On Saturday the 15th of July 2017 I completed the Kokoda 96km Challenge at the Gold Coast. I filled in for a team member that dropped out of team ‘Rebels with a Cause’ with my good mate Kym that I have done the Sunshine Coast Marathon with twice, plus Chere and Christian were the other two awesome team members. Jacqui, Sean, Adam plus Ray were our sensational support crew, we could not have done this without them!
I felt pretty good the whole way and handled the no sleep ok, the main issue was pain / pressure under my feet. I’d done 50km on Fraser Island 2 weeks prior and 80km 3 weeks prior to that, wearing in two pairs of shoes. I started out with my trail runners for the 1st 28km, switched to my waterproof boots for the next 50km which were a god send for overnight in the rain and mud slop, then I borrowed a pair of Kym’s light trail runners for the last 15km; even drugs didn’t numb the pain at this stage!
I was so impressed with the team, my feet pulled up blister free with only a few hot spots and dead skin from two weeks earlier but the others copped terrible blisters the whole way and all our feet were treated by the medics with band aids and Elastoplast to assist with the pain to continue to the finish line. There will be a few lost toenails. (Chere’s busted feet below next to mine, YEOUCH, Careful Viewing! What a Champ!)
I burnt over 17,000 calories, my polar activity monitors says I hiked about 171,000 steps and I enjoyed a 13hr sleep on completion. My feet were a little tender and slightly swollen with fluid the next day.
Talk about the experience of a life time!!!
A Massive thanks to all the Volunteers, Organisers, Traffic Control, SES, Medics, our Sensational Support Crew, Photographers, those who Donated and our Amazing Team Mates!!! Feeling Blessed!
Lying here in absolute agony I thought I’d write a post about The Kokoda Challenge 96km.
I was originally part of the support crew for my gorgeous friend Sunshine but when a place became available I got into the team. I had no idea WTF I was in for. I got a nasty cold on the Wednesday before and spent the whole thing popping Cold and Flu tablets and blowing my nose! I pulled my hammi ten days before and hurt my knee on the Monday before. Definitely the odd were stacking up!
I honestly didn’t do much training for it, which wouldn’t surprise many of my friends. I completed the Brisbane Kokoda 30km six weeks ago and did a few walks and about two swims. Training for events is something I am not good at and I’m just lucky I have the mental strength to pull these sorts of crazy shit off.
I really shouldn’t have started because of my cold but I couldn’t let the team down. I thought I’d pull out when it got too hard physically and then be their support.
It was all going ok, although it wasn’t easy, and I was enjoying it. Making it up Polly’s Hill was ‘fun’ but then it started to rain. We put on our rain coats and kept going but everything was turning to mud.
As night fell we turned on our headlamps and I started to feel like James Bond on a mission It was kinda fun being in the bush at night and I could see why people do this for fun. Then it kinda stopped being fun and was just bloody hard work with lots of bits I didn’t enjoy. I was going to pull out at 15km to go as my feet were excruciatingly painful. My blisters even had blisters! A quick fix by the podiatrist at the last support check point and a few pain killers and we were off again.
Finished in just under 34 hours. NEVER doing it again!!!
A massive thanks to the Mooloolaba Outrigger Masters Ladies Champs for coming with me on a fun and adventurous 49.5km Fraser Island hike; Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return overnight; that clocks me off at 885.5km on Fraser Island on Foot to date! Awesome to be able to help the ladies do some hardcore and adventurous off season training, plenty of laughs and fun along the way!
We can’t wait to go again …!
On Sunday I completed the Fraser Island Great Walk for the 2nd time.
80km walk in under 35hrs (over 2 days – 38km & 42km full marathon 2nd day).
YAY Team, We’ve set the Benchmark!
What an Amazing Adventure with some Awesome, Fun & Fit Ladies (Tash who has done the Great Walk with me before, Nat, Jas & Annette) and Sensational Support Crew (Greg & Gary)! Thank you to everyone involved, these goals and adventures are a massive combined team effort to pull off!
