A Friday sprint meant some reshuffling of this week's program was called for. I was tossing up whether to do something long on Tuesday or Wednesday, and made my decision on the basis that I wanted to see the women's 100 hurdles tomorrow more than I wanted to see the men's 400 today. Still took the radio out with me, and with an 8am massage it was a pre-6 start from the Clifton Hill area, on a fairly flat route through the inner northern suburbs. (The broadcast ended after the 400, meaning that I didn't get the chance to find out via the ABC, who were next door to ESPN Latin America at the Australia-Argentina hockey match, whether the word "gol" has 24 Os in it in hockey Spanish as well as soccer Spanish - although as it turned out there were no goals anyway).
Unlike last week, it was a fairly slow (if not unpleasant) start. The middle third was good, flowing well, but as with last week it started to hurt a bit from about the 80-minute mark onwards. Managed to finish off OK. A very nice morning for it, if perhaps suboptimal for NT acclimatisation.
Overtaken by events department: the Commonwealth Bank ad on a bus shelter 'Bring back gold, James'.
Going to the Northern Territory does mean getting to see some of the more colourful parts of their media, and the NT News was in fine form recently with this front page
. We'll also be heading into the middle of an election campaign, which has had an early highlight in the form of a bit of spice being added to the launch of the Opposition law and order policy, when a drunk biffed the deputy leader in front of the TV cameras while he was launching it.
And the NT Championships is the first event for which I've seen a notice in the event information saying that no pornography is to be brought to the event (it's illegal to bring porn onto Aboriginal land, which the event area is, in the NT).