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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...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

All I want to do is have some fun with a 1.54 C2S Half

Sunday 26th August; Ran City To Surf inaugural Half Marathon in 1hr 54min 20secs, HR 186 at end (due to a solid finish and the long hill on Oceanic Drive )508th place (140th in Male 25-34years), (5.25 per km).

Splitted 6k in 30.03, 12k in 63.05 and 18k in 97.15, so hit 5min flat per k for first 6k, and about 5.30-5.50 per k for the rest of the race on average.

Happy with a FUN, solid race. Finally a race that went smoothly.
Not a fast time, but just a good solid hitout, which was all I really wanted today.
Got to start about 5 minutes b4 after some mad driving after waking up over an hour later than intended and only 4 hours of broken up chaotic sleep, but alls well ends well, just know I will be very tired by the time I sleep tonight.

If I can get some reps done this week, hope for a faster time in the Perth Half next weekend. Left knee soreness a little as to be expected after 114min of road running on a hilly! (ups AND downs!) course through Kings park early on, and the big 3 hills, Malcolm St,Underwood Dr, and Oceanic Dr. Right calf aching didn't really bother me much but I was aware of it, could be the body compensating for the left knee acl being under a lot of stress on the downhill sections...Hopefully not an ongoing thing, rather a one-off which will disappear might try and icepack it.

Great to see Six-Inch connected people, Bloggers, and Hills training group people out there in significant numbers... A good day of racing which I enjoyed lots. Hopefully my next race will go even better.

All I wanna do, is have some fun, until the sun comes up on the santa monica boulevarde! (Sheryl Crowe song...she ended up being Lance Armstrongs partner, and doing motivational music for him for the Tour Le France).
All I wanna do
I visited the Santa Monica Boulevarde (which is right near Santa Monica Pier on the beach in California USA) in 2001 very briefly. In the coming week be trying to do some reps and watch the World Champs athletics in Osaka on TV, as Australians Nathan Deakes goes for Gold in 50km walk, and Mottram, and Sarah Jamieson try to get amongst the medals in the middle distance races on track. Kylie Wheeler from Perth doing the Heptathlon.
Osaka 2007

After that race I'm feeling a lot more positive about the world in general, a glimmer of hope of better things in the future is back, even though I am a long! way from where I'd like to be at this time, that race is a small positive step, in the midst of a lot of challenges as a new Dad, and a relatively new Husband.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

new shoes so 27km run restart in 2hr 52

Saturday 18th August 2007 A.D.; Ran 27km in 2hr 52min 18 (6min 22 per km) on Darlington to Sawyers Rd and back course. HR-138 at end.

Splits 1.23/1.23 (+ 6 minute drink stop at my 13.5km turnaround point on sawyers Rd). 2hr 52 is about 3 minutes faster than my last effort on this course in May 2007;
see http://runmara2005blog.blogspot.com/2007/05/273km-hills-run-in-refreshing-rain.html
and 12 minutes faster than my first effort in September 2006 on this 27km course,
see http://runmara2005blog.blogspot.com/2006/09/darlington-273km-run-with-b-team.html
so I may be hitting a better level of fitness, not sure, too hard to tell from one isolated long run.

Fell asleep on the couch while watching the footy at 2100 last night after a long day and 3 hrs sleep the night before. That worked well in the end cos I woke up really early as a result about 0345, and I had two choices go back to sleep or get ready for hills group run, and I chose the latter. Put 2L of water in my hydration pack, and a strawberry blast gatorade, said goodbye to my wife Kathryn and baby Jacob who were both half asleep and cranked up one of my demon hunter CD's as I headed towards destination Darlington.

Still managed to arrive a bit late, and disorganised, as the groups were running off, and managed to jump in with the last of the runners in Terry and Phil B. who are both Comrade-ers, and also sub 3.30 marathoners. Ive seen Terry around a lot before in the running scene in the hills, and Phil B's name is a regular in WAMC results. Ran with them for about 35minutes, and then started to find the going a bit hard so backed off the pace a little, still managed to go through 9.5km in Mundaring in 60minutes, and ran most of the way around 5.50-7min per km. Heaps of frogs and winter brooks. Was just so wonderful to be out there!

This run ensures for now, that I don't lose too much of the endurance base I built up in March to July, and with a half marathon split of 2hr 13 (2hr 07min if you take out my drinks break), I am ready for C2S Half next weekend. Some reps would be the next move, if i want to go after a time there. Although I think the Perth Half Marathon is the one I would try to beat my PB in.

First run in 6 weeks, and its been 7 weeks since I ran in the hills. Its great to be back!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

becoming a running Master!

