I'll cut to the chase. This was a fantastic experience.
There is a strong urge to write until my fingers bleed, I have so much to regurgitate.
However, a short summary and leave some details on training, nutrition, pacing, teamwork, event organisers, event support staff, navigation, prep, self management, positive affirmation, recovery, planning, hydration, foot management, tapering and fundamentals of a great support crew.... for later.
The session was made easier with the help of 2 amazing people. Jayne, my better half, and during this venture CEO all things support. Martin, a good friend and 6 time finisher of Comrades, and excited pacer for the session.
The schedule was to complete under 24 hours. Review efforts after 25 and 50 miles, at which point a more accurate time can be driven. By mile 70, sub 22 was realistic. The section after Detling, (you did it? then you know) challenged that ambition, heavily, though once clear the pace came back up and the averages steadily drawn down.
It is one lazy mule.
Compared to The Oner this session has it's moments, not least because there are 21 extra miles to endure. The road sections allow for good pace, at the same time a contrast from hard to soft will, and did, take it's toll on the joints and feet. Changing weather conditions turned up the attention to remaining hydrated, vented, warm and, underfoot the tinge of heaviness being soaked up from the thin layer of mud.
There was a quietness about all of the folk I swapped places with. A level of focus being applied. No one allowing themselves to get too distracted from managing their day successfully.
3 practices that helped to do what I set out to do.
* positive self chat throughout.
Always CAN, WILL, WANT
* taking the correct amount of time at the agreed stopping points that set up the next leg. The key was to know which ones I was going to stop before the race started and why I was stopping.
* when walking, MARCH! Helping the strong flow and surprisingly quick when done correctly. With vigour, purpose and easier to break back into the run. Being a former Royal Marine helps. The distant memory of hearing the "1,2,3,foooouuuurrrrr" stirs a briskness of step that Martin found by his own admission quite impressive and disturbing at the same time.
Thanks to Centurion for a very well organised day.
Completing 100 in a oner in one day.
Now it's experienced I can turn my attention to answering the question..... why?
Then, where the answer leads me will be what happens next.
Best in training