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Jonathon's Racing Attacks and Adventure Packs!

Amazing racing and training adventures on roads and mountainous/hilly TRAILS, freewaybikehike and triathlons. Dreams of a SIX FOOT 45km finish,(DONE 2011,2013,2014,2015!),then ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA (50km DONE 2016! 100km DONE 2018!!!), memorable Melbourne Marathon and Gold Coast racing. Over a decade dreaming of a SUB 3HR MARATHON, sub 18min 5k, sub 38min 10k, sub 90min Half marathon etc...(shattered? or still realistic?)

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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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42.2km SB; 2004; 3.55 2005; 4.02 2006; 4.18 2007; 4.10 2008; 3.55
2009; 4.11 2010; 4.05 2011; 4.02 2012;3.49 2013; 4.12 ... 2014; ; 4.08 ...2015; 4.00
2016; 4.11 2018; 4.15
More ongoing GOALS;
***PB's pursuit; 5k 21.49, 10k 41.01 21.1k 1.41, ...42.2k 3.49

MM and the G!...

In recent years I have been enjoying races like;
December; 6-INCH(46km offroad)2005;--6 hrs 25 min...
2006; 7hrs 04 min 2008; 7hrs 00min...2009; 6hrs 16min
...2010:--5hrs 49min..2011:---5hrs 30min..2013---7 hrs 24min... 2014--- 7 hrs 06min 2015--6hours 43min ...2016---6hours 41min
October; Melbourne Marathon 2007; 4hr 10 . 2008 DNF at 23km..
2009 4hrs 11. 2010 4hrs 05min...2011;4hrs 02min...photos
2012; 3hrs 49min 52secs PB!... ..2013; 4.12 2014; 4.08 2015; 4.05... 2016; 4.53
Rottnest Marathon 2004; 4hr 32min ... 2013; 4hr 16min
August; City to Surf most years since 1997 see HERE for details,photos.
PERTH C2S PB's; 4K;17min 25 (2002) 12K;52min 52 (1997)
21.1K;1.54.20 (2007) 42.2K; 4.00.20 (2015) (2010 video)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11
PERTH Marathon(42.2km)
2004; 3hrs55min
2005;--4 hrs 02 min. 2006; 4hrs 18min 2007;4hrs 33
2008; 3hrs 55 2009; 4hrs 41min 2010; 4hrs 30min
2011; 4hrs 12min 2012; 4hrs 6min 2013; 4hrs 19min 2014 4hrs 48min 2018 4hrs 15min
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15
April;TWO DECADES of Bridges racing; 1997; 43min 43 1998; 41min 01
1999; 47min 29 2000; 46min 47 2001; (5km) 30min 01 2002; (5km) 22min 48
2003; 42min 40 2004; 48min 50 2005; 44min 40 2006; 48min 07 2007; 49min 16
2008; 50min 42 2009; 49min 54 2010; 48min 39 2011; 52min 55 2012; 47min 02 2013; 54min 45 2014; 48min 47 2015; 49min 53 2016 52min 20
March;6 Foot Track 45km;
2011; 6.53 2013; 6.54 2014; 6.47
2015; 6.14!!! 2016 DNF

As of June 2018; 31 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x6 Gold Coast x2 Rottnest x2
Have also finished 19 trail ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 11 times, six foot 45km ultra 4 times, Ultra Trail Australia ultras 2 times, Truth 50km ultra once within cutoff (and once outside cutoff), Lark Hill 50km ultra once.
Also completed the Bloated Goat 31km (1500m Vertical gain) 2 times which is similiar effort to a 46km ultra.
DNFs in UTA100km, WTF50miler, WAMC40miler race, Truth 50km, Six foot and 6 inch.
The first 3 DNFs were after covering more than 42km, and with Truth one was a 25km DNF and the first one I finished the full 50km but was 19minutes outside cutoff battling an ankle injury for 36km.
In road marathons 2 DNFs one at 23km in the 2008 Melbourne Marathon due to severe ankle injury in the first 1km, and PC2S @ 30km.

