Acclimatising on the Red & Blue Arrow
Distance: 7.85 km
Time: 73' 54"
Rate: 9' 25" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 30 degrees, humidity 75%, wind calm
Week: 57.85 km, May: 330.25 km, Year: 1929.35 km
The flights to Cairns were quiet, mainly because I slept most of the way. A full plane load from Brisbane to Cairns and I know why, even Brissie was cool. The economic climate has hit town badly recently and nowhere as busy as previous times I have visited. Plenty of empty shops, not that many tourists soaking up the sun on the esplanade. Cool it is not, very warm overnight.
The local tap water supply is contaminated with some virus bug, all drinking water needs to be boiled.
Ran mid afternoon on Friday to have some chance of getting used to the weather, heat won't be a problem, but the humidity is high all the time. We ran from a car park near the centre of town to the top of a hill called the Red Arrow. It overlooks the airport runway, and although only 160 metres above sea level, it's a fair climb in 1.5 kms.
Then a circuit of 4.5 kms around the Blue Arrow, a narrow rough walking track in the rainforest, very similar to what to expect on Sunday morning. Dark under the trees, plenty of tree roots and large rocks to negotiate. Sunday won't be fast, it reminds of the last section on Six Foot Track leading to the Coxes River, although the track surface is not as good. Sun glasses not required, too dark. The trail is very dry, a couple of weeks without rain and the creeks are down to a trickle.
We then went to the school oval where a group are coached by my brother. They did 2 x 4, 300 metres, leading kids running 50 seconds for each, the last one in 46 secs. The best of them was missing this week, he really keeps them honest, capable of running 2'50" for a km.
All good so far, stocking up on food and drinks for tomorrow, with an early night planned.