Three Peaks - Two Big and One Small
Distance: 43.0 kms
Time: 4 hrs 47 mins 6 secs
Rate: 6' 40" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 870 metres
Calories used: 3185
Weather: cloudy/sun, temp at start 17 degrees up to 28 degrees, humidity, 85% down to 45%, wind mostly calm
Week: 114.1 km, Jan & Year: 244.2 km
Altitude gain/loss for week: 1900 metres
Firstly, did any one get the pun ( intended ) from the title of yesterday's story ?
Today was a tough day out, weather conditions not that good, temperature high to start and getting warmer, but the humidity was high with clouds and no breeze to help.
We started from Molonglo Reach car park at the time noted on the course profile, very early by my usual standards. I'm a midday runner now. We used tracks used for the Three Peaks and Bush Capital events conducted by the Aust Mtn Running Assoc.
Around the outside of the golf course then the 6 km loop over Mt Pleasant, back to the Mt Ainslie base track then followed the Bush Capital marathon course out to the Federal Hwy. Very warm out there in the open, but that is what training runs are for, getting used to all conditions. The trail up Mt Majura followed the Triple Tri course, rocky and rugged, but mostly runable except that steep part near the top.
By that time we were starting to get low on drinks, the humidity making us sweat more than expected. I had stashed a drink bottle near the saddle between the two mountains, and that was drank in no time when I found it. Decided against the long way to get up Mt Ainslie, took the short cut on the eastern side from the roller coaster track. That's almost like a two lane highway, graded and wide.
The top of Mt Ainslie was the last of the up hill, the water from the tap most welcome. A slow run back to the start, and contrary to radio reports, no blue/green algae in the lake. Beautiful 15 minutes in the water washing off sweat and dirt.
A good day out, long dusty trails, not much shade, but welcome experience if Maroondah Dam conditions are similar. And they probably will be as much of the area down there was burned in last February's bush fires.
Tomorrow, an easy run. Next Saturday is Mt Rob Roy then the following Saturday returning to Mt Tennent. They will be two good runs, plenty of rough hilly trails. Just glad I don't have to carry a back pack.