Helping Ashprihanal

July 13, 2015
After moping around for a few days after pulling out with an injury Ashprihanal asked for some help. He is on world record pace and is averaging an outstanding 76.7 miles a day. He already has new records from 1500 miles to 2200. Helping is definitely better for me than it is for him. After exiting early it is easier to sink into a depressed state which I was starting to do, crewing for him really picked me up.



It is pretty interesting. He has three breaks of 15 minutes at 11am, 4pm, and 8pm. He comes into the respite van and starts doing stretches like he has just been on a 5k run before having a quick nap. Yesterday he was exhausted in the afternoon and nearly had a break at 2pm. Although he came good after some guarana and caffeine he was still pretty tired at 4pm. "I want 20 minutes" he said, setting his antique egg timers which are in the shape of a pear and a lady beetle. He puts them by his ears and somehow rests through the constant ticking sound they make."20 minutes?" I questioned. "It is disgusting isn't it!" he replied. I bargained him down to 18 minutes and snuck another minute off his timer while he was asleep. In the end he made 140 laps which is well over 76 miles. A week or so ago he did 75 miles and wasn't happy. "That was a great day you had," I said encouragingly. "No it is terrible," he replied. "It is just the same as 109 laps (58miles) for a normal person." I had to chuckle. When you are as elite as he is, standards get set pretty high.

Besides his egg timers Ashprihanal is pretty low tech. He doesn't eat many modern day super foods. He owns a non smart phone. He only recently upgraded to MP3 players and doesn't own a computer. Somehow it suits him. He is uncomplicated, child like and his 55kg frame is as light as his data usage.

Today I cheekily mentioned he should have a crack at the sub two hour marathon after the 3100, after watching how much energy he has after running 127 kilometres a day, day in and day out it wouldn't suprise me if he could do it. Still I was expecting a harsh comeback like, "C'mon there is no way I could do that." Instead he said. "Oh yeh, once Sri Chinmoy was encouraging people and talking about the sub 2 hour marathon I really thought and felt he was talking to me. Doing it is all about grace anyway."

Ashprihanal used to be pretty fast. He ran a 2.57 marathon and 11.02 over two miles before he stopped focusing on speed, moving his talents to multidays. The current world record holder in the 3100, Wolfgang Schwerk, ran a sub 2.30 in his hey day and has a six hour something 100km to his name so it does help to have leg speed. As perhaps the world's greatest multi day runner, Ashprihanal has something extra special besides leg speed. If he keeps up his current mileage he will be finished Friday week and be in the 40 day realm. 
 

Day 14 Update: my 2015 race is over!

June 30, 2015

My 3100 Mile race came to an abrupt end on day 14 of the race. My hip injury deteriorated to the point to the where I was advised by the race doctor to pull out of the race. I have never pulled out of a race before in my life. It was very upsetting.

The hip had been niggling me for quite some time in my lead up to the race, though it seemed I was managing to cope with it during the first week. Unfortunately it just started to go downhill to the point where it was utterly excruciating. Even now...

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Day 9 Update

June 23, 2015

Following is a transcript of an audio blog post by Grahak:

Here I am on day nine. The weather is quite good today. It is about 25 degrees Celsius and there is a nice breeze. The weather yesterday was pretty brutal. It was incredibly humid in the morning, by midday it was scorchingly hot and then we had thunderstorms in the evening. To put it in culinary terms, we got steamed, fryed and then washed. It was intense.

Despite the challenging conditions yesterday was my best mileage since day one. I...

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Day 4 Update

June 18, 2015
Following is a transcript of an audio blog post by Grahak:

Here I am on day 4 of the race.

Day one was pretty good for me. Everyone was going bezerk on the mileage. The collective energy swept us all along. The Russians and Ukranians were all looking very strong right from the get go. Asprihanal did 94 miles! At one point I asked him how far he had done and he just said 'tonnes'.  

Day 2 was absolute torture for me. I don't think I have ever had a tougher day on the course. It got off to a ba...
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Bad Haircuts

June 12, 2015


The weather is warm over here, but the start is predicted to be a little cooler which is nice. Hopefully it stays that way. I had my hair clippered yesterday. It is the standard style for most of the runners (except the girls). It keeps you a little bit cooler through the warm days. The local barber Sundar hacks it all off and he does it free. So besides food and a bike to ride to and from the course each day it is included in the entry fee. If you know anyone who needs a hair cut perhaps jus...

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Last Moments of Freedom

June 8, 2015
  
Leaving tomorrow for the USA. It is a little terrifying knowing what is install. Still I get to eat lots of ice cream so I can put on a few kilograms before I begin the 3100. I have been busy. Packing, shopping, training, preparing.

Andrew Burrell from The Australian did a really nice article on the race and the mindfulness of a long distance runner. This led to an interview on ABC Perth, ABC South West, 2UE Sydney, Channel 7 and Channel 9. It was all pretty busy.

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Getting Motivated for the 3100

June 1, 2015


I have been pounding the pavements lately,  training to compete in the longest certified road race in the world - the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. In the race, runners must complete 5649 loops of an 883 metre footpath around a New York school block and must deal with fatigue, boredom, humidity and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. Competitors must run almost 100 km a day to complete the race in the 51 day cut off time. Feet swell an extra size during the run which is ...
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Cyril Jackson High School Health Festival

May 7, 2015

I went to Cyril Jackson School yesterday and spoke to some of the youth. They hosted a huge health festival that's held annually every year. It is not an academic school but specialises mainly in vocational education. You get well looked after. The students studying hospitality come around and feed everyone as well as serving up morning tea. The kids studying event management help everyone set up their booths and the students studying theater check everything is aesthetic.

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Time Management

March 31, 2015
Time is scarce at the moment, I am busy. Training, working and recovering. Everyone is suffering from lack of time and I am sure you have heard, "Where has the year gone?" shouted by friends or colleagues.

I had one meeting scheduled and the person I was meeting was late. Not 5 or 10 minutes late but half an hour. Something I find immensely frustration. Personally I often arrive over early when I am meeting my clients, as a result I am not flustered when I get there and it makes conversation ...
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Living to One Hundred and Tennis

January 22, 2015
Whilst Australia and India battle it out on the cricket field this season it is obvious every batsmen wants to reach a Test century. For us mere mortals, the closest thing we can aim for, is to celebrate a 100th birthday. Woodlands resident William Stevens (Chum) reached that motivational milestone on January 13th, 2015. Chum happens to be my neighbour and a great friend.



Outside of cricket Chum was one of the first West Australians to visit India to play high level sport in the country. Tenni...
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I am ultra runner from Australia. I am into motivational exploits involving any sort of physical feat that is inspirational and positive. On the side I work as a motivational speaker, business speaker and trainer, keynote speaker and youth speaker.

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