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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... 2017--7hrs 3min?
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; >
21/10/2018 Rottnest Half 2hr 03 min
16/09/2018 Fremantle Half 1hr 58min
04/07/2018 Truth 25km 3hrs 11min 55 (PTS)
24/06/2018 Eagle 22km 2hrxx(59min officially, but 43min on my watch as started late)
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 K into the world May 2015 A.D.!

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter J into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son J 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...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bloated Goat 5 hours 43minutes of amazing Wungong Gorge trail moments (mission accomplished)

Magnificent photos by Dennis Tan from Paparazzi on the Run.
Pre-race hydration pack. Jamming 2 Gatorades and a powerade and 2L of water into my pack along with Chomps and a few Gels and other things. Carried another powerade as a handheld, so in all took 2.4L of sports drinks and 2L of water with me and refilled the water at the 16km aid station, so drank at least 5L of drinks during this race, and it wasn't really enough during the 5 hours and 43minutes...
 I knew it was going to be a long tough morning on the trails with warm temperatures ahead. One of my training buddies and fellow UTA aspirants looks on.

Bloated goat the first 4 hours 56min couple of K's from the finish the stravadata
Got through first 16km cutoff in about 2.23-2.25. At this point I was racing strongly but still had a bit to play with
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Going for my first Gatorade and second sports drink at aidstation 16km into the race after 2 hours 25minutes. Was 5min under the cutoff at this stage and the heatwave had not kicked into high gear yet. Also refilled my 2L of water here (wise move for the next 3 hours), and drank a complimentary bottle of Upbeat beetroot juice. jettisoned 2 of my sports drinks bottles into the bin provided. Quick pitstop as I knew it was going to be a tough mission ahead.

. Seemed warm weather from the very start... Had lots of strategies in place to deal with heat including frozen necktie, 2 powerades, and 2 gatorades. Rode Lijn and NE ridge were as tough as ever, but found some momentum on the valley floor, and also near the foot baths in Bungedore Park, although surprised by a short but steep climb in the North east sector.

 These three photos at the top of a climb about 10km in at the beginning of the footbaths, taken by Ben O.

My phone started playing Jupiter VI song "Running" by itself in that area which helped.

 The descent down to Aid Station one was hard as usual especially with my shoes having very little tread left now, my ankle issues to beware of (twisted both of them about 4 times all up during the race, but nothing serious this time...)... and also the fact that the incline of this descent (Powerline to brook segment) is too steep for me with my high centre of gravity to descend quickly on... That turned my aid station 1 split from a comfortable 215-2.20 into a "a bit close for comfort" 2.23-2.25, but still well under the pre-race cutoff of 2.30, so happy days, although maybe got a bit slack at times in Bungedore Park.

The climb up from the creek is always a challenging one for me, and today was no exception. No sign of the snake, and descending lower Mojo was a surprise for me. Running with Mark from Rode Lijn to NE Ridge, and then at 11km JC started to work past me, and pretty much the same people from there onwards. Met one of the Rogue runner blokes. Fantastic to see familiar faces marshalling like Ben H and Ben O. By the time I got to Woodstock singletrack my legs were tired and not interested in attacking. But I passed 2 blokes at the top of that one, and I saw one of my training friends at the bottom of Woodstock so I expected she might catch me soon. At the top of Mojo I tried to get running again. Used Chomps from about 79minutes onwards at regular intervals, and drank my Powerades. Scored an Upbeat drink at the aid station, and a water refill which was very very precious later in the race. I was trying to average under 10-11min per K, after going after 7-9min per K in the first 15km or so... The tricky descent and then steep climb on west side of gorge was challenging. Again saw a glimpse of J's blue hat at the bottom of this one, but continued dueling with the same group of 4 or 5 runners that I did for most of the last 15km of the race. No zip, but still running the flats and walking the hills well, and even running some of the descents...

My motto/theme song  of  "walk the hills, run the flats" which I used at six foot track many a time, and learned from someone else I forget who now, was in full swing about 4 hours into the race on the big switchback ascent and descent.
 These two photos taken by Alan.

Body core temperature started to become a problem about 25km-27km, with lots of direct sunlight sections (about 32 degrees in the shade but about 36-40 degrees in the direct sunlight). Ascents getting really hard to deal with physically and mentally. Realised I was going to struggle to finish under 5 hours 30min but still in with a chance. Garmin started shutting down, running out of battery life as per usual, and it completely died at 27.9km, which was also about the time my body started refusing to take in Gels and burping them up... I stopped the chomps about 24km in... Gatorade burp, and feeling the heat a lot... Water still going in ok, although by 5 hours I was struggling even to absorb water. I was getting pretty dehydrated and overheated. Just wanted to get to the end. Tank Climb with 2km to go a bit demoralising, but I stuck to the task and got through it. Hundreds of Monarch butterflies out there including some mating. Ice from the back of Ben O's Ute, and a spray from BB's spraygun helped, and I resisted the temptation to detour to the creek (which would have blown out my time too much) ... Dug deep about 20 times in the race to stick with it, and it felt like a cross between Six Foot Track and 6 inch on a hot day... Urine colour after this run was dark orange/brown so is that pretty dehydrated!? especially considering my fluid intake was high throughout... Thanks God, my wife, and all the wonderful trail running people for such an incredible experience. If I am to do this one again I would prefer to be 69kg next time or at least have cooler weather and shoes with better tread. Amazing day.
Probably wasted a lot of time in various sections, but didn't anticipate how shattered I would be towards the end. Was fairly confident of maybe going under 5 hours in first 20km, but lots to learn from this race. Overall I think I had a good hard go at it. Excellent training for UTA although a painful strugglefest towards the end.

The march to the finish

The final march to the end, with no garmin option available. Actually I think I have miscalculated should be 46min... makes little difference... Surprised the worn out old garmin 10 survived for 4 hours 56min thats almost the maximum 5 hours. Must have charged it real good the night before. Surprised I lasted 5 hours and 43min in those conditions on that course without serious injury or giving in... pleased with my effort in this one... dug deep about 20 times at least to stay with it.... persistence pays off, and probably tapered much better for this race than I did for Melbourne Marathon, and probably needed to...especially as I only made it with 1min and 59 seconds to spare with the revised extra 15min heat policy cutoff extended to 5.45... So in the end MISSION ACCOMPLISHED just....


Blogger Ewen said...

Good to see you have the blog up and running again Jonathon. Also good to bump into you in Melbourne - I thought you were looking very fit. A shame it didn't all come together on the day, but you gave it a good shot. Looking forward to seeing how you go in 2016. May see you at the GC next year, if not, Melbourne again. Love Melbourne!

Tue Dec 08, 01:13:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Cheers... Melbourne has been my favourite race for best part of a decade and I still like it a lot. GC is nice also, and its an awesome location, but for racing Melbourne has always been the best. Good to cross paths again at the Tan, if I wasn't retracing my steps to the start line I might have come round the Tan with you two legends...

Sun Dec 27, 10:58:00 pm AWST  

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