Sunday, April 11, 2010

Too Hard, Too Fast...........

turns out going out hard and fast and trying to keep up with 20 year olds is not so smart. At the 12k mark I twisted an ankle but continued to run as we were in 2nd place at the time. We kept up the pace and were the 1st team into Checkpoint 1 of the Oxfam Trailwalker.

The effort took a toll and I only made it to Checkpoint 3 at a distance of 45km in 7 hours and 10 minutes before it was time to call it a day. The next leg was 19km long and it was time to finally check my ego. My knees and ankles were ok going up but hated the downs and the flat.

One of the young guys, Lee, was a mess as well so we both retired. The other two in my team continued on after being adopted by another team, Team Race4Max from Office Max in Christchurch. These were an awesome bunch of guys with a great support crew. Lee and I joined the supporters. So Kelly, Paul, Fiona and the retired Ammo team members met the guys at each Checkpoint until the finish at 11:44pm in downtown Taupo. The guys finished in 17:44 well inside our 18 hour goal.

Here are some pics of the day :-)

Team Ammo ready to hit the start line

On the trails

The views were great. Team Ammo and Run4Max combined :-)

The final leg on the lakefront

The boys just wanted a pie at the finish.
(L to R Cam, Lee and Leighton)
"You must always blow on the pie?" Kelly from Run4Max lays down the law to Leighton


Kelly said...

Awesome Guys!! you were a fantastic bunch, fitted in really well with them, We were glad you guys got to finish it......A memory that will stay with us always.....hope you guys are recovering well :)

Kelly :)

Manu said...

Aweomse blogg Matt... was cool to see some pictures. Run4Max runner - Manu

P.S those boys were legends, Leighton let me know if you want to crack the 15hour mark next year.. :-)

Manu said...

Awesome blogg Matt, was really good to see some pictures. Manu (Run4Max)
P.S let leighton know if he wants to do it in 15hours to look me up :-)

Manu said...

Awesome blogg Matt, was really good to see and a fluke I found it. Cool pictures to eh.
Manu - run4max

P.S let leighton know if he wants to do it in 15hours next year to look me up..

Matt said...

Thanks Manu. Paul T found it as well. I will let Leighton know, by this time next year he could well be posted down your way.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, sorry about the multiple blogss. I couldnt get the dam thing working, but it obviously did! - Manu

Donna-MaD Crossfit said...

They won't show up until we approve them. no worries.