Beating the Clock

For my friends who will be running their longest race this coming week – the BDM 160 kms, this one’s for you.

Fear not.

This distance is not impossible to conquer. A lot has already done it…and kept on doing it for fun. πŸ™‚

You just have to beat the clock.

Preparation is key to this one.

How to get the better of the time? Read on…

Gunstart is at 5:00am. It will start with or without you. Rule states that you are disqualified already the minute you miss the gunstart. Hehehehe.

Add 8 hours to your starting time. That’s the time to beat and be at KM 50. If you can go faster – and not bonk or suffer (pain) that much – go for it.

Now that you are in the KM 50 marker, next goal is to be at KM 102 marker before the 18th hour from gunstart. That’s just 9 hours and 59 minutes from where you are. Beat that and you can go on to the next and final stop – the place where the buckle waits.

From KM 102, given the exact time you smashed the clock at 17 hours 59 minutes, you now have 14 hours to run, jog, walk, rest and sleep to the next 59 kilometers. Yup, you got it right. 59 kms, not 58. πŸ™‚ I will also not mention that the last 13 kms to the finish line is a rolling hills – a big contrast to the flat route you lulled with from KM 35. πŸ™‚

Ok, let’s recap this simple math.

KM 00 to 50 = 8 hours.

KM 50 to 102 = 10 hours.

KM 102 to 160 = 14 hours.

That will give you so much time…a huge 32 hours to cover the entire 100 miles +. But it’s not wise to play it by the minute. Better give yourself at least 30 minutes to be at the cut-off markers before the cut-off times.

That simply means a minor adjustment to your plan:

KM 00 to 50 = hit 7 hours 30 minutes.

KM 50 to 102 = hit 9 hours 30 minutes.

KM 102 to 160 = hit 13 hours 30 minutes.

Do that (and pray that you are able to do it!) and you’ll be crossing the finish line in 30 hours 30 minutes. Not bad for a first timer.

Just go beat the clock. It’s not that easy, but it’s not impossible. πŸ™‚

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