While many of my friends were doing it tough at Kurrawa, my running buddy, Tegwen, and I thought we would do some character building. We set out from Park Road at 5:00 AM and headed out to Mt Coot-tha via Milton Road. We did 2 laps of the mount and headed back via Sylvan Road. 27K's all up but it did take us 2 Hrs 30 Mins.
We run the mountain anticlockwise which gives you the longest continuous uphill section. On our second lap we were running along on the LH side and quickly gaining on a couple of men who were running/walking on the RH side. as we approached them a cyclist came flying down the road into the sun and knocked one of the men, who were doing a very slow jog at that point. The cyclist, a man in his sixties, came of his bike. He did some damage to his knee, a deep cut and a knee cap that didn't look like it was in the right place anymore. He also had a bad cut on his arm. The runner, who fortunately saw the cyclist coming and managed to begin a dive for safety, had some skin off his leg but was able to keep going. A couple of the cyclists buddies come along soon after the mishap and called an ambulance. We went on our way after ensuring that all that could be done was being done and our assistance was not required.
Now you know why we were running on the LH side. It is much easier to avoid traffic that is coming up the road from behind.
I wasn't feeling too good yesterday, don't know why, but the effects were very evident in my run this morning. By the time we got back to Park Road I was absolutely stuffed. I couldn't have run another step. As for character, it was ousing out of us.