Jan 22, 2015

Later today I’m heading down the coast to do two days of cycling in the mountains with Big Andy, one of the Tour de Bois. For that reason I did my weekly lap of Centennial Park this morning. I ran it in 17:42 (4:39 per km), which was a 48 second improvement on last week. Once again, it’s not a fast pace and I wasn’t struggling at all in either my lungs or legs. The purpose of these runs is to get my body used to a faster pace than I’ve been running in recent months, via a sustained 4  km effort (actually, a tick over 3.8 km). So far, so good. I felt comfortable and there wasn’t the slightest peep out of my Achilles.


On This Day


Jan 22, 2012

Distance today = 30.16 km; Total distance = 1112.11 km; Location = Mana, NZ –  41 05.669′ S, 174 52.137′ E; Start time = 0903, Finish time = 1301


Another planned short day, with a run of 30 km out of Wellington. I started the North Island stage on Mount Victoria, a high hill in the centre of the city, with 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see the South Island, so it seemed an appropriate link to what I’ve just done.

I gave the support crew the day off, and caught a bus back to Wellington, where we are staying. I’ll start tomorrow’s leg at the Mana train station where I finished today.

We are staying two nights at the lovely home of John and Liz Huckerby, for which we are, once again, greatly appreciative. It’s a beautiful place, with some great views of Wellington.