Most races since October 2009; >
24/06/2018 Eagle 22km 2hrxx(59min officially, but 43min on my watch as started late)
17/06/2018 Perth Marathon 4hrs 15min
19/05/2018 Ultra-Trail Australia 100km 24hrs 33min 15secs 913th of 964 finishers
218 withdrawals
03/03/2018 Lark Hill 50km
17/12/2017 6 inch 48km 7hrs
06/08/2017 Truth 50km 8hrs 22min 59
16/07/2017 Jolly Jumbuck 21km 2hr 54min (94th of 129)
02/07/2017 King of the Mountain 16km 1hr 41min
20/05/2017 Ultra-Trail AUSTRALIA 100km DNF (at 58km and 10hours 38min)
26/03/2017 Bloated Goat 30km 5hr 18min
18/12/2016 6 inch 48km 6hrs 41min
16/10/2016 Melbourne Marathon 4hours 53min
25/09/2016 WTF 50 miler DNF at 55km
14/08/2016 Truth 50km DNF at 25km
3/07/2016 Gold Coast Marathon 4.11
14/05/2016 Ultra Trail Australia 50km 9 hours 50min
3/4/2016 My 20th consecutive Bridges fun run 10km 52.20 (hammy strain)
12/3/2016 Six Foot Track DNF at 30km 5 hours.
---------------------- 20/12/2015 6 inch 47km 6 hours 43min
15/11/15 Bloated Goat 30km Trails race (1600m Vert) 5hrs 43min
18/10/15 Melbourne Marathon 4.05
13/09/15 Fremantle 10km 47min 22
30/08/15 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4 hours 00min 20 secs.
05/07/15 GCM 4.11
24/05/15 R4R Half Marathon 1hr 46min 13secs
12/04/15 Bridges 10km 49min 53secs.
04/04/15 Perth Trail Series Truth & Consequences 50km ULTRA 8hours 49min
14/03/15 Six Foot Track 45km 6hrs 14min 11secs Smashing PB!!! (32min)
21/12/14 6 inch Trail 47km 7hrs 06min 30secs
12/10/14 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 8min (8th fastest marathon in 25 finished)
14/09/14 Fremantle 10km 49min 26 (first K 3.47 5k split 23.02)
31/08/14 Perth City to Surf 42.2k 4hrs 34min
06/07/14 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.49
15/06/14 Perth Marathon 4.48
01/06/14 Elleker Half Marathon 1.59.
21/04/14 40 miler DNF (28miles)
06/04/14 18th Bridges 10km 48min 47secs...since 1997
08/03/14 6 Foot Track 45km 6hrs 47min 02. (824th) A PB!!! :-)
09/02/14 Snakes and Ladders 15km 2.05
15/12/13 6 inch Trail Ultra 7.24
27/10/13 Rottnest Marathon 4.16.41
13/10/13 Melbourne Marathon 4.12.55
25/08/13 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4.13.28
11/08/13 Perth Half Marathon 1.54.05
28/07/13 Fremantle 10km 50.06 (very sick but first 1k in 3.55)
07/07/13 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.47.29

16/06/13 Perth Marathon 4hrs 19min 55secs
My 10th consecutive Perth Marathon...Click to see -> how I became a SPARTAN...

19/05/13 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 58min 26secs 310th of 495.
07/04/13 Bridges 10km 54min 45seconds.
09/03/13 6 Foot Track 45km 6 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. 740th of 804...blog post or ...photos! page.

24/02/13 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 37min 04 Placed 79th of 117 finishers.
09/02/13 Busselton Half Marathon 1hr 51min 58 secs 219th. full Busso results here
02/11/12 John Gilmour 10k track 47.17 ..see here
14/10/12 Melbourne Marathon 3hrs 49min 52secs ..(777.)
16/09/12 Fremantle 10km 47min 16
26/08/12 City to Surf Marathon 4hrs 42min 41 secs
15/07/12 Lake Joondalup 10km 47min 30.
01/07/12 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1hr 44min 49 secs. 1668th of 9035 finishers

17/06/12 Perth Marathon 4hrs 6min .. (post and photos here)
20/05/12 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 47min 01secs. (151st of 313 finishers)
15/05/12 Masters 5000m 21min 58secs
13/05/12 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 46min 45 secs. (76th of 240 finishers)
22/04/12 PTS Ellis Brook 21.8km trails race 3hrs 12min 28secs. 39th.
01/04/12 Bridges 10km 47min 02
25/03/12 17.3km (690m ascent) Swissmurdie trails race 2hrs 19min 17secs 54th of 60.
20/03/12 MastersWA 1500m in 5.56, 100m in 14.3, 400m in 76.4, 5000m in 23.33.
26/02/12 WAMC Swan Twilight 5km 24.32
26/02/12 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 44min 08 secs 70th of 102.
04/02/12 Busselton Half Marathon in 1hr 49min 31 secs.
18/12/11 6 inch 46km 5hrs 30min PB!
09/10/11 Melbourne Marathon in 4hours 02minutes 49secs...photos...

