Distance: 55.25 km
Time: 7 hrs 1 min 0 secs
Rate: 7' 37" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 1150 metres
Weather: sunny, temp range 17-29 degrees, humidity 80% down to 35%, wind calm
Week: 103.5 km, Jan & Year: 334.00 km
Today was another of the preferred locations for a Saturday morning, or for today, part of the afternoon. It was the 150th time I have recorded a Cotter run since 1994. They all must have started at the Cotter Reserve, not half way around or at the top of a hill. It doesn't include any Brindabella Classic events as they started high up in the mountains.
Softshoe & John K were on the start line just after 6: 30 am, we waited a while in case there were any others, but disappointed we left to ponder why. It matters not which way you go to start, it's up hill.
Through Pierce's settlement ( one house) to find water flowing nicely through the creek a km or so on. That was to be the case later on, water everywhere. Vanities Crossing was nice even at the stage, just 6.5 kms gone, could easily have stopped there.
But distance had to be covered now under a warm clear sky. Up the hills past DS 8, the relay changeover is very open and the real test on the way back exposed to the heat of the day.
Softshoe has already described the next encounter as we ran down towards the fast flowing creek. Through a section we now call snake corner after an encounter a few week ago, there was another red belly black snake, a metre long across the track and not moving.
We waited, coaxed, and waited until finally movement, very quick movement towards the creek. Well fed snake, living on plenty of frogs and lizards. Heaps of water across the trail from overfull creeks, wet feet, no choice.
John K turned around at DS7 gate, we continued on to Bulls Head picnic area on the Mt Franklin Road. Distance to Bulls Head is 27 kms, so for Kelley, about the same as the first long up hill at Comrades. This would be perfect training area for her. If she can find some company.
We found a small creek enabling us to refill, always needing water as it was warming up, even in the shade. Refilled again at the fast flowing creek, we needed plenty to keep us going which must have worked as neither of us cramped even with the sweating.
Closer encounter for Softshoe nearing snake corner, he was so close to stepping on another red belly black. That's why I let him lead, not because I was too buggered to go any faster.
Back in the open, the thunder clouds were rolling in from all sides, not sure we would get back without a down pour on us. We added 1.5 kms out and back on the 15 mile course before Vanities to ensure we made at least 55 kms for the day. It looks better than just under.
Almost the same time from Vanities after a rest back to the start as on the way out. Happy with that part of the whole run, the rest was good time on feet. Overall, take out the hills, we are on track for CP100km.