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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...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

22min 35 is seasons best 5km for 2008

Another Update;

Sunday 30th November;
Cricket/footy with family at Kings park for about an hour.
Ankle was not too bad.

Saturday 29th November; Tennis at South Perth with family. Ankle a bit sore, but not too bad mostly, some moments of significant pain though, worst one was when I got up too quickly from doing the "I formation" while playing doubles...
2hours of relaxed cross training Saturday night playing tennis with Tim, and his wife Jennifer, Seth,Dad, my wife Kathryn,Sharon and others ...cruisy fun and good...

Update; I slept in and therefore didn't goto 6 inch recon #2 run. Very understandable given what I have done at work this week. Its been a very heavy week. Maybe God didn't want me to go this time.
Also did another short ankle-testing run last night for about 5minutes to catch up with my wife Kathryn as we went on one of our evening walks with Jacob. Ankle was sore on lateral side while running on bitumen, but wasn't on grass, (or on track the other night when I icepacked it prior, or on the trails of 6-inch recon run #1 for more than an hour.) My thoughts are then that maybe if I avoid any road running, and be very careful about uneven ground, I may be able to return to full training and racing, but have to do only track racing until I can raise the money to get it medically assessed properly. The 5km suggests I am good to go fitness wise. Very pleasing result that one. Should I risk 6-inch....????? Maybe...but I think I need 2 good long runs on trails first...Perhaps a 27k and/or 33k would be enough...Have two more opportunities to test ankle at Hills Group on December 6th and 13th...otherwise I am not a starter in 6-inch this year. But fitness side is looking good. I'm thinking maybe I could do the 6-inch and do it well, hopefully I am being realistic there.

Thursday 27th November 2008 AD;
Ran 5,000m at Coker Park in 22min 35secs (HR 195 at end).
2.5k splits 10.59/11.36. Average speed 4min 31 per Km.
Masters Athletics 5,000m at Coker park. (At 34 I was the youngest person in the race!)

Was tossing up all day whether or not to risk the ankle with this 5,000m track run today, but figured I'd probably regret it more if I didn't go than if I tried and failed to finish. Plus going to the Masters was a chance to catch up with my coach from my racewalking days because he is still racewalking there even past his 80th Birthday, and also to show Tim and my Dad the Masters athletics setup, have some good family time. So as I walked out the door at 0530 I had stashed my runnig gear in the car on the way to my l;ast day of callcentre training from 0730, plus some meter reading. Ankle was getting a little sore at meter reading so I knocked off a little early, got changed grabbed some frozen corn from the shops and headed for Coker Park. Put the frozen corn on my ankle which numbed it enough so I could run pain-free.
Had a wonderful night, and did pretty much everything I had hoped to do, plus Tim, my Dad, Jennifer and Grier all came which was awesome!! Very Inspiring to have them there, and of course to see Stan there belting out another walk in his eight decade still going strong! Very special night for me.

Went out strongly as per usual with splits including;
200m 40 secs, 400m 1min 28 800m 3min 03 2k 8 min 30secs.

Then backed off a bit, settled, hung in there, and finished very strongly trying to reel in someone which I did. Had a good battle with Liz Neville towards the end, and eventually had the better of her today in the last 400m, (maybe she was injured or something) which I felt pretty good about beating her as she is probably a better runner than me in recent years (for example her incredible marathon and 40 miler efforts this year.)

Extremely happy with a great run, as it is a seasons best over 5km this year, and only 48 seconds adrift of my November 2004 5,000m track PB of 21.47.

Dilemma now is should I risk trying to go after 6-inch or maybe just stick to track racing, join the Masters since that is a lot safer for my ankle.......or what..very happy with that though..

Wednesday 26th November 2008 AD;
Ran 2km in 9min 37 = 4.48 per k, (HR 159) on hull park course with tracksuit pants on.
posterior part of ankle was a little sore but I think the bandage positioning my Dad did this weekend was a bit better, so maybe that helped this week, felt better than last week, but it still doesnt feel right.

Have 2 more days of meter reading to go for this year, so maybe can finally stop strapping ankle every day like I have since October 12th, and I am getting way sick of! Is it good enough to run on this weekend? I don't know. At best I think its risky, at worst its downright foolish, so I am in one big mental dilemma whether to attempt the 6 inch recon this weekend, heart wants to but brain is telling me I;d probably be a fool to...so what do I do, play it safe or take a risk just wish I had some good medical advice but can't afford to get any...Plus way too busy anyway...

Im thinking about maybe a 5k race on Thursday night, and perhaps the 2nd Six Inch recon run this saturday morning, or maybe I should just can any thoughts of running for the next month or two until I get this ankle right once and for all. Its so frustrating!!!!!!! Tim goes back to USA in 9 days so got to make the most of any opportunities to catch up there, plus try and maximise work opportunities, and hopefully have some much needed rnr during december before meter reading starts again in January. Hopman cup tennis in January too...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

In no mans land but hope in sight

Currently I am in training "no mans land"...