12/09/11 Fremantle 10km in 45minutes 50 secs.
7/8/11 Perth Half Marathon in 1hr 47min 46 secs.
17/7/11 Lake Joondalup 10km in 46min 33secs.
19/6/11 Perth Marathon in 4 hours 12min 54secs (351st of 547.)
12/6/11 Lake Monger 10km in 48min 09secs
22/5/11 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 51min 44secs 109th of 261 finishers
10/4/11 Bridges 10km 52min 55
12/3/11 6 foot 45km in 6hrs 53min 07 secs...819th...of 877...33 DNF's...4 outside 7hr cutoffRace Report and race photosPre & post race photos,initial ELATION
Note; Completing 6 foot is a major goal achieved which I have had in mind since 2005!!!!!!!

4/3/11 3000m in 12min 40 (19th of 19 finishers)Momentum building a little,sub 13 done! :-)
18/2/11 5000m in 23min 31 (20th of 20 finishers...4 DNF's)..results
5/2/2011 21.1km Busselton Half in 1hr 51min 41 secs for 124th of 218 finishers.
19/12/10 46km 6 inch trails race in 5hr 49min (63rd of 79 finishers)
10/12/10 5000m in 22.43 18th of 18!
5/11/10 John Gilmour 10,000m in 47min 36. (23rd of 31)
10/10/10 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 5min...2895th of 5027 finishers...
12/9/10 Fremantle 10km in 46min 53...a big SB and my best time since 2005!
29/8/10; 42.2km in 4hrs 15min for 537th of 830 finishers...my 6th best of 12 M. finishes.
19/8/10; 5000m in 22min 06.0 secs (SB by 0.6 of a second, & Stan did a SB also that night)
22/7/10; 5000m in 22min 06.6 secs. (SB and 17secs off my track PB)
20/6/10 Perth Marathon in 4.30.
13/5/10; Masters 2000m 7.55 (first sub 8min run since 2005) & 5,000m 22.42
22/4/10; Masters 800m 2.46 & 5,000m 22.29!~(2nd best ever track 5,000m, track PB is 21.49,)
3/4/10; Australian Masters 35-39yrs; 4th in 1500m 5min 34secs. see here...
28/3/10; Bridges 10km in 48min 39secs. 388th of 1646
25/3/10; 300m in 47.6, 600m in 1.57.0 100m in 14.6
18/3/10; Masters 1500m in 6.03 & 10,000m in 49min 35
28/2/10; 4th place in 6 hour Track Race at Coker Park; 45.003km
6/2/10; Busselton 21.1km in 1hr 52min 50 secs
20/12/09;6 inch 46km 6hrs 16min
15/11/09; Peninsula 5km 22min 5225th of 73.
6/11/09; John Gilmour 10km 48min 39
11/10/09; Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 11 min 33 secs
4/10/09; Freo funrun 5km in 22min 53 secs
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2011; 5hrs 30min 6 inchPB!! 2012; 3hrs 49min PB(Melbourne Marathon)!!2014; 6hrs 47min PB! @ 6 foot!

The next big things racing wise maybe;

6 inch 46km
on 16th December @ 0430hrs, countdown (activated a few days before?) is;

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter Jordan into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son Jacob into the world in late July 2007 A.D.!
Our challenge is to be good parents with the Creator Gods help!

... 2004 ...2005 ...2006 ...2007... >...2008...2009...2010 ...2011... 2012.

but for the most important thing in life;
there is only 2 ways to live!...Bible Gateway...

Saturday, December 31, 2005

An easy 5km

Saturday 31/12/05; Ran an easy 5km @ ArenA Joondalup in 28min 41 HR-159... been a bit sick and tired the last few days, so very nice to get to the ArenA and have a relaxed run...Just took it easy at just under 6 minutes per km...Did the hilly 2km loop to start with but got swooped by magpies so decided to do 3000m on the 400m track there to finish, rather than do battle with the magpies again...dont know what Eddie everywhere was doing in WA... ;-) just kiddin...*LOL* Hope to get to the WAMC NYE run tonight at Burswood with KL as well, be very! nice to finish 2005 with a run along the Swan...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A quick! 2km at the Emerald

Wednesday 28/12/05; Ran 2km in 8.01 at Emerald Park. HR 165 Splits; 4.07/3.54...Attacked this one a fair bit...trying to get a good sweat going...it worked...mission accomplished...very short run, but meant something to me to get this one done...as usual had to traverse my way through the local dog-walkers with the dogs illegally! off the lead of course...anyway as Scaterd Few once said;
"enough noise...now lets get serious about this..." Tried out the new socks my Brother sent over from USA as well...they arrived today...

