Two Fruits

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week 33 - Up and Over

Running:  Year to Date ( Sat 19.8.17)

Distance:  2,433.0 kms in 33 weeks at ave  73.7 kms  ( up from 73.2 kms in week 32)

Last week:  91.9 kms

Altitude:  87,778 metres in 33 weeks at ave  2,660 metres ( up from 2,616 metres in week 32)

Last week:  4,080 metres

A couple of good long hilly runs in the past 7 days. Four running days with distances under 10 kms each. Don't have to be all quality sessions.
Yesterday was a good run on the local mountain with snow having fallen late in the week providing a nice thick covering over the trails.
Certainly up there as one of the best winter running days.

I ran with 2 others, we had a great morning in perfect winter conditions. The snow plough was clearing the road as we passed by. Road was closed to vehicles , so we virtually had the mountain to ourselves.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Week 32 - No Long Run

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  2,341.1 kms in 32 weeks at ave  73.2 kms ( up from 73.1 kms in week 31)

Last week:  75.25 kms

Altitude:  83,698 metres in 32 weeks at ave  2,616 metres ( down from 2,622 metres in week 31)

Last week:  2,401 metres

Some crappy weather today and a recovery day mid week resulted in a marking time week.
In fact, today, Saturday is the regular long run day, was planned to be quite hilly & long. But heaps of rain, falling as snow up high, and gale force winds on the mountains meant is was a little dangerous to be solo out in the extreme elements.
Friday afternoon & overnight, winds on the mountains were around the 100 kmph speed. Combined with rain, the wind chill factor had temps down near -10 deg C.
Long run now moves to Sunday, so next week should show an improvement in the figures above as I focus on getting a suitable ultra distance & hilly run done in the next month or so. Living now on an island, you can't just jump in the car & drive somewhere to run interstate. Apart from the extra expense, getting a spot on the boat which is always full with cars & freight, means booking well in advance.
Upping the time on feet aspect is what I will need to concentrate on now. Hopefully, I have enough kms for endurance & strength from the hills to get through.
All good at the moment, can I hold together physically to do what the head wants to do. Time will tell.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Week 31 - A Good One

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  2,265.85 kms in 31 weeks at ave  73.1 kms ( up from 72.4 kms in week 30)

Last week:  94.8 kms

Altitude:  81,297 metres in 31 weeks at ave  2,622 metres ( up from  2,575 metres in week 30)

Last week:  4,047 metres

Easy to get a big week in when doing long run last Sunday and a long run today ( Saturday). With both those day contributing over 50 kms and almost 3,000 metres of the vertical, a sneaky rest day on Thursday almost went without notice.
The winter in Tasmania has been a bit of a fizzer. It wasn't as cold as would have been expected. Lucky when it was cold & wet enough for snow, it happened on a Thursday and was still there on a Saturday morning. Managed to get out in the snow 4-5 times, but chances are slim now for much more.
However, spring & summer are many months away, so it won't get warm for a long time yet.
I'm still looking for an end of year hilly ultra race. There are many on the calendar, but can't pin one down that's both suitable in time & place.