Two Fruits

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tour de Tuggeranong Valley

Distance: 50.2 km
Time: 5 hrs 17 mins 1 sec
Rate: 6' 19" per km
Elevation gain/loss: 650 metres
Calories used: 3950
Weather: mostly cloudy, sun at times, temp range 2-12 degrees, humidity 55%, wind calm
Week: 138.7 km in 7/7 days at 19.8 km per run day
July: 101.25 km in 5/5 days at 20.25 km per run day
Year: 2661.5 km in 143/187 days at 18.6 km per run day

I met softshoeshuffle on the track behind his place in Theodore at 8.15 am on a sunny, calm morning, bit a chill in the air in the shade but it warmed up to a beautiful running day as the time went on. No real decision had been made about where to go but we both knew that 50 km was about the goal. The next challenge is the 60 km at the Bush Capital weekend at the end of this month.
We decided to make the first loop shorter than previous Saturday runs, so off we went to the tracks behind Chisholm, Golmore, over to MacArthur, across the open paddocks near Long Gully Road, and up to the trig on Wanniassa Hills. Great views from here of Woden and Tuggeranong valleys. Carefully down the rocky track to the exit gate behind Fadden, through Gowrie, down Ashley Dr and back to my place. First 25 km done.
Stop for honey sandwich and a drink, then off again towards Pine Is. From the top car park it is all the way on the river track to Point Hut, up that very steep hill behind Gordon, over to Banks, Conder and finally the sub station at Theodore. It is one steady section with a few hills, and hard work at times.
We parted ways soon after, me going towards Calwell oval and softshoeshuffle heading back to his place. Made it home having covered the desired 50 km so no more to be done today. Good run today, perfect running conditions. Completed 2nd biggest week in recent years. Very enjoyable day and week.
Rest day tomorrow as a baby has to be christened and Dad want's us all to celebrate. Can't let him do it alone.


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