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In the 7 days ending Oct 15:

activity # timemileskm+m
  rogaining1 8:00:00 17.4(27:35) 28.0(17:09)
  running3 3:27:00
  Total4 11:27:00 17.4 28.0

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Saturday Oct 15 #

12 PM

rogaining race (Vic Champs Korweinguboora) 8:00:00 [3] 28.0 km (17:09 / km)
shoes: Asics GT-2000

So, apparently the course planners set this rogaine back in April, when it was nice and dry. That wasn't the case today, with wet feet at the very first creek crossing, wet knees at the second and then having to cross a thigh-deep creek (and immediately back again) just to punch the control, not long afterwards. But I don't mind wet shoes, and O pants/tights dry out ok. And although I'm out of practice at Contacting old-school paper maps, think I'd done an ok job of mine - although bodgied up Blair's! I do, however, struggle with lifting my legs over fallen logs (there weren't too many massive ones, and I hoped that no more trees would come down during the event, but it was really windy) and getting through bracken. Mostly it was pleasant forest, with reasonably open hillsides, but there were some junky gullies (some really mossy with an enchanted forest feel) and I tried not to think about what it could be like over the eastern side of the map at 2 in the morning.

We never got to find out though, because at about 3pm, after I had finally started to feel positive rather than apprehensive (have been just so tired the past couple of weeks that I wasn't really sure if I was up for a 24hr), and after we'd been to the Balt Camp ruins at the highest point on the map, and done a nice downhill run on the road, Blair announced that his troublesome calf was giving him grief - damn. This had kind of been pre-empted as per his AP log during the week, and so I went straight into imagining us slinking shamefully back to the HH before the 6 hr people had even finished.

He kept saying "I will just see what one more control feels like" which kind of messed with my head (and now I understand how it must have been for Zara the morning of the WRC when I was feeling too unwell to even make a decision about starting) but it did mean that we got to the Mt Hope Trig, and a 90-pointer south of there, before turning west back towards the main road south of the HH and collecting a few controls along the fast-flowing Werribee river (I chose to cross on the road bridge). - It was kind of fun to now not be in a hurry and I even stopped to talk to the 4WD campers who had definitely accessed that spot by the creek illegally, via a track which was now thoroughly churned up. Declined their offer of a beer - they were drinking VB!

Got in just on 8pm and there were sausages at the HH - oh boy, the only time I ever eat sausages is on a rogaine and it's fair to say that I made up for there having not been any food left at the finish of last year's Aust Champs. Had a lovely chat to Tania and Madeleine (who's 11) the family team who'd won the women's in the 6 hr. Oh, and we saw a wombat ambling across the track in front of us just on sunset - that made it all worthwhile :)

Thursday Oct 13 #

7 PM

running (Belair) 1:00:00 [3]
shoes: Asics GT-2000

I wanted to run to the redwoods to see the cherry orchard in bloom, which is only the case for about a week, and it turned out to be pretty rather than spectacular (think I had missed the peak of it but there's not a lot of blossom this year). From there I went up & over the hill and came back via Long Gully, so I saw the forget-me-nots also and the gently-overflowing Railway Dam.

Wednesday Oct 12 #

11 AM


Attack of the Killer Masseuse

Needed this, because knees have been so tight lately that I dare not either bend or straighten them in bed, because they'll cramp due to the weight of the quilt :( Which could explain why I've slept so badly the past week...

Apparently the way to rejuvenate a raincoat's waterproofness is to wash and then iron it?

Tuesday Oct 11 #

6 PM

running (Adventuring) 1:02:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Tonight I decided to go and see whether I could find the waterfall(s?) in Sturt Gorge. Parked by the primary school in Bellevue Heights and ran down to the river via the fire track down the spur from the west end of suburbia. First dilemma: where to cross the river, because the official trail's on the other side? No problem, just wade a shallow bit, noting that not so long ago the water completely covered the trail. Next dilemma: how to get around some cliffy bits where the trail was still under water? Cautiously dip a toe in the water, scramble around clinging to rock and repeat, noting that the much-vaunted River Trail is just a singletrack at best and which hasn't changed since I first orienteered in the gorge 30 years ago.

Next dilemma: where's the trail gone? I found myself climbing up a track which led away from the river on the south side of the gorge; in hindsight I'd missed seeing that the trail crossed the river to the north again but it's maybe a good thing I didn't go that way because from the map it appears that there were 5 more crossings and even though only knee-deep, fast flowing water with slippery rocks makes me a bit chicken. I kept thinking of the news stories I'd cut out of the paper for 'current affairs' as a kid, where a teenager fell in the Sturt Creek at Coromandel Valley and was rescued from the Sturt Drain channel somewhere near Marion Rd. Now I know this can't have been the case - because the flood control dam in the gorge was built in 1965 - and it's far more likely that I've mixed up 2 different rescues, but in my 7-year old mind it was definitely possible to fall in the river at Winns Rd in Coro and get washed out to sea at the Patawalonga estuary!

Anyway, I popped out on the edge of the suburbs on the southern rim of the gorge and ran east for a bit trying to think if there was any way of crossing the gorge below the flood control dam, because I didn't really want to have to go all the way up to the road bridge at Coromandel Valley (or call my spouse to rescue me from Flagstaff Hill). You can't cross on the dam spillway but a trail map on the noticeboard showed a foot pad leading down to the junction of Sturt River and Magpie Gully. Next dilemma: where does that path leave the track I'm on? I ran back and forth along the road on the edge of the suburbs trying to get an inkling of where a faint path might head off to the north and also of how much daylight was left. Eventually decided just to bushbash down the hill and sure enough, a trail formed in front of me - and at some point it had been a path even with rough steps, but it surely doesn't get much use these days.

At the Magpie Gully junction I had to wade across again, testing the depth first, and would have liked to just sit there on the rock slabs peacefully watching the water rush by, but still wanted to find the waterfall. Only problem is, that heading downstream the River Trail started going up the hill! It did go down to the creek again, at another crossing which I thought I'd better not attempt, and also I figured that the waterfall was most probably now upstream of me in the steepest section of the gorge which I'd just bypassed. So that's a dilemma I decided to leave for another day...

Sunday Oct 9 #

8 AM

running (Bridgewater) 1:25:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Bowling Green Lane loop from Bridgie Oval with a social group; it's pretty impressive how Cox Creek has scoured out the playground nearby and the path further upstream. So many fallen trees everywhere, most of them neatly chopped up (which they certainly won't be on the rogaine next weekend). Although my legs initially didn't want to play, Zara & I eventually did the Carey Gully extension, but I was hot & thirsty all the way.

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