The point of no return

After months of speculation, we’re happy to announce that the Bearders are somewhat injury free and have hence officially signed up in the 2 x 50km relay of the Surf Coast Century! 

The cat is out of the bag
The cat is out of the bag

The last couple of months have gone something like this:

Dumpling v. Training
Fig. 1 – Dumpling v. Training

The above results show a clear correlation between the increase in training and the reduction of dumplings. Previous studies have shown this correlation to be a key factor in reduction of athlete weight as well as increase in aerobic capacity.

A final 17km at Lysterfield was run this morning with the boys officially moving into taper and carbo loading mode (inverse of Fig. 1).

Red Beard Racing Groupies @ Lysterfield
Red Beard Racing Groupies @ Lysterfield

There is no doubt that next Saturday will be a big challenge for us but we’re sure to do it in the Red Beard Racing style – with a beard and smile on and beers afterwards.

Stay tuned for a full race report in the week following.

– RBR

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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!

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Back in January, 30C and very unsettled at 6.30AM
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Judge and Balboa crossing the wall on a windy winter’s morning
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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.
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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.
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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