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Jonathon's Racing Attacks and Adventure Packs!

Amazing racing and training adventures on roads and mountainous/hilly TRAILS, freewaybikehike and triathlons. Dreams of a SIX FOOT 45km finish,(DONE 2011,2013,2014,2015!),then ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA (50km DONE 2016! 100km DONE 2018!!!), memorable Melbourne Marathon and Gold Coast racing. Over a decade dreaming of a SUB 3HR MARATHON, sub 18min 5k, sub 38min 10k, sub 90min Half marathon etc...(shattered? or still realistic?)

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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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42.2km SB; 2004; 3.55 2005; 4.02 2006; 4.18 2007; 4.10 2008; 3.55
2009; 4.11 2010; 4.05 2011; 4.02 2012;3.49 2013; 4.12 ... 2014; ; 4.08 ...2015; 4.00
2016; 4.11 2018; 4.15
More ongoing GOALS;
***PB's pursuit; 5k 21.49, 10k 41.01 21.1k 1.41, ...42.2k 3.49

MM and the G!...

In recent years I have been enjoying races like;
December; 6-INCH(46km offroad)2005;--6 hrs 25 min...
2006; 7hrs 04 min 2008; 7hrs 00min...2009; 6hrs 16min
...2010:--5hrs 49min..2011:---5hrs 30min..2013---7 hrs 24min... 2014--- 7 hrs 06min 2015--6hours 43min ...2016---6hours 41min
October; Melbourne Marathon 2007; 4hr 10 . 2008 DNF at 23km..
2009 4hrs 11. 2010 4hrs 05min...2011;4hrs 02min...photos
2012; 3hrs 49min 52secs PB!... ..2013; 4.12 2014; 4.08 2015; 4.05... 2016; 4.53
Rottnest Marathon 2004; 4hr 32min ... 2013; 4hr 16min
August; City to Surf most years since 1997 see HERE for details,photos.
PERTH C2S PB's; 4K;17min 25 (2002) 12K;52min 52 (1997)
21.1K;1.54.20 (2007) 42.2K; 4.00.20 (2015) (2010 video)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11
PERTH Marathon(42.2km)
2004; 3hrs55min
2005;--4 hrs 02 min. 2006; 4hrs 18min 2007;4hrs 33
2008; 3hrs 55 2009; 4hrs 41min 2010; 4hrs 30min
2011; 4hrs 12min 2012; 4hrs 6min 2013; 4hrs 19min 2014 4hrs 48min 2018 4hrs 15min
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15
April;TWO DECADES of Bridges racing; 1997; 43min 43 1998; 41min 01
1999; 47min 29 2000; 46min 47 2001; (5km) 30min 01 2002; (5km) 22min 48
2003; 42min 40 2004; 48min 50 2005; 44min 40 2006; 48min 07 2007; 49min 16
2008; 50min 42 2009; 49min 54 2010; 48min 39 2011; 52min 55 2012; 47min 02 2013; 54min 45 2014; 48min 47 2015; 49min 53 2016 52min 20
March;6 Foot Track 45km;
2011; 6.53 2013; 6.54 2014; 6.47
2015; 6.14!!! 2016 DNF

As of June 2018; 31 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x6 Gold Coast x2 Rottnest x2
Have also finished 19 trail ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 11 times, six foot 45km ultra 4 times, Ultra Trail Australia ultras 2 times, Truth 50km ultra once within cutoff (and once outside cutoff), Lark Hill 50km ultra once.
Also completed the Bloated Goat 31km (1500m Vertical gain) 2 times which is similiar effort to a 46km ultra.
DNFs in UTA100km, WTF50miler, WAMC40miler race, Truth 50km, Six foot and 6 inch.
The first 3 DNFs were after covering more than 42km, and with Truth one was a 25km DNF and the first one I finished the full 50km but was 19minutes outside cutoff battling an ankle injury for 36km.
In road marathons 2 DNFs one at 23km in the 2008 Melbourne Marathon due to severe ankle injury in the first 1km, and PC2S @ 30km.

