After the Christmas Race there was still no stopping – with training every chance I got as I still had 1 more Marathon to go this year.
I set myself 1 more challenge for 2012 – and that was to do the single day of the Murray Marathon. The Single Day is day 4 of the 404km, 5 Day Marathon and is 63km from Echuca to (almost) the Torrumbarry Weir on the Murray River.
It was a challenge in itself just to get there and be ready for a 7am start on the 30th! Let alone paddle down the River!
You can sort of see from my GPS plot the course of the river.
The day started out with a very strong flow and a mild 14 deg temperature. As the day went on, the temperature soared to around 35 and the wind picked up to over 30km/h, and the flow gradually slowed the further down river due to the weir!.
Even though the wind was in the 30km/h + speed it was not too bad – as the river winds a lot – so you only copped it for 1-2km at a time in the face, but you did cop it for about 30% of the time.
There are only 4 check points during the day, and I stopped for about 30 seconds at Alpha to grab a few snacks. I had planned for a longer stop at Bravo to re-stock my water and grab a quick bite. It all went well and I was underway in under 2 minutes after a quick drink of milo, a scone and a re-stock of my empty water bags.
After 6hrs, 40m 04s I crossed the finish line, well ahead of my planned 7h 30m planned time. My GPS read 59.3km and showed an avg speed of 8.9km/h – It dropped off from 9km/h with just a few km to go and I could not claw it back.
I was the 9th of the 1 day entrants to cross the line and first in my class – as the others in my class recorded a DNF.