Nov 24, 2015

My recovery from Saturday’s ultra race continues, though it will be several days yet before I’m back to normal running. My quads are not as sore as I expected, but I’m not going to push things. That’s a good way to get injured and, besides, there’s no reason to overdo it anyway.

The official race dinner was held last night at a restaurant right on Dania Beach. We could see the tall buildings of Miami about 40 km down the coast. And there were several cruise ships leaving the harbour at Fort Lauderdale, heading south to the Bahamas or some other destination in the Caribbean. The night was great and further confirmed the fantastic camaraderie among the runners in last week’s races. And the race organisers, Andrei and Claire Nana, did such a great job in pulling together all the aspects that make up a successful week of racing.

I head to the airport in about an hour for my long flight back to Australia, via Toronto and Vancouver. It will be a quicker trip than it was coming over – only 30 hours on this occasion!!!! Time for a lot of rest, although I’ll probably do some short gentle recovery jogging in the terminals at Toronto and Vancouver.

Today’s photo is one from the vault. Many have probably seen this photo before, taken by Carmel as I ascended the Andes, but given the flatness of Saturday’s race, this shows I can run up hills too. It’s difficult to see, but I’m on the road below, near the telegraph poles between the black car and the big rock. And these hairpins continued for a similar distance above where the photo was taken.


Climbing the Andes


On This Day


Nov 24, 2012

Distance today = 51.21 km; Total distance = 14,871.64 km; Location = General Levalle, Argentina – 34 02.780′ S, 63 52.540′ W; Start time = 0824, Finish time = 1613


Another near perfect day of running – the only downside being the volume of traffic. It’s a long weekend here in Argentina, and it appears many people are spending it away from home.

The day was completely cloudless. I didn’t see one cloud anywhere, all day long. The temperature was very pleasant, and the road surface and shoulder were very acceptable, so it wasn’t so bad when I had to go off road when traffic came along.

Once again, the long, flat straights seem interminable. Every direction I look in, the horizon appears to drop away over the edge of the Earth. And when looking straight down the road, the reflection of the sky extends along the line of sight, making the road and the sky look like they’re one.

The straight roads also encourage drivers to ignore the speed limit. Although it’s officially 80 kph in most places, there are many cars doing at least twice that. I’m not joking when I say that one Mercedes today was travelling at around 200 kph. At that speed, they come up on you from behind with little warning, and sound like jets going by. The Doppler effect is very pronounced as they zoom past.

I was also followed by a dog today for several kilometres. He was incredibly friendly, despite being semi-wild with no owner. If we’d been in Australia, I might have thought about taking him home.

I finished the day at the 536 km marker – that’s how far it is to Buenos Aires. I felt very strong all day, with no pains or niggles at all. I hope I feel this way for the remainder of the run around the world.