Most races since October 2009; >
17/06/2018 Perth Marathon 4hrs 15min
19/05/2018 Ultra-Trail Australia 100km 24hrs 33min 15secs 913th of 964 finishers
218 withdrawals
03/03/2018 Lark Hill 50km
17/12/2017 6 inch 48km 7hrs
06/08/2017 Truth 50km 8hrs 22min 59
16/07/2017 Jolly Jumbuck 21km 2hr 54min (94th of 129)
02/07/2017 King of the Mountain 16km 1hr 41min
20/05/2017 Ultra-Trail AUSTRALIA 100km DNF (at 58km and 10hours 38min)
26/03/2017 Bloated Goat 30km 5hr 18min
18/12/2016 6 inch 48km 6hrs 41min
16/10/2016 Melbourne Marathon 4hours 53min
25/09/2016 WTF 50 miler DNF at 55km
14/08/2016 Truth 50km DNF at 25km
3/07/2016 Gold Coast Marathon 4.11
14/05/2016 Ultra Trail Australia 50km 9 hours 50min
3/4/2016 My 20th consecutive Bridges fun run 10km 52.20 (hammy strain)
12/3/2016 Six Foot Track DNF at 30km 5 hours.
---------------------- 20/12/2015 6 inch 47km 6 hours 43min
15/11/15 Bloated Goat 30km Trails race (1600m Vert) 5hrs 43min
18/10/15 Melbourne Marathon 4.05
13/09/15 Fremantle 10km 47min 22
30/08/15 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4 hours 00min 20 secs.
05/07/15 GCM 4.11
24/05/15 R4R Half Marathon 1hr 46min 13secs
12/04/15 Bridges 10km 49min 53secs.
04/04/15 Perth Trail Series Truth & Consequences 50km ULTRA 8hours 49min
14/03/15 Six Foot Track 45km 6hrs 14min 11secs Smashing PB!!! (32min)
21/12/14 6 inch Trail 47km 7hrs 06min 30secs
12/10/14 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 8min (8th fastest marathon in 25 finished)
14/09/14 Fremantle 10km 49min 26 (first K 3.47 5k split 23.02)
31/08/14 Perth City to Surf 42.2k 4hrs 34min
06/07/14 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.49
15/06/14 Perth Marathon 4.48
01/06/14 Elleker Half Marathon 1.59.
21/04/14 40 miler DNF (28miles)
06/04/14 18th Bridges 10km 48min 47secs...since 1997
08/03/14 6 Foot Track 45km 6hrs 47min 02. (824th) A PB!!! :-)
09/02/14 Snakes and Ladders 15km 2.05
15/12/13 6 inch Trail Ultra 7.24
27/10/13 Rottnest Marathon 4.16.41
13/10/13 Melbourne Marathon 4.12.55
25/08/13 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4.13.28
11/08/13 Perth Half Marathon 1.54.05
28/07/13 Fremantle 10km 50.06 (very sick but first 1k in 3.55)
07/07/13 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.47.29

16/06/13 Perth Marathon 4hrs 19min 55secs
My 10th consecutive Perth Marathon...Click to see -> how I became a SPARTAN...

19/05/13 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 58min 26secs 310th of 495.
07/04/13 Bridges 10km 54min 45seconds.
09/03/13 6 Foot Track 45km 6 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. 740th of 804...blog post or ...photos! page.

24/02/13 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 37min 04 Placed 79th of 117 finishers.
09/02/13 Busselton Half Marathon 1hr 51min 58 secs 219th. full Busso results here
02/11/12 John Gilmour 10k track 47.17 ..see here
14/10/12 Melbourne Marathon 3hrs 49min 52secs ..(777.)
16/09/12 Fremantle 10km 47min 16
26/08/12 City to Surf Marathon 4hrs 42min 41 secs
15/07/12 Lake Joondalup 10km 47min 30.
01/07/12 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1hr 44min 49 secs. 1668th of 9035 finishers

17/06/12 Perth Marathon 4hrs 6min .. (post and photos here)
20/05/12 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 47min 01secs. (151st of 313 finishers)
15/05/12 Masters 5000m 21min 58secs
13/05/12 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 46min 45 secs. (76th of 240 finishers)
22/04/12 PTS Ellis Brook 21.8km trails race 3hrs 12min 28secs. 39th.
01/04/12 Bridges 10km 47min 02
25/03/12 17.3km (690m ascent) Swissmurdie trails race 2hrs 19min 17secs 54th of 60.
20/03/12 MastersWA 1500m in 5.56, 100m in 14.3, 400m in 76.4, 5000m in 23.33.
26/02/12 WAMC Swan Twilight 5km 24.32
26/02/12 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 44min 08 secs 70th of 102.
04/02/12 Busselton Half Marathon in 1hr 49min 31 secs.
18/12/11 6 inch 46km 5hrs 30min PB!
09/10/11 Melbourne Marathon in 4hours 02minutes 49secs...photos...