Due to a frustratingly persistent ankle injury, combined with very low finances, and the resulting lack of proper treatment/ lack of funds and time to organise suitable cross-training regime, I have done very little this week.
Despite that I have hit some good resting heart rates with a 44! (same as what I had on the morning of Melbourne Marathon when I was arguably at peak fitness for this year, and also for many years), and a 45 this week, so I feel like if the ankle saga finally gives up the ghost, I will be ready to go hard.

I think my meter reading work combined with the few half-hearted sessions I have been able to put on the board since the ankle injury, (John Gilmour 10k track, and 23km on the 6inch trail, plus 1km rep at Perry Lakes) I have been able to hold on. The meter reading work is a double edged sword in that it is helping me maintain aerobic fitness, but is also delaying my ankle injury recovery.

However this coming week (starting on "Mo"-vember 24th is my last week of metering this year until the new cycle starts in January (yes I finally have holidays now in December and June...its been a long 2-3 years!) since I changed metering jobs to a far better company at the beginning of August)my ankle will finally get the rest it needs, and so there is a big challenge in December to (a) raise enough finances for our family, and (b) would like to try and make progress towards a home loan one day, i.e. need ***permanent*** part-time or fulltime work.

My brother Tim and his American wife and son are flying in tonight for two weeks so major priority will be to spend some time with them in the next 2 weeks!

Getting the ankle right, doing some trackwork and doing a few long runs, if I am holding onto my slim hopes of a 6-inch 45km (trails race) start this year on December 21st are the big training priorities for December. Hopefully the break from metering and the finances picking up will be the twin keys to sorting out my ankle.

As I said the other night while out on a long walk with my wife Kathryn (she has been doing a few of those in the last week or so and talking about doing some running again)...its frustrating with all these cool long runs that people on the WAMC messageboard (or with the Saturday HILLS GROUP!) are going on, and me wanting to go, but knowing Its probably far wiser I don't...Its a tricky decision to know whether to risk it or not each day...

This week I tried a test run on Wednesday 19th November;
2km-11.00 (HR 141) Ankle pretty dodgy.
Tried again the next morning but gave it away after about 1-2minutes, as ankle feeling very proppy...
Saturday 22nd November; 30min on exercise bike.

Saw an interesting interview on Cool Running with Raf Baugh world class Dualathlete, and one of the guys I used to run with at school a few times at Willetton SHS back in the early 1990's.
Interview is HERE...

Trying to spend less time on my new Facebook obsession, (e.g. my Six Inch Trails Run group)and looking forward to seeing my brother Tim and Jennifer plus son Grier who are flying in from USA tonight!...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

fun on the 6 Inch recon run one

Saturday 8th November AD;
Ran, walked for 3 hours 40min 56 secs. HR 121 at end.
Distance was about 23km for me, which included me walking (with a few short jogs) the last 6-7km on Scarp Rd. Pretty hilly and difficult terrain of course as it is our attempt to simulate 6 foot in WA. I w as taking a huge risk with my ankle which was fine for about 11-17k then I paid for it bigtime after that...

Photos thanks to Bernadette are HERE
Here is two of the best ones;

The usual rush to get ready, followed by the 80minutes drive (each way) to get there. Slight detour to find my way to North Spur RD direct from South West Hwy, but only a few minutes late. Set off running with Dave,Nathan,Craig,Bernadette,Rob D. and Roy.
Had a few good chats and felt fairly good early, no ankle issues. Was on the alert to avoid tripping on boulders etc and took it easy on the uphills and especially the long steep downhill which I walked all of as planned, so as to look after ankle. Kept strapping and bandage on to protect ankle. Enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the awesome feeling of running on trails in the bush, saw lots of kangaroos and an emu.

Running ok, although I could feel the loss of fitness in recent weeks every time we hit an uphill, just not much strength in the legs to draw on. To be expected. My initial plan had been to run 22km, as with my lack of long runs in the last 2 months I figured that would be a good starting point especially with the added difficulty of tough terrain and hills... However in the last few days the group decided they would do 30km, which in hindsight I maybe should have pulled out or turned back earlier. However I figured I would try and make it to Marrinup and then struggle back as best as I could. About 65minutes in running with Bernadette after the big hill, I felt a sharp pain in my ankle, as I encountered some uneven ground unexpectedly, guess I wasn't alert enough, too busy chatting. It wasn't too bad and I seemed to run it out. (deja vu Melbourne?) After that we started another long but fairly shallow climb. This took a lot out of me and while chatting with Craig, I realised my legs were running out of energy. Poor planning on my part (partly the rush at the beginning) mean't I had forgotten to bring my carboshotz, and only had one Gatorade, and no water in hydration pack (lighter to run with I figured)...DUH. Just when I needed a boost I had very little to draw on. Really struggled after that, and just couldnt find the strength in the legs as Rob and Roy went past...

