt, #moxiegear, #vjsport
#Ocrec standard course 2018
Målet va å komma i målet med båndet i behold . Å med så mange teknisk krevende hinder så skulle detta bli spennande og tøfft .. Eg måtte ha 2 forsøk på noen hinder men kom meg gjennom med armbåndet inntakt , å oppløpssiden med dei 3 siste hinderne fikk eg skikkelige kramper i beina og måtte sette meg ned å massere leggene ett par minutter før eg kunne fortsette .
Kom inn på 46 plass av eliten som eg e svært happy med .. Må sei eg e mest imponert av @elishern som såg ut som hun lekte seg gjennom hinderne og kom seg fram til det 5siste hinderet før hun mistet båndet .. det var det ikke mange damer som klarte idag !! #respekt 😊
@catorangen kom inn noe bak meg på en svært bra 59 ende plass :)
Vi var 7 stk som representerte #thebeastocrteam idag som gjorde en kjempejobb idag :) #ocr#thebeastocr#ocrnorway#havis#macronhaugesund#macron#sportsmanden#achieversmst#vjsport#vjsportnorge
One of my goals this year was to finish in the top 10 of the @spartanraceau National Series 40-49 Age Group.
It really pays to pay attention to the tables...I just found that with one race to go, I sit in 8th position! 🎉💪😀
I unfortunately won’t be attending the final series Super race next week as we’ve just had a new baby, but, making the top 10 is a huge success and a building block for the the future. Not bad for my first competitive year. Who knows what 2019 will bring!
And 2018 isn’t quite over with the #Melbourne Urban Sprint in December. 👍👌
CONOCES LAS VJSPORT IROCK2? Llegadas de Finlandia, con F de furia para morder barro y rocas con tacos de 7mm. Campeonas del mundo Skyextreme con Jonathan Albon. Échales un ojo aquí y si quieres más googlea “Irock2 Mayayo” Bicharracos son.... #carrerasdemontaña#vjsport#irock2#mayayo
Scafell Skyrace was «only» 40 km with roughly 3000 meters of ascent; the unrelenting terrain made for a surprisingly tough course (don’t let this photo fool you - the #lakedistrict is a lot less grassy)! Scrapped my usual fuel plan the evening before the race and replaced it with #mountainfuel due to a rather convincing salesman 😬 Turns out their stuff actually works pretty good 😉 •••
Tidigare i år fick jag bursit i hälen två gånger. Kom på att det berodde på mina VJ Sport Sarva D'vil 3 som har ett stenhårt hälparti. Inte bra! Särskilt inte eftersom skorna annars är grymma. Hade läst om precis detta i Rune Larssons Löparglädje och beslutade mig för att operera mina skor. Nu har jag fixat det, operationen gick bra! 👍 Kullamannen nästa.. 🏃 #vjsport#jagspringer#isgöta#kullamannen
2 337:38 PM Oct 25, 2018
Picking some controls... It's quite a luxury to have good map, terrain and course, flags, gps tracking and photographer @jaripetteri78 in morning trainings! #vjsport#tsua
1 2078:52 AM Sep 25, 2018
”What VJ Sport have done, in my opinion, they have created the most perfect mountain running shoe for when the trails are demanding, rocky and throwing all sorts of variables at the runner.” That was surely our goal but wow what a words from @iancorlessphotography ! 🙀Read the comprehensive review of VJ XTRM and the arguments at Ian’s website (link in bio) #thebestgripontheplanet#vjsport#vjxtrm
8 19311:51 AM Aug 29, 2018
Det här gänget! Shit va härligt ❤️ 9km trail innehållande sjukt hög puls, skratt och endel dribblande över om @myfirstironwoman reflexjacka och min pannlampa (@ledxofsweden) är världens sämsta match 😂 Ingen ser något liksom. Tack för burpiees på toppen, just då ville jag dö men det är väl precis den känslan som utmanar mig och gör mig starkare?! Ser framemot nästa gång, undra va vi får för dödsuppgift då 🤘🏼
4 506:58 AM Oct 26, 2018
Precis här börjar alla mina slingor upp i Änggårdsbergen. Sagan-om-ringen-slingan, Dödsslingan, Blandslingan och min absoluta favorit Zombieslingan. Ge mig sovmorgon, kaffe och förmiddagspass och jag blir stark som en bergsget. Idag var en sån dag. Minns faktiskt inte när jag känt mig så stark och snabb sist, 6 år sen? Den känslan överträffar ALLT. Med detta sagt så var det inte lätt. Men styrkan när man känner att man kan pressa sig och kroppen svarar, ja behöver jag vidareutveckla? Personbästa på Zombieslingan var innan idag 46:10. Nytt rekord lyder 43:40. Ha en fortsatt fin söndag. #änggårdsbergen#zombieslingan#powerwoman_official#vjsport#irock