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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...

Monday, May 25, 2009

ran 10km and failed on every other day

Last week I ran a slow 10km on a hilly tricky course in about 64min HR 153..., that was on Wednesday 20th May 2009. Not very motivated and just exploring.
Hurt my back after, and the soreness in my worst knee seems to be hanging around a lot lately...
Had a resting HR of 48 one day which was very encouraging as thats slightly better than Ive had for many weeks.

Friday night I thought about braving the wind and rain, actually sat in the car thinking about doing it, but decided it wasn't worth it, and went home for dinner and off to my night job instead...
Really need to get some long runs (or rides) done for the sake of my general health and sanity at least, and certainly if Perth marathon VI is to still be worth doing this year.
Have a lot on my mind re jobs, houses, family, bills etc...hoping for some sort of big breakthroughs in the next few weeks.

Got the latest Grave Forsaken album (their third) this week, so that was a big positive, its called This Day Forth, see blog link on my left sidebar...

not much else to write home about really...frustrated, disappointed in myself (although I did work 6 days this week and did both Friday and Saturday 1800-0200 shifts this week in my night job (need more money!),), have some fullon shifts this week too, but no metering now until July probably so hopefully more freetime, although paying bills ios going to be a challenge.
but ain't throwin in the towel...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

wk 3 of 10 double session tuesday was good

Tuesday was good, but then I lost the plot trying to cope with lack of sleep and work/family demands.

Then our almost 2 year old Jacob got very sick Saturday night with Gastro, which culminated in a middle of the night visit to Princess Margaret hospital, ( we got to sleep at 4.15am and that was on the back of 4 nights in a row of me sleeping about 4 hrs a night, so absolutely worn out today (sunday)) So Sunday spent recovering from severe lack of sleep helping my darling wife clean up the mess from the little one throwing up and diahorreing lots over a 7-10 hour period the previous day, and ensuring the little one kept his fluids up and hopefully will be back onto food tonight. So all thoughts of a longish run this weekend went out the window. Maybe next week...
Some good news though with the First home owners grant being extended until September, daylight savings debate NO vote looks like being carried YAY!, no more dark mornings trying to train or get started at work in February/March...
Also my wife Kathryns longstanding (over several years) knee injury, got diagnosed (we had the spare cash to go in and do it for once, and got back half of it on medicare), although it looks like she will need an operation if she is to run pain-free and my dreams of her becoming a decent training partner for me are to be realised to any significant extent in the coming months,years...

Last week of metering this week until July, so the stage is set for my time to free up in just over a weeks time, and hopefully get some much needed rest, get a home loan on the board, and crank up the training just in time for Perth Marathon in July if things go well...
Very worred about car bills (rego and repairs), and paying rent off just my night job during June, but we shall find a way through it somehow, God willing, and hopefully can hit July, refreshed, trained, and ready to get on with the rest of this year on a much better setup...

Tuesday 12th May 2009;
AM; Ran about 6km (hilly) in 34min 15 HR 159.
downhillish leg 15.17?...to roundabout near railway line and back home.
Hurt dodgy ankle early on and walked for a minute or so to sort that out as a precaution, some lingering soreness over the next few days, but seems to be ok, just have to be careful with my footing on uneven ground, as clearly my injury from October 2008, is still easily aggravated if not careful, but it seems under control at this stage.

PM; Ran about 4km in 16min 51 (4min 12 per km!) HR 183!
Worked hard on all 5 laps of the local oval to hold a fast pace.
Approx. 800m splits;
First lap about 3.52 per k pace...

Very pleasing effort which is a PB for this course by 8 seconds.
Felt good, and confident that if I was to train like this every second day or every day, I would build some great momentum...

Some knee soreness the next day and in the evening but cleared up ok...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Towards perth VI week 2 of 10

the 8km run was good, step forward, but other than again failed to do what I had planned...need to hit my straps soon, if I am going to threaten my marathon PB in Perth VI...have to find opportunities to hit key sessions even though I am pre-occupied mentally re wanting to land a home loan soon...injury front looks good at the moment, just need to get out there!

Sunday 10th May Ran about 4.5km in 24.58 HR 156...Short on time again as had mothers day brekkie to goto, and got sidetracked early on househunting and looking after Jacob, otherwise would have gone much longer. Also slept in saturday too, got tied up with family stuff watching the Dockers beat carlton etc...Ok run on hilly course but relaxed, enjoyed it, did some recon on a block of land I found thinking of buying but have since decided it is too expensive...

