Jul 3, 2014

I have now been running regularly and keeping a record of my distances since 1983, so I have built up quite a knowledge base on the subject. This experience has taught me how to go about getting fit for a particular race.

That would be fine if our bodies stay the same forever. However, there are two factors which make it a bit different for me this time around. Firstly, I had never previously started a race campaign after having run around the world. And I’ve never been 53 before.

Improvements are a little more difficult to come by now. I’m not sure whether the physiological changes engendered by the world run are the reason? Or am I simply showing the signs of age? Maybe a bit of both.

Anyhow, regardless of this, the old adage “Use it or lose it” still holds true, so I’ll keep pushing hard. One thing is for sure, I won’t get faster by taking it easy (except in the context of tapering ahead of a race).


On This Day


Jul 3, 2012

Distance today = 50.11 km; Total distance = 8703.23 km; Location = Westby, Wisconsin – 43 39.670′ N, 90 51.174′ W; Start time = 0835 Finish time = 1646


The morning conditions were much better, but it didn’t last. The early afternoon, in particular, was stifling. At one point I thought I was going to pass out. But a few drinks and some food from Carmel helped, and the rest of the afternoon was pretty good.

Once again, the scenery was just so beautiful, with tranquil valleys and streams mixed in among green forests and pastures. I even passed a spring this afternoon, and had a drink of pure water coming out of the side of a cliff. It’s hard to beat western Wisconsin.

The milestone for the day was passing the 30% mark for the journey. I’m now closing in on the one-third milestone.

We’re staying one more night with Diane and George, so I commuted back this afternoon, and will head back to my finishing point in the morning. They have been such fantastic hosts – we couldn’t ask for more. Their home looks out over the Mississippi River, and I can see the water flowing slowly downstream as I write – the perfect setting to relax in after a long run in the heat.

PS No T-Mobile reception, so no tracker updates until I reach a reception zone. Not sure when that will be.


Jul 3, 2013

No blog post for this day, as I did not have internet reception in the Nullarbor.