Over The Hills, But Not Far Away
Distance: 38.00 km
Time: 4 hrs 24 mins 20 secs
Rate: 6' 57" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 900 metres
Weather: cloudy to start then sunny, temp range 13 - 21 degrees, humidity 82% down to 50%, wind calm
Week: 81.85 km, Jan & Year: 415.85 km
We stayed close to civilization this weekend. Injuries and illness are reducing our running numbers, so only three of us tackled the mountains. Early start again in case the weather turned warmer than forecast. In fact a very pleasant morning.
Softshoe, Robbie & myself started behind the War Memorial, then over to Campbell Park for another quick look over tomorrow's monthly handicap course. Up the Mt Ainslie track to the saddle, right turn up the goat track to the reservoir behind Hackett.
We headed to the Majura Pines area, quick chat to a mountain biker training for a 100 km bike ride soon, then up past the grapes at the vineyard to the top of Mt Majura. Excellent views over north Canberra.
We followed the Triple Tri course off the mountain to join the lower fire trail out to the Federal Hwy, part of the Bush Capital 25 km course. Turned around at the highway, back behind the houses of Watson & Hackett to the base of Mt Ainslie.
Robbie is going to do his first (and only ?) Six Foot Track in March so he needs all the up hill he can get. Up the track at the back of Mt Ainslie to the top, down the main front walking track back to the start. Damn, only 29 kms, need more !!
Enter Speedygeoff on the scene, he has only covered 19 kms, needs extra. Another one to the team, over to Mt Pleasant, a place Speedygeoff has been once before, many years ago.
Memory forgets how many nasty little hills there are to get to the top, and we went up the easy way. The Three Peaks run in November goes up the RMC cross country course the difficult way.
We are all hanging in there, some a little unsure down the steep down towards the back of the Russell defence offices.
Hard part done, easy at reasonable pace along Constitution Ave to Anzac Parade where we parted company with Geoff. Back to the start, a loop around the car park to make the distance a round amount.
Great day out, thanks to Robbie & Softshoe, then the company of Geoff.
Nana nap now, first monthly handicap with early start tomorrow.