|Working to get the job done|
More importantly my brother, Alberto, needs to get his tenth consecutive Comrades on Sunday. This is a pretty big thing in Comrades-land. Just think how difficult it is to train for about 6 months and hope to be fit and healthy on one particular day of the year. It is an art, especially with a family, work and all the trimmings.
At the expo we did checked out a bit of the history which I found very interesting:
- There are three ways to get a green number at Comrades: win 3 times, run 5 golds or complete 10 Comrades runs.
- Guys who got Comrades green # by the 3 x win route: Robb, Fordyce, Kotov, Newton, Ballington, Mekler, Hayward, Muzhingi, Bagshaw.
- Women who got Comrades green # by the 3 x win route: Elena Nurgalieva, Bak, Lucre, Lettie Van Zyl.
So the Bill Rowan plan is this:
- run 20 minutes, walk 2 minutes, the whole way
- be flexible with walk breaks on the hills
- do not nudge the pace until after Inchanga
- solid fuel (bananas, potatoes, etc) to half way. Simple sugars (Coke, sweets, etc) thereafter.
- 4 hours to half way
- 4.20 to the finish
- no crying
The three ways to get a green number.
|Stef trying once again to get access to the Green Number lounge|
|Bruce Fordyce on the left. Alan Robb on the right.|
|Past winners over the years|
|9 Comrades finishes is not good enough for entry into the Green Number shop|
|Lumo running shorts. All the rage in 1983.|
|Hawaii 5-0 shorts|