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A ride and...a puncture :-(

Tuesday 17th December 2005; Cycled 17km 62 MINUTES. Walked the last 1.5km home with a puncture to front tyre...Was planning on a much longer ride...but not to be...at least I was close to home when this downer hit...Have to regroup...

Beachside walk

Monday 26th December 2005; 30min walk with KL uphill to lookout and along the beach at North Mullaloo...

Monday, December 26, 2005

A quick 11km ride...

Monday 26th December 2005; Cycled 11km in 27minutes 48 (HR-144 at end) on the mountainbike on my Edgewater to Whitfords "freeway" course...Used the black repco bike again...Reasonably solid ride. Rather short, but thats all I had time for... Saw a tandem bike, and had a little bit of a stoush with a bloke on a racer on the way back, was making ground on him on the uphill after he flew past me on the flat...but eventually I let him go, wasn't feeling like hammering myself into the ground all the way back, but it was fun...Nice to get something on the board for the first day of this week. My goal is to do about 6-7 hours (360min-420min) at least for this week, and then try once again to put the pedal to the metal in the new year, as ideally I'd like to be putting some 600minute (10hours)+ weeks on the board in 2006, instead of the slack 7hrs a week stuff Ive been averaging in 2005...although its been good to have a slightly easier year volumewise after my big jump in 2004. Went from 269hrs? in 2003 to 416hrs in 2004 and its looking like about 365hrs for 2005...(Total training and racing etc time for year) Onward! Pretty keen to do New Years Eve 7.5km on this Saturday night 1830 at Burswood WA Marathon Club clubrooms...KL should have a run also?
See http://wamc.proboards41.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1131977684

Keeping the stomach strong III

Monday 26th December 2005; Did 300 Ab-crunches. Don't think I have done anything since the 400 I did on 10th December in this department so well overdue to get this going again....

Christmas Run

Sunday 25th December 2005; Ran 2km in 9.33. Night run at Emerald Park, would have gone further but did not like the look of the teenagers in cars congregating near my car...Busy most of the last 2 days going to various Christmas gatherings for my family and KL's family...been meaning to get out for a long ride, but the opportunities just keep slipping away...Lack of sleep too...Less than 6 hrs a night average for 2 weeks in a row...Had a look at some airline prices for my planned trips to Melbourne (Commonwealth Games...I have tix for two of the Athletics sessions) and maybe Sydney (6 foot track) in March...Found some Virgin ones for $298 return to Sydney...Looks like I have enough frequent flyer points from my USA trip in 2001 to get to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games , but for that only....Its going to be very tricky financially but I am not throwing in the towel just yet....

Thursday, December 22, 2005

First run after 6-Inch

Thursday 22/12/05; Ran 14km at Kingsway in 96minutes...Heart Rate 159 at end. Splits 23.00/23.49/23.56/25.00 Just under 7 minutes a km, relaxed but not too slow...Did 4 laps of my 3.5km course around this large group of ovals, and about 95% of the run was on soft grass which is good....Did this one on the way home from work...Have got to find my vaseline!!! chafing! argh...plus the pectoral area was starting to get a little bloodied so I jettisoned the shirt for the last 7km to stop the rubbing.....Pretty happy with the run...Both knees rather proppy today but ok for the run. Was a little careful with them though and the right one was giving me trouble on the stairs at work today...Onward! Next race probably the NYE 7.5km...

6 foot dreams A crazy!!! notion...

An email from one of the people who ran 6-inch last weekend has triggered again a very!!! crazy idea which kinda sneaked into the back of my mind in the last few weeks which is; Why dont I run the 6-foot track marathon on 11th March 2006!....There I've said it....that wasn't too bad....was it???....I have to admit I did sign up for 6-foot track newsletter a few weeks back...but with it being so close to my planned trip to Melbourne, and my limited finances, I didn't think it possible...Plus I would only go if KL is happy to come also....anyway I will have a think about it in next few weeks and maybe I will do it??? http://www.coolrunning.com.au/sixfoot/
Biggest issue would be the finances...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Relaxed Ride

Tuesday 20/12/05 Went for a very! relaxed cycle on the mountainbike did 7.5km in 21min 58, HR was only about 100...so very cruisy...just trying to alleviate some of the soreness in my tired legs from the weekend....

