Distance: 31.0 km
Time: 3 hrs 6 mins 41 secs
Rate: 6' 01" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 700 metres
Weather: cloudy/part sunny, temp 16-21 degrees, humidity 50%, wind calm
Week: 124.55 km
Nov: 478.4 km
Year: Target 5000 km less ytd 4419.6 km = 580.4 km to go
No need for plan B to be enacted, a reasonably nice day after a big storm yesterday afternoon. The Cotter river, Padovan's crossing and Vanities crossing all had a bit more water in them than 2 weeks ago when we last ran out there.
Four of us fronted at 7:30 am, John K, CJ, softshoeshuffle and myself. The SFT training plan had a 21 miler with a start up Mt McDonald just to ease into the run. From the start to the top of Mt McDonald it's a continuous climb of 5.5 km, running the distance in around 37 minutes, a climb of almost 300 metres off a cold start.
However the views on a good day are wonderful, over to the Brindies and back towards Canberra. After that you can take the easy option of Wimp's way to Bullocks Paddock Road. We ran back to rejoin the jelly legs track, another long grind of ups and downs on a recently graded track ready for the bushfire season.
A bit of a rest then off towards Padovan's crossing, where John K and softshoeshuffle continued towards Vanities Crossing. CJ and I headed to Wark's road, another short but challenging run up Cliff Road.
Wark's road is open with the sun shining, the increase in temperature was noticeable, then cooling down again when a cloud crossed over. A red belly black snake appeared on the road up here, not expecting visitors, but it slowly moved away while we waited patiently.
We reached the relay change over for Brindabella Classic, rumour it has ran its last race, then decided the extra distance up Mt McDonald would add enough to the run, that the 18 mile option was good value for us instead of doing the 21 mile.
Reaching Vanities Crossing, the water splashing over the spill way, the water warmer than expected but very nice on tired legs. We both removed our shoes and socks, CJ wearing the new 4WD shoes, very nice, loved the tread pattern underneath. A short rest and drink and slowly we made our back to the start. The others were waiting but the mobile coffee man was not in sight, in fact not many people about at all. A bit later the coffee man drives in, turns around and drives out. We almost had our money in hand, ready to order, and away he goes. Bugger, I could, and CJ definitely could, taste the beans as we finished, disappointment, big time.
A good day out, productive day, plenty of chatter, good company, thank you to CJ, John K and softshoeshuffle. Monthly handicap tomorrow, and we run up Mt Tennent, twice, next Saturday morning, first of the tougher runs leading to SFT.
Mid afternoon, Point Hut river flowing well with recent rain and cool enough for recovery, 15 minutes in the water until it started to rain, so I got out. How silly, I was wet anyway.