There was no complaining, only the odd ‘EW’ & ‘Arrgh’ sounds I would make every time a leech had to be pulled from my feet, kindly by Nat!
The Giant Santinay tree pictured here is over 1,000 years old and not accessible by car.
“The forests of Fraser Island were logged from 1863 to 1991. The overall canopy of the forests is higher than occurs on any dune system in the world.”
– FIDO Backgrounder No 21
That clocks me off at 836km on foot on Fraser Island to date! Can’t wait to do it again!
John Sinclair (far right) with the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation in 2002
The man who fought to save Fraser Island to become a doctor. Conservationist John Sinclair had a favourite quote to use when he battled sand miners to save Fraser Island and have the pristine island added to the World Heritage List in 1992. “I used to say, ‘If you are going to scratch 1 per cent of the Mona Lisa, which 1 per cent are you going to scratch’?” Full Story HERE. Images HERE
Circumnavigated / strolled around the whole perimeter of Lake Mckenzie on Fraser Island today from Kingfisher Bay Resort; 24km, 6hrs = 2,345 calories ✔
734km on Fraser Island on ‘Foot’ to date – can’t wait to clock off 1,000km!
It was also lovely to catch up with Derryn Hinch in Canberra. He was very appreciative of the 10km walk I organised in Hervey Bay to raise awareness for his national sex offender register. He offered to come and speak at Parliament House on medical cannabis oil the following day at the Medical Cannabis Rally at Parliament House I attended with Jannean Dean who gave an excellent speech. Derryn Hinch also spoke to the crowd gathered saying ‘Free the Weed’!
I’m also pictured here with the new Federal Health & Sport Minster Greg Hunt who was the Environmental Minister when I had the Fraser Island Marathon debacle!
I saw the ceremony for the House of Representatives for their first sitting in Parliament for the 2017. Initial discussion was in relation to Centerlink, 4,000 (20%) wrong fines a month they are continuing to send out and not doing anything about it. Then I went over to watch the Senate saw Wong, Hansen, Xenophon, Hinch, Bernardi, etc.
I even had the opportunity to enjoy an awesome Salsa Class with Salsabor at a gorgeous location!!
“Learn to Latin dance for free and practice your new moves afterwards; every Tuesday from 6.30 pm at The Highball Express in Civic. The Latin Taster Lesson is free and runs for 20 minutes and is followed by a 45 minute Open Beginner (walk in) class.”
7:45 hours including breaks
Temp: 5.4 °C to 9.8 °C Backpack –
Sarah: 15kg (pretty much the same gear, could not figure out why the weight difference) Start: Ronny Creek (Dove Lake) to Lake Windermere, skipped Waterfall Valley hut.
Marion’s Lookout (Highest point; Alpine plateau between Marions Lookout and Kitchen Hut, 1,250 m), no view, heavy rain, high wind, blown off the track a few times.
Too wet, windy & dangerous to climb to Cradle Mountain summit (1,545 m), no visibility.
Sun came out about lunch.
Boots and trail were wet for entire trip!
Set up tent in light rain.
iPhone got drenched (died), no RunKeeper, GoPro played up and heart rate monitor wouldn’t work! (No Technology! OMG)
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FRI 09Dec – 7am
5:45 hours including breaks
Temp: -0.9 °C to 5.4 °C Start: Lake Windermere to Pelion Woke up at 5am to snow everywhere, camped in $15 tent from Kmart with a blue tarp slung over the top!
Feet and fingers were frozen, numb and sore!
Snowed for first two hours, high wind, some rain.
Stayed in a hut, dried clothes and socks, had a delish coffee.
SAT 10Dec – 6:30am
7:15 hours including breaks
Temp: -0.2 °C to 6.3 °C Start: Pelion to Windy Ridge, skipped Kia Ora hut
Stayed in a hut.