Week 7 Stats Summary
6-inch race week!

Week 7 Stats Summary
6-inch race week!

WEEK 7 (12/12/05-18/12/05);

Volume; 491 min Sessions; 4 Best RHR; 48 Sleep;38 ( 5.43 hours per night) *57

RACED 45km 6-inch Track 6 hrs 25minutes of running hilly gravel tracks...see; http://wamc.proboards41.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1127100618&page=7

Reps sessions;4x500m (1.42/1.46/1.47/1.50) Ab Crunches; NIL

This is the last week I will be recording weekly stats on the blog, until I decide to target another Marathon.......

Monday, December 19, 2005

Off the beaten track:
6-inch track 2005

Sunday 18/12/05 Ran 45km six inch track Marathon.
Finished in 6 hours 25 minutes....
Although I failed to go under target of 6 hours, pretty satisfied with a rewarding, memorable and challenging!!! run... :-)

Successfully finished my first ever ULTRA run,
the toughest run I have ever attempted.
Conquered the 6-inch track! WUHOO!!!!!!!
(Link to the results from this inaugural 45km challenge can be found @

This race began with the surreal sight of our own moon-shadows as we ran up goldmine hill at the beginning of 6-inch 2005....

Jon's thoughts on personal Challenges and Positives
from the 2005 6-inch track marathon;

Challenges;Turned out to be tougher than I expected, some of the main challenges I encountered;

1. -my right arm cramped up/got very sore about 18km-19km mark just after Del Park Rd...So only had the left arm to help drive me up the hills from there onwards...
2. -The hills between Del Park Rd and Oakley Dam really put me through the wringer....Ended up walking a lot of the final 15km.
3. -my last hour I was battling mild dehydration, I had run out of water and powerade, and I had "spent all me pennys" in the legs.....
4. -the heat/sun just before Marrinup where the big powerlines are, was significant...but mostly there was plenty of shade so any heatstroke was minor...(it was 32-35 degrees by 1154am according to TV news later that day, and I finished at about 1040ish...)...
5- made a minor navigation error near Whittakers that took me a little off course, but soon rejoined the MundaBiddi...can't believe I missed a turn somewhere especially as I had run that section with Dave on Recon Run #2 a few weeks earlier...[but not as big an error as some others, who decamped on the Munda Biddi in a Northerly direction instead of a Southerly direction?? which handed the lead to Dave...]...When Dave came out on the mountainbike looking for me I was still a chance to go sub 6 hours (my easy goal time for the race--{my hard goal time if I had trained better was sub 5hrs, although I perhaps would revise that to sub 5hrs30 in hindsight}) at Marrinup if I could have put together sub 6min K's for the rest of the way...but after digging deep for about 13minutes or so...threw in the towel and walked the last 45 minutes or so to the finish... the last 30minutes or so was with my Fiancee who came out to walk to the finish with me...legs just didnt have any juice...

Some positives;
1.- I finished the toughest run/race I have ever attempted and did not let the 6-inch beat me...
2-my new DMH-Hydra hydration pack was comfortable to run with, and pretty much did the job, although I should have stocked up with more fluids at the halfway mark, but thats my error of judgement. So very happy with that.
3.-got to see some very beautiful and varying scenery, including the view looking back from top of Goldmine hill, the conveyer belt, views near Marrinup...
4.-revisited some of the trails and SCARP RD near Whittakers AND OAKLEY DAM where I did hiking camp 1987-1990...some of the hills remind me of Cardiac Arrest hill which was on Day 2 of hiking camp between Jarrahdale and "The Swamp"...
See Hiking camp link here;

5.-was a very special time with my Fiancee who I really appreciated being there for me...
6-had some good chats with Suzy and Kate near Whittakers..., and enjoyed running at an easy pace for a lot of the first 17km to Del Park Rd; 2hrs 17min...
7-enjoyed the solitude and time alone away from the city, especially from Del Park Rd onwards, and enjoyed cranking up the pace running sub 6minutes per km for 4km (Del Park Rd-17km to Drinks stop on Scarp Rd with Gary 21km), and also for a short while before that when I tried to catch up to Cota,Warren and Andrew not long after Whittakers...(had them in sight, but couldn't quite get onto the train...) when they returned from their detour towards Dandalup Dam...
8-The whole experience was rather surreal at times for me in a nice way, and despite coming into the run on less than 2 hours sleep, my 2005 6-inch experience was enormously rewarding, and I am very happy and satisfied to have finished the course...

