Jul 12, 2014
Today was a bit different. My run was very short followed by a ride around the countryside near Berry, about 150 km south of Sydney. I rode with my old mate, Klitty, and his cousin, John. Klitty was a champion cyclist himself in his younger days, but John was even better. John was an Australian champion and even rode professionally in Europe on Tom Simpson’s team. Even these days he’s a formidable force on two wheels. Both these guys were part of the support crew during my Melbourne to Sydney run in 2009.
It was a windy and cold day, but we enjoyed it regardless. I find it very useful to mix up my training, throwing in other forms of exercise from time to time; particularly now that I’m doing a couple of hard fast sessions each week. The extra rest I’ve been giving myself has resulted in me feeling much better when I do run. And feeling more rested means I enjoy each run far more than I would if I was constantly fatigued. As I said earlier, I reckon I’d become so used to running tired, I’d forgotten what it’s like to run fresh. I’m now relearning what it feels like.
On This Day
Jul 12, 2012
Distance today = 50.79 km; Total distance = 9156.33 km; Location = Port Washington, Wisconsin – 43 23.247′ N, 87 52.185′ W; Start time = 0844 Finish time = 1703
I headed off down the west coast of Lake Michigan this morning. The past several days have seen perfect summer weather, and today was a carbon copy. The light breeze meant the surface of the lake was, if not like a sheet of glass, then at least like one with a few blemishes and imperfections.
It was a very pleasant day of running, although without incident. I finished in the very picturesque and historic town of Port Washington. It’s easy to believe you’re on the ocean in this town.
Today’s question and answer is one almost always asked by journalists – “Why are you doing this?”: My standard answer if four-fold. When I first thought about running around the world, it was because I was excited by the adventure. Quite simply, I thought it would be a great way to see the world. I then decided it would also be an ideal way to raise money for charity, and Oxfam was the perfect candidate. Thirdly, since there’s nothing special about my ability to pull off something like this, I’m hoping to inspire others to experience their own adventure – a walk across the state, a cycle trip from one city to another, whatever interests you. Finally, as many pointed out, I may as well look at setting a record for the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World on Foot. I want to point out, however, that, if I am successful, I will not be the first to run around the world, simply the fastest. Jesper Olsen has already successfully run around the world (twice) and is the current fastest with a time of 662 days, and Tony Mangan is currently involved in a very comprehensive world run that includes North and South America, top to bottom.
So, they’re the four reasons: adventure, charity, inspiring others, and record setting.
PS When I awoke this morning, my watch had actually discharged rather than recharged. This is what happens when the terminals are partially corroded. I cleaned the terminals and left it with Carmel to charge while I headed off with the spare. She met me with the watch at the 25 km mark. So, for a change, the spare Garmin link comes first today.
Jul 12, 2013
(There was no internet reception and, therefore, no blog post for this day. So I have included the following day’s post instead).
Distance for July 12 = 54.00 km; Total distance = 23,031.22 km; Location = Yalata, SA (52 km west of) – 31 21.780’ S, 131 17.512′ E; Start time = 0837, Finish time = 1724
Distance for today = 57.00 km; Total distance = 23,088.22 km; Location = Yalata – 31 30.910’ S, 131 51.715′ E; Start time = 0821, Finish time = 1706
Yesterday passed very quickly. Numerous people stopped to talk to me, and I received a few long phone calls from friends. It’s amazing how quickly a day can pass when you get distracted.
I also saw four dingoes, and the crew were being circled by another at the camping ground. I think that one was looking for food. They were all quite lean. As Chips would say, they were “like a robber’s dog”.
Carmel, Jeff, and Michael took a detour from the highway to see the Head of the Bight, where numerous whales were milling around in the ocean. It’s well known for whales, and is the most northerly part of the Great Australian Bight. They raved about it. I’ve seen whales up close before, so I didn’t feel too bad about missing out.
I reached the 23,000 km milestone yesterday – only a little over 3,000 km to go.
Today was a lot more hilly than I expected. We’ve left the Nullarbor Plain, and are back into undulating countryside with lots of eucalypt forests either side of the road. Jeff and Michael continue to do a lot of cycling, and Jeff has been running with me regularly.
The highlight of today was the arrival of Chook and Silvia. They will be with us for about a week. For those who have been long time followers of this blog, you’ll recall that Chook (aka Roger) met up with us last October in the US, along with his brother, Don, and ran a total of 117 km me, including 37 km of the Boston Marathon during Hurricane Sandy. He will be doing a lot more running with me over the next few days.