UTA 50 – Part 3 – Gearing up!

(To paraphrase Eddy Merckx, "Don't buy upgrades; run up grades." I followed that advice... to some extent.) Sponsorship offers welcome (but highly unlikely) Gear change There was nothing wrong with my gear in 2018. Everything fitted in the 12 litre Kathmandu vest pack, everything worked. But over time and through experience and stuff wearing out … Continue reading UTA 50 – Part 3 – Gearing up!

UTA50 Part 2 Training… somewhat underdone

(Part 1 was https://templeblot.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/uta50-entered-achievement-unlocked/) Apart from the odd high-volume weekend, this was the program I followed Best of intentions I had plenty of time to prepare for UTA50 since entering September 2018. Among bouts of running I finished Fitz's Classic 165 km with relative ease and l'etape 170 km (story to come). Then this thing … Continue reading UTA50 Part 2 Training… somewhat underdone

Hang on… I started a 50km off-road run in May!

NASA says that missions fall into one of two categories: Missions that are successful, and missions that are rich in learning opportunities. What a lovely event! As a location it's hard to beat the Blue Mountains. Clean air, established trails, enough altitude to affect performance and brutal but beautiful conditions. Everything was well-signposted, the collection … Continue reading Hang on… I started a 50km off-road run in May!

Qantas entertainment making the hours fly by

My rare trips to the cinema are now limited to flights! So, what's on for February 2018 flying to Japan? On the CBR-MEL leg I got into the mood with a documentary about Japanese sword, kimono and pottery made by traditional methods. Fun Fact: Mud is involved in the manufacture of all three! Painted on … Continue reading Qantas entertainment making the hours fly by