Trail Runner Magazine Launch – 15th August 2013

Just a quick one to report on The Red Bearders attending their first team function! We were very pumped to score some invites to the formal launch of Trail Run magazine a couple of weeks ago at Sister Bella bar in the Melbourne CBD. It was an excellent night out with great chats with fellow trail nerds and some inspiring words from Richard Bowles and the team at Adventure Types. The night concluded with some very generous giveaways of trail-running goodies. Lightning struck gold and won a pair of Salomon Missions which he was stoked with. He was so impressed that he gave them a test run from the station back home with a bellyfull of beer, pizza and dumplings…not a bad effort! Overall a great evening and the Red Bearders run of luck with winning free stuff continues.

A big thanks to Trail Runner magazine and Adventure Types for a fantastic night!

Lessons learnt:

  • The fellas at Adventure Types have friggin sweet jobs….who wouldn’t kill to have “Adventure Consultant” on their business card?
  • Lightning is the king of winning stuff…he probably needs to go get a lottery ticket
  • Shanghai Village proved itself yet again as the king of post-event feeds. And it doesn’t matter what event – magazine launchs, running events, Bar Mitzvahs….there’s never a bad time for Shanghai dumplings.
Like a scene from Cinderalla....Lightning hoping the Salomons will fit...and they did!
Like a scene from Cinderalla….Lightning hoping the Salomons will fit…and they did!
The happy team (of course an open bar helps!)
The happy team at RBR (of course an open bar helps!)
Simon from Adventure Types
Simon from Adventure Types
Lightning proudly showing off his new wheels
Lightning proudly showing off his new wheels
King Richard
King Richard
Where every good night out should end...
Where every good night out should end

Todays words brought to you by: The Judge


Surf Coast solo jaunt – 11th August 2013

A few pictures from The Judge’s solo jaunt yesterday out to Anglesea to run a section of the Surf Coast track. I ran east from Anglesea, out past Point Addis then back for an even 20km. I’d hoped to go further but the shin splints were giving me grief.

Perfect weather and sublime single track – it doesn’t get much better!

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Nude trail-running anyone?
Nude trail running anyone?
Pt Addis selfie
Pt Addis selfie

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Pt Addis beach - great to look at, shit to run on
Pt Addis beach – great to look at, rubbish to run on


Fun techy stuff
Fun techy stuff nearing home

Lessons Learnt:

  • Surf Coast trails rock (but we already knew that)
  • Shin splints are rubbish – but are entirely The Judges fault for ramping up the mileage way too quickly
  • Anglesea Fish and Chips makes for one of the all-time best post-run feeds.

Can’t wait to get back on these trails in 6 weeks time for the Surf Coast Century. Red Beard Racers are hopefully getting a team up for the men’s pairs (if our bodies can get us to the start line!).

Garmin Connect:

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Lysty Laps

One of our favourite places to train is out at Lysterfield Park within the Churchill National Park, hitting the trails out there on a weekly basis. Below are some snaps taken over the last few months while out doing Lysty Laps.

Melbourne Trail Runners are holding a group run out there on 8th of September – check it out here and see you there!

Back in January, 30C and very unsettled at 6.30AM
Judge and Balboa crossing the wall on a windy winter’s morning
July 2013 – It was so cold on this morning that some of the puddles had a layer of ice over them. Taken on the dam wall.
Up near the quarry looking back towards the lake, one of the many great views out at Lysterfield – This one was back in February when the park was shrouded in a smokey haze from the bush fires.
A couple of Balboa’s mates

Lessons Learnt at Lysterfield:

  • When running on the same morning as the Oxfam Walk, don’t run through the check point while volunteers are being briefed in what would only just be record time.
  • It’s extremely funny when a Portuguese man verbally abuses animals that are on the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • When sprinting towards the finish (Hallam North Road car park for us) up the very steep hill on Glen Track, hold your run until the big tree. Save some breath to casually ask the others how they’re feeling.
  • When running with Lighting, every stick, shadow and movement in the bushes is a deadly snake with a thirst for trail runners.

Today’s words by Lightning

Melbourne Trail Runners Hill Clinic – 4th August 2013

It was a chilly winters morning but nonetheless Judge and Balboa rocked up to Studley Park for their inaugural attendance at a Melbourne Trail Runners (MTR) session. MTR have been going for six months or so and put on free monthly group trail runs and cheap breaky afterwards. Fantastic idea!  On this particular Sunday they were also holding a free hill technique session run by Ultra nut Richard Bowles. Over the past 12 months Richard has tackled the Bicentennial National Trail in its entirety (5330km),  ran from one tip of New Zealand to the other (3054km) and also completed the Israeli national trail (1009km). A fairly impressive resume!

Prior to the technique session the “experienced” half of the group, which Balboa and Judge foolishly put themselves in, headed off for a one hour run up the river. Balboa and Judge latched on to the front few runners and tried to hang on which was a tough challenge particularly for Judge after his long, slow run in arctic conditions the day prior. Unsuprisingly he was feeling far from spritely and in the words of the great Phil Ligget the elastic came close to breaking on several occasions. The trail was first class with lots of undulating single track and some short technical sections which included a couple of dry waterfalls. I think this was the “Goat Track” that I’ve heard a bit about but never quite knew where it was. The Bearders will definitely add it to their list of top training options.

Following the one hour “warm-up” there was barely time to chomp down a complimentary Powerbar and get Judges heart rate below 220 before the hill technique session commenced. Richard had found a nice little steep pinch for some practice and after a few words of wisdom put us through our paces. Balboa AKA the Portuguese Panther sprinted up and down like a gazelle. The Judge’s efforts were somewhat akin to a lame elephant. He was pretty sure that Richard’s comments to “stop slapping the ground” were directed squarely at him. Some good tips were learnt though and it was a very worthwhile session. After a few reps everyone was knackered and breakfast was calling. A brilliant breaky of fruit, cake and pastries for the bargain price of $4 topped off a great morning.

The Gazelle and Elephant feeling the burn
The Gazelle and Elephant feeling the burn

Lessons of the day:

  • Avoid long runs the evening before an MTR session unless you enjoy blowing up in the first km
  • Carrot, Pineapple and Coconut Cake is by far the best cake Judge has ever tasted and he doesn’t make that statement lightly
  • And some serious tips learnt from Richard – run quietly, drive with the arms, big rumps make for good trail runners

Overall a fantastic morning and the Red Bearders will no doubt be back for some more MTR sessions in the future!

The Judge contemplates going back for thirds…


                 Today’s words brought to you by: Judge