18.Jun.2015

Jun 18, 2015

I was a little disappointed in my time trial around Centennial Park today, though I shouldn’t be. I ran the lap in 13:51, which was only five seconds faster than three weeks ago. However, given the good result in last week’s 5 km time trial, I was expecting a time today closer to 13:35. But there appears to be good reason why I wasn’t at my best.

I had an annual medical yesterday, which included a blood test. All manner of tests were performed, amounting to close to ten test tubes of blood being taken – I estimate about 200 mL (yes, that’s the correct abbreviation for millilitres) – and this left me decidedly below bar today. Right from the start I felt nauseous and out of breath. Even now, three hours later, I’m still struggling for breath and feel like I’m suddenly living at 4,000 metres altitude. I wouldn’t have thought that just 200 mL could do that, but it seems to have in this case. But, as I’ve been reminded, blood doping cyclists have an extra half to one litre injected and they perform like they’re Superman. Losing the haemoglobin in 200 mL is clearly going to have the reverse effect to some degree.

Not to worry – I guess I should actually be very pleased that I managed an improved time at all, considering the circumstances. I’ll have to rely on my next lap of the Park as a guide to my prospective City to Surf time. I do believe I’ll need to get it down to around 13:20 to stand any chance of beating my age.

As most readers will be aware, the book comes out on Wednesday. Ahead of that, however, I am scheduled to be interviewed on The Today Show (Australian version) on Monday morning, some time after 7:30 am. The interview will take place in the studio. I’ll confirm that on the weekend.

The world run photo today is of a strawberry patch in California, just south of San Luis Obispo and north of Santa Maria. It was a beautiful day of running. All the farms in that general region seemed to be growing either strawberries or artichokes. I have to admit to having pilfered a sneaky strawberry on that occasion, and it was delicious.

 

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On This Day

 

Jun 18, 2012

Distance today = 50.08 km; Total distance = 7983.51 km; Location = Floodwood, Minnesota (15 km east of) – 46 55.603′ N, 92 42.842′ W; Start time = 0848, Finish time = 1657

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/190466702

Another solid 50 km day. I am finding it easier to stick to this distance than to vary the distances too much. The morning was cool and overcast, while the afternoon was sunny, hot, and humid.

After passing through the town of Floodwood, I started down a minor road – Highway 8 – which turned into gravel. I’m on it now, and there’s no way off for the next half day or so. It’s pretty good for a dirt road, though.

Today was another when I crossed both a parallel (47 deg N) and a meridian (93 deg W). I must be making progress.

 

Jun 18, 2013

Distance today = 60.54 km; Total distance = 21,729.34 km; Location = Yellowdine, WA (35 km east of) – 31 16.203’ S, 120 00.934′ E; Start time = 0735, Finish time = 1713

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/330117063

Today was my first run over 60 km since April 3 last year. I felt pretty good for most of the day, but the best I felt was during the last 3 km. Why? I don’t know, but I’ll take it.

It was very chilly when I started out. In fact, the car’s windscreen was completely covered in ice this morning. But I’ll always vote for cold over heat when it comes to running  weather.

I am now running on one of the most remote stretches of the whole run so far. It is 186 km from Southern Cross to Coolgardie, and I’m planning on completing it in three days. So far, so good. Between Yellowdine and Coolgardie, a distance of 156 km, there is absolutely nothing – no towns, shops, petrol stations, or anything else – just scrubby bush. There will be a bit of commuting to and from my stopping points.

It feels a little surreal to be running from Perth to Sydney. It is one of those iconic trips for drivers, like Route 66, but running it makes the whole experience that much more unique. Despite the lack of variety, I’m really enjoying the run so far. I hope I can say the same after the Nullarbor.