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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week 45 - All About The Vert

Running: Year to Date

Distance:  3,753.9 kms in 45 weeks at ave  83.4 kms ( same as week 44)

Last week:  82.95 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 134,367 metres in 45 weeks at ave  2,986 metres ( up from 2,964 metres at week 44)
Last week:  3,930 metres

Strava: - 136,945 metres

In maintenance mode now with no run events now for remainder of the year. Some Canberra running friends will be in Tassie in early next year, so I will have to be ready to go.
The main reason for the big vert figure was 2 days spent on lower Mt Wellington slopes assisting Police & SES in a search for a missing Hobart man. Unfortunately, it didn't end well.
But I did get good distance & vert as we covered the tracks & trails that quad bikes & trail bikes could not go & were difficult for the helicopter to see.
A travel day on Monday back from Triple Top run in the north of the state & a 5 km walk to the river day after a massage, meant a 5 day run week. So happy with how it all panned out.
A good Saturday run/fast walk on Saturday up Mt Wellington on a beautiful sunny & mostly calm with a Canberra running friend topped up a nice run week.
Monday recovery day. Certainly will have a trip to the river. No problems at the moment, massage found nothing so it's all go, just nice and easy.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Week 44 - Must Lift My Game

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,670.95 kms in 44 weeks at ave  83.4 kms ( down from 84.2 kms at week 43)

Last week:  49.9 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 130,437 metres in 44 weeks at ave  2,964 metres ( down from 2,985 metres at week 43)

Last week:  2,062 metres

Strava:  132,931 metres

Triple Top run event in northern western Tasmania was the main focus of the week. Yearly averages have taken a tumble due to tapering with a few rest days. There are no run/race plan for the rest of the year. Six weeks basically to make 4000 kms & 150,000 metres in vertical.
Triple Top goes over Mt Claude, Mt Van Dyke & the main one, Mt Roland.
These have peaks over 1000 metres above sea level with Mt Roland at 1,234 metres is just lower than Mt Wellington behind home in Hobart.
Weather conditions were near perfect, sunny, mild & little if any wind.
I was going Ok, running along the very undulating wet & muddy single track taking in the wonderful scenery. A rolled ankle by one of my running friends put an end to my " race" as I waited with a paramedic, some SES people & two course marshalls for the helicopter to arrive. Five hours later, right on dark & 11 hours after starting, I crossed the finish line in last place.

To the north, views out over the city of Devonport and Bass Strait. To the west, views over the world famous Cradle Mtn area still with a little snow & to the south, views over the Western Tiers.
I say this many times about the scenery in Tasmania, but this event although only 19 kms in distance & around 12-1300 metres of vertical, is stunning. Forget the winning runners who take just over the 2 hrs, the main group times are well over 3 hours. Technically difficult all the way, it finishes with an 800 metres severely steep rocky descent in 3 kms. Not for the faint hearted, it is scary.
Do it again ? You bet.
Why does this event sell out in 18 hours with a full field of 300 runners & walkers. The challenge & the scenery of course. Brilliant day out, loved it for all of it's dramas.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week 43 - Trying to Catch Up

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:   3,621.05 kms in 43 weeks at ave  84.2 kms ( down from 84.5 km at week 42)

Last week:  73.2 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 128,375 metres in 43 weeks at ave 2,985 metres ( up from 2,964 metres at week 42)

Last week:  3,881 metres

Strava:   130,799  metres

Two non running days, one due to the weather when local Parkrun cancelled due to track conditions, wind & rain.
So, managed to get a fair bit done in 5 days with all but one having heaps of vertical metres. Best one was today with a run/walk up Mt Wellington to find the few remaining patches of snow from a dump on Saturday. Most of it had gone, but the winds were amazing with 65 kmph strong westerlies making the temperature feel like -11 degrees. So much for spring time leading to summer temps. Not here, not yet.
Couple more solid running days then ease back before Triple Top which won't be as hard as today's 28 km with 1700 metres of vert in 4 and half hours. Should be a good fun day and a chance to catch up with a few running friends in the north of the state.
All good in the lead up, racing as such won't be the priority. just have fun & take a few pictures.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 42 - Update After Holiday

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,547.85 kms in 42 weeks at ave  84.5 kms ( down from 85.5 kms at week 38 )

Last 4 weeks:  297.2 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 124,494 metres in 42 weeks at ave  2,964 metres ( down from 3,123 metres at week 38)