12/09/11 Fremantle 10km in 45minutes 50 secs.
7/8/11 Perth Half Marathon in 1hr 47min 46 secs.
17/7/11 Lake Joondalup 10km in 46min 33secs.
19/6/11 Perth Marathon in 4 hours 12min 54secs (351st of 547.)
12/6/11 Lake Monger 10km in 48min 09secs
22/5/11 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 51min 44secs 109th of 261 finishers
10/4/11 Bridges 10km 52min 55
12/3/11 6 foot 45km in 6hrs 53min 07 secs...819th...of 877...33 DNF's...4 outside 7hr cutoffRace Report and race photosPre & post race photos,initial ELATION
Note; Completing 6 foot is a major goal achieved which I have had in mind since 2005!!!!!!!

4/3/11 3000m in 12min 40 (19th of 19 finishers)Momentum building a little,sub 13 done! :-)
18/2/11 5000m in 23min 31 (20th of 20 finishers...4 DNF's)..results
5/2/2011 21.1km Busselton Half in 1hr 51min 41 secs for 124th of 218 finishers.
19/12/10 46km 6 inch trails race in 5hr 49min (63rd of 79 finishers)
10/12/10 5000m in 22.43 18th of 18!
5/11/10 John Gilmour 10,000m in 47min 36. (23rd of 31)
10/10/10 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 5min...2895th of 5027 finishers...
12/9/10 Fremantle 10km in 46min 53...a big SB and my best time since 2005!
29/8/10; 42.2km in 4hrs 15min for 537th of 830 finishers...my 6th best of 12 M. finishes.
19/8/10; 5000m in 22min 06.0 secs (SB by 0.6 of a second, & Stan did a SB also that night)
22/7/10; 5000m in 22min 06.6 secs. (SB and 17secs off my track PB)
20/6/10 Perth Marathon in 4.30.
13/5/10; Masters 2000m 7.55 (first sub 8min run since 2005) & 5,000m 22.42
22/4/10; Masters 800m 2.46 & 5,000m 22.29!~(2nd best ever track 5,000m, track PB is 21.49,)
3/4/10; Australian Masters 35-39yrs; 4th in 1500m 5min 34secs. see here...
28/3/10; Bridges 10km in 48min 39secs. 388th of 1646
25/3/10; 300m in 47.6, 600m in 1.57.0 100m in 14.6
18/3/10; Masters 1500m in 6.03 & 10,000m in 49min 35
28/2/10; 4th place in 6 hour Track Race at Coker Park; 45.003km
6/2/10; Busselton 21.1km in 1hr 52min 50 secs
20/12/09;6 inch 46km 6hrs 16min
15/11/09; Peninsula 5km 22min 5225th of 73.
6/11/09; John Gilmour 10km 48min 39
11/10/09; Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 11 min 33 secs
4/10/09; Freo funrun 5km in 22min 53 secs
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2011; 5hrs 30min 6 inchPB!! 2012; 3hrs 49min PB(Melbourne Marathon)!!2014; 6hrs 47min PB! @ 6 foot!

The next big things racing wise maybe;

6 inch 46km
on 16th December @ 0430hrs, countdown (activated a few days before?) is;

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter Jordan into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son Jacob into the world in late July 2007 A.D.!
Our challenge is to be good parents with the Creator Gods help!

... 2004 ...2005 ...2006 ...2007... >...2008...2009...2010 ...2011... 2012.

but for the most important thing in life;
there is only 2 ways to live!...Bible Gateway...