Wednesday 6th May Ran approx. 8km in 36min 17 HR 177. 4min 32 per km.
10 laps of oval...4k splits 17.44/18.33...
Excellent solid fastish run after work. felt good, very pleased with this step forward of a run, not enough time to go longer due to night job to goto soon after...left knee a bit sore next day, and soon after but otherwise everything good, so no major injury problems

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Towards Perth VI week 1 of 10

Monday 27th April 2009 AD;
Ran about 15km (hilly) in 1hr 35minutes 24 seconds. (6min 21 per km) HR 162 at end (after steep climb to my house).

Ran in middle of day at about 30% humidity, 27 degrees, so a bit on the warm side, and the powerade I took with me was pretty important. Course was pretty hilly and bitumen all the way mostly, so was a challenging course in less than ideal conditions. Took it easy on the hills as I was testing out the hammy, and didnt want any flare-ups. Seemed to come through ok, but its still suspect on hills for now for sure. Pushed the pace a bit on some of the flatter sections.
Went from home out past the railway line overpass, and then followed the road all the way back to the main shopping centre, before returning back home. Lots of hills.

A good run that gave me some confidence for coming weeks. Hard to guage where I am at, because the course is a challenging one, and the conditions were hard, and the distance is a bit approximate. Beautiful scenic views to the ocean and lighthouse in the distance early on.

The rest of the week too busy driving 150km a day between jobs, and trying to cope with a difficult sleep/work balance, plus the excessive driving. Worked Waikiki one day, and Secret Harbour 3 days, including a monster day on thursday where I cleared 472 readings in 6 hours, under pressure from work to avoid this round being late, and partly due to me being very lack-lustre on Wednesday, and just not getting enough done that day. Body clock has gone a bit off, with me getting used to a 2am-4am bedtime due to the late-night shifts 5 nights a week...

Just struggling a bit in the last few weeks to cope with not enough sleep or free time, and the pressures of family needs, the neverending bills, plus minor concerns about the state of our cars, and trying to find a way to crack open this housing market, and find a way to land that elusive home loan (God willing...maybe we should just keep renting) at a price that is affordable, in a location that is going to set us up for the the next 3-10 years, and a house that is going to be good for our needs in the next 3-10 years. Keen to try and make a wise decision, and to land the right deal for our needs and wants. So a lot of soul searching, and net research lately (a lot of my spare time) going into trying to work this one out. Its looking to be a tough challenge, and after talking to Keystart this week, I think we are a chance, but its a steep learning curve, and I am very conscious of the balancing act between getting the right price, but getting value for money too and not buying a dud...Probably one of the toughest challenges I have ever considered taking on, and we are only at an early stage of this thing. However the alternative seems unacceptable (continue in an overpriced increasingly unpredictable, unstable rental market, with the likelyhood that we will have to move house again next year anyway), so I think we have to try and get on the front foot here, be pro-active, and try and buy some stability and security for my little family's future.
However if we can't land the big fish, we may just have to try and play the rental game for longer, and I have to say our current location is something special, which I am still ecstatic about several months later, so thanks God for that.

But I digress, back to running, well basically this weekend, I had good intentions of putting in at least 2 key sessions towards my Perth Marathon plans ( 9 weeks away now!) but have ended up not doing either of them, and just trying to recover from a tough week. Feels like the weekend is over before it started. Really enjoyed the derby win though. Awesome to see Fremantle keep the eagles on the back foot and maintain our intimidating derby record in recent years, with some scintillating play and goals from rookies Stephen Hill and first gamer Matt Deboer (suspect he may be related to my old UWA teammate, and national level runner Chris Deboer ???), to ensure Pavlich enjoyed a good day on his 200th...

While I am not happy with a fizzer of a week trainingwise, I still think I am well placed to attack well, but I need to get on with it soon, and also need to lose some spare-tyre (almost 10kg heavier than last year at the moment), like the incredible Sarge Bob (and daughter-in-law Tiffany) from Lake Clifton, WA, did in winning the biggest Loser TV show recently...love the photo of the commando pointing the way on Wombats blog..., be interesting to see what Wombat (a 2.13 marathoner and total all-time legend in the WA running scene) did for the Half marathon in the Busselton Half Ironman triathlon today, and I see six-inch and Ironman legend Suzy did 1hr 51 for her Half, with a total half IM time of 5hrs 23 minute. Congrats to her!

My hammy seems to have turned the corner, and although proceeding with caution still, I think maybe I have finally obliterated that injury concern, and hopefully it wont return beyond minor niggle status again this year...

So maybe week 2 of 10 towards my dreams of a sixth consecutive Perth Marathon, (and hopefully maybe finally that elusive PB, still 3.55.02 from 2004) will be better...