Boots still wet, black muddy sludge, deep water puddles, roots and rocks everywhere. There are hardly any boardwalks at pictured in the brochures.
Passed Mt Ossa (1,617 m), Tassie’s highest mountain, to wet & windy to climb to summit.
SUN 11Dec 2016 – start 5:30am finish 8:20 am
72hrs exact to the hour to complete the 65km Overland Track – Total hiking / walking time 23 hrs 30mins
2:45 hours including breaks
Temp: 3.2 °C to 11.2 °C Start: Windy Ridge to Narcissus Some sun! Caught ferry to arrive in Cynthia Bay for massive feed!
WE MADE IT!!!
A Massive thanks to my gorgeous cousin Sarah for helping me achieve this goal! We were both quite surprised at our speed, endurance, willpower & fitness levels! ( … though our muscles were alittle stiff and sore)
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What an adventurous morning riding a loop of Hervey Bay via the ‘Fraser Coast Rail Trail’. Thanks to my good friend Svetlana (who is raising money for a cause here ) for an awesome 36.5 km bike ride. What a great start to the day! We were on bike paths most the way and left from Sunshine Acres to the pier return following the old Hervey Bay / Urangan railway line and beachfront bike path. We rode through cane fields, a dirt path at the Old Chapel Road section, through the centre of town, to the pier, along the foreshore and through the wooden boardwalk.
This year on Sunday 21st of August we decided we would run together and try to crack 5hrs by trying the Jeff Galloway run / walk method with 3:1 splits (run 3 min: walk 1 min).
We started out excited after 4hrs sleep but our race didn’t exactly go to plan; at 1.3km in Kym told me she was in pain with a recent knee injury and would need to walk and I should go ahead! OMG!
I forged ahead and ran the first 9km then decided to start my splits. Feeling pretty good I decided to do longer 5:1 splits for the next 23km. At 32km for the last 10km I decided to change back to 3 min run : 30 second walk splits and ran the last 1.5km to cross the line via the red carpet!
Passing a friend of ours during the run she told me Kym was still struggling and was going to drop out at the half way mark 21km. Oh No I thought, knowing Kym would feel disappointed and must be in alot of pain! A few km later I hear a, “Hey, I’ve come good, I’m going to finish the race!” from Kym bounding towards me for a high five mid race with a massive smile! I was so happy for her, she did a negative split, running the last 21km NON STOP, heaps quicker and still managed a very good time 5:24 mins! I was so impressed with her mind work and determination to turn that race around! (Kym’s review below)
I had a good run, stayed focused on my splits, I didn’t hit a wall at any stage, and found I had heaps more energy than last year; at 38km another runner said I looked like I just started!
Crossing the line and checking my watch I realised I may have cracked the 5hr mark and achieved my goal and a PB! Official time was 4:59:20, I just did it by 40 seconds!
I’m very happy to have found a system that works for me for marathons and to have completed another fun adventure with my mate Kym …… A MASSIVE Thanks to the Sunshine Coast Marathon organisers and volunteers, such a fun, professional and well run event!
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I have NEVER cried in a run but I cried in this one. At the 1km I knew my knee wasn’t good. I stopped and took painkillers at the first water station.
I tried to stick to my race plan of 3 min run, 1 min walk. It hurt too much to run for 3 mins! At 6km I just couldn’t help myself and started crying. It was so painful and I was distraught at the thought of pulling out. I didn’t want a DNF. A lovely lady Amanda helped me through this. She told me to walk with her and together we would do it. Her aim was to be inside 6 hours.
So I walked and jogged and walked and shuffled my way through the next 9km. Amanda was walking too fast for me to keep up. I’d caught my friend Rach and stayed with her for a while. I told her to leave me as I was in too much pain. I’d taken more pain killers that started to kick in at around 19km. I was going to pull out but I’d managed to catch up with Rach and Reece who managed to inspire me to continue.
2 hours 50 mins of shear hell. I was only halfway ?
