Time: 1hr 51 mins 24 secs
Rate: 5'42" per km
Weather: Good, sunny, calm, temp range 17-24 degrees, humidity 40%
As we drove down through Tharwa township towards Namadgi Visitor's Centre, the top of the mountain was covered in cloud. The gathered runners arranged transport to the start and the clouds slowly cleared to reveal a sunny sky. The open section out to Bushfold Flats would be exposed with little breeze to help. A group of 40 approx started the long climb of almost 7 km to the top. Start altitude of 760 metres, dropping 100 in first half a km, and then onward and upwards to 1380 metres above sea level.
Managed to run all the way to the top in just over 50 minutes,the leader would have been over 12 minutes in front at this stage, but then he is the Aust open champ. Let the handbrake off on the downhill and surged without being out of control. Reached the turn to Bushflod Flats and slowed quickly but still under 5:00mpk on the open, undulating section out and back.
Trying to push the last 3km to the finish, was surprised at how good the legs were especially the quads. A far better run today than 2 years ago by 8 minutes so SFT in 3 weeks has a chance of being good. The training is starting to show dividends.
Picked up a chocolate Easter Bunny in the barrel draw, as did most other runners who didn't take the bottle of wine.
As I write this at 3pm, the clouds have returned and the thunder is quite often and loud. Just hope for some more rain as we have been having these afternoons recently for no result.