Monday, October 11, 2010

calf strain but 4.05 salvaged in 3rd Melbourne marathon finish

10/10/10 A.D.; Ran the Melbourne marathon for the 4th consecutive year, this time in 4 hours 5 minutes...(22 seconds by my wristwatch). I'm seeing 4.05.21 on official results and 4.05.09 on Marathon-photos.com..(where I have a stack of photos 24 on facebook and some of those HERE)...Cool Running youtube videos appearing online too...I was 2895th of 5027 finishers. race records of 2.11 for men and 2.32 for Women (Ethiopian Seboka who also won the Perth City to Surf Marathon this year, I was standing behind her at the start in Perth I later realised).
-My fastest Melbourne Marathon so far.
-My 3rd finish on the MCG done!!! So mission accomplished there.
-My 4th fastest Marathon of 13 finished so far.
-My fastest Marathon time since July 2008.
-Still no PB since my first Marathon in July 2004.
-Another injury to manage/get healed.
-Well worth the trip, and my seasons best marathon time in 3 finished this year.
-Massive disappointment that I still havent beaten the 3.55, on a day I felt I was capable of 3.40 or better, and on a day I woke up with a resting heart rate of 35, which is my 2nd best resting heart rate so far since 1995.
-Bittersweet emotions. Most of my plans went well, I learned from my mistakes in previous years, and for sure I will be trying again next year if the body holds together, and the opportunity is there.
- A disappointing, frustrating time from 20km onwards but still very special and wonderful day.
Half splits; 1.46.35/2.18.47
5k splits; 22/25/25/26min for first 20km in 1hr 40min,
5k splits continued; 38!!/30/29/35= 2nd 20km in 2hours 12 minutes.
1k splits for first 5k in 22.40;
4.37 (long uphill in a very big crowd of runners following the 3hr pacer weaving through the masses of runners)
4.09 (following the 3.00 hr pace group as the space opened up on St Kilda Rd and the nice flat road encouraged the pacer to make up for lost time in the first K)
4.36 (After an 8.46 2km, I didn't really feel comfortable with that pace, so I figured I'd drop back to 4.30's)
4.50 (Probably relaxed a bit too much here.)
4.28 (Pushed the pace a little to make sure I came in under 23 minutes, and back into 4.30-4.45 sort of zone)
10k split of 48min.00 secs was ok, maybe a bit on the slow side, but still a solid start. From there until 20km I was just trying to stick around 4.45-5.15's and although I only managed about a 52min 10k so around 5.17 per K, I knew I was still very well positioned for an assualt on the PB, and was feeling very, very comfortable. A little disappointed that I couldn't hang onto the 3.10, 3.20 and 3.30 pace groups, but still feeling like I wasn't that far off that zone, and was thinking of targeting about 3.35-3.45 or something like that. When I lost the 3.40 group due to the calf, I knew my chances were very low of getting the PB, and it was hard to stay motivated.
The 14km splits master plan

14km splits; 68.08/88min/89min*. *-(for 14.2km of course)
-Plan was to get to first 14km in 60-70 minutes which I did with 2 minutes to spare, so ok, but not really good, due to leg weariness from work and too much walking around on Saturday, should have got a Taxi, then maybe would have held 4.20-4.45's for longer , so hitting 14k in 66minutes or better.
Plan was to get through second 14km in 65-80minutes, so getting a 28km split of 2.05-2.30. Was trying to step up the pace after slipping out to 5.15-5.30's in the second 10k (52.50) (as I struggled to get to my first gatorade at 16.5km), a bit to get back to 4.45-5.00's per K from about 19km onwards, when I hurt the calf just after 20km. Due to the calf problems, my 28km split was only 2.36, which was 6 minutes adrift of minimum target and and about 18 minutes off ideal target zone for a big PB.
Plan was to get through the last 14.2km in 75-85min, which I didn't due to ongoing calf issues, pace judgement errors, struggling to get to my last drinks stop (which ended up being at 36.5km rather than 35km as in race booklet!), and not enough general mental toughness. Could only manage 89 minutes, which meant I was just over 10 minutes shy of the PB at the finish.
So I think My first serious attempt to use the 14km splits plan worked well, and If I get the opportunity again I think that might be worth doing again. Interestingly my City to Surf Marathon 28km split was 2.38, so my last 14.2km (without as many big hills) was 8 minutes faster (Perth C2S time was 4.15) this time around, and my HALF split of 1.53 in the City to Surf was 7 minutes slower!, plus I felt a whole lot more comfortable and ready to attack in melbourne at the Half way mark...
More detailed race report of the last 22.2km
The right calf strain? (guessing thats what it was) hit at about 20km when I tried to up the intensity a bit in an effort to get to the halfway mark in under 1.46 and under 5 minutes per K. In response to the pain I tried changing my stride, I tried stretching the calf, i tried switching to racewalking, (although I knew my knees would probably pack up on me pretty quickly anyhow if I tried that caper too long...the runners around me thought I was doing a Jared Tallent (won the 20k walk in New Delhi again as did his wife Claire, and did 3.08 racewalking the melbourne marathon last year)photo of me attempting to do the old racewalking thing again coming soon...) I tried a walk break, but this annoying injury which I have never had before, just would not go away, so at 23km I went for an icepack at an aid station and icepacked it for 3 minutes. This seemed to help a bit, although I was still getting pain in it at every step, and that pain continued for pretty much every step from there until the finish, and the left hip seemed to lock up and feel very tight for about 20 minutes or so, as I tried to run more with my left leg instead of my right leg. So I kind of got used to it over the next 2 hours or so, and in the last hour general fatigue started to override it a bit.

