TrailRunning long 12:19:00  80.88 km (9:08 / km) +2413m 7:57 / km
shoes: Inov8 RaceUltra 2018
Loftus to Wollongong with Jordan.
Sweet route. only thing i'd change next time is through the tunnel instead of over bald head, and still would love to get up Keira at the end, although the descents at the end weren't actually that fun with tired legs.
Started out at loftus station around 4am (an hour late or so) in the rain and tried to get the coast by sunrise. At Audley had to jump over 2 foreboding "track closed" signs but was ok. Got a bit lost in the dark out of winifred falls but again figured it out, great tracks here and i'll come back during the day.
Sweet sunrise with showers mostly clearing and beautiful along the coastal track from a different direction, although every month theres more and more boardwalk.
From Otford we decided to scale down the embankment on a minor track and found the southern end of the abandoned Stanwell Park - Otford tunnel so walked through that (2k) to find out where the Otford end was (which is through a hole in the fence from the station track). Creepy af with water flowing through, pitch black, rusty machinery and who knows what in there! so cool!.
Jogged back through and continued up past Stanwell Park onto some slow technical trail, then 7 k of fast singletrack to Sublime Point. We were both pretty stuffed there and took our time to make sure Jordan wanted to continue. The tunnel and late start and faffing now meant we were about 2.5 hours later, and Mt Keira was out of the question really. Jordan was struggling but amazingly was good to continue. From there some tricky nav through the mtb tracks and maze of firetrails to the muddy af goattrack and downhill into balgownie.
Halfway down the downhill, Jordan came to a complete stop and the biggest f-ing black snake i've ever seen was curled up on the track, head about as wide as my wrist, and it wasn't moving, so we had to bushbash through lantana and lost another 45 mins or so, and lost descending flow.
Both pretty shattered at the end but still functional. Jordan was a bit more physically done, but amazing to see how solid his ultra-mindset was, which is probably from doing more 100s and milers... My body and mind could have gone further, but was pretty late, pretty shattered and only had an hour or so to spend with my brother there until he had to head back.
Ate a tonne when i arrived, but through the run, only ate around 14 servings, which seemed a bit low, but right given the lower exertion. Very little water, about 7 bottles in total.