Here is link to my post about how I located my DMH Hydra @Compleat Fishing & Camping World Shop 13, 200 Winton Rd, Joondalup WA Ph. 1800068788

2P's post sent on 16th March earlier this year set me on the right track it is here;


Some more of Jon's thoughts and experiences out on the trail;
While out on the trail, I had a few songs going in my head which I used to inspire me, especially in the final 24km-28km after Del Park Rd.... mostly leftovers from my Fiancee's memorable!!! 30th Birthday "Jane Brook Idol" the night before...including Shannon Noll's LIFT, Lee Hardings version of EYE OF THE TIGER!, and a vivid visual and audio mental image of Steve doing an EMINEM song...dont know the name of the Eminem song or the lyrics really, but the tune stuck in my head....Tuesday update; KL says its called "sing for the moment"....
I had about 2hrs sleep before this run as I was busy trying to sing along to Shannon Noll's CMON AUSSIE CMON (in my AUST one-day cricket shirt) and Lee Hardings Eye of Tiger as part of KL's 30th celebrations the night before...was really cool fun, they had a lights,bubbles machine, the cds in the background and a good mike...Enjoyed the performances and the chance to sing myself a lot, another special! night. After 2300 KL and I drove off into the night by the light of the full moon for the 4am start of my 45km run........what a night/morning!/weekend...This explains why KL did all the driving cos I needed to rest slightly more...owe her heaps on that...

One of the other things I used a lot after the 21km mark to stay motivated was to have my MundaBiddi photocopied map out just checking my progress on the route to the finish...trying to calculate if I was still a chance to go under 6 hours....

Extremely happy with the debut performance of my DMH Hydra hydration backpack....

Monday update; I am extremely sore in quads,calves, arms,shoulders, back,and generally just tired, and trying to restock on fluids, but hope I will have the chance to improve my 6-inch time in the future maybe....

Injury report;
Minor blister on right big toe, and left knee a little sore, but overall no major injury worries that I am aware of at this stage...I had a few major slips on gravel...(or as KL likes to say "I went for a few trips")but managed to arrest my slide on every occasion without injurying the knees..or ankles...My shoes look a lot! older now...gotta go drink more powerade and ice the left knee...

Tuesday update; Many Thanks to the CoolRunners who have commented on my blog means a lot to me to get a few comments on the blog in the last few weeks...oh yeah and if you haven't guessed it my Fiancee, she is a huge Lee Harding fan....and an even bigger Shannon NOLL fan, but we also enjoy another Australian artist in Nathan Tasker see http://www.nathantasker.com/whose visit to Perth earlier this year we both really enjoyed.

Friday, December 16, 2005

1on 1 basketball

Thursday 15/12/05; Played 1on 1 basketball with my Fiancee for 55minutes. I hit 3 three pointers, but she got the win 21-20.
Fun to do something different....

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Its the EYE OF THE TIGER, the thrill of the fight....

Tuesday 13/12/05 Ran 4x500m reps 1.42/1.46/1.47/1.50 @ ArenA. HR's 159/168/180/192. A bit hard to be sure on heart rates cos my watch light doesnt stay on for 10 seconds. Didnt start til after 2000hrs (8pm)...Pretty happy with that...Just felt like doing a speed session tonight, enjoyed the higher intensity attacking, although I wasn't enjoying struggling to breathe but its all part of the reps experience to paraphrase some pollie...Grass track, and left knee seeemed ok with it...iced afterwards anyway cos it is still a little proppy....Pretty happy with this session even though its not a P.B...
Too tired and short on time to do much more. Have only slept 3.5 hours for each of the last 2 nights. (7 hrs total)

Rising up to the challenge of our rivals.....eeeeyyyyyyyyyyyeee offff the tigerrrrrrrr

Recovery run (and left knee sorenesss again...)

Monday 12/12/05 Ran 5.5km in just a tick under 35minutes. A night run again. Started at about 2100hrs(9pm). A recovery ride after cycling more than 60km yesterday. God held the rain off as well which was a nice and pleasant blessing...Enjoyed the run, and I think it probably was also good in that it helped alleviate a minor headache to some degree which I had battled with through much of the day...

