May 18, 2015

I was a bit silly yesterday, carrying an old 45 kg (100 lb) TV out to the road to be picked up in a council clean up. It wasn’t so much the weight as the awkwardness of carrying it. I got about half way down the side passage and felt my back go. It was really painful yesterday, though a little better this morning. I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to run today. I thought I’d go out and test it, and after I warmed up it felt a lot better, but certainly not perfect. There was still a lot of stiffness and soreness, but not so bad that I couldn’t do a bit of the speed work I had planned for the day.

I didn’t want to push it too hard under the circumstances so I decided to limit my sprints to the shorter end of the spectrum. I ran my regular hill (which is 230 metres long at an 8% gradient), this time doing it three times at an average of 43.3 seconds. I was quicker last week on these same hills, but today I had no real rest in between each, simply jogging back down the hill and starting again. I then ran a 400 metre sprint in 69.4. Once again, this was slightly slower than last week, but I could very much feel the stiffness in my back and the lack of power generated through the left side of my pelvis. So it wasn’t too bad a session overall, considering.

Whenever I’ve strained my back in the past it has always come good within a day or two. I think I might attempt a short time trial on Wednesday, as on Thursday and Friday I’ll be cycling with my Tour de Bois mate, Big Andy, in the countryside. He is doing a major tour through the mountains of Europe in early June and needs some serious training. I’ll be keeping him company. I’ll probably do a long run in the country on Saturday.

Today’s photo moves into California. This was taken on the Big Sur stretch of coastline. The distances are in miles, so I was about 450 km from Los Angeles at the time. The Hearst Castle, by the way, is the amazing mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the first half of the 1900s, and was visited by innumerable movie stars and politicians of the day. Carmel, Libby, and Jenny (the three woman support crew at the time) visited it on a day trip. I just ran past, viewing it up on the hill from my vantage point on the coastal road.




On This Day


May 18, 2012

Distance today = 57.82 km; Total distance = 6405.97 km; Location = Alliance, Nebraska – 42 05.788′ N, 102 53.259′ W; Start time = 0923, Finish time = 1747


Hot, windy, lightning, and a few seconds of hail, all overlaid on a 58 km day – I did it tough!

The day began well enough. The first ten kilometres was quintessential Cowra to Canowindra (for those who know that region). By the way, yesterday was the spitting image of Forbes to Gooloogong. I love that countryside, so I feel good when running in similar surroundings.

However, the landscape soon turned to a more monotonous visage of sand hills covered in grassy tussocks, with not a tree to be seen. The next 30 km was the toughest, making me wonder why I was doing this.

But the last 20 km gradually improved, strangely enough, as a thunderstorm rolled in. There was lots of lightning, a very brief smattering of small hailstones, but no real rain that fell on me. For some reason, all this led to me feeling better, and I finished quite strongly.

Today was also one of those rare occasions when I crossed both a latitude (42 degrees north) and a longitude (103 degrees west).

I think I’m now over the soreness that ensued from last week’s break, but I’m a bit concerned about how I might handle day after day of 50+ km in 30+ degree heat. Well, I guess we’ll see soon enough.


May 18, 2013

Distance today = 0 km; Total distance = 21,008.14 km; Location = Istanbul, Turkey – 40 58.591′ N, 28 52.951′ E; Start time = n/a, Finish time = n/a

It was nice to have a free day in Istanbul yesterday, where we all headed into the city to look around the historic sites. The city truly has a history.

Carmel and I will shortly bid farewell to Debbie and Barry, and we’ll start the long drive back to Munich to drop off the car. It’s complicated as to why it needs to go back to Munich, but there was no choice.

It’s been fantastic having Deb and Barry along for the past two weeks. They’ve been a great help, and also a nice accompaniment during the day and in the evenings. Thanks guys.

I also think, at this time of finishing another continent, it’s worth reiterating about Carmel’s contribution to the run. Not only has she driven across three continents now (plus the length of New Zealand), but she has performed multiple roles each day – finding accommodation each night, keeping me stocked with drinks and food during the day, dealing with the daily updating of many aspects of the communications and web site, and all manner of other tasks. And, of course, the thing that most people know her for – her amazing photography. What a talented girl!

I know this info is a bit late in coming, but if you’re in Australia, watch the National Nine News at 6 pm tonight (May 18), and the Today Show tomorrow morning (May 19) for two news stories about the world run.

Keep watching this space for intermittent updates, prior to me starting the Asian leg on the 23rd.