Apr 24, 2017

I finished last week with a total of 120 km, and I’ve kicked this new week off with a 30 km run this morning. I’ll probably add a little to that total later this afternoon. As I mentioned last week, my training philosophy is that a “tired” run in the afternoon at a slow pace will get me used to the sort of fatigue I expect to feel in the Big Red Run two months from now.

On the topic of that race (250 km in six stages over six days), I’ve been trying to estimate the total time I expect to run. Given the extreme nature of the event, and the consequential fatigue and slowing pace I expect will occur, I think a really good time would be around 25 hours. I really can’t see myself being much quicker than that.

Here’s a photo from when I reached the top of the Poncha Pass in the Colorado Rockies. It’s not too much short of 10,000 feet in elevation. A couple of hours later I was in Salida, enjoying that giant margarita I posted a photo of a few weeks ago. And it was right around this time of the year five years ago.



On This Day


Apr 24, 2012

Distance today = 50.36 km; Total distance = 5527.27 km; Location = Wilkerson Pass Summit, Colorado (2 km west of) – 39 02.862′ N, 105 32.504′ W; Start time = 0821, Finish time = 1544


As you will see from today’s photos, I had the pleasure of passing through South Park. I guess it doesn’t look too differently from the cartoon, if that’s possible – you just need to use your imagination. I didn’t see Cartman or his friends, though.

The whole day was spent between 9,000 and 10,000 feet in altitude. Tomorrow I start my downhill run to the edge of the Rockies. I’m led to believe there is quite a distinct demarcation between the mountain range and the plains to the east.

I also saw a herd of bison on the high plains today. They weren’t wild, though – just part of a farmer’s herd.

I’ve had many questions pertaining to when I’ll be passing through Denver. If you’re interested, stay tuned to this site for updates, but the best estimate at the moment is around April 30. Anyone wanting to come out and run with me, you’re most welcome. I should have T-Mobile reception again by then, so the tracker will be working constantly, and you’ll be able to pin-point my position throughout the day.

Speaking of the tracker, it is currently giving my position as Lake George, which is where we’re staying the night. The official run position is about 20 km to the west.

Finally, to all those who are wondering what has happened to the Red Wine Value Quotient (RWVQ), I haven’t forgotten about it – it’s just that I’m not finding the same sort of value as I did in California. I will try to provide some recommendations, even if they don’t surpass the earlier “value wines”.


Apr 24, 2013

Distance today = 51.00 km; Total distance = 19,922.79 km; Location = Mali Beograd, Serbia – 45 53.463′ N, 19 38.038′ E; Start time = 0827, Finish time = 1707


More lovely Serbian countryside today. The skies were again cloudless, and the terrain was flat. Once again, the countryside, with its yellow canola and bright green fields, reminded me uncannily of riding the Tour de Bois. I think its the smell of spring in the air too – it’s exactly the same time of year as the Tour.

I was pleased to knock over 51 km by 5 pm, as it was again a SIM card day, and that process tends to take a big chunk out of my day. Half way through the day I stopped in the large town of Subotica, where Carmel had gone ahead to “suss out” SIMs. The standard international carriers – Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange etc. – don’t appear to operate in Serbia, so we had to go with a local company, MTS. After our experience in France with SFR, I was very concerned, but MTS seem to be fine.

It reached 30 C this afternoon, but I appear to be handling the heat very well. I guess it’s because the humidity is still low. This will not be the case in a month, when I’m running in South-East Asia. Yes, it’s that soon!!!

Perhaps we’ve just been lucky so far, but I am tempted to say that the Serbian people – at least those we’ve experienced so far – have been the friendliest of any we’ve met so far on the world run. That’s saying something, as most people have been very friendly. Let’s see how that pans out over the next week or so.