29.Apr.2014

Apr 30, 2014

Only two days to go until the Oxfam Trailwalker 100 km event. I’m taking it easy now and will hopefully be feeling very fresh by Friday. The weather forecast is not good, with a possibility of hail in the evening. Fingers crossed that doesn’t eventuate.

I have some media commitments in Melbourne leading up to the event, so I’ll be flying down later this morning.

I know that 100 km doesn’t seem like a lot in comparison to running around the world, but it is more than I did in any single day of the world run (my maximum being 70 km). That fact, combined with the minimal training leading up to this event, means it will be every bit as challenging as running around the world, albeit a somewhat different challenge. It will actually be just the third time I’ve run 100 km or more in a single day.

I must thank my specialist running physiotherapist, Michael Bushell, for helping me reach this stage so quickly. I could hardly run at all when I first visited Michael just two months ago, with a 16 mm tear in my left Achilles. I’m really pleased to now be attempting a 100 km run, and much of the credit goes to Michael.

Once again, you can follow the progress of my team on Friday (AEST) by either logging on to this site and viewing the Twitter feed at the top left, or by following the Twitter account directly.

 

On This Day

 

Apr 30, 2012

Distance today = 42.89 km; Total distance = 5809.49 km; Location = Boulder – 40 03.586′ N, 105 16.985′ W; Start time = 0912, Finish time = 1522

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/173445044

A relatively short day – a little over a standard marathon, which just happened to be the distance between towns – saw me finish a little earlier than normal.

I am now in Boulder, which is a town with quite a bit of history. Boulder has been the temporary home for a quite a few great athletes seeking a pleasant location to embark upon altitude training, including Rob de Castella in the 80s. It’s also the setting of the TV sitcom Mork and Mindy, as well as being a favourite town of many people, including Lamar North.

It really lives up to what I’d heard about the place, and even has lots of houses in the style of Mindy’s. There are also heaps of cyclists, although I didn’t see too many other runners. All in all, though, it’s great to see so many people getting around under their own steam. That’s the sign of a city that’s already living in the future.

Boulder is also the home of the US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). As those who are familiar with me know, I have been involved in renewable energy technology development for the past couple of decades. Tonight I’ll be catching up with a friend or two from NREL, who I’ve gotten to know over the past few years.

Today was a milestone day – I passed the 5,800 km mark, which means I have now reached more than 20% of my journey around the world, and within four months too. Wow, it’ll be over before I know it.

 

Apr 30, 2013

Distance today = 51.65 km; Total distance = 20,223.24 km; Location = Paracin – 43 53.177′ N, 21 23.070′ E; Start time = 0810, Finish time = 1724

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/305649957

Yet another hot one, with the maximum in the shade reaching 36C (97F). That’s what two independent thermometers read – for two days in a row now.

There was a bit more running on the road today, as the towns were more sparse. I did pass through the very large town of Jagodina, which stretched on for several kilometres.

The day was essentially flat, except for one large and long hill in the middle.

The Serbs continue to be extremely friendly. Carmel mentioned this to a girl recently, who replied that she thought Serbs had a bad name amongst the rest of the world. Perhaps for this reason, they all seem keener than ever to dispel this perception. As far as we’re concerned, it’s working – Serbs are right up there with the friendliest people we’ve ever met.