Pushed past the 4 hour pace group for awhile and got to 28km in 2hrs 36min, only 6 minutes adrift of my original minimum pre-race target of 2.30, although nowhere near my ideal target of 2.18 or better. I knew that I needed to be at 28km in sub 2.20 to be a good chance of knocking off the PB. 2.30 would have been close enough if good enough, but 2.36 was asking a bit much. Still I entertained slim hopes of trying to get some sub 5min K's on the board, and in other ways I felt really good. However the calf wouldn't allow me to do more than about 5.20 per K, and I knew the PB hopes were over. 4-4.10 was my best chance...Then the 4 hour pace group flew past me on St Kilda Rd, as I was trying to hold onto 5.30-6.15's...Which I was doing...Still felt like 4.09ish was possible, and despite a real struggle to get to the last drinks station at 36.5km instead of 35km! up the hill next to the Tan, where I wolfed down my 3rd Gatorade and water, I knew the long downhill to the finish would see me under 4.10 as long as I held pace, and kept the calf under control. Used my weapon from days gone by of a flat cocacola at 39km, and passed a lot of people from here, and especially on the MCG (about 20). Finished feeling very good physically and went looking for an icepack for the calf.

Spent the rest of the day and evening limping around with a very sore calf...The medal we got was awesome and especially the ribbon thing attached to it. Headed for The Transport and caught up with heaps of wonderful Cool Runners. A good day!

So where to from here? John Gilmour 10k Track is soon, 6 inch 46km is fast approaching, and 2011 is fast approaching. Its hard to pick yourself up from the emotional turmoil and continue on sometimes. Now is one of those times for me. I guess Sally Pearson must have felt like that when she was stripped of her Gold medal in the 100m a few days ago at the Commonwealth Games, or Craig Mottram who possibly could have been on the podium again at the Commonwealth Games, but didn't get selected due to injury during the selection period. Or Slingrunner who was all primed for sub 3 in Melbourne and didn't even get to run, but still showed up to hang out with his fellow bloggers. etc etc etc. Thats why they say (to quote again from my brothers NBA basketball videos) in my best over the top melodramatic Don Lane type voice; "Injury!:An athletes worst nightmare". The other nagging doubt/question in my mind is;, has my body had enough, is it finally self-destructing under the weight of me trying to manage too many injuries and other stuff at once...But I always then think well if God wants me to keep going I'll keep going, otherwise I'll only have "secret racing" (thats an inside joke in BBC's mob) to look forward to, and no real racing, or worse have to become a cyclist, or a triathlete, (no offence but they are not my favourite sports for various reasons, not to mention the cost) or even a video/arcade-game player...I blew $16 on virtua-tennis arcade game at Melbourne Airport pretending I was Leighton Hewitt, Rafa Nadal and Tim Henman. Virtua Tennis 3 seems harder than the earlier versions I can't win the games anymore...Then there is family stuff money work all the usual challenges. The thing I hate about holidays the most is how little money you have when you come back...Anyhow onward and upwards I hope...


Blogger Ewen said...

Well done Jonathon. That was a good save - having to limp the second half with a calf strain. 1:46 was a very good first half - 3:40-45 looked to be there for the taking.

If you have a smooth lead-in next year there's a big PB available. Hope to see you there this time, although I'll be doing the half.

Mon. Oct. 11, 02:29:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Bernadette said...

I know 4.05 isn't what you wanted on the day, TB, but your conditioning is so much improved and it showed at Wungong and in Melbourne, as your best marathon performance in two years! Get that calf sorted before 6 Inch - there's lots of joy to be had there still :)

Tue. Oct. 12, 09:06:00 am AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks Ewen and Bernadette. Appreciate the comments. Maybe try again next year.
trying to get calf sorted for 6 inch and 6 foot.

Mon. Oct. 18, 05:02:00 am AWST  

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