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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Week 19 - A Storm To Remember

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,662.85 kms in 19 weeks at ave  87.5 kms ( down from 88.8 kms at week 18)

Last week:  64.9 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 59,006 metres in 19 weeks at ave  3,106 metres ( up from 3,103 metres at week 18)

Last week:  3,157 metres

Strava:  62,409 metres ( ave  3,285 metres )

Biggest rainfall event in Hobart's past 100 years or so with 130 mils of rain in 24 hours on Thursday/Friday. Most of the city central flooded as a rivulet that flows under the shops broke it's banks. A total mess.
On the summit of Mt Wellington, rainfall of 240 mils fell which has meant all the streams off the mountain are now small rivers.
I didn't venture to Mt Wellington after the storm but hit my local hills to do a bit of track clearing. Considering the amount of rain, the trails don't have any surface water. Ground so dry it has soaked up all the water. But, the storm had gale force winds so many trees have split & fallen across the trails.
Just managed to stay on average with vertical, but distance average is slowly dropping with no race events on the horizon. May be something in October/November. Until then, maintain the base.
A few pictures of trees down across my local hilly trails.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week 18 - Maintenance

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,597.95 kms in 18 weeks at ave  88.8 kms ( down from 89.8 kms at week 17)

Last week:  71.05 kms

Altitude:  Garmin- 55,849 metres in 18 weeks at ave  3,103 metres ( up from 3,092 metres at week 18)

Last week:  3,276 metres ( 11th on Skyrunning Aust/NZ Strava)

Strava:    59,220 metres

Maintenance week with nothing ahead to focus on. Race events in Tassie go quiet now for a while.
Couple of good vertical days up on the mountain accounting for 2,400 metres of the weekly total.
The week included a rest day, Wednesday.
But the highlight, or lowlight, was the gale force winds from Friday down at sea level. On the summit of Mt Wellington, wind speeds of over 120 kmph were recorded.
Winter is getting closer now with the need to be wearing several layers ( 3 on Sat) when heading up high. A chance of snow later this week, but unlikely to settle for long if it hits the ground. Late June into July is more likely.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Week17 - Recovery Week to Maintain Averages

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,526.9 kms in 17 weeks at ave 89.8 kms ( down from 90.1 kms at week 16)

Last week:  84.75 kms

Altitude:  52,573 metres in 17 weeks at ave  3,092 metres ( up from 3,084 metres at week 16)

Last week:  3,223 metres

The week after Convicts has gone well, running or walking every day.
The week included a 3 km & 5 km walk, two sessions in the cold water just to help, a massage on Friday. Two good hilly runs, today was 27 kms with 1300 metres of vert, Wednesday was 16 kms with 840 metres of vert.
As a recovery week, it was more like a average maintenance week. With no important races on the horizon, this may be about the best for a while.
Jodie's massage on Friday found a few, but not many, sore spots mainly on the left side. Apparently, my left hammie is being overloaded & unable to handle the workload.
But, she worked her magic, and today's run was good up into the mountains.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 16 - Convicts & Wenches Race

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  1,442.15 kms in 16 weeks at ave  90.1 kms ( down from 92.2 kms at week 14)

Last 2 weeks:  150.8 kms

Altitude:  Garmin: 49,350 metres in 16 weeks at ave  3,084 metres ( down from 3,262 metres at week 14)
Last 2 weeks:  3,684 metres        

Strava:    52, 458 metres

Not much happened in the week after the mountain running champs. A couple of easy run days doing a double check that all the signs marking the course had been collected.
The following weekend was a family get together in the north of the state so very little running. The weather was terrible as well, rain and very strong winds.
The past week was tapering trying to freshen up for the Convicts & Wenches 50 kms race. These days, races are not races as such as I have more chance of finishing last then first. Although, neither of those has actually happened.
Convicts & Wenches is basically a beach run, out and back 25 kms over 2 beaches and over 2 headlands on single file tracks. One of the most scenic race locations you will ever run.
Perfect weather conditions, sunny, mild temps 11-18 degrees, mid humidity & no winds.
I managed a 15 minute better time than last year mainly as I didn't stop to take as many photos & a bit of course knowledge. Final time of 6 hrs 7 minutes 55 secs was very acceptable. I ran well for me, walked only the couple of steeper climbs up on to the headlands which were a little rough as well underfoot.
Sighted one well fed tiger snake warming itself on the sandy track on my way back. Very scary as they are rated about 4th most deadly in the world. However, it turned around quickly & back into the light scrub & out of sight. Very thankful for that.
Overall, one of the best coastal events I have ever done, just beautiful scenery & course.
No more major races planned for now. May be a few local Tasmanian winter races but not ultra or of significant distances. Couple of photos from Convicts & Wenches run.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 14 - Mountain Running Championships

