Jun 23, 2014

My speed work session this morning was a different to normal, at least in terms of the way I felt. I did a similar session to two weeks ago – the 250 metre hill (at 8% gradient), a 400 metre sprint, and a 1 km, although this time I added a 1 mile at the end as well.

The times were generally marginally slower (41.8, 71.1, 3:27, 5:31 respectively), although I felt much stronger in each. In addition, the whole session was much less painful than normal. In fact, it hardly hurt at all, despite the fact I couldn’t have gone any faster.

Although it would appear I’m not getting much faster at these flat out shorter distances, the fact that I’m finding them easier augurs well for the longer races. I may even mix up the intervals a little, with more repetitions at a lower intensity. Variety is important, both physically and mentally.


On This Day


Jun 23, 2012

Distance today = 50.46 km; Total distance = 8221.48 km; Location = Hinckley, Minnesota (11 km south of) – 45 55.380′ N, 92 57.444′ W; Start time = 0842, Finish time = 1719


Back to the world of the internet today. I have added the relevant Garmin link to yesterday’s blog entry. As promised, I will include two days in one.

The highlight of yesterday’s run was the Munger Trail, coupled with dealing with the floods. I had to detour around a flooded bridge in the town of Barnum, and then just down the road at Moose Lake, the road was again closed.

On this occasion, however, we met a very helpful police officer, Eric, who directed me back on to the trail – too easy, and I was soon on my way again. Carmel, however, had to do a major detour in the car – it was lucky Eric helped her with this, as it would have been a bit of a nightmare otherwise. These detours for the car meant Carmel was unable to take as many photos as normal, as she was often separated from the trail for long periods.

I finally made it in to Willow River, where we stayed at the Squirrel Cage Motel. As mentioned, there was no internet, but at least there was good mobile phone coverage.

Today I set off again on the Munger Trail. It was one of those days again – I just didn’t have much energy and constantly felt like stopping. My feet were aching too. But I kept on pushing and logged my standard 50 km. There were no major flooding issues to deal with today, so I think I’m passed the worst of it now.

I stated a few days ago that the Munger Trail stretched all the way to Minneapolis. This appears not to be so, and I have now completed the extent of the trail. It was nice, all the same, to have run nearly 150 km on this well sealed pathway. I should be in the twin cities of Minneapolis-St Paul in a few days.


Jun 23, 2013

Distance today = 54.22 km; Total distance = 21,996.52 km; Location = Widgiemooltha, WA (10 km south of) – 31 34.089’ S, 121 36.303′ E; Start time = 0752, Finish time = 1639

The perfect weather continued today – blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures around 18C. While the traffic was quite heavy between Kalgoorlie and Kambalda yesterday, it was much lighter today as I headed toward Norseman, and the start of the Nullarbor. I estimate an average of about one vehicle per minute.

For more than 500 km, from near Perth to Kalgoorlie, I had the great Coolgardie Water Pipeline to keep me company. Now I have just a road with trees alongside. It’s tranquil, but there’s not much variety in the landscape.

The day was, once again, without incident. I did get to meet a group of older bikies, who were out for a Sunday ride, but, other than that, it was very quiet. We are staying at the classically named Widgiemooltha tonight – essentially a roadhouse with basic accommodation. Once again, the mining boom has pushed up prices beyond what most people would consider reasonable. It’s hitting the budget hard.

PS Just enough reception to post this blog, but not enough to upload the Garmin data. That will have to wait until tomorrow.