Welcome Back Cotter
Distance : 32.1 km
Time: 2 hrs 59 mins 0 secs
Rate: 5' 34" per km
Weather: beaut, sunny, temp 18-28 degrees, humidity 40%, breeze calm/very light
Week: 45.9 km
Jan & Year: 466.5 km
Ventured back to the Cotter today with Mick C & Michael T for a second long distance run in 3 days. This was my 127th run at the Cotter since the first run in March 1994. The scenery has changed, the trees have gone, the dust and hills remain and it hasn't got any easier. Looking back at some of times I ran, I must have had a big tail wind to go so fast. Still is a good spot to build an endurance base, can be very warm in summer, open and exposed, and very cold in winter with big frosts and cold winds blowing off the mountains.
Today was really nice. If any one didn't get out for some exercise today and enjoy it, I don't know what better conditions you would like.
We started just after 8:00 because I can't get moving early in the morning. Mick C and I did the 21 mile run and Michael T, still recovering from injury did the 15 mile run, plus a bit extra. First time out there, missed a turn close to the finish and did a bit more.
Good going to the top of jelly legs, nice along Bullock's to Padovan's Crossing where the water is cool and flowing. Refilled my drink bottles as I had downed 600 mls so early and up Cliff road to Warks. Mick had taken off strongly again as he usually does, got covered in dust by a couple of 4WDs passing by and later by a couple of trail bikes having a good time.
I got to Vanity's Crossing with water over the weir, nicely cool and flowing, Mick C waiting. We ran almost together to the finish, both getting under 35 minutes for the last part back to the cars. That's OK considering the conditions, yesterday's race and we both did around 35 kms on Saturday. The climb up Ma and Pa will be well known to Brindabella Classic runners after 45km of that event. Past Peirce's settlement, yet to be rebuilt from the bush fires, then Mick takes off on the downhill going sub 4 mpk at times. I tried to stay with him but I had had enough and managed to get back in reasonable shape. That finished off just under 80 km in 3 days, good backing up, but not what Speedygeoff would suggest is the way to train.
The Cotter playground was empty when we left to run early but was packed with people having a picnic or BBQ. As is usual, made our way to the cool waters of the Cotter River, very pleasant indeed. A couple of bananas and a drink or two to replenish used calories and home after a great day out.
Even after today's run, I don't think or hope Maria will find much wrong at tomorrow's massage unless she looks inside my head and finds it empty.