100 miler hero

100 miler hero

what actually happens

On Sunday the 14th of April, our Alpasfit hero Ian Martincich, completed the Istria 100 miler for the first time. Ian is one of Alpasfit’s originals, he’s been with us for almost 3 years. He started his journey seeking guidance to reach his goal of completing the Addo 100 miler. This is the story of his most recent adventure.

What most see..

So often in a state of post race relief, we can only remember the good moments. How great the view was, how well we started out, the sweet moment of crossing the finish line, and we forget about everything that happened in between.

The rest of the story often doesn’t feature. Those moments of wanting to give up or sit down and cry, blisters, cramps, nausea and everything else that goes with a 100 miler race. These are the details that make for a great and real hero story.

the mid miler nap

At some stage in an ultra, all you want to do is curl up and sleep. “Was heading for a great time and then the energy levels just dropped and sleep deamons appeared. Huge fight not to sit down often or sleep next next to the trail. Luckily it was too cold to lie down.”
Featured here is Ian taking a nap mid race, when he eventually found a spot that wasn’t covered in snow.

the real reflection

Some say a picture is worth 1000 words. The image of these shoes says it all. They faithfully carried him across sand and snow, jeep and single track, start to finish, for 168km

What’s next?

Despite the blood, sweat and tear these adventures make for great stories and in the end we love what we do. Ian certainly isn’t done with running, his next big races are the Rhodes 50km and Puffer. He’ll also be attempting the 13 Peaks Challenge in Cape Town.

Good luck Ian we look forward to seeing your next accomplishment.