Sunday, December 20, 2015

Touring some of Canberra's ridges

There have been lots of events on my wish list this year that have passed me by due to injury and illness. The final one in the calendar for 2016 was Tour de Ridges - a half marathon that covers several ridges in Canberra's south including Farrer Ridge, Mount Wanniassa and Isaccs Ridge. All up somewhere between 550 and 650m of climbing, depending on who's Garmin you believe. The weather report for this weekend was for super hot conditions, and with a history of poor heat tolerance I was rather anxious about whether it would be wise to attempt this run. Therefore a back up plan was in place that included switching to the 15km event if I was struggling at the 10km mark and having Gregg out on the course with ice water and high power water sprayer in his Bob trailer. As it turned out the early start made for a pleasant temperature for most of the run and there was much more shade than expected. The water spray and ice water were much appreciated, but ended up not being critical for staying cool on course. The legs don't have a lot of training for this distance, so it was always going to be a long run at a comfortable pace rather than an attempt to race.

Jen Bright doing it easy out on the course

Finish line in sight!
Given the conditions, all the water stations were frequented and many steep sections on the course were walked. I made it to the finish line in pretty good shape (feeling much better than in the Bush Capital HM), but it was at a pretty casual pace. Happy to finish feeling pretty fresh. Also grateful the ankle roll in the first 500m was only minor so I could keep running! Time to plan the wish list for 2016, hopefully sneaking in parkrun #50 before the end of 2015.

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  1. So glad the run turned out as planned & you made it to the finish line in good shape. These events are not races but good fun to be had at the end of the year mixed up with some good social activities. Lovely to see you looking great. Have a good Christmas & take care.

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    1. Thanks TF :-). Not races I know, but nice to be able to push the pace if able. It was a fantastic run, well organised and supported as always. Great scenery too. Yes Jen really makes it look so easy! All th best to you for Xmas and NY.

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  2. Plus, Jen always does it easy on the courses. Relaxed & cruising, up hill & down. Probably having a chat as usual.

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  3. Nice going J - good to hear it went well. Pretty hot out there - I had to lay down for 15 minutes to recover afterwards. Congrats on your upcoming 50th Parkrun and all the best for 2016.

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    1. Thanks ET:-) Wishing you all the best for 2016

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