Jul 14, 2014

It’s only six days now until I run the Sutherland to Surf race. Normally I wouldn’t do a time trial in the week prior to a race, as it can leave you flat on the day. However, I felt that a 3 km time trial today wouldn’t hurt too much, especially given I have nearly a week to rest.

I last ran the 3 km course twelve days ago in 10:45. Today I did it in 10:33 (3:33, 3:35, 3:25). The 12 second improvement in as many days was pleasing, though I didn’t feel I was at my best. I reckon the constant late nights watching the Tour de France have taken their toll. I didn’t get to bed last night until nearly 2 am. I’m not going to get much respite before the race on the weekend either, as one of the best stages is on Saturday night. So it looks like I won’t be in bed before 1:30 am before the race. Not to worry, as this race is just a warm up for the City to Surf on August 10, and le Tour will be well over by then.

Anyhow, I checked back over my running log books, and the last  time I ran the Sutherland to Surf I managed a 42:14. A week or so prior to that I had run the same 3 km course in 10:15. I can roughly extrapolate the 18 second difference (between today and last time) by multiplying by four. That means I should be at least 72 seconds slower on Sunday, giving me an expected time of around 43:30. I’ll take anything under 44 minutes, which is 4 minutes per kilometre pace on the hilly 11 km course.


On This Day


Jul 14, 2012

Distance today = 57.39 km; Total distance = 9263.79 km; Location = Kenosha, Wisconsin – 42 35.353′ N, 87 49.078′ W; Start time = 0806 Finish time = 1717



I knew I had a big day in front of me, so I was up and ready for an early start. I clicked my watch to begin and headed off. The ankle wasn’t too bad, but the day got off to a disastrous start as far as technology is concerned.

You see, after what I estimated to be a few kilometres, I looked at my watch to check exactly how far I’d gone. It read zero. I stopped and tried to work out what the problem was. It turns out that none of the buttons now work. While there is a display, nothing happens when I click the button to start it. It looks like all the sweat and other environmental factors have finally taken their toll, and the watch is now dead, cactus, kaput!!! I mean it’s now about as useful as Mr Reefton Humblewood’s wedding tackle, and as effective as his cycling ability (a little “in joke” there, but you get the picture).

So, I called Carmel and arranged for her to activate the spare Garmin when she came to meet me. Luckily, the route I was taking was direct and simple, and she could easily follow my course. When she reached me, I reset the Garmin and started it again for the rest of the journey. Therefore there are two Garmin links. Ignore the average speed in the first one – the distance is correct.

I will need to get a new Garmin soon. If the spare displayed the map I could just continue to use this, but it doesn’t and I really want to provide the map, vertical profile, and speed graph facility to viewers of the web page. As soon as I can get a new one, these graphs will be back in the link.

Anyhow, as for the running, it was a mix of suburbia and semi-rural landscapes. It wasn’t the best day of running, but I was very pleased to get through my longest day in months without any issues.

Early tomorrow I will cross the state border into Illinois. That will be my 13th US state of the run so far. They will come thick and fast after that. My good friends, David and Cheryl Kerr from King Island, are donating to Oxfam per state and country I pass through, so I guess I’m not doing them any favours by visiting so many states, but I’m sure they don’t mind. It’s all for a good cause.

If you haven’t donated already, please think about doing so. Every little bit helps.


Jul 14, 2013

No internet, so no blog post for this date. However, it was Michael’s birthday, and we woke him by singing the obvious song this morning.