May 28, 2014

My heel has been a little sore the past few days. My left knee has also had a few twinges. These may be an indication I’ve been pushing a bit too hard. I’ll be sure to monitor it carefully. I don’t want my enthusiasm for a reasonable time in the City to Surf to result in an injury.

I have a big week coming up. Tomorrow I’m doing my 5 km time trial in the morning, then riding my bike from Wollongong to Berry (for those who aren’t familiar with the terrain, this is on the south coast of NSW). I’ll be staying overnight in Berry before a huge ride with some of the Tour de Bois through Kangaroo Valley on Friday. We’ll be doing over 2,000 metres of climbing.

Then on Saturday I’m heading over the Blue Mountains to find fellow world runner, Kevin Carr, and act as his support crew on his run in to Sydney. He’ll be finishing his Australian leg early next week, then heading to New Zealand.

Before I head down the coast tomorrow, however, I’ll publish a post about what transpired in my 5 km time trial. As mentioned previously, at this stage of my campaign to get faster, anything under 20 minutes is acceptable and anything approaching 19 minutes would be considered very pleasing (my PB is 16:34, so I may be aiming a little too high at this stage, but that’s better than aiming too low).


On This Day


May 28, 2012

Distance today = 53.22 km; Total distance = 6912.21 km; Location = Okaton – 43 53.256′ N, 100 53.417′ W; Start time = 0816, Finish time = 1602


During the run today I tried to think of what I’d write this afternoon. But I’m afraid I failed.

OK, there’s a few things I can mention, but nothing too interesting. That’s the nature of the prairies. They have a certain beauty, but there’s a large element of “sameness” to them. When the view essentially stays the same all day long, it starts to wear on the mind. And I’ve got plenty still to do.

One small point of interest – I passed the 5,000 km mark in the US. And my official position is about 16 km west of where the tracker is showing me.

I hope I have something more interesting to relate tomorrow.


May 28, 2013

Distance today = 42.23 km; Total distance = 21,230.15 km; Location = Rengit – 01 39.537′ N, 103 11.899′ E; Start time = 0931, Finish time = 1636


Same weather conditions today – they never really change at the equator – but I am handling it much better. I didn’t suffer too badly at all.

The roadside eating places are a lifesaver for me, selling both food and drinks. The latter is obviously more important, but I have been enjoying the various delicacies as well. I never really know what I’m getting, but haven’t been disappointed yet. I think my favourite so far has been deep-fried mushrooms.

I have often been called “boss” when I have entered a shop. I think to myself “Hey, I’m not the boss of you”. It’s a throwback to the colonial days, but has persisted to modern times. There is no hint of subservience when they say it – to them it’s just a humorous name for white guys.

One thing is for sure – the reaction in Malaysia has been the friendliest of anywhere in the world, and that’s saying something. I am constantly getting waves from cars, and people call out greetings from the side of the road as I run by. They simply don’t see many Caucasians, especially those running in the heat of the day in the middle of nowhere.

Tomorrow will be my last day of running in Malaysia, and I’m hoping to have a dip in the ocean – the Straits of Malacca – when I finish, so long as the water is clean. I will soon find out.