Injury report; my left knee flared up sore again probably a bit worse than last Tuesday 6/12/05 after my 11km run there. Again I am icing it (actually have a cold pack on my knee as I type now....) mainly as a precautionary measure...but the last thing I need is my knee blowing up on me or making six-inch painful on Sunday....I'm quietly confident that it will be ok for Sunday, God willing...however I'd say that I about a 90/10 chance of starting at six inch now...I.e. there is a 90% chance I will run 6-inch, whereas before this knee flare-up there was a 100% chance of me doing it...No, should be right but will be watching it closely...Its been 5 years since I tore the ACL and if it gets really bad on me I will stop...would prefer the torn ligament does not become a ruptured ligament.......

Anyhow enough doom and gloom, to paraphrase scaterd few; "now lets get serious about this"...A successful six-inch campaign that is....A good recovery run...did the job very nicely...

Week 6 Stats Summary

WEEK 6 (5/12/05-11/12/05);

Volume; 309 min Sessions; 5 Best RHR; 47 Sleep;43 ( 6.14 hours per night) *64

OD/LSD/LFD sessions (At least 60min);Ran 11km 63minutes (6/12/05), Cycled 58.75km 3hrs 40minutes (11/12/05)

Races/Time trials;NIL

Reps sessions;NIL Ab Crunches; 200 (7/12/05), 400!--PB! (10/12/05)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A tough 3hr+ ride!

Sunday 11/12/05 Cycled approx. 58.75km for 3hrs 40minutes on the black repco mountainbike. HR only 138 at end, but it was extremely tough pushing into some very gusty headwinds most of the way. Legs felt like lead by the end. My ride started in Edgewater and I arrived at Burswood Casino 1 hr and 34 minutes later (just over 31km), where I caught up with a mate of mine James, who I havent been able to catch up with for many months... Then we did 19km into some of the worst winds, began by riding to East Perth, and then along the river all the way to Narrows Bridge (the winds on Riverside Drive &the Narrows were diabolical to ride into), along South Perth foreshore all the way back to Burswood. He headed for home on the train, and I gutsed it out for another 8.5km, taking 30 minutes or so to crawl (to China? no sorry thats my Tourniquet obsession rearing its head... *LOL* :-))the Leederville train station, where I finally called it a day, and caught the train to Edgewater.

Then for my 3rd session of the day a quick 7 minute ride back home battling those infernal winds for one last time. Used 1.8 litres of Gatorade, and 2x50g Carboshotz in total on my rides.

Got stuck into some salted peanuts after that to replace some of the salt I had sweated out, but mainly cos I like ém....

Caribee drink holder experiment I

Sunday 11/12/05 Ran 2km 9min.20 HR -156. at Emerald park (2 laps).
Test run for how it felt with the Caribee Drink Holders. Put two Gatorade bottles in ém, and they stayed in ok, but the bottle bounce, and moving around is a little annoying. This option works but I still think a Camelbak or some other way of using Fuel Belt has to be a better option. I dont want to use the Fuel Belt bottles because they have red plastic residue inside them, and I don't want to drink plastic... My thoughts at the moment are 1. invest in a Camelbak, 2. try some 250-300ml bottles in the fuel belt 3. dont carry drinks around my waist, but use the 20km drink stop or my trusty helper KL to refuel, or 4. go with the annoying caribee drink holders which are great for cycling or hiking but a little bouncy/annoying for running....

Fuel Belt experiment I aborted

Saturday 10/12/05 Ran/walked for about 10min. Tried Fuel belt with powerade bottles in it at about 2350hrs, but the powerade bottle worked its way loose and fell out, so had to abort session early and will have to try something else. I think maybe if I attach my caribee drink holders with gatorade bottles maybe that will work.. Might try that tomorrow....

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Keeping the stomach strong II

Saturday 10/12/05; Did 400 Ab crunches which is double what I did 3 days ago, so a bit more of an UTGuts! (literally *LOL*) effort this time...My fiancee though, she is still very much my hero when it comes to these with what she has been doing in recent weeks. (She does 5x150 for a total of 750 per session, which targets different abdominal muscle groups according to her). I just do the same ones for the whole session at the moment. The 400 is my best effort ever since I first started doing these occasionally in 2002. They are good cos the stronger I am there, the more I can offset the strain on my back caused by stress fractures in 5th Lumbar vertabrae, which flares up for me every now an then. Since I kicked things off with 100 on 17th October 2005, I have done the ab crunches 11 times now I think, and my Fiancee KL doing them many times a week has been a good spur to get me doin'ém and keep doin' ém....