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,291.35 kms in 14 weeks at ave  92.2 km ( down from 94.9 kms at week 13)

Last week:  56.85 kms

Elevation:  Garmin:  45,666 metres in 14 weeks at ave  3,262 metres ( up from 3,040 metres at week 13)
                  Strava:  48,654 metres

Last week:  Garmin:  3,118 metres

This week was not about me. It was checking & rechecking the two courses to be used today ( Sunday) for the Australian mountain running championships on Mt Wellington behind Hobart in Tasmania.
Good weather during the week allowed for a jog check on Tuesday followed by a very slow ( over 6 hrs) to marking both courses on Friday. Really had to make sure everyone knew where to go on race day.
Today, the nice weather disappeared at race time. But with clouds & a bit of wind, temps were great for running even if the views were somewhat lacking.
I was on officials duties today, so no running.
I have Convicts & Wenches 50 km race to do in 2 weeks time, so need to find some flat speed.
Otherwise, all good on the running front. Summer has gone so we now just wait until winter weather brings some snow. Hoping for as good as we had last year.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week 13 - Neverest Challenge

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  1,234.5 kms in 13 weeks at ave  94.9 kms ( down from 98.2 kms at week 11)

Last 2 weeks:  154.15 kms

Altitude:  42,548 metres in 13 weeks at ave  3,040 metres ( up from 3,021 metres at week 11)

Last 2 weeks:  19,314 metres

The last 2 weeks has been about getting the Neverest Challenge done. It's not a race, but a challenge to do the vertical height of Mt Everest ( 8,848 metres).
I travelled to Canberra to be part of this & to do as much as possible on the day. I was unlikely to get it all done in one go but did manage to do 30 laps up and down Mt Ainslie ( one lap was 2 kms) with 4,900 metres of vertical on the Friday night & Saturday morning.
Rested on Sunday, then up and down Mt Tennent on Monday ( 800 metres of vert). Travel home on Tuesday. Wednesday a trip to Launceston getting a walk done around the city for another 220 metres ( they all count ).
Thursday back at home added another 1070 metres with a trip half way up Mt Wellington. Friday I did 5 repeats on my local hill getting 565 more metres to the total. Took that day very easy as Saturday was going to be a tough one.
Bigger local hill was the final day. Nice sunny day, no wind as I managed to do a triple repeat of Goat Hill with the 1,355 metres of vertical enough to get me over the line.
While it took me 8 days in total, 6 run/walk days to hit the target, it was all in the name of a good cause raising money for the Australian Himalayan Foundation for repairs to schools & kids education in Nepal.
Today, headed to the river to soak the legs in the getting colder waters of the Derwent River. Water temp down to around 16 degrees at the moment, so really nice.
Next event is Convicts & Wenches in 3 weeks which is 50 kms flat along beaches on the north coast of Tassie. Something different, although I did it last year & loved it.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Week 11 - After Gone Nuts

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1080.35 kms in 11 weeks at ave  98.2 kms ( down from 107.5 kms at week 8)

Last 3 weeks:  220.5 kms

Altitude:  33,235 metres in 11 weeks at ave 3,021 metres ( down from 3,647 metres at week 8)

Last 3 weeks:  4,060 metres

Ran, enjoyed & finished Gone Nuts 101 kms 2 weeks ago. Amazingly scenic run over the Nut at Stanley on far North West coast of Tasmania, along beaches, through outgoing creek flows over the sands,farmland tracks, bush & rocky outcrops to finish at Wynyard.
For all the training I had done, especially the vertical metres and plenty of time on feet, I felt I ran out of " running legs".
With around 3000 metres of up hill in the race, I had heaps of solid walking pace & climbing, but after around 65-70 kms, just didn't have the legs to run. Combined with darkness & some rough tracks carved out of farmland, liked this last section of the race, I finished walk strong, just not enough pace. Final race result was 17 hrs 47 mins for 101 kms. Would have liked around 14 hours to finish in the daylight. So, I'll work on that aspect for next time. Overall, a fantastic event.
After race day, we had a week on holiday near the beaches of Port Sorell near Devonport where I spent 2-3 times a day in the sea to help the legs recover. No problems at all, just a bit tired.
The past week, back to some gentle jogging. On one very easy, going slowly, run I felt a twang in my left Achilles. Walked home, booked a massage.
The wonderful Jodie found several deep down sore spots, one of which was the cause of the Achilles ache. Massaged out the soreness, all good now although very careful.
Neverest Challenge in Canberra is next on the plan. Seems more like my scene now with steep up hill, power walk, and steep down hill where I can gently jog.