Day 15 - Saturday May 4th - 2500km travelled so far
I dragged myself out of bed just after sunrise and prepared for my first run in proper cold conditions, it was warm and toasty inside while i put on my runners and downed some pre workout, and as soon as i stepped outside into the fresh Autumn air i realised what i had put myself up against. I had stretched inside the room so as soon as i had gotten over the shock of the cold I began running, i figured it was pretty cold and as i made my way down into a dip it dropped another few degrees, I later realised it was a frosty morning and the air temperature was around zero. With lungs burning from the cold it was hard to distinguish between that and lungs burning from exhaustion so i pushed myself fairly hard, only stopping once on the 2km of road up.
The event organisers were well into setting up by the time i reached the top and I realised how much effort these guys put in to make something like this happen. I walked around for a little while taking in the fresh air and taking some photos then continued. The track plateaus on the hill from a little then winds back down the range and I got to watch Bathurst in the morning light the whole way down, smashing through the rest of the run i made it through the pits and back around to the hotel. The run totalled 6.2km and 348m in vertical elevation and i felt strong so i was stoked, i hope to continue running in New Zealand so this is great training.
After breakfast i drove Zach and Roy up to the top to begin the first day of heats. They raced in half a dozen heats and a few practice runs and by the end of the day i could tell they were confident with the track. The heats were comprised of 4 skaters and the scored required to reach the next round was based on the places in the heats plus the times from qualifying. Zach and Roy both came close but unfortunately just missed out on making it to the next day of racing, but they’d made it further than they’d hope without and crashes so they were stoked.
After the racing had finished we cruised back to the hotel and began eating and drinking once more, a friend of mine who studies at the univeristy 2 minutes away from where we were told us to come over for drinks and hang out. She picked us up and we spent the night getting very intoxicated, Roy decided to go into town with some girls to a club and he got lost for a few hours alone in Bathurst which was a laugh. And when both Zach and Roy ventured back to the hotel separately through a couple of paddocks in the pitch black trying to negotiate multiple barb wire fences and steep embankments they copped a beating and got lost. The debrief the next day was funny shit. Im getting a lot more used to goon.