My pace dropped right off as I went down the section near the powerlines, and was grateful for the group for waiting for me at Marrinup. Up until now the group had been really good at waiting for other runners, which I know wasn't much fun for Dave,Nathan and Craig especially, but its the right thing to do to keep the group together. Along the way we identified a few areas which need an arrow to reduce chance of navigation errors during the race. Was really enjoying being out there, so good to be running trails again. I got to Marrinup (14km according to Robs GPS, pretty similiar on Craigs) in about 95minutes including stops along the way for Rob and Roy and me and Bernadette to a lesser extent to catch up a few times.

On the way back I tried to keep Dave and Bernadette in sight, and managed to do so for a couple of km, before the legs just totally ran out of energy and I just couldn't get them to go. Rob and Roy got past me with my watch saying about 113minutes, and still a long way to go til that big hill at that stage. About the 2 hour mark I started walk/run mode a lot! with a lot of walking, and then trying to run again. Ankle started to ache a bit, not severe pain but it was making it hasrd to run when I could summon up the energy to try and jog. Took so long to get through this section and by the time I got to Scarp Rd my ankloe pain was persistent, running seemed very hard due to (a) no energy and (b) slight ankle pain. My watch said about 2 hrs 55minutes and I knew that it was going to be a long slog to get back to my car. Expected that by the time I got there the others would have gone home. Figured the best thing to do was short cut it on Scarp Rd all the way back and hope noone came out looking for me on the MundaBiddi. So off I set on Scarp Rd. mostly walking now but trying to put in some 1-5minute runs every now and then, which were getting harder and harder to do, mostly cos my ankle was getting sorer. Saw emu about this time, and heard a trailbike. After ages I passed a small pine plantation and then yay the Oakley Dam turnoff. Followed by conveyer belt, awesome sights and sounds! Imagine my surprise when I get in view of my car and see Craig and Bernadette there and two cars other than mine, and even stranger Daves car gone, plus no sign of Dave, Nathan Rob or Roy. I had expected to see everyone or noone at all...

At this stage I thought Dave must have gone out looking for me and/or Rob and Roy. For awhile as I chatted and Craig went off looking for Rob and Roy I thought that was what was happening then Craig comes back and I find out that AGAIN Dave and Nathan have shot through with what feels like to me LITTLE regard for the rest of us,
which Dave later apologized about as nathan had some gathering to get too.

So Craig,Bernadette(who is locked out of their car) and I are left to pick up the pieces, and organise the potential "search and rescue" of Rob and Roy. I have a school reunion to goto, which I end up being late for, but I know I ain't going anywhere until everyone is accounted for.

[I felt very emotional for the next few days, due to (a) my ankle, (b) the "situation" that threatened to develop, and (c) my feeling (rightly or wrongly,fair or unfair) that nathan and Dave dont take seriously enough the need to care for others on a group run, and they need to prepare better, minimise risks more especially with group runs. Maybe once again I have gone over the top emotionally but its frustrating when there are things that can be done, and should be done, to prepare for risks and they get ignored and laughed at because of peoples need to have a "gung ho" attitude, prove how tough they are or something.]

So we hope that they will find there way back via their GPS, and Craig and Bernedette head out to look for them again, while I stay with the cars. However we are blessed in that Rob and Roy turn up, after losing their way at the bottom of the big hill apparently. Thank God for that!

Anyway later tonight my ankle is very sore, and after that strugglefest of walking and ankle soreness, and the lack of emergency support in place, I have to reassess any plans of running 6 inch this year. Might have to reverse my plans of going on like Shane Crawford did at Hawthorn.
So am I running 6 inch in 2009? The answer is maybe? but more likely maybe NOT.
I need to get the ankle right AND do a stack of long runs in just 5-6 weeks. Its not too late yet but its a huge ask, one that I think may be beyond me this year, but won't rule it out just yet. I see no point in developing a recurring ankle injury by repeated running on difficult parts of the Munda Biddi. have to try and get it right, and the way the ankle is now I would not finish 45km on those trails...

So probably get a lot of leg strength out that run, I had a lot of fun enjoyed a lot of the day, and it was great to be there, apart from the debacle on the way back Where to from here. Not sure just have to take it day by day, week by week.

Thursday 6th November 2008 AD;
Ran a 1km time trial in 3min 58.38 on Perry Lakes Track HR 171.

Was working in the area so decided to duck over to the track after work and have a run on this track before they rip it up. A lot of past memories coming to mind. Strong southerly winds to work into on the fromt straight.
First 200m was 41secs, then 48,50,51,and 48 to finish.
Nice solid 1km, nothing incredible, but nice to dip under the 4minutes. Just testing out where I am at. Had a bit of ankle soreness at one point which probably slowed me up a bit, figured that it was minor.