Cotter - Run No. 142
Distance: 40.7 km
Time: 4 hrs 40 mins 45 secs
Rate: 6' 54" per km
Altitude gain & loss: 850 metres
Calories used: 2990
Weather: start- sunny, temp 17 degrees, humidity 70%, wind calm - at finish, still sunny, temp 32 degrees, humidity 32%, wind NW at 20 kmph
Week: 90.2 km, Jan & Year: 130.1 km
I told the other 3 out there this morning that I would be slow and take the day as I felt. Better than expected but took it really easy walking the ups from the start through Pierces settlement, ( one house, there used to be about a dozen before the big bush fires from a few years ago). Then a bit of rhythm, still last out of the 4 of us but not far behind as we ventured down to Vanities Crossing. This would become heaven on earth on the return with the weather warming up quickly.
The onwards and upwards continued on the exposed dry and dusty fire trail towards Wark's road and DS8 on the Brindabella Classic course. The remaining trees finally provide relief from the sun, but the sound of flowing water in the creek was not there due to the dry spell of weather. Softshoeshuffle continued on after DS7, a locked gate now stopping the trail bikes from heading on towards Bendorra Dam Road and Bull's Head.
I turned around with the other 2, and returned to Vanities Crossing for drinks and a rest. Mick & Robbie continued back to the cars but I headed out again looking to find Softshoe near DS7 coming back from Bendorra Dam road.
The temperature was rising, Ok in the shade and plenty of that higher up in the mountains. We walked a bit to chat and finally I ran on to stop at Vanities Crossing for the most relaxing 15 minutes washing off sweat and dirt. Three trail bikes crossed over only to turn around and go back, may be to wash the dirt and dust off as well.
Even in the open I felt Ok, not overly hot and luckily with a nice breeze at our backs.
Time out there on feet was good, an easy day by running standards, no pace at all. Injuries from the fall not a problem after warming up.
Don't think I need the afternoon nana nap today, didn't go hard enough.
Ewen, is this Michelle a SFT candidate, or would I destroy her as well in the training ? Runs up hills well, I like the sound of that, good for Mt Rob Roy, Mt Tennent etc ?