I had a week of training to get through first, and as much as I wanted to race hard I had to still train as I had bigger races to focus on!!!
After a recovery run on Monday the program had a set of 1km reps on, but.... It was windy and raining and I could still feel the 50km I had clocked up on the weekend so I sent the boys off to train for their 10km race, if the coach talks they listen!!! And I headed into the forest for a little bit of trail, my big race is after all a trail race and I always need a bit more trail. My run wasn't all trail, I came back on the road and put in a couple of tempo km's to keep the speed up.
Tuesday was the start of the winter!!! OK winter started months ago, but on Tuesday the clod fronts started to roll in... It was wet on Wednesday and only Mark was out, he was hoping I wouldn't turn up so he could head home to find his warm bed! I said NO, can you hear that? The forest is calling...
|OK the first river was a little full
The forest was quite and after leaving Mark I didn't see another sole as I headed up to Woodcutters:
|Rivers were wild and crossing them was FUN
I couldn't hang around as the night was closing in... and the water was still all around! me as I tacked the next level of the mountain!
|Yes I had just crossed that!!!
After a couple of 400's on the road (track still water logged) Thursday evening, I was up in the rain at 05h00 for a Friday morning run, and yes it was cold, in fact the coldest morning for some time.
Now, while I was off to work, those trail runners who are luckier than me headed for the mountain!!!
|Wish I was there!
I was up early on Saturday to pick Bernard up and drive the 100+km to the start. We had to drive over the pass in rain so heavy that I had my wiper on double fast!!!
We were lucky to catch a break as we started the race!
|I took the early lead
After a couple of flattish km on the farm lands we crossed the road and headed for the mountain!!!
|That is would we crossed the road!
I wish I had photos of the waterfall and some of the other views we had, but all I can show you is one of the river crossings...
|Told you it was fun!
Now if I can find it I will include the picture of Bernard and I that appeared in the Sunday paper...