Distance: 25.3 km
Time: 3 hrs 51 mins 11 secs
Rate: 9' 08" per km
Altitude gain/loss: about 1300 metres
Weather: mostly cloudy, temp at start 6 degrees rising to 15 degrees, humidity 95% down to 50%, wind mostly calm except on top of mountain when strong SW & very cool
Week: 92.3 km, Sept: 395.25 km, Year: 3517.1 km
Very unsure today on how I would climb up and down a mountain, not once but twice. In the end, the sore ribs made the decision easier.
I took a reminder from an article in the current Ultramag on training for an ultra. Mimic the conditions expected in the race. I decided that a walk/run plan was better than a run/walk plan as I can't go hard up the hills and breathing hard. The longer the time out there, the better.
I cut the distance short deciding not to go down to Apollo Road, it's steep and difficult when fit.
We started at Namadgi Visitor's Centre, up the main front Alpine Walking track to the top of the mountain. The tracks has been washed away from winter rains, the growth on the side has covered parts of the track, but the rocks are still there and the mountain is just as high.
Probably a PW to the top, but is was too cold and windy to stay very long to enjoy the view. Back down the same way on to the Alpine Track, very slow on Bushfold Flats which was not overgrown as I expected, but very muddy in places.
Turned up the main fire trail to the top, walking nearly all the up hill. The run back down was much better, breathing easier just as well as the track requires 100% attention. It's technical and you don't want to make a mistake, over the edge and gone forever. Met three bush walkers on their way up, a nice day for them starting mid morning.
Great day out, it's been many months since the last time up there, it's not easy but enjoyable.
No idea now on how tomorrow's monthly handicap will go, don't want to finish last.