Ultra athletes go the distance
TWO GLADSTONE athletes recently experienced their biggest challenge to date.
It came in the form of the 100km Ultra Trail Australia Marathon held in the Blue Mountains just recently where Lindsay Warwick and Brett Stevens successfully completed the course in a non-stop 16-hour period.
"It was a good experience and a great challenge," 45-year-old Stevens said.
I never did think that I was not going to make it."
Twenty per cent of the competitors who registered in the race failed to finish, but for Warwick and Stevens, they did it in 16:31hrs and 16:40 hrs respectively.
The trail run took place over very gruelling terrain and finished with a steep 951 stairs ascent.
Other than having a couple of 'moments', Stevens said sustaining his energy was important throughout the run.
"Foodwise, I predominantly took energy gels, but they also had fruit buns there at the three check points," Stevens added.
He has raced overseas in New Zealand and made the transition from road marathons to trail marathons and he is not done with yet.
"The next day I was not too bad, but Lindsay was a bit sore," Stevens said.
"Finishing these races gives you a lot of confidence and it's all mostly in the mind.
"There are a lot of sacrifices because you have to be disciplined on race day."
Brett Stevens: 16:40hrs
Lindsay Warwick: 16:31hrs