The ONER recce
Mar 17 2014
What went right?
The weather was great
My coach was awesome
My support crew were brilliant
I ate / drank more than I normally do during endurance events
What went wrong?
Lack of speed
Tendonitis in my knees during training stopped
my speed sessions, so I was running too slowly from the start. With this
sort of event, you need to have the balance of pacing yourself BUT also
having some time in the bank to allow essential refuelling, sorting
feet etc at CPs and also navigation errors.
Which leads onto the next
problem... navigation! We definitely had a few issues. Portland in the
dark is known for being tricky on the ONER and we got lost twice! The
first time, I realised very quickly and we retraced our steps. The second
time, I had lost the plot due to lack of calories and tiredness. We
took a wrong turn and went in a circle! Not good for moral.
the point I knew it was over (although it wasn't a complete shock obviously!)
My coach / crew did a great job though (especially Dom) of getting me
back on my feet and running again (well...shuffling!) and I got to CP
6. Here I drained the blisters under my toenails here and got out my
walking poles. I had decided that although I couldn't run I was going
to continue the best I could. Mentally I was quite happy at this point!
We got to the end of Weymouth, where the coast path starts again and
I had to make the call. In my heart I wanted to keep going, but my head
told me enough was enough.
I was and still am gutted. Yesterday I was
going to give up completely. 'This event is just too hard for me' I
thought. This morning I woke up and wondered when my legs / knees /
toes would allow me to try again.
Dogged determination or just plain
daft? Not sure which, but I will do this.