Two Mountain Peaks
Distance: 28.6 km
Time: 2hrs 59 mins 10 secs
Rate: 6' 16" per km
Weather: sunny with light high cloud, temp 15-25 degrees, humidity 50%, light NW wind
Distance: 106.45 km - 6 runs at ave 17.74 km per run
December: 237.2 km - 13 runs at ave 18.24 km per run
Year: 4255.45 km - 234 runs at ave 18.18 km per run
The ladies were missing today, no Cathy, Elizabeth, CJ, Ruth, Debbie, Maryanne all off Christmas shopping or secret training with Speedygeoff at Stromlo. A small but enthusiastic group with newbies Brett and Nadine fronting up with Barbara, Ewen,Chris and Stuart for a very easy circuit of around the base of Mt Ainslie. Their trip of 16km plus a bit is still a challenge with a one km climb after 6 km up to the saddle between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura.
I left the group here and headed towards Mt Majura. Turned at the reservoir above Hackett and down the fence line past the Girl Guides camp to the pines. Expected to see plenty of mountain bikers here but they must have shopping as well. Very quiet until I met a couple of guys past the grape vines near the road to Mt Majura. A girl walking arrived while I had a drink at the trig. She was doing well as the temp had started to climb and the humidity was becoming a factor. I carried a fuel belt with 800 mls and a handheld bottle with 600 mls and plenty had been consumed by this time. Down the main front track and continue on the zig zag course, great fun this part, switch backs and technical, to get to the reservoir. Over to the saddle and on the roller coater track for a part before finding the track up to the top of Mt Ainslie.
Drink bottle refilled and down the front track where is was more like peak hour. Carefull because at every corner people were making their way up to the top. Plenty of fit people in Canberra at the moment. Turned at the back of the War Memorial, past the gun club and the golf course back to the start.
The group had left but I had 10 minutes in the waters of LBG to wash off the dirt and sweat and hope to aid recovery. Not cold enough now but it all helps.
Much slower that yesterday but a better run, felt OK all the way with just a couple of walking places on the way up Mt Ainslie. Good pace from the top of Mt Ainslie to the finish. Happy with that. Good day out.