Things I learnt from the GOW

  • Trail running is not about taking it easy. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone. It’s character building.

  • Racing in bad weather is not nearly as bad as it sounds (see above point).

  • My unconventional training is effective. I don’t need to spend hours and hours running each week.

  • Training on similar terrain would have helped immensely (although where to find mud during a drought, I don’t know. Then suddenly La Niña popped up, turning the course to mud).

  • I need to carry less food – my pack is heavy enough as it is.

  • It is possible to run for a long time on fats and little carbs. Perhaps even preferable.

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