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Comrades Ultra Marathon

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The Comrades is arguably the greatest ultra marathon in the world with athletes coming from all over the globe to combine muscle and mental strength to conquer the 56 miles (89km) between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in South Africa. The Comrades is steeped in tradition and it will be a privilege to compete in this great event on 30th May 2010. The first Comrades Marathon took place in 1921 and has continued every year since then with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up & down runs. Fortunately 2010 is a down year, however the race still poses a truly daunting physical and mental challenge. 


> The Hills
> Physical Endurance 
> Nutrition 



Provided I make it to the start line in time Comrades will provide a fitting endurance challenge to conclude an epic triathlon.






The Hills

Despite it being a ‘down’ year there are still a surprising number of exceptionally tough and equally challenging hills to climb. One thing is for sure the terrain will be very uneven and energy sapping to fatigued legs.

Physical Endurance
I am quite a competent runner, however, the furthest I have ever run was the Berlin Marathon 2008 in 2 hours 45min. I felt like I’d been mauled by a lion after Berlin so no doubt I’m going to feel like I’ve been battered by the " Big 5" if I complete the Comrades. Eight months' cycling through rugged terrain should help to establish some good baseline fitness and I will attempt to do some limited training en route, while days spent pushing my bike through sand and running from rabid dogs will no doubt help build the right muscles. One of the biggest challenges will be cumulative fatigue following over 19,000km of cycling. I therefore hope to arrive in time to get some much needed rest and carbo-loading in before the race.  

It is hard to gauge how long it will take to run the 89km but I would hope to complete the course in under 10 hours. Exercising for that length of time will burn an unbelievable number of calories and therefore getting my nutritional intake right to avoid running out of steam or cramping will be essential. Regular Powerade and biltong stops should help and a pre-race malt loaf will keep me going for an hour or two to start with. 


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