09.Jun.2017

Jun 9, 2017

I’m still not ready to claim I’m on my way to a full recovery from my gluteus problem. It felt good this morning, but yesterday it was a real problem after showing improvement in the days before that. It seems I take three steps forward and two steps back. I have a 50+ km day planned for next Friday, so I want to get it back to normal before then. Sorry to be mentioning it so often, but I’m unable to do a lot of running at the moment, so it’s the “topic of the day”.

Like the last post, here’s a photo from Germany when I was running in the snow in March of 2013. In this instance, you can just make out the cycle path on which I was running (you can see it about 20 metres in front of me). This made the running much more enjoyable, even if it was covered in a thin layer of snow and resulted in my feet being wet and cold all day long.

 

 

On This Day

 

Jun 9, 2012

Distance today = 53.10 km; Total distance = 7525.30 km; Location = Wahpeton, North Dakota (9 km west of) – 46 15.643′ N, 96 44.464′ W; Start time = 0830, Finish time = 1636

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/187274072

It was a day I was dreading. After a week of temperatures above 30 C, today was predicted to be the crescendo. When I headed off at 8:30 am, it was already 28 C. When I finished at 4:45 pm, it was 36 C. I assume it reached nearly 40 C at its peak.

Despite all this, I had a relatively good day. I couldn’t have done it, though, without Carmel’s support through the middle of the day. Between the 15 km and 37 km marks, she provided me with drinks every few kilometres – and a delicious lunch. All the same, I was still very thirsty by the time I finished my day at 53 km.

Following my mention yesterday of the cyclists who have circumnavigated the earth according to the rules, I learned that a race based on these rules concluded earlier this week. The winner was a guy called Mike Hall, who completed his lap of the world in 92 days – an incredible average of about 320 km per day – which is about six times what I’m averaging on foot per day. This smashed the previous cycling world record, which had already been broken several times in recent years.

It must have been as tough mentally as physically, to get up each day knowing he had over 300 km of riding in front of him, rain, hail, or shine (or worst of all, a headwind). Given that most people who ride or run around the world will only do so once, it’s a pity he had virtually no chance to see the sights. To a large extent, it’s the seeing, hearing, smelling, and touching that really makes a trip around the world under your own steam worthwhile.

However, I’m sure Mike Hall won’t be too concerned, having won the most gruelling race ever devised (the only tougher race would be one where the participants had to run around the world). Well done, Mike!!!!