Like true troopers Marathon Man, Michael and myself found ourselves at 6am standing in the dark and rain at the entrance of Ku-ring-gai National Park.
Our aim was to run for a good 6 - 7 hrs in preparation of The Comrades in 4 weeks time and Michael will do the 100km Wilderness Team Trail next weekend.
The first 10 km where a nice downhill to Akuna Bay before heading up again to the main route out to West Head. Rain was easing and by 9 am we had covered a good 25 km and started to dry out.
Michael and I started to get a bit too fast for Trent and we left him behind running out to the West Head, knowing that we will see him on the way back again, which we did 30 km into the run. On the way out we made great progress and soon Michael and I found ourselves at the turn off to Church Point and down to Pittwater. Michael for the first time ran more then 50km in 6 hrs and the last bit up Mona Vale Road back to Terrey Hills was a killer - not only because of the hills but also because the road was not really ideal to run on with all the heavy traffice - we survived and I managed to reach the car after 60.5km and 7hrs with Michael following shortly after. A quick stretch later and off we went to look for Trent, who we found only 5km short of the finish - we picked him up with the car and drove home to a well deserved cool beer and and ice bath......
Next week Trent and I will run the Canberra Ultra Marathon as a final test before tempering down till South Africa.