11.Jun.2014

Jun 11, 2014

My stated aim for today was to beat my 3 km time trial effort from three weeks ago of 10:59. I managed this, but I was disappointed in the 10:56 I ran today. That’s an improvement of just one second per week over the 3 km distance. The splits were 3:44, 3:42, and 3:30. The final kilometre was basically no faster than the last one of the 5 km I ran two weeks ago.

At that rate, I’ll only improve about 40 seconds over the City to Surf distance by the time the event comes around. Luckily, it’s not as simple as that. I probably just had a bad day (although I felt good before it). Perhaps it was the speed work session just two days ago? Hopefully I’ll have a better time trial next week. At least I know from experience, if you do the work, you will get better, although it’s not always in well defined and equal steps.

 

On This Day

 

Jun 11, 2012

Distance today = 51.09 km; Total distance = 7627.20 km; Location = Hawley, Minnesota (11 km west of) – 46 52.560′ N, 96 27.461′ W; Start time = 0831, Finish time = 1612

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/188425088

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/188135239

When you have to run in serious gale force winds, it’s always preferable to have them at your back. Luckily for me, that was the case this afternoon. The weather report indicated the wind speed regularly exceeded 80 km/h. It pushed me along noticeably faster than normal. It would have been fantastic to have been cycling with it. Even a weak cyclist could have coasted at 50 km/h.

Last night I had been feeling decidedly out of sorts. I thought I may have been getting something. But it was nothing a good night’s sleep couldn’t fix. I continued to pick up throughout the day, and felt great by the end.

Around lunch time I crossed a small river in the large town of Fargo. The river is the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. There was a toll booth on the little bridge, charging motorists 75 cents to cross. Apparently it’s a privately owned bridge, and the toll must be an historic artefact, going back to the day when private citizens could build bridges and charge people to cross. I got across for free in the pedestrian lane. The support vehicle had to pay later when it made the crossing.

That means I’m now in my tenth US state of this run. And there are at least ten to come.

 

Jun 11, 2013

Distance today = 47.76 km; Total distance = 21,351.23 km; Location = Wooroloo – 31 48.439’ S, 116 21.498′ E; Start time = 0749, Finish time = 1542

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/326258194

I had a very enjoyable run today, through hilly forests dotted with holiday houses, and the smell of eucalypt log fires never far away – the classic aroma of winter in the Australian bush.

It was also my earliest start for more than a year. This was despite a great evening at Warren and Judy’s, with many a fine red wine being consumed. Thanks again, guys, for your fantastic hospitality.

The day was very hilly as I made my way up the escarpment, east of Perth. Late in the morning, I looked back at my final view of Perth and the Indian Ocean. I will see the Southern Ocean in about a month, and then the Pacific Ocean, just days before I finish the run.

I am enjoying having meat pies back on the menu. They’ve been my lunch for the past two days. It’s been more than a year since I’ve been able to buy them on the run.

All in all, it was probably my best “second day” after a break, with almost no residual soreness from yesterday. I hope the trend continues.

PS Google Maps led me up a wrong road. I had run 170 metres before I realised there was a problem. I’ve deducted the 340 metres from the Garmin data.