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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 2:50:00 17.27(9:50) 27.8(6:07) 6010 /11c90%
  Pool running1 46:00 0.43(1:45:45) 0.7(1:05:43)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Swimming1 38:00 0.62(1:01:09) 1.0(38:00)
  Total7 4:54:00 18.33 29.5 6010 /11c90%
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Friday Mar 5 #

8 AM

Run 43:00 [3] 7.2 km (5:58 / km)

Headed out after an early-morning meeting to do some circle work in the general vicinity of Brodie's new place (this being one of the hitherto-uncoloured areas on my map). Back certainly better than yesterday, which wouldn't be hard, but still triggered a bit by short climbs. Something of a struggle of a run, but did get a bit better right at the end.

Thursday Mar 4 #

6 PM

Pool running 46:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:05:43 / km)

For the first time in a few weeks, a morning run was a false start (perhaps not surprising after last night, and it's the first time this season I've tried to come up the morning after an evening street event). Took to the pool instead at the end of the day, and definitely felt much better for doing this - back even felt a fair bit looser which isn't always the case for this session.

Wednesday Mar 3 #

7 PM

Run race ((street-O)) 37:00 [3] *** 5.4 km (6:51 / km) +60m 6:29 / km
spiked:10/11c

Heyington Heights, as noted before the annual event where you get the opportunity to see how the other 0.1% lives (although my route tonight meant that I only got the Scotch College bit of this and not the Toorak mansions bit). Was fairly quickly apparent that this wasn't going to be any better than last Thursday; at least I made a decent job of the route on a map where route choice disasters are not unheard of. Ventured onto the path hanging under the freeway for the first time in a long time (a sufficiently long time that I'm pretty sure the Greta Thunberg mural on a freeway pylon wouldn't have been there last time).

Tuesday Mar 2 #

7 AM

Run 48:00 [3] 8.0 km (6:00 / km)

Another day back in the office (these will probably get a bit more regular from here), and the first time I've done the position-myself-in-the-morning-for-evening-physio-appointment thing for a while. This opened up some new options so I decided to clear the area on the far west edge of Northcote, between St. Georges Road and Merri Creek and south of Arthurton - so lots of going back and forth, initially east and west, then north and south. Back better than it has been (though a few hip twinges at times); fairly slow, although I think possibly all the turning might have done me out of a bit of distance, and the handful of hills coming back were hard work, but on the whole a bit more positive than last week was.

This is the first time I've done a significant ride into the city since last March. There are a few more bike lanes now, although they're still prone to builders leaving stuff in them, people turning right across them, and the odd person parking in them. (On the last point it might have been tempting to ask "where are the police when you need them?" except that the most egregious offender was a police van).

Monday Mar 1 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Monday morning Pilates. Feeling pretty tight this morning (and a change to one of the exercises put a bit more pressure on the back, which it coped with, eventually).
8 AM

Swimming 38:00 [2] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Moving on to the pool. Not as sharp as the last couple of Mondays and slower throughout, but did pick up a bit later on, and I think my back was somewhat improved once all this was done.

On the way back dropped into one of my regular coffee stops, having seen it on the news on the weekend as a backdrop to a ministerial policy announcement.

Sunday Feb 28 #

8 AM

Run 42:00 [3] 7.2 km (5:50 / km)

I love the smell of eucalypts at dawn on a summer morning. This run wasn't at dawn (though it was when I first stuck my head out the door), but it was a bit closer to it than most runs of late (a forecast of min 11, max 35 provides some encouragement in that respect). It took me to Gunbower Island, formed where the Gunbower Creek splits off from the Murray before rejoining it and variously claimed as Victoria's, Australia's and the world's largest inland island. (Only the first of these is true - in fact you only have to cross the Murray to find a much, much bigger one, formed by the Murray and Edward Rivers, although that one doesn't have a name; according to Wikipedia, the NSW one, which is about 70 times the size of Gunbower Island, is third-biggest in the world after two in Brazil).

Most of this run was on fire trails in river forests, and was dead flat (I suspect Strava's 3 metres is cheating me out of a bit of climb, but not much). Once again found things a bit of a struggle with the back intermittently troublesome; I'd hoped for an hour but didn't get there. Still nice to be in the bush, though - very open forest, but no features so I'm not in a rush to suggest it be mapped. Somewhat to my surprise, post-run waffles were on offer at the local cafe.

Made my way back to Melbourne via bits of the river forest (some of the roads were pretty badly cut up, I suspect through locals using them in the wet last winter when no-one was looking), then Echuca, the Lower Goulburn NP, Tatura and Murchison. A pleasant weekend at least until I ran into the traffic jams coming into Melbourne (part of the Hume Freeway after Craigieburn was closed for works, with predictable consequences - if I'd known I'd have taken the Wandong-Epping route, as I used to before the Craigieburn bypass was built). I was impressed by the visitor centre at the Torumburry Weir, particularly their accounts of some of the more offbeat things which had happened there (like the strike during construction in 1919, triggered by the sacking of two waiters at the construction mess for throwing tomatoes at each other).

Every second farm between Cohuna and Echuca seemed to be flying a Eureka flag. In the city the flying of Eureka flags is most commonly associated with the CFMMEU or, occasionally, the sort of people referred to politely as "white nationalists" (not that such people really deserve politeness), but out here I presume it has something to do with water.

2 PM

Note

The vagaries of my music shuffle turned up Talking Heads' "Burning Down The House" three times in a couple of hours (given where I was and what I was doing, perhaps "Take Me To The River" would have been more appropriate).

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