May 24, 2014

I’m itching to do more speed work sessions and time trials, but I know I have to be patient. As everyone knows, too much speed leads to injury. Two sessions per week is sufficient. However, I have decided to go a little faster than normal in my other runs. This should help me improve my overall speed ahead of the City to Surf.

On the matter of races, my participation in the C2S will be contingent on obtaining a preferred start. I have always had this in the past. It’s based on one’s time from the previous year. However, its’ now been five years since I’ve done the race, so my previous times don’t qualify me to start at the front of the race anymore. Starting back in a pack of 80,000 runners is not in any way conducive to a fast time. I’ll appeal to the organizers to make an exception and grant me a preferred start. Hopefully they’ll have sympathy for my situation.

I think I may also do a lead up race – one I’ve often raced prior to the C2S. The Sutherland to Surf is a hilly 11 km race in mid July. It’s ideally timed as a lead-in to the C2S. I’ll be a long way short of my personal best for the course of 37:44, but I’ll be happy with anything in the vicinity of 42 minutes.


On This Day


May 24, 2012

Distance today = 31.91 km; Total distance = 6698.49 km; Location = Rapid City – 44 02.731′ N, 103 14.732′ W; Start time = 0932, Finish time = 1415


The Black Hills are everything I’d expected – stunning scenery, with serene forests intersected by clear mountain streams. Pity the weather precluded a perfect experience. It rained most of the today, and the temperatures were in single Celsius digits.

The planned short day into Rapid City, therefore, was beautifully timed, as I was only on the road for a little over four hours. Beats a full day in the rain and cold.

At the start of the day I met with a local television journalist, Derek, at Mount Rushmore. He did an interview with myself and Libby, and then some filming along the road as I descended the mountain. We’ll post a link as soon as that comes through. Mount Rushmore was impressive, and we observed an additional effect caused by the weather – the rain made it look like George Washington was crying.

The Garmin data, despite showing the correct distance, only has partial graphs today. This happened once before, and I have now worked out that I need to delete some old data on the watch to make way for the new.


May 24, 2013

Distance today = 49.05 km; Total distance = 21,057.19 km; Location = Masjid Tanah – 02 19.900′ N, 102 03.891′ E; Start time = 0920, Finish time = 1726


Shattered! That’s the best description of how I feel.

I think I have failed to drink enough during the day. I’m working hard on rehydrating now. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the first day back after a week off, results in inexplicable soreness. My thighs, in particular, are very sore too. And that’s not all. The constant sweating soaked my shorts (and singlet), and this always ends up causing chafing – not from thigh on thigh, but from nylon on thigh. It is so bad that the chafing is weeping plasma.

So, I’m not in good shape. As anyone who has been to Singapore, Hong Kong, or other South-east Asian locations can attest, the humidity is intense. But try running 50 km in it.

Otherwise, it was a nice day of running. The people are very friendly and interested in why I’m here, and I ran past many unusual sights – herds of water buffalo by the road, for example. I was a bit worried that the bulls would have a go at me.

Hopefully, what I’ve learned from today can be implemented tomorrow, and I will feel a lot better. I really don’t need to average 50 km per day while in Malaysia, so I might cut the distance down a bit. Wouldn’t that feel good?

Carmel was, again, a great support crew, but silly me declined the drinks she was offering me on many occasions. I won’t be tomorrow.