|Quarry Track in Bouddi National Park. |
While not forcing the pace, I walked steadily at around 5km per hour, and after circling round the southern side of Cockrone Lagoon, followed roads and a fire-trail steadily upward to the highest point in McMasters Beach. As I walked I found myself constantly reviewing how I was travelling, especially up the steeper climbs. Was my breathing steady or was it becoming more laboured? Was my heart racing? Was that slight ache in the back of my left chest heart-related? Was I at all light-headed? All runners coming back from injury, or tapering for a race, will recognise this nervous physical introspection phase where every niggle and sign is examined to see if it is something more ominous.
|View from Bombi Point in Bouddi National Park. |
|View from Bombi Point in Bouddi|
My route home followed some familiar and lovely single track winding through sheltered and mossy rainforest, and then after some road walking, finished along the beach from McMasters to Copa. It was low tide which makes the walking easy and there were lots of holiday makers out enjoying the Australia Day weekend and the end of summer vacation for many.
I have discussed in previous posts ("Getting out the door" and "Small explorations") the value to me of training somewhere more interesting when you have one of those days when you just can't be bothered, and today proved the point. It wasn't quick, and there was a bit of dallying here and there, but I covered 13km without trouble.