Mar 1, 2017

I think I’ve recovered reasonably well from my long run on Monday. I ended up with a total of 44 km for the day. I intend to do another fast lap of Centennial Park, either tomorrow or Friday, so that will give me a much better sense of my recovery.

With the long run to start the week, I should still crack the 100 km mark for this week, but next week I’ll be reducing my mileage quite dramatically. I don’t want to go into a 32 km race feeling fatigued and over trained. The fact that I will pass 1,000 km for the year by this weekend is a hint at the possibility of being overdone, particularly as it has been quite a high quality couple of months. An easy week leading into the race should ensure I recover adequately.

This is a photo of me applying lip protection in the Californian desert during the world run. This, along with sun block for other parts of my exposed skin, were a necessity when running in such locations and conditions.



On This Day


Mar 1, 2012

Distance today = 59.92 km; Total distance = 2798.32 km; Location = Ontario, California – 34 04.667′ N, 117 37.099′ W; Start time = 0914, Finish time = 1748


Today was an experience in LA suburbia. It was a long 60 km through built-up areas which once were small and large towns in their own right, but have long since been absorbed into the conurbation that is now known as Greater Los Angeles. This city is truly huge. I was already well into the city when I started today, I covered 60 km from west to east, and I still have plenty more to go before I’m actually out of the city. And I thought Sydney was large.

All the same, it was more pleasant than I expected, but I’ll take the quieter countryside any time. One nice aspect was that the Angeles National Park was looming to the north throughout the day. Among its peaks is Mount Baldy, where there is often a mountain top finish in cycling’s Tour of California.

I also got to wear my new official running gear, kindly posted to me by my sponsors, Next Digital. You will start to see me in this gear in the photographs from now on.

And stay tuned in regard to the RWVQ (red wine value quotient). I have had several suggestions from readers, all red wine afficionados in their own right, and I am attempting to incorporate their views in the RWVQ. I expect to have a refined version in the coming days.

Finally, if you are a reader of the blog who likes to look at the Garmin link, you will notice today’s data only goes up to 25 km. Somehow the GPS watch did not fully charge last night, and was about to run out when I stopped it at 25 km. I then took out my spare (my cycling Garmin), which I hadn’t used since NZ, only to find that it had almost no charge. Luckily I have two further backup plans (based on the i-Phone), and put these into operation, although they don’t result in data backed up to the Garmin website. I did some videoing at recognisable sites, though. It’s not my preferred option, but at least it’s some form of verification that I was where I claimed to be.

PS I had the pleasure of catching up with an old friend last night, Peter Mensah. Peter is an actor, currrently living in Hollywood, and has had roles in several movies and TV series, including Tears of the Sun, 300, Spartacus, True Blood, and Avatar. His star is on the rise, so keep an eye out for him in these and other productions in times to come.

Mar 1, 2013

Distance today = 52.01 km; Total distance = 17,263.43 km; Location = Verdalle, France – 43 30.422′ N, 02 09.364′ E; Start time = 0850, Finish time = 1719


Another productive, although reasonably uneventful day. The weather has been kind to me the past few days. Since the snow, the temps have warmed up a bit, and there’s been no rain.

For the third day in a row, I passed open air markets in the first town I went through, early in the morning. I called Carmel to let her know. She stopped at these markets again, only to find the same guy who makes paella was there. That’s a span of 100 km between the first and third towns. He really gets around. However, we decided against having paella for a third consecutive day.

Just after midday I reached the town of St Felix Lauragais. There were some truly old buildings there, and I imagine the place looks much like it did in medieval times. From there, it was on to Revel and Soreze, where we stayed in 2011 at a thousand year old former abbey. I finished the day 11 km further on, near the town of Verdalle.

I’m not normally one to air a gripe on the blog, but I will today. We found out this afternoon that the data (internet) on our phones will not work. Apparently internet does not work with SFR sim cards on i-Phones. This is despite SFR selling us the cards with the assurance that the data would be working within two hours. That was one week ago. It turns out it was never going to work. SFR – one of France’s main phone companies – is either dishonest or incompetent. In my role as a consumer watchdog for travellers, I would advise you never to use SFR when in France. And, despite the company having hundreds of offices all over the country, they will only give us our money back if we go to the office we bought the cards from – more than 350 km away. That’s not going to happen, so the upshot is that the tracker, amongst other things, will not be working while I’m on the road in France. The best I can do is send out a signal via the hotel wifi at the end of the day.