03.Mar.2015

Mar 4, 2015

I believe the Runner’s World online version of the article about my world run is now available. I don’t have a link to it yet, so I can’t advise how to access the article, but will do so as soon as I have the information. It is a commercial publication, so interested parties will probably have to subscribe or pay in some way, but it has all sorts of interactive capabilities, including the ability to zoom in on parts of the course to glean further information and photographs.

The paper version will appear in the US next week (March 10), and it will appear in many other countries soon after. My understanding is the article will also be in the next Australian edition. I’ll post that information when it’s confirmed.

An article about the world run has also appeared in an online publication here in NSW called We Are Explorers. You can read the article for free on the following link – http://www.weareexplorers.com.au/how-to-run-around-the-world-tom-denniss/

 

On This Day

 

Mar 4, 2012

Distance today = 33.22 km; Total distance = 2953.27 km; Location = Indio, California  – 33 43.845′ N, 116 14.328′ W; Start time = 0950, Finish time = 1453

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/155036485

Thought I’d be feeling pretty wasted today, but I was actually fine, although the heat started to weigh in towards the end. It was around 30 C, and much hotter out in the sun.

I headed through suburb after suburb of, what can only be described as, up-market desert country club living. The land is either dusty and dry, or as green and lush as anywhere in Ireland. It’s amazing what redirected water can do.

I’ve given some more thought to the Red Wine Value Quotient, after various insightful comments from readers. Most issues centred around the fact that price can vary so much, yet my 0 to 10 rating scale is constrained. A deeper issue is the fact that the tax and regulation regime in various countries makes it easier for some jurisdictions to provide “value”. As much as I’d like to compensate for this, it is just too hard, so “tax” will implicitly be factored into the ratings.

However, to adjust for my subjective 0 to 10 rating scale, I have come up with the following formula (I wanted to keep this as non-mathematical as possible, but have been forced to incorporate at least a bit) – the RWVQ is the score out of ten cubed, divided by the price in AUD dollars. For example, the Napa Valley wine I described earlier, which cost US$1.67 (AUD$1.56) and I rated a 6 out of 10 (but have readjusted to 5.5), therefore has a RWVQ of 5.5 cubed (=166.375) divided by 1.56. This gives it a score of 107, which is hard to beat.

For comparison, another wine I rate highly, the JB Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, has the following – a rating of 8.5 and a price around AUD$25. This gives it a RWVQ of just 25, which is still a good score. However, it’s hard to beat a half decent wine for value when it costs under $2. Sometimes one finds a wine that’s anomalous, I know, but if you can actually buy it, then it’s real value all the same.

And, once again, sorry to anyone who may be struggling with the arithmetic associated with the RWVQ. Does this mean it’s necessary to have some level of proficiency in the subject to fully appreciate red wine? (I can already hear the rumblings and objections starting to build).

To finish today, I thought you might find the photo below somewhat amusing (if it’s too big to see, just click on it to view it). The baseball player’s name is Pujols, which is pronounced Poo Holes (seriously). Is that why the Big A has a ring around it?

 

Mar 4, 2013

Distance today = 54.09 km; Total distance = 17,422.25 km; Location = St Jean du Bruel, France – 44 01.430′ N, 03 21.578′ E; Start time = 0908, Finish time = 1757

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/280397936

A very tough day. Huge hills, a savage headwind, and cold sleet at times. And it was a long day too. I’m glad it’s over, as I’m now warm and resting.

The high point of day (in terms of altitude, that is) was at over 800 metres. At this location, there is a view of the highest bridge in the world, crossing a gorge just south of the city of Millau. I could see the bridge in 2011 when I cycled this road with Dave, but the weather precluded any vision of it today.

I had a big descent late in the day, which again was hard on the quads. They handled it pretty well, though. It was down into a lovely valley, and through the equally lovely towns of Nant and St Jean du Bruel.

I must mention the B&B we stayed in last night. Domaine du Vern must be one of the best there is. And hosts, Laurence and Stephane, may just be the friendliest there is. The food is fantastic, and all locally grown seasonal produce. It’s also organic. If you are travelling in the St Affrique region, it definitely should be on your list, and make sure you experience the dinner too – don’t just treat it as a bed for the night, or you’ll miss out on a large part of the reason for visiting. Thanks Laurence and Stephane for a great stay.