Friday, December 3, 2010

The birthday adventure in numbers

I will write a report about these past five days when I get my head around everything that happened, but for now here are the numbers and a general rundown.

Day 1: 7hrs
cycling - Brisbane, Beaudesert, Rathdowney, Mount Barney. 120km, 547m ascent.

Day 2: 9hrs
Walking/scrambling - Mount Barney East & West; up SE ridge, to saddle, up West Peak, down Southern (Peasants') ridge. 20km, 1250m vertical (approximately).

Day 3: 11hrs
Cycling - Mount Barney, Summerland Way to Kyogle, cross-country to Lismore, Ballina. 165km, 923m ascent.

Day 4: 7hrs
Cycling - Ballina, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Tweed Valley Way to Murwillumbah, accidental 10-15km loop, Mount Warning Holiday Park. 115km, 570m ascent.

Day 5: 8hrs (5w/3c)
Walking/scrambling - From Holiday Park to top of Mount Warning. 18km, 1080 vertical (approximately).
Cycling - Murwillumbah, Road 98 over the range to Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Robina, Varsity Lakes. 59km, 443m ascent.

Cycling - 28hrs, 459km, 2483m climbing.
Walking/scrambling - 14hrs, 38km, 2330m ascent/descent.

Weekly hours of training: 42.

A funny thing that I notice on first sight is that, although the distance walked was 8.3% of that cycled, the vertical gain on foot was 94% of that on the bike. This arises from two factors: there wasn't TOO much vertical on the roads, and the walking/scrambling was really steep, especially on Mount Barney.

Health permitting, I will be spending alot more time in the Mount Barney area these holidays, it is absolutely spectacular and humbling, the solitude was something else.

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