I then saw my buddy Cassie, who is an Ultra Marathoner. Her words of wisdom are ones I tell myself. ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ I pushed on, no more tears! The pain was easing.
My great Bushido Brother Roy jumped in to run with me and he lifted my spirits. Seeing other running buddies out there was awesome too.
In a nutshell, the second 21k was so much better. I was strong!
2 hours 34……. A negative split!!!!
Total marathon time was 5:24. Not bad considering my previous injury.
(Coach Kymba Facebook here!)
As per usual I also had to get my Nature fix whilst in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands, so for the three days prior to the marathon I hiked Mary Cairncross, Linda Garrett Circuit, Mapleton Falls and Buderim Falls!
A big thanks to Lindsay ‘Butch’ Titmarsh from Tandora for leading us thorough this amazing land, showing us the first leg of his amazing 81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River and extending his awesome local knowledge!
We made it from River Heads to Beaver Rock Paddock 12.5km on foot via German Creek and were picked up at Turkey Creek Shed.
It was roughly six hours to get to Beaver Rock Paddock from River Heads.
Only 20 people have done this hike with Lindsay.
We were following the wild pig, fox & kangaroo tracks through the mangroves (No crocs thank god).
I ripped holes in my pants and had to throw away my boots as the sole came off one, we were in mud up to our knees! What an amazing experience!
2,380 Calories ✔
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Today I had an awesome Mangrove eco-tour of ‘Tandora’ owned by the legendary and very knowledgeable Lindsay Titmarsh.
This was the second tour to date and I did the first half of the tour this time.
We had a lovely group of people and there was so much to learn. Some of the trees were between 200 to 900 years old and their different root systems were amazing!
There was at least 10 different species of mangroves (9 near us and one other further down), pink native berries, mangrove fruits, flowers & seeds and 25 species of crabs. The oxygen bubbles in the mud were interesting, some of the mangroves species excrete salt from their system via the back of their leaves and we were able to taste this; mistletoe and old mans beard also decorated the leaves.
It was the best stroll in the mud I’ve had in a long time …
“Tandora is an 11,000 acre grazing property situated near the mouth of the Mary River on the ecologically diverse Fraser Coast of Queensland, Australia. For over 100 years, this vast estate has been owned and operated by the Titmarsh family. Lindsay Titmarsh, the current manager, is a well known local identity, naturalist, photographer and author.”
I’ve just returned from another Awesome 50km hike on Fraser Island being Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return overnight stay.
The white ghost gums near Central Station are so Amazing just in the middle of no where!
I enjoyed our buffet dinner at Eurong Beach Resort in my classy five finger under grip / non slip toes socks, an essential necessity for thongs in the cooler climates!
Smashed off 5,000 calories in 28hrs.
Hikes on Fraser Island to date:
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Central Station 24km (2009 the start of my Fraser hiking – organised trail run TRAQ)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 26km (2010)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2012)
15 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 20km return (2012 – 2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 56km overnight (2014)
1 x Dilli Village to Happy Valley Great Walk 90km 2.5 days (2014)
1 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Dundonga Creek / Beerillbee Trail 12.5km loop (2014)
3 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Kingfisher Look Out 10km loop (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie via Z-Force 24km return (2015)
2 x Lake Wobby 5km (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 18.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 17.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2016) = 708.5km on Fraser Island
Distance: 3.6 km return
Time: Allow 4 hours walking time
Section 1: Start to rest area
Distance: 800 m one way
Time: Allow 1 hr return
Details: Start your walk near the picnic area and ensure you remain on the track at all times. This walk weaves you through thick vine forest where you can see the tracks from wallabies, bandicoots and brush-turkeys that have criss-crossed the track to venture through the forest. You arrive at a comfortable seat where you can take a break, surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the mountain.
This walk is rated as moderate to strenuous. Turn back at this point if you are having any difficulty. The track from here to the summit is a continuous, steep climb.