Played some tennis with Dad and Brother at Whiteman Park Saturday 11/8, 200 Ab-Crunches 12/8, 150 Ab-crunches 14/8. Still trying to find good opportunity to do some cycling/running sessions, been a frustrating time lately. Feeling a bit tied down by work, lack of sleep and the whole newborn baby thing, but hopefully will breakthrough for some good sessions soon. Many time-consuming higher priorities lately, but I will get back into it soon.

Scored a free pair of new balance shoes from a blogging mate the other day, so that barrier to doing long runs has been removed! Thanks God, and thanks Epi!

Still waiting on tax refund to sort out my usual financial woes, but hopefully I can get past any other obstacles and start logging some long runs again, as it will motivate me to train for races again, knowing that I can do my long runs again, and see off my blistered feet issue, which has healed a lot thanks to 5 weeks off running, although getting wet feet in the rain doing meter reading work maybe hasn't helped in some ways although it has had the effect of washing the dried blood out, and helping me to identify the dead skin. With all the stuff that has been happening in the last few weeks with new baby, getting to the beach just hasn't been a good option, plus the weather has sucked a bit. However it looks like we may be finally settling into a more predictable routine with this newborn baby thing. We shall see.

In some ways its a daily thing, some nights everything goes well, other nights sleep gets quite chaotic and any chance of getting to a race or the hills group (for example today, and the Run for Gold last weekend) totally falls by the wayside. I don't mind that much cos Jacob, Kathryn, and our family life is way more important than my little races in the overall scheme of things, but I still want to race and run with the hills group or with others on long runs, although might have to accept that a better way to go is just to go alone when a window of opportunity opens up, which is the way my training setup has worked most of the time in the last 2 years especially anyway...There is something about running with a group which is very motivating, and while I don't need to do it all the time, and especially for intervals/reps I prefer to train alone, or not limited by a group, it is nice to train and race with others every now and then. After 5 weeks of not doing that, I am really starting to miss it, and am very keen to get out there again.

It would be very easy for me to retire from running altogether with the knee and back issues that I have, and have managed since 2000 (knees), and 1996 (back), as surgery is not an option I want to consider at this time, not unless my financial setup and family life stabilises, and improves considerably!!! So why don't I chuck it all in again like I have before??? Probably because I know with the work I've done this year I am on the cusp of some significant PB's and I don't want to stop until I have delivered on the times I know the work I have done this year and over the last few years since 2002, has prepared me for. Granted that last year especially, all I did was maintain leg strength enough to not lose the strength/endurance gains I made in 2002-2005, but this year, I have nailed a few reps sessions, and although I have had a shocking year on race days in 2007 I know from my training times I am capable of far far better than my race times indicate so far this year, with the exception of the Freeway Bikehike where I nailed a PB.
Bridges 10k of 49min and the Challenge 10k of 48min were mediocre C-grade times, while the Perth Marathon (4 hr 33) and Fremantle Half Marathon (2hr 11) which were major! target races for me, and looked very promising early on, were absolutely destroyed by the blisters fiasco, and the Marathon in particular was soooo disappointing as it was the main focus of my training for a few months, plus I was keen to nail that elusive PB after the last three years of getting slower as I adjusted to other things in life. I'm worried that now with the far more important priorities of wife, and newborn, plus maybe the clock ticking on my knees and back, and a third significant issue, that (a) the chance to nail some PB race times will pass me by in the next year or two if I don't maintain the training, and get it right on race-day soon. The other alternative is to drop everything and just come back to everything in a few years time when everything has settled a bit (I hope). But I don't want to do that because I know from 2001/2002/2003 how hard it is to comeback after a few years of doing nothing, and because it would feel like a waste of the training I have done since 2004, to stay in shape to run marathons, which although not indicated by my pathetic race times this year, in my opinion going on my training times is at my highest level of running training ever by far endurance/strengthwise, and is on par in that department with my best racewalking training years (i.e. the 50km walk racing years of 1998 and 1999). General cardio-respiratory fitness has been up and down this year, but on the good days although nowhprobably not quite on par with what I had in my better racewalking years (probably early 1990, 1992/early 1993 and maybe early 1996 and early 1998 were my moments of optimal fitness levels and best racewalking times), is still been very good at times this year. You don't get a resting heart rate of 43, like I did a few weeks before the Perth Marathon if it isn't. Its just so frustrating to go so close but so far from some PB breakthroughs in my opinion in races this year, which is why I don't intend dropping my bundle just yet. I really want to try and hang on for another year or two at least so hopefully keep things going until 2008-2010 and God willing get the PB's I think I have earned already this year, but have not been able to put on the scoreboard. Its a bit like my favourite team Fremantle Dockerss kicking for goal in some games this year, as a team they have promised so much, but failed to deliver often enough. The wins against Adelaide and West Coast in the last few weeks have once again shown glimpses of what they are capable of, but even if they can win the last 4 this year, finals action is not guarenteed, although it is still mathematically possible for them to finish 2nd, and a 6th to 8th finish is reasonably likely if they win all 4. In the same way I have had a dismal year with race times, but the potential is there in my opinion, to still salvage something from this year, and hopefully have a fantastic 2008, although the monumental stuff-up in the Perth Marathon this year has ensured 2007 will not be the highlight year I was hoping for (like 2004), unless I can somehow get to Melbourne Marathon, Sydney Marathon,Rottnest Marathon, etc etc. Some good Half-marathon times in the next few weeks would be a partial win for me, but about as hollow (although still a bit sweet) as Richmonds win last night.
The bigtime races I still want to nail are 6-foot (and 6-inch along the way)45km in March 2008 or 2009. A sub 3.30 (or even better a sub 3) Marathon anywhere. (i.e. Melbourne,Sydney,Canberra 08, Bunbury 08, Perth 08, etc etc. If my back and knees can hold together and I can juggle everything else (becoming more and more a near impossible ask the longer it goes, but God willing everything is possible), I will try again for another 2-3 years until my goals are achieved. If by 2010 I still have not got there, at 36 years young, I will take a break for a few years re-group and maybe have another go for my mid-life crisis at 40 in 2014...My racewalking goals (competing internationally like I sort of did (although representing the state, not a country), at the Sydney Olympic trials in 2000)still remain, although less important and cannot be considered until knees are fixed (pretty sure by surgery, although I havent had a proper medical opinion on it since 2000), would be much easier if I had the strength and fitness base behind me that I have been able to build in part during 2004-2007.
So thats the long-term hopes.