Strava:  127,379 metres

Last 4 weeks:  5,825 metres

Away on holiday for just over 3 weeks. Except for a few days in Canberra where there are some nice hills, most running was easy flat trails on soft sandy surface.
I really eased back as most of the year has been fairly continuous with a few big events/races.
Now have one more big event in 2 week's time. It's called the Triple Top. A mountain run over three mountain in northern Tassie with plenty of up hill but also one big descent at the finish.
Apparently, it's very steep, rocky & may be scary. Especially dangerous if wet as it was a couple of years ago. Although the distance is only 19 kms, my guess at my time will be 3 and half hours given comparing with others last year.
Get this event out of the way, then rebuild that vert total to ave 3000 metres per week & get over 4000 kms for the year.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week 38 - Time to Start Tapering

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,250.65 kms in 38 weeks at ave  85.5 kms ( down from 85.6 kms at week 37)

Last week:  82.65 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 118,669 metres in 38 weeks at ave  3,123 metres ( down from 3,140 metres at week 37)
Strava:  121,149 metres

Last week:  2,492 metres

Time to start taper for next weekend's off road marathon in southern Tasmania. Providing this event goes well, I will enter the Sri Chinmoy ultra in Canberra the following weekend.
"Goes well" doesn't necessarily mean a fast time or a good placing, but getting through without falling over, no injuries & not totally wiped out. There won't be any time for a full recovery, so I'm hoping just rest & a couple of short easy jogs will be enough between events.
A 6 day run week just gone, nothing far or high & no Parkrun, on duty.
The weather has been just Ok, wind blows as usual every day and occasionally saw some sunshine.
Fully expecting winter conditions down south next weekend as the event part covers the most southerly road in Australia, the most southerly walking track. I'm sure on a good day you could see an iceberg. Guaranteed to be a rough windy day.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week 37 - Right On Average

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,168.00 kms in 37 weeks at ave  85.6 kms ( up from 85.5 kms at week 36)

Last week:  88.00 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 116,177 metres in 37 weeks at ave  3,140 metres ( up from 3,137 metres at week 36)
Strava:  118,633 metres

Last week: 3,240 metres

The Kowen 12 hour night run was now 2 weeks ago. But, there was still some fatigue at the beginning of this week. A couple of very easy ( meaning slow) runs on Monday & Tuesday, a short walk on Wednesday, meant the latter part of the week had all the hard work in those 4 days.
Friday was the main day, almost the weekend long hilly run, with 19 kms & 1300 metres of vert doing a triple up and down Goat Hill near home.
Parkrun then on Saturday was very average, just under 25 mins for 5 kms. But backed up afterwards with a nice climb up a nearby hill, Grassy Tree Hill. I usually do an after Parkrun hilly run. Just part of the training plan.
There is a small rock pile on the summit that I add a rock to each visit. Going to take a long time to increase the height of this one. 
Another 2 weeks now until Australia's southern most marathon in the far south of Tasmania. Beyond the coast is Antarctica. Weather permitting, it's very scenic & spectacular. If weather is not so good, the wind will blow you off your feet. Could easily be rain & snow. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week 36 - Race Day & Rest Days

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,080.00 kms in 36 weeks at ave  85.5 kms ( down from 86.3 kms at week 34)

Last 2 weeks:  144.75 kms

Altitude: Garmin - 112,937 metres in 36 weeks at ave  3,137 metres ( down from 3,204 metres at week 34)
Strava:    115,106 metres

Last 2 weeks:  3,990 metres

When you do an ultra 12 hours night run in the middle of a fortnight, the stats are going to take a hit.
Taper & recovery are not my best attributes. I'm more a consistency person.
The fortnight had 4 total rest days, 3 by choice & one ( today) just tired. Yesterday's Parkrun showed I needed a complete nothing day, not even a short walk.
Last weekend, a night 12 hour event in the bush near Canberra on a mix of road, fire trail & technical single track. We competed on a 7.7 km loop with just over 200 metres of up hill each lap. Managed 8 laps, so just over 60 kms with 1600 metres of vert. With 4 solos on 9 laps, not that far from a solid middle of the pack result, but stopped with 40 minutes to go as the timing was only at half way & end of each lap. Taking around 100 minutes to do each lap nearing the end, another half lap to get an extra 3.8 kms & still having to get back wasn't worth the effort.
A very good night in the bush, really liked this one.

Couple of easy runs this week, but the fatigue is still there. Another easy week, not so much in distance, and I'll leave out an intensity. I ran Parkrun on Saturday morning, there was nothing in the tank.
I'll reassess my race plans for the last part of this year now. Hopefully a mixture of exciting Tassie runs & a couple of mainland events. All of these will be dependant on in-law family health conditions in Tassie. A sick & inactive lot down here.