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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:57:00 12.49(9:22) 20.1(5:49)
  Cycling1 40:00 10.56(3:47) 17.0(2:21)
  Swimming1 35:00 0.62(56:20) 1.0(35:00)
  Total5 3:12:00 23.67(8:07) 38.1(5:02)
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Tuesday Feb 21 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)

Slept through my alarm this morning, which I take as an indication that I needed the sleep, but it meant I was heading out a bit sooner after getting out of bed than I would have, and was consequently not terribly awake when I set out. The run ended up as being what by normal standards was a pretty poor one - also still suffering a bit from the cold - but only the slightest hint of hamstring trouble so a big positive there.

Monday Feb 20 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Felt pretty awful on the trip home last night (certainly coming up the long flights of stairs from the bus stop to the top of the Old Town at 12.20am was at the upper limits of my capabilities at the time). I hoped, without much expectation, that a reasonable night's sleep would be enough to make me feel better. It more or less worked, but the time which a night's sleep needed to extend to to be classified as "reasonable" wasn't going to leave sufficient time for a run before work, so I decided to have a rest day from running today rather than tomorrow. Hopefully I'm through the worst of this and should be able to train reasonably well through the rest of the week.

I think Zurich-Geneva (24 minutes from take-off to touchdown) is the shortest flight I've been on this side of Gabo Island. It took about the same time as it took my bus this evening to travel less than 3km - a reminder of the awfulness of Geneva's traffic (partly absent last week because of school holidays).

Sunday Feb 19 #

10 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.5 km (6:09 / km)

Jim had been out skiing early and reported that it was very icy (a legacy of freezing drizzle yesterday afternoon and evening) on the ski tracks and that there was 'blood on the tracks', but also said it would probably be OK to run, and it was, at least on the higher ground. Once I got to a low enough elevation for ice to become part of the mix, I decided I didn't really need to do this and turned around to stay at higher elevations, which meant some rather convoluted routes in the last few minutes to get to the 40 minutes I wanted. The longer climbs were a grind but almost no trace of hamstring issues.

Good to catch up with the family, and I think I'm gradually connecting with Max and Esten (not so easy when you only see them once a year and English is their second language - which means I can't really appreciate how they interact with each other). Went downhill pretty quickly in the afternoon, though; I was feeling a bit of a throat tickle on Friday night so I don't think I can blame this on something brought home from childcare. Hopefully a reasonable amount of sleeping tonight and/or the plane will help.

Saturday Feb 18 #

7 AM

Cycling 40:00 [3] 17.0 km (2:21 / km)

Got into Oslo a bit after midnight; we were 20 minutes late to Copenhagen but the outgoing flight was also late (there were enough connecting passengers that I think they would have held it in any case), and the flights were at near-adjacent gates so I didn't have to run the length of the airport this time.

I stayed at an airport hotel rather than trying to make my way to Baerums Verk at that hour (which I presume would have required spending the GDP of a small African country on a taxi), and did a session on a stationary bike in the hotel gym. Stationary bikes are exceedingly boring (possibly even more boring than swimming), so Norwegian Saturday morning children's TV was a useful distraction, including Katten Med Hatten (which was definitely around in book form, at least, when I was that age) and Brännmann Sam. Not super-energetic (possibly through not eating first), but not too bad.

Moved on from there, although not before having to call for assistance because I got to the toy shop and realised that I didn't have a clue what the item on the boys' birthday wishlist looked like.

Friday Feb 17 #

7 AM

Run 37:00 [3] 6.6 km (5:36 / km)

A milestone - first proper run (well, in as much as something as short as this can be considered a proper run, but at least it was continuous). Had a rather interrupted sleep thanks to the curse of the distant timezone - the middle-of-the-night phone call (one at 1am and one at 4.30am, both from telemarketers, which is bizarre as I wouldn't average one telemarketing call a month on my mobile at home). That didn't seem to get in the way of the run, which went roughly as I expected it to - feeling slight twinges at times but nothing to get in the way too much, and better in the last 10 minutes.

A bit longer than I planned as I went out to the riverside run at Bout-du-Monde, but I'm not totally upset about that. Also spotted something I'll probably see a bit more of next weekend, a plaque commemorating the 1974 Portuguese revolution. (Geneva has a substantial population of Portuguese origin, most of whom have been here since the 1960s/1970s or are descendants of those, and I imagine a fair proportion of the original migrants were fleeing the Salazar dictatorship).

Heading to Oslo for the weekend. I've learned my lesson from last time and am only taking hand luggage (there's a 30-minute connection in Copenhagen), but the incoming flight is showing on time and there are no weather issues of consequence in any of Geneva, Copenhagen or Oslo so I'm reasonably confident that I'll make it (late) tonight as scheduled.

Thursday Feb 16 #

8 AM

Swimming 35:00 [2] 1.0 km (35:00 / km)

Back in the pool this morning after a couple of false starts getting out of the houses (and realising that I'd left things behind). Ended up as a decent session. There's plenty of people in the pool but the lanes are wide enough that they mostly don't get in each other's way, which helps. Another nice day - my Geneva rain-repelling properties are evidently working as well as they have on all my other trips.

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