A Mountain and the Paddlers
Distance: 25.1 km
Time: 2 hrs 25 mins 10 secs
Rate: 5' 46" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp 18-20 degrees, humidity 70%, wind calm
Week: 108.9 km - 6 run days = 18.15 km per run day
December: 130.75 km - 7 run days = 18.68 km per run day
Year: 4149.0 km - 228 run days ( 342 days) = 18.2 km per run day
Starting at Molonglo with quite a few regulars missing but with Annette S on the scene for a casual off road run, a group of 7 headed out past the golf course towards Campbell Park offices. Good running conditions with cloud cover, just a mild morning and no wind, we made our way to the horse stile, stopped for the group to get together again and to not disturb some bird watchers.
Continuing on following the January vet's handicap course we arrived at the corner before the long drag up to the saddle. Deciding where to go we stopped, and arriving at great pace were the O'Reilly group. They were not keen but our group decided to go up the fence line to visit Trent's grave. Annette sure has some climbing ability, would like to be on a run with Elizabeth, CJ and her at their best. On to main ridge track and back to Ainslie we followed to the War Memorial where the other kept going back to the start.
I decided on a little extra so went up the main track to the top of Mt Ainslie, plenty of people on the track, down the back to the power lines and up to the saddle. I thought about the roller coaster, but I would have been too short. Instead headed back the same way as we started, but cut back at the horse stile, up on to the main track to the gun club. Back to the start finishing off a good day out.
The others had gone, I needed to stand in the water of LBG to help the legs and got taking to some paddlers just about to start a 20 km paddle to Scrivener Dam and back. They have the Murray River Challenge on soon, hundreds of kms over 5 days. A GPS, same as mine on the deck kept the distance, time and speed.
They seem that even a small guy like me would be well suited to paddling especially long distance as I have the endurance, just need to build some upper body strength. Their eating and drinking patterns are the same as running. Sounds like my kind of fun when the knees and ankles give out, or the mountains are too much to tackle.
Am I drifting in my thinking, off road duathlons and paddling, is the flame of running starting to flicker? Who knows!