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Keeping the stomach strong

Wednesday 7/12/05; Did 200 Ab Crunches. Trying to keep this going at least on a weekly basis. Inspired by my fiancees efforts with hers...

Working INTO it (not OUT of it)

Tuesday 6/12/05; RAN 11km (approx) in 63minutes 17...
HR 150 at end. (HR=Heart Rate)- A night run. 3.5km splits; 22.12/19.00. Started run at about 2000hrs (8pm), and ran 4 laps of Emerald park plus 2 laps of my 3.5km course from Wedgewood Drive along Joondalup Drive and back. Started slowly well over 6 minutes per km and then worked into running at about 5 minutes per km during my second 3.5km split. A good solid run. Very glad to get this one on the board.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Week 5 Stats Summary

WEEK 5 (28/11/05-4/12/05);

Volume; 213 min Sessions; 3 Best RHR; 47 Sleep;42.75 ( 6.11 hours per night) *71

OD/LSD/LFD sessions (At least 60min);2 hours 27 bushwalking up and down Bluff Knoll

Races/Time trials;NIL

Reps sessions;NIL Ab Crunches; 200 (29/11/05)

A stroll in the Stirlings

Sunday 4/12/05 Went for a 30minute bushwalk with KL enjoying the beauty of the Stirling Ranges...

Bluff Knoll IV: a very!!!!!!! special walk.

Saturday 3/12/05 Climbed/bushwalked up the 1073m Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges with KL. Took us 81 minutes 31 to make it from the carpark to the summit on the ascent.

We rested awhile and enjoyed the beautiful panoramic views... See Bluff Knoll II photo page....then one of the biggest moments in my 3 decades or so of life so far....felt about as nervous as a National Championships race...Changed into jacket, shirt and tie, and "popped the question" UTG! Kl said yes,she is now officially my fiancee and we will hopefully live happily everafter...

Then we hotfooted it down the mountain in 64minutes 35, which was absolutely "warp 9 captain"/terminal velocity etc etc for my poor torn ACL in knee...Total time of ascent+descent; 2 hours 27 minutes of bushwalking.

It was necessary to make a speedy descent as we left the summit at 1900hrs (7pm WST), and similiar to one of my Toolbrunup climbs, we were racing the night darkness on the way down...I did have a torch, but didn't have to use it, as the Bluff Knoll path is very well maintained, and there was enough residual sunlight (leftover from the sunset) still wafting around the western peaks of the Stirling Ranges near Albany, for us to just make out the steep track we were traversing down. By the time we made it to the carpark it was after 2000 (8pm), no sunlight at all, and dark enough to make out the "saucepan" pattern of stars in the sky.
Pretty romantic stuff....a very special day and night, and weekend for me and KL...Could quite possibly be one of the top 10 most special times in a lifetime I think for us both...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Symbiotic Lighthouse

Friday 2/12/05 8.30pm; Ran for 35 minutes 35 relaxed pace. A night run from Hillarys Boat Harbour. While the girlfriend was busy with a work dinner, I took the opportunity to grab a run session. Really enjoyed my run which wen out past the WA fisheries office, along the North Groyne? past Spinnakers Cafe which I had never come across before, all the way to a lighthouse, which I ran up the steps to the viewing platform. Exploring part done I got off the road surface and ran on some softer terrain, the grassy slopes of Whitfords Nodes park where I had my 30th Birthday last year. Scared about 20 rabbits or so, it was such a funny sight seeing all these rabbits scattering helter skelter in front of me as I ran through the park. the ran back past Portofinos continued up past Sorrento Beach a bit then back to my car near Portofinos. nothing incredible but a very enjoyable run, it felt soooo good to be out there and I feel strong. Feel like I am moving well when I am running....

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Underoath reinventing your exit etc...

Have not done anything not a single session in the first 3 days of this week, been too busy recovering from Recon Run #2, and visit to Ironman at Busselton, plus celebrating 7 months with KL...and dealing with various other work stuff...Its been a very big week so far and promises to continue to be extremely busy just one more day of work left for this week. TGIF!...Some interesting developments to do with 6 inch this week too... Hope to dust off the runners or jump on Dad's mountainbike soooooon!....
Have decided to put my weekly stats thing on this blog as well see template below for this week;

WEEK 5 (28/11/05-4/12/05);

Volume; min Sessions; Best RHR; Sleep; ( hours per night) *

OD/LSD/LFD sessions (At least 60min);

Races/Time trials;

Reps sessions; Ab Crunches;