Jul 19, 2015
I was pretty accurate with the prediction of my time in the Sutherland Surf this morning. I don’t have my official adjusted time yet (from the timing chip in my race bib), but I timed it as 42:02, which is just over two minutes faster than last year. By the way, Steve Moneghetti was in the race too, wearing the No. 1 race bib. I assume he won, but will confirm this when I see the official results.
I was a little concerned early on – the first part of the course is all downhill, and I’m not used to running downhill so fast. This caused my calves to tighten up and I was worried I’d suffer a strain. So I slowed down a little and actively concentrated on relaxing the calves. This slightly slower pace led to me feeling very comfortable throughout. It was one of the least painful races I can remember. Had I pushed a bit harder I probably would have run around 41:45.
It was my fastest Sutherland to Surf in eight years. It’s a bit hard to extrapolate accurately, but I’m hoping the best past indicator will be my 2008 time. On that occasion I also had calf issues in the Sutherland to Surf and finished in 42:40. I went on to run the City to Surf three weeks later in 55:26. Based on my time today, that would seem to suggest a C2S time this year of about 54:40. I hope so.
Interestingly, I was discussing the issue of “beating one’s age” in the City to Surf with some other runners today. Apparently I have been a bit too technical in working out fractions of a year and, thus, fractions of a minute. The more commonly accepted aim is to run a time in which the minute number (forget the seconds) is the same as your age (also, forget fractions of a year). Therefore, as I will be 54 years old at the time of the City to Surf, I simply have to run a time in which the minute component is 54. For example, any time from 54:00 to 54:59 would represent me “equalling my age”. Any time less than 54:00 qualifies as having “beaten my age”. This makes the job of “equalling my age” a little easier, providing me with an extra 30 seconds on what I thought I’d need to run. Still far from certain, but today’s run does at least suggest I’m a chance.
The photo for the day is a bit blurry – sorry about that. It’s one from the very beginning of the world run. In fact, this is me about three seconds after starting my run around the world. All those who turned up at the start at the Sydney Opera House to see me off formed a gauntlet for me to run through. And 622 days later I was back at the same spot.
On This Day
Jul 19, 2012
(Chicago) Well, after a 3:30 am finish to the party last night, I decided another rest day was in order. As you can imagine from the finishing time, it was a great night, with the guitar making a lengthy appearance.
You can be assured, I will be running tomorrow, heading toward St Louis. In the meantime, we’re spending another night at Sissy and Bob’s in Chicago.
Jul 19, 2013
Distance for July 18 = 55.91 km; Total distance = 23,365.47 km; Location = Haslam, SA (14 km north of) – 32 25.471’ S, 134 06.030′ E; Start time = 0821, Finish time = 1647
Distance for today = 55.57 km; Total distance = 23,421.04 km; Location = Streaky Bay, SA – 32 47.761’ S, 134 12.664′ E; Start time = 0818, Finish time = 1636
We all had a great time at Carmel’s birthday dinner on Wednesday night, meeting locals and partying at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel. The weather, however, turned a bit nasty later that night. The wind was gusting so strongly, I kept thinking someone was trying the crash tackle the van.
By Thursday morning, I was dreading getting out on the road. Chook decided to run the first 11 km with me and, in the end, it wasn’t so bad. After about 6 km the road turned south-east, and the north-easterly gale provided the perfect propellant. It was right up my clacker, making the running pretty easy.
Lunch was delicious tuna, avocado, and tomato sandwiches. The past couple of days, however, it was snapper, avocado, and mayonnaise toasted sandwiches, courtesy of the fish that Jeff and Michael caught at Fowler’s Bay. I also feasted on Chook’s tasty potato cakes during the day on Wednesday.
Today belonged to Chook. He ran an incredible 55.57 km with me, his longest run ever. He wanted to beat Dave’s record of 39 km, set in Hungary, for the most anyone has run with me in a single day on the world run. He certainly smashed that record. He also wanted to put it out of the future reach of Dave and The Hud. This could well be the case now. His effort was made all the more amazing by the massive headwind we had to run into during the second half of the day. Needless to say, he is now completely cattle-trucked, and will probably be in bed early tonight – after we celebrate his feat, of course. Silvia also ran 21 km with us, and Michael rode 43 km into the same headwind, including horizontal rain in his face.
Today also saw the arrival of my old school friends, Bill and Tony. They have come from Melbourne and Darwin respectively, for our annual Pewter Mug Day – more on this tomorrow. For now, it’s up to the Streaky Bay Hotel to toast Chook – all ten of us, the biggest group we’ve had on the run so far.