Monday, 29 June 2015
A few months ago I entered Jon in the 29k trail race around the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. I was thinking that if he was actually entered in the race it would entice him into doing some training which would be good for his major goal this year (well early next year) - the overland track run which is 80 ish kms.
Jon's been super busy though, with work and also with the fact that I'm a lot less flexible and available for the kids midweek stuff than I was when I wasn't working - so it turned out he didn't have much time to do any training at all. Because I didn't want to be responsible for a messy breakdown 20ks into the race I did give Jon the option of not going to the event, but he is much braver than me, and insisted we stick to the original plan (just without the bit where he does any training beforehand).
Race day was absolutely beautiful, a blue sky day that was nice and cool - perfect for running. While Jon's race started at 8:30am, I started my adventure at 8:15 by scampering up to Wine Glass Bay saddle with my cowbell so I could loudly applaud all the runners as they made it to the first of the two significant climbs of the day. I got lots of smiles from the runners for my small efforts which was nice.
Once the runners all went past me I continued down to Wine Glass Bay then around the much shorter (11k) Hazards loop which was really pleasant. I was in a bit of a hurry to get back to the kids and get them out the door so we could climb up Mt Amos before Jon got back, so the moment I hit the car park I jumped sweatily into the car and raced off. I was kind of thinking of cancelling the Mt Amos climb as I was feeling a bit tired, but I'm really glad I didn't as it was so lovely. The kids were great (including the extra Zali we took with us), and the views were awesome.
That's part of Jon's course in the background there in pink - I was a bit worried about Jon breaking down during the race (say, behind the mountain bits) but I needn't have, because he was fine, in fact he finished about an hour before we returned from Mt Amos.
He even took some happy looking photos along the way..
So it was a great weekend! It felt like a pretty big one as we didn't even leave Hobart on Saturday until we'd been to 2 soccer games and I'd been for a run. It was nice to come back on Sunday to family dinner at Denny's place - so no cooking or cleaning for us!