In the short-term I need to get training going again before (by August or September at the latest) I lose too much of the strength gains I built up for Perth Marathon 5 weeks ago. Chatting with Epi the other night he mentioned that a few of us blogging runners are looking for extra races as the best of the WAMC program for 2007 is starting to wind down a little. he mentioned the Masters program and since we are all over 30 we can all join the Masters if we wanted to.
Program is here....They also have an all year round track racing program at Cannington on Thursdays 6pm, something I have been aware of for many years.
So I may try and get to some of that too. For example there is a 10k and a 5k at Bassendean on Sunday 9th September, which is quite close to me.
Rob who was also disappointed in his Perth Marathon is going after an eastern states marathon in a few weeks, (which I would do if I can find the money, and cope with the logistics of a newborn as well, which realistically I probably can't this year, and is now beginning to pose a threat to my original 6-foot 2008 plans, which may have to be postponed until 2009, especially with my failure to deliver a good Marathon time, it seems maybe 2008 is the wrong timing...) Other races coming up are the City to Surf half marathon (26/8), the Perth Half Marathon and 5km (2/8 and same weekend as Australian racewalking champs (mens 30km walk starts at 8am) and Australian X-country champs both at Perry Lakes), the Lake Gwelup 10k/5k at 0730 on September 16th, Fremantle 5k/10k (23/9 and same weekend as Sydney Marathon), Esperance Half/10k/5k (30/9) (same weekend as Black Stump Music festival In NSW wheer Grave Forsaken and Scourged Flesh will be sharing the bill with Mortification, Fearscape, and Paramecium (what a lineup!!!!!!!)...) Melbourne Marathon is 7th October same weekend as Dave and Nathans 50miler/100miler race, which if I am not going to melbourne (its highly unlikely I will be going to Melbourne this year) or occupied by baby/family stuff I hope to get along for a bit of night support running...although a training run situation for me, and I don't plan on doing more than 20km-40km at the most. Then there is Rottnest Marathon,10k and 5k October 21st, there is a small chance I may do the 10k or 5k there. Then there is 6-inch 45km on December 16th 2007. Hopefully I can have a few breakthrough races and finish off the year on a better note in the next few months, plus have a good foundation for 2008. We shall see. Whatever happens at the end of the day, God rules and cares, and running PB's although important to me is only one part of my life, and nowhere near the most important, so if nothing goes to plan I will cope.

The other thing that occurs to me is that fitness/recreational cycling and hiking/slow walking, catching a few waves at the beach, is something I want to do for a lifetime, so while I may never racewalk again or stop once I have competed internationally a few times, and I may one day stop doing many competitive running races, those things I hope will never cease as long as I live. Thinking about those fun things I'd like to wish Epi all the best in his plans to climb to Base Camp on Mt Everest in Nepal (i'm not joking, he really is planning on it!) later this year.
Another reason for me to get some good times on the board because after he does that "altitude training" at 5500m (more than 5 times the height of bluff knoll), he is likely to be significantly fitter and faster physiologically, and many of us bloggers are a competitive lot. Speaking of mountains I also hope to get to the Stirling Ranges once or twice this year, have not done my annual trek to Bluff Knoll yet this year, and I'd like to take Jacob there one day to visit the place where his parents shared some very special moments in the last two years...so exciting times ahead no matter what happens....