I am running in honour of Michael Dixon McKellar
I am running as a survivor
i'm giving it all i've got
Over the Finish Line (at Last)
See How They Run. See How They RunWe are fast approaching the Finish Line for The Long Run 2022.
A Day without ActivityToday is a REST DAY. The drive to Penrith and return to see the Eye Doctor (there's that pun again) turned out to be quite grueling. So nothing left in the tank for an attack on the Records.
I Ride my Bike, I Ride my BikeI was under the impression I had plenty of time to cruise to the Finish Line, but then I realised its all over in 3 days time.
Closing Stages of the ChallengeI thought I had plenty of time to cruise to the Finish Line. But the realization that the Finish Line will be here in 4 days as of today is a little daunting.
Blog 2 for TodayWell I was stunned when I received an email from Jo Jones (PCFA) this morning advising that as of today we only have 5 days left in the Challenge. In the back of my mind I had doubled the original kilometre challenge to 144 km because my daughter has pledged $2 per kilometre and I don't want to let her off too easily.
UCI May be Over but We are Still GoingWeather good. No wind no rain. Struck out to achieve another 5.0 kilometres. So set course for the Large Lighthouse but kept going past it and around to the Small Lighthouse at the Harbour entrance. Then back past Holy Sea College along Harbour Street, past Chiko's, down Crown Street and into Corrimal Street for the run home.
The Rain Gods Smile on the GongThankfully the day dawned bright and sunny and there was no wind (yes you heard correctly - no wind). In Wollongong of late that is rarely heard of.
Bike 2 in the GymToday I remembered to take my camera (iPhone) and took some shots of the bike control panel for verification of my ride. Turns out the previous rider omitted to RESET the bike control panel. This resulted in me being credited with some kilometres I did not ride. So by calculation I am claiming 12.3 km instead of the displayed 19.5 km on the Control Panel. So the Stats for today's ride (corrected) are:
The Other BikeDue to inclement weather again today (Friday) in the Gong I was forced to return to the Gym, this time to try a new approach - the Recumbent Bike. "Recumbent" you say. There was nothing lying down about this ride. A hard ten minutes of graft saw me cover 6.0 km at an average speed of 36 km/h. I take comfort in the fact I am not too far outside the average speed for the UCI 23 World Championship race I saw in the Gong today, only they went a bit faster but only on the downhill bits.
Wonderful Windy WollongongOnce again Wollongong was true to form on Thursday being windy and raining to the extreme. So I had to resort to the bike in the gym once more. I did notice there is a second bike in the gym, so next time I will give that one a spin.
Windy Rainy WollongongThe weather today was not at all conducive to an outdoor walking course, so I opted for a bike ride in the gym instead.
New Parameter DevelopedToday’s walk saw me tackle an entirely new course involving a hill climb to a high vantage point over Port Kembla. It also lead to me declaring a new parameter for the walk stats.
Back in WollongongTonight's walk took in part of the UCI World Championship Course and the outer of the CBD back streets.
Penrith WalkThere was no walk yesterday due to long driving session form Port Macquarie to Penrith. So today's walk took me from Panthers in Penrith across the "Walking Bridge" over the Nepean River to the site of the Old Police Station at Emu Plains and back.
Beautiful Sunrise in Port MacquarieThankfully the rain gods were satisfied after having their way all night and the dawn dawned like a cracker. My walk took me around the town and around the port over a distance of 4 km. Pace was steady at 11 minutes and 50 seconds per kilometre. Steps covered was 4987. Duration was 47 minutes. I am happy with that. I hope all my Sponsors are too. We are almost to the halfway point in terms of fundraising so only need another $5000 or so to reach the target. As far as distance goes there is only another 6 km to go. And there were some who said it could not be done! But I will not stop at 72 km. There is much more to be done.
Wet Day in Port MacquarieWell today the predicted rain came. And so my outdoor course was not available. Fortunately the Mantra has a well equipped rooftop Gyn with all the usual instruments of human torture. Having been severely stung by the Running Machine in a previous Gym encounter I opted for the slightly less ferocious bicycle. With no headwind and no tailwind the ride was unusually flat and consistent. I managed a fifteen minute ride for a distance of 5 km. Let’s hope the rain is gone tomorrow.
Further and FasterTonight’s walk around Port Macquarie was the longest in recent times and the fastest pace achieved so far.
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Port Macquarie Day 2
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Beach and Burbs walkToday's course took in Ocean Beach and the back streets of Umina.
For Something Completely DifferentSo today's course saw me walk from Ettalong Beach to Ocean Beach and return. The scenery is amazing especially at sunset. I took a photo of Lion Island at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. just about at sunset. Great photo but you will just have to take my word for it. I am on holiday and don't have the means to put the photo up till I get home again in a week or so.
Above ground at last
Today's Walk in my Underground Playground
A Different ExperienceUnable to fit in my walk until 8.37 pm tonight. By which time - you guessed it, it is pouring rain and blowing a gale.
Records are Tumbling
Mind the Wind
Another Tough Day then a Better One
A Tough Day at the OfficeWeather today is not conducive to the usual outdoor course what with copious amounts of wind and rain. No problem let's use contingency plan A. Go to the gym and just do the usual walk on the walking machine instead of outside in the elements.
Second Day AlreadyHit the road early this morning, well early for me anyway. Did 3.2 km in the lightning fast average time of 12 minutes and 35 seconds per km.
The First DayAccompanied by Michael's sister Vanessa (Ness) I put in in a fair effort on day 1. We covered 3.32 km in just 54:51 minutes. A incredibly fast 16.3 minutes per kilometre.
We start on Thursday 1 SeptemberI will keep you posted how the run is progressing day by day.
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