Australia Day on the Mountain
1st run - Black Mtn & Dairy Farmer's Hill - Dist. 23.8 km in 2 hrs 17 mins 27 secs at 5' 46" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 470 metres
2nd run - Campbell Park - Dist. 6.3 km in 35' 22" at 5' 36" per km
Weather: sunny, temp at 7:00 am 19 degrees rising to 30 degrees at 11:00am, humidity 85% down to 28%, wind calm, nice morning.
Week: 60.4 km, Jan & Year: 412.0 km
Always keen to make the most of a paid public holiday. Not all of mine are paid, most are unpaid from now. Therefore, no need to work today, just more time to run.
And so a small dedicated group of us took up the challenge, the Black Mountain challenge, the Dairy Farmer's challenge and the dodging the bike's challenge. There must have been 100 bikes on the short distance between the zoo and the finish, all going very quickly. The rest was easy because it was flat, dry and dusty. It was also a challenge as it did warm up quickly as the sun shone on a treeless Stromlo Forest, no pun intended, there are a few small trees at the new Arboretum, no shade, and anything else that once looked like a tree has been cut down.
A good run, only one tumble, " did the CJ", not me. The usual damage, skin off, blood, a good bruise or two, kept going although a bit slower.
We finished at the far end of Black Mtn peninsular as others from the usual Tuesday group were returning, stated out much later than us.
I then went over to Campbell Park, location of this Sunday's first monthly handicap. Ran over the course, repainted a few markers, located the turn around points for each event. Really nice out there as well, with no one else about.
Good run total of just over 30 kms, felt good, no problems at all at the moment. Must stay up right, especially important on Mt Tennent on Saturday.