I am currently up at Falls Creek in the Victorian Alps logging some big kilometres and accessing motivation and information from the great athletes and coaches up here for the annual pilgrimage.
I am fortunate to be staying with a great stable of athletes coached by Ken Green in Sydney and the quality of the group is really high both on and off the training track. My training has mainly been volume based and trying to take advantage of the 1700m elevation with good solid work on both bike and run.
The flat running trails up the top of the mountain are certainly easier than the bike, where climbs ranging from 7k-30k are abound. Training twice a day, it is not uncommon to see 60-100 runners at any given training session and the full range of ability levels from Olympic athletes to mothers and fathers up here with their children.
For more info on training up here, check out http://www.fallscreek.com.au/AltitudeTraining
Hopefully, in 2012 we can get a group of WA runners of all ages and abilities up here to share in the great culture that is present on the mountain.