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Penny Comins: two days to go...
Posted by: Penny Comins
Posted on: Thursday 5th February 2015

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We've been following her transition from Ironman to Ultra runner, and it is now just two days until Penny Comins takes on her 85km test at the Tarawera Ultra Marathon in New Zealand. She's caming her nerbes by enjoying all of the pre-race activities and meeting ultra running legends...

(You can read Penny's previous updates HERE).

Waiting around is always the worst.

Sitting here in Rotorua, New Zealand the Tarawera Ultra Marathon, is still two days to race day and this ‘dead’ time is the worst. How to keep the mind occupied yet calm is the key.

Coach James Kuegler has emailed us all today to focus on the process that got us to here. For me that is rather a scary thought having only put 10 weeks of training in to this race. Instead I am getting involved in all the pre-race activities.


Kicking off with a Welcome BBQ for the elites, media and sponsors I got to meet with a legend, Malcolm Law. Starting with the race on Saturday Law will run 50 marathons in 50 days over 50 peaks in New Zealand. Along the whole campaign he will have runners with him, all raising fund for Mental Health.

Moving around the BBQ it became clear that this level of madness is fairly normal in the Ultra World. General conversation rolled around running this 100km and that epic overnight peak. I was happy to just listen to the madness and feel content that 85km was in fact the soft option.

Coming down in the car with Nuria Picas (theUltra Trail World Tour 2014 Champion), and Pau Bartolo Roca (CCC 2014 winner), through the laughs my worries were put at ease with their enthusiasm for adventure and being in the environment. Picas' simple advice "Run clever, start slow and listen to your body."

Tonight is the Buff  ‘Flat is Boring’ Forest Rogaine to test the legs. Tomorrow includes a Maori welcome on a Marae at Te Puia Cultural Centre and then the dreaded weigh in at race registration. All that will be left is a fitful sleep to gun go! Yippee. Wish me luck on my mere 85km….


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