Next weekend (Sunday 11th) my buddy Thomas and I are entered in the Mt Macedon 50km trail run organised by TrailsPlus: http://www.trailsplus.com.au/macedon/ . For both of us this will be our first official ultra-marathon.
With that in mind I headed up to Macedon this morning for one last recce of the course. I was intending to explore the bottom 20km on the southern side of the mountain, as this is the section of the course that I am least familiar with. It also represents the final 20km of the race (30km – 50km). The last 2.5km sees an elevation gain of approximately 500m. Nice! That’s bound to be a fun finish next weekend.
So, after 3+ hrs of exploring some new trails, with plenty of missed turns (the course is not yet marked) and a few kms of backtracking, what did I find?
A packed car park:
A downhill trail I could barely see:
What goes down, must go up:
Steps under the railway line:
Wrong way. Go back:
Another tunnel as I turn and head back towards the summit:
With weather conditions being what they were (cold, wet) there was hardly anybody on the trails…so plenty of alone time in which to explore.
It will be a much different scene next weekend, with competitors tackling 10km, 30km and 50km events. I’m looking forward to seeing how the body holds up.
I’ll leave you with a scary thought:
In 5 months time we’re going to need to average 40+km a day.
For 6 days. In the desert. At altitude.