18 & 19 April 2014
Dr Ross Tucker is a well known Sports Scientist, working with UCT and the Sports Science Institute. He has done extensive research into the performance of the human body during exercise - both in normal conditions as well as extreme and endurance events.
We're back on the Half marathon route today for our second to last recon video, this time looking at the first part of the routes that overlap since the first kilometer. The summit of Southern Cross rejoins the Ultra route with about 8km to go, and the next 5 km, from 13 to 18 km wind their way past Cecilia Forest and Kirstenbosch.
This is a beautiful section of the race - twisty, tree covered, and it's tremendously well supported too. It's close enough to the finish that you'll really be able to feel it and if it's a great day, this is a good time to start cranking it up to the finish. As I've said before, to the half marathon runners, think of the 13km point as your "halfway" mark.
That doesn't mean getting carried away, mind you - 8km to go is nothing to be laughed at and you can still blow if you press too hard, but by the top of Southern Cross, or Constantia Nek, you will have a good idea of what kind of reserves you have left. This is a good place to start spending them!
Some of the key points about this section are:
Other than that, not too much to say - it's definitely one of the highlights of the race, so soak it in and enjoy being under the canopy of trees, close to the finish, but still focused enough to take each kilometer as it comes!
The video is below, with more thoughts and the visuals!