[RS]: This is my second year at the TNF 100. Last year I didn't have the best race and really battled during the middle part of the race so I am hoping to have a better run this year. I love Australia so I jumped at the opportunity to come back here again.
[ST]: I have never raced the NF100 before and depending on how the race goes, may possibly never race it again! I chose to race the NF100 this year because I wanted to challenge myself and to see what my mind and body are capable of. The Blue Mountains is also a spectacular place to run around.
[RS]: I am using this race as preparation for the Western States 100 miler (USA) in June so my main focus has been on that so my preparation has not been very specific for the TNF Aus 100. The start of the race is normally very cold (+-2 degrees Celsius ) and this can effect your legs if you start off too fast. Last year it was very cold for the first 30km and I ended up not drinking enough fluids which caused me to really struggle during the middle part of the race.
[ST]: I would say probably finding time and people to train with. I am lucky to have a group of friends (shout-out to the Sparrows running club in Canberra!) who are always keen to run at least parts of the long training runs. Mentally it is sometimes hard to find the motivation to keep pushing yourself when you’ve been out for hours and you’re bone-tired and genuinely sick of your own company. I’ve found that those times when you push through that barrier are the most rewarding training sessions though.
[RS] I hope to run it under sub 9:45 hours or even a bit faster but anything can happen over a 100km so one step at a time.
[ST] Anywhere from 16 to 18 hours depending on how everything goes on the day. Anything under 16 hours will be a bonus!TNF100: Training, Nutrition and Beyond Running
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