That Coast to Kosci race was some learning experience! 39 hardy souls gathered at Boydtown Beach as a beautiful dawn was breaking. At 5:30 am we were off. The first 100 kms seemed to sail by. It's quite a surreal feeling to knock off a couple of marathons without really thinking about it. Then it was on to unknown territory where my ultra marathon inexperience began to show. My fantastic support crew Kate Rowe and Matt Webster did their utmost to keep me fed and watered properly but I found it hard to take in the right amount of sustenance. I ran through the night with nausea and stomach cramps, plus some micro sleeps on my feet. I didn't know that was possible for humans. I arrived at Dalgety around 5:45
am, the first major checkpoint at 148 kms. A bit of a laydown and a foot massage from Matt and I got going again, along with a few other weary stragglers. However the nausea continued and I could not eat. Matt and Kate took turns to walk with me and at the 100 mile mark, around 162 kms, we decided that a graceful withdrawal was the best option. 31 runners finished the race in pretty appalling weather conditions with sub zero temperatures and strong gusts up and down Mt. Kosci. The winner Jo Blake finished in 28:52 and the last man Seow Kong Ng arrived after 45:49, just 10 minutes within the time limit.
It is a humbling experience to DNF. However, the best lessons in life are often learned when we don't succeed at first. Adequate nutrition during ultra marathons is a big key to success and cannot be ignored. The positive points of the race were the incredible camaraderie of runners and support crew along the route. I cannot thank Kate and Matt enough for their help in getting me to 100 miles. I'll be back next year to do the full race along with some of the other DNF'rs, all of us hopefully wiser and stronger."
Here are a few photos of me along the route. There is probably no need for me to explain how I was feeling!