Since the last Dirtopia event 2 weeks ago, I managed to picked up cold and was unable to run for more than a week! I was getting serious FOMO seeing my Strava and with a couple of events still coming up this month I was not impressed about getting sick so I had to get better quickly! Thank goodness I recovered just in time for the Dirtopia Wine Adventure Trail Run at Warwick Wine Estate!
With the Bastille Trail Run coming up next weekend, I was in two minds about which distance to do, the 10km or the 15km. Going back on my previous runs at Warwick, I was very surprised to see I have never done the 15km. So of course I had to do the 15km! Missing out on running for about 2 weeks I only had about 10km under the belt which was not ideal for the fitness but none the less I was hoping to do a sub 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Anyhoo, the weather for Sunday was going to be a pleasant one, in the low 20s, and I was considering taking my Camelbak. The previous few races I have done I have not needed to take it as it was not hot, so I did not have to stay that hydrated with sufficient water points on the way. So I opted to not take my Camelbak and boy did I wish I did. It was not a typical winter morning as there was a warmth in the air and the not a cloud or breeze.
Got there as registrations opened up and picked up my race number and just chilled around watching people and listening in on conversations. I was solo and actually for once, did not know anyone who was running on the day. Pre race selfies seems to be my thing now before the start. 😀
And we were off, first few kms I felt strong and then I think the pilates class from Thursday kicked in. Yes, my gluts and hammies were feeling it on the hills! Not ideal! I could not force it as at times as it felt like it was going to pop! Being behind some slow runners helped a bit, but was a tad frustrating because I could not push like I wanted to. At the 5km water station I gulped powerade and water. There was even some wine which I most definitely avoided!
After the water point the hills started. The switchback kinda always gets me because of the very steep part just before it! No personal record on the switchback, missed it by about 17 seconds. Next time! After this section is one of my favourite parts. The long very fast downhill! For once I could motor down it with no one in front of me, well except for the first 200 meters I got stuck behind someone but managed to get past, but after that it was free gliding for about 2.5km.
The next water point was around 10km and this was definitely needed! I was so thirsty and needed to hydrate! What a nob to not bring the Camelbak! Anyways, after the water point another little hill but pushed through on that one and it was pretty free flowing for about 2km and then for some reason I just lost the energy on this long and slow incline hill of about 1km. I walked much of it to my annoyance. At least I knew after this it was literally downhill to the finish. About 1km to go I caught up to the 10km and 5km people and it was not ideal to hit them in the single track just before the finish!!! The last 400m I at least got passed them and managed to pick up the pace and actually get over the line under the time I set myself. woohoo! It was tougher than I though it was going to be. I really enjoy Warwick with the challenge it brings and it only makes me a stronger runner! At least I can see from the times I am slowly but surely closing the gap on the front runners 😉
This week I want to take it easy for the big 25km at Bastille on Saturday which is going to be a big tough challenge! I need all the energy my legs can muster! Here is to hoping the weather plays nicely as well!