Pre Race Motivation from Up There Bazzaley

I’ve had the privilege of training alongside Up There Bazzaley over the past 6 months in preparation for the Surf Coast Century.

Ahead of the race this weekend, we have all been emailing, texting and calling to share our nerves and excitement leading in to our first Ultra Marathon. You might remember Meaghan previously offerred a bit of leadership advice ahead of the Marysville to Melbourne – here’s another snippet…


From: Meaghan

To: Adam; Annie

Subject: This is it! (Danni Minogue song)

Hi kids, this is happening.

The hours of training and running and planning and whinging has all come down to one race.  Nerves and excitement are at an all time high and my ability to concentrate is at an all time low.  So, a few tips for young players:

–          Hydrate

–          Eat well

–          Sleep

–          Pack your shite

–          Don’t buy anymore socks (that’s mainly for me)

–          Don’t buy anymore random sporting goods (that’s mainly for me)

–          Think about finish line celebrations, you don’t want to be the lame guy!

–          Prepare your solo performances (not that relevant for Adam, unless we have caught him by the time we are doing ours)

–          Remember fake it til you make it: be chipper, smile, enjoy the energy from the spectators (they may be few and far between by the time we cross the finish line!!), enjoy the energy from our support crew (Richo), and

–          LAP IT UP!!!!!  This is our first ULTRA MARATHON!!!!!!

Oh god.  So, Adam and I will be down there around 5.30pm.  I guess we will either meet you at the house or at the YMCA for pasta depending on what time you get there AB. I though we should walk down to the start line as a bit of a warm up (it will be bedlam re parking) and then we can stretch and get nervous while we are down there.

This is crazy.



So here we are, 24 hours before the start of my first Ultra Marathon. I thought I’d share one little lesson ahead of the race that I have already learned. It has more to do with training and commitment than racing but it’s a lesson well learned.

This time tomorrow I’ll be on the start line and much of the reason I’m there is the energy and support generously shared by Meaghan and Annie.

Surround yourself with people that believe in you. 


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4 Responses to Pre Race Motivation from Up There Bazzaley

  1. Have a great first ultra! I’ll be running my own first 50K in four short weeks, so I can’t wait to read about your experience–and pick up some tips as well. You’re going to do great!

  2. AndrewGills says:

    Good luck. You’re probably finished now. I can’t wait to hear about it

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