Woowoonga is about 90 minutes’ drive from Maryborough, 60 minutes’ drive from Bundaberg and 14 km north of Biggenden. Turn off the Childers Road into Giles Road 6.5 km north of Biggenden. Drive 2.5 km then turn left into Woowoonga Hall Road. Continue for 2 km then turn right into Mount Woowoonga Road and continue 3 km to the picnic area.
Feel like an exciting climb with maximum calorie burn, why not try out ‘The Bluff!’
“Rising to 703m above sea level in the Coastal Range, Mount Walsh National Park is a rugged park with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. The Bluff area of Mount Walsh, at the park’s northern end, is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area.”
I have had a lovely stay in Brisbane the past week catching up with family at a wedding and my dear friend Naomi and made the most of South Bank, The Botanical Gardens, Kangaroo Point Stairs, the Storey Bridge and Riverside walk for my exercise (walks & runs)!
I also did my first ever Bikram Yogaclass, well four actually in just one week!!
90mins, 40 degrees, 26 postures + two breathing techniques!
OMG my hamstrings were killing me, everything was aching and I had a great workout! Even though my muscle are very tight | constricted, I still tried to do my best at beginners level for the positions.
Such a wonderful class with our instructor Ben giving me excellent advice on how to get the best out of my workouts and complementing me on little improvements. I learnt so much about the wonderful exercises and benefits from Ben’s extensive knowledge, it’s all so very interesting! I felt marvellous after each class and was so relaxed!
I burnt 450 calories at each session so that is a good workout in itself!
“Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Gaining strength and flexibility are reasons to start Bikram Yoga but find out why this practice really changes your life!”
I also found lots of goodies at the midweek Queen St Markets!!! (Wednesday opposite Treasury Casino)
+ a couple of night pictures I took – So much to do in BrisVegas! …. including OPRAH!
What a FUN weekend at the Sunshine Coast Marathon!
On the 30th of August I ran the full 42.2km Sunshine Coast Marathon with my mate Kym in 05:12:43 mins.
Kym and I are friends from high school and ran our first 10km together 6 years ago at the Gold Coast Marathon.
As we were both celebrating birthdays and turning 40 years old the following week we decided to celebrate by running 42.2km!!!! Fit and Glamorous at 40 being the new 30!
I also met Ryan the Running Guy a friend of Kyms.
My speech & some images from the day:
In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese which includes 50% of the Fraser Coast being overweight or obese.
Therefore being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’ve organised today’s ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO to raise awareness, promote prevention and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast! Please note: Audience participation is compulsory!
I have written and published a ‘4 Week Program’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle, which will is available at the Zumba stall as I hope to revolutionise the Fraser Coast! I find the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic very serious and am working towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign with the help of other like minded professionals!
This event would not be possible without the Awesome support of Karen Chatfield the site manager and the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts who generously gave us one of their open mike days for the event, covered the insurance plus all stall fees have been donated back to them for their support of this fun day.
I would like extend a huge thanks to Katie form Z Club Dance Fitness for kindly providing the use of her awesome sound equipment for the day, plus she will be doing some high energy zumba for us to participate in also!
I would like to thank my ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health‘ friends, where are you, hand up ladies, if you have any questions today just ask the girls. We also go for a walk every Wednesday at 6:30am with Cheryl from the Torquay Jetty to the pier return and all are welcome to join us.
A massive thank you to the Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills, tools and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun with maximum audience participation! There are stalls, performances, talks and demos including and on – Bio-aging, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Crossfit, Gyms, Meditation, Yoga, Face Painting, Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Tennis, Burlesque & Fitness Demos plus heaps more.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and they have a stall with more info. I would also like to mention that Climbmax the rock wall here is donating 10% of their profits from today to Bayside so make sure you have a climb!
We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!
Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!
I recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!
To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.
He has also published another book being:
Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.
Read more in full here of Lindsay’s massive effort and Erica’s report here!
Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”