Ultra Trail Cape Town is this really insane event that has 35km, 65km and 100km route options. Do not left the 35km fool you; the amount of elevation gain packed in this mini monster can reduce you to tears. The 100km was focus for a long time, I had volunteered the year before so I could get a discount on the entry. It is seriously challenging technically as well as distance wise, but most of all (because of SANPARKS restrictions) the cut-offs are more insane. It actually make for a really worth while challenge. If you happen to get under 15 hours, well then, you are special.
The race takes place early December, a great way to finish the year and set you up for a well earned rest over the Christmas time. This year it takes place on the 2nd December. If you decide to run, then definitely join the Recce runs; it is quite amazing that they organize those runs. If you decide on the 100km then don’t believe the 50km per week minimum, I think it should be 75 with a whack load of climbing more than once a week for at least 6 months, scary stuff, respect!
Ok, down to my experience …
Spending pretty much of the year with the 100km UTCT as my one and only focus, I was naturally scared, excited and utterly delusional. It is quite possible that I had invested too much in this one race, especially emotionally. This was going to be almost double my average mileage and my longest run, but that was not going to deter me, in fact it seemed to me that a weekly mileage of 50kms was pretty much acceptable since I had supplemented that with a little bit of cycling and regular gym sessions; not to mention that I was couched weekly and followed a plan. Granted, I twisted my ankle quite badly 4 weeks before, so I did not follow the plan perfectly. And ….. I failed.