First run leg of Triple Tri
Distance: 18.9 km
Time: 1 hr 49 mins 45 secs
Rate: 5' 48" per km
Altitude gain: 570 metres
Altitude loss: 640 metres
Weather:L sunny, very warm, temp 24-26 degrees, humidity 25%, wind calm
Week: 18.9 km, Nov: 174.15 km, Year: 3878.05 km
I didn't follow my own recovery regime after yesterday on Mt Tennent by just resting in the chair watching Tiger throw the golf clubs. I should have gone to the river. Therefore the first few steps today were a bit of a struggle but that changed as I started up Mt Majura. Energy wise and feeling good, I moved into a rhythm after starting slowly.
The pressure was on not to run fast but to keep the team in front of the cut off time. The Sri Chinmoy announcer had just said there was only 10 minutes before cut off as I bike rider came in. I didn't have any one in sight for a long time until near the top of Mt Majura, I walked only a short steep section but that was more to remain fresh with another mountain to climb.
Passed a girl runner off the top of Majura, she was having her first run over the course and feeling the heat. The sun was burning out in the open. After the road section down hill the course goes in to the pines on the technical tracks used by the mountain bikers. The GPS loses the signal here a few times so the exact distance varies from GPS to GPS.
Back out in the open on the ridge between the two mountains, I finally started to pass a few runners. That also gives a reason to push on and chase, at least keeping the team in front of the sweeper, if there is one.
Mt Ainslie was it's usual tough climb, rough track and hot, but after the drink station on the top, I ran well down the front and on to Anzac Parade towards the lake. A short diversion due to road works around the back of the Australian War Memorial.
Finished well, good speed on the flat making up for the slowness of the up hill. Time wise it didn't really matter. About 5 minutes slower than I expected, but that was Ok due to yesterday's run and the very warm conditions today.
I will head to the river this afternoon to get some cold water on the legs and to watch the team members doing their part. I don't envy the mountain bikers today, those long hilly courses will be a real test.