Bush Capital Course
Distance: 35.05 km
Time: 3 hrs 25 mins 37 secs
Rate: 5' 52" per km
Start time: 7:35 am
Altitude gain/ loss: 510 metres
Weather: sunny, temp 17 - 25 degrees, humidity 80% - 42%, wind calm to start then up to NW at 35 kmph
Week: 99.15 km, Nov: 331.85 km, Year: 4035.75 km
Met the group at Molonglo Reach near Duntroon on a bright, sunny and warm morning. The forecast a couple of days ago was for chance of showers, far from that today. An arrangement in place to meet Liz at the War Memorial after 8 am, so most of group of about 10 at least ran to the Mt Ainslie walking track corner.
Liz had arrived just a few minutes earlier having already covered 25 kms, and with the backpack on board. Finally the meeting of Liz and Ewen was like old friends reacquainting, having written to and about each other for months to finally meet in person. As well it was one of those rare occassions that in a group of 10, there were 3 Thompsons. Almost enough to depose the leaders and call for a spill at the top.
We slowly made our way to the Mt Ainslie base track, headed towards Campbell Park on the Bush Capital 25 km course. Slowly the group was down to 3 as others ran their own, Liz relating the needs to prepare for the Cradle Mtn run in 9 weeks time. The preparation required in important, so much to carry, the training to do as well as the unknown of ultra running, and the terrain of the Overland Track.
We parted ways at the Federal Hwy underpass, waited for about 10 minutes for softshoeshuffle to catch up. Obviously still feeling the effects of last week on Mt Tennent, as well as a warm day, I moved ahead as we made our way back behind the houses of Watson, Hackett and Ainslie. Ihad almost ran out of drinks so called back in to the drink fountain at the War Memorial before the final 5 kms back to the start area. The others had left so I headed to the cool waters of Lake Burley Griffin to cool down.
The kayakers and canoeists were well underway in a 24 hour either solo or team paddle on the lake. A 5 km loop on a choppy and now windy lake would be hard work for the rest of the day. As well as very tough on the shoulders, arms and backside. May be they have more padding than us runners.
Good day today, really enjoyed talking to Liz about the preparations for Cradle. I ran well within myself, didn't feel the effects of the weather, almost my perfect sort of running day.