Mar 24, 2017
I’m recovering well from the King Island race. Yesterday and today I’ve felt full of energy and have run a lot faster than I normally do. And I haven’t had any sign of an impending injury, which often happens soon after a race. I’m feeling fit and healthy – a good indicator for my next intended event, the 250 km six day race in the Simpson Desert. I haven’t registered just yet, but I have booked my airfares to Birdsville.
The mountains you can see in the distance in this photo are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a part of the Rockies in Colorado and New Mexico. This was taken just after I’d entered Colorado. I was at about 8,000 feet above sea level. The peaks are at 14,000 feet. As I often say, how could anyone not want to run in this sort of environment.
On This Day
Mar 24, 2012
Distance today = 50.81 km; Total distance = 3949.20 km; Location = Cameron, Arizona – 35 52.554′ N, 111 24.787′ W; Start time = 0907, Finish time = 1617
Today was another tough one. It would have been a standard day, except that there was 4,110 feet of downhill running. That takes its toll on your legs, and mine are jarred pretty badly.
The soreness was eased somewhat by the great views I had as I descended from the Grand Canyon plateau. The Litte Colorado River Gorge, which is joined to the GC, is a great tourist attraction in its own right.
Tonight we’re in Cameron, an original trading post between the settlers and the Navajo Indians. Many of the buildings are still standing. It’s easy to imagine how it was 150 years ago.
I’m afraid it’s looking like my mobile phone reception will be quite sporadic over the coming weeks, as I make my way through some of the most remote countryside in the mainland US. The worst thing about this for viewers of this web site is that the real time tracker may often be outdated in regard to where it’s showing me to be. Even today, the tracker is showing me about 2 km south of where I actually finished today’s run. This is not too bad, but it could get worse. Fingers crossed – maybe it won’t be that bad after all.
Mar 24, 2013
Distance today = 49.34 km; Total distance = 18,413.23 km; Location = Blumberg, Germany – 47 50.356′ N, 08 31.820′ E; Start time = 0830, Finish time = 1700
It was another cold one today, but, as I always say, better cold than hot when it comes to running.
The early part of the day was again along the Rhine, but by late morning I’d veered to the north, along a smaller river. This river – more like a creek – is the border between Germany and Switzerland. On this occasion, I was running for quite a while in Germany, while at the same time being only five metres from Switzerland. I also had the Black Forest on my left.
I would like to have made a bigger excursion into Switzerland, spending several days there. However, the cumbersome telecommunications system in Europe, where every country requires its own SIM card or you pay exorbitant roaming charges, has precluded me from anything more than a few kilometres at a time in Switzerland. I just wasn’t willing to go through the new SIM card routine again for the sake of a few days. Unfortunately, Switzerland has been the victim of this issue, as far as my run is concerned.
I forgot to mention, my tracker is operating normally again during the day, so you can watch my progress in real time. It didn’t work for a month while I was in France, thanks to phone company SFR.
While much of my day was on flat cycle paths, the last part entailed some vicious hills, with gradients of up to 15%. It was a nasty way to finish the day, but I’d rather get it out of the way now, instead of in the morning.
Tonight we’re in the south-eastern part of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), and it is snowing steadily. It could make for some very pretty running tomorrow. We’re having some internet problems, so the photos may take a day.