In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||Run||5|| 3:16:20|| 16.71||(11:45)|| 26.9||(7:18)|| 430||60 /||66c||90%|
| ||Pool running||1|| 45:00|| 0.43||(1:43:27)|| 0.7||(1:04:17)|
| ||Swimming||1|| 35:00|| 0.62||(56:20)|| 1.0||(35:00)|
| ||Total||7|| 4:36:20|| 17.77||(15:33)|| 28.6||(9:40)|| 430||60 /||66c||90%|
Pool running 45:00  0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)
Woke up with a stiff back, possibly in anticipation of receiving a public flogging in certain parts of the media over the next couple of days (although as it turns out, the Malcolm Roberts "data deconstruction" event at Parliament House last night seems to have sunk without trace) - or more realistically a result of sitting in a seat in a Melbourne Uni lecture theatre last night that my body seems to have violently disagreed with.
Given that I didn't attempt to take on a long run, and instead headed for the pool (it's a sign that daylight saving is approaching its end that I started this in the dark - which always feels a bit strange in an outdoor pool - although in fairness I started this a bit earlier than usual because I'd had a 5.30 alarm in anticipation of a long run). Not the most inspiring of sessions, but did gradually loosen up during the day.
#straya moment of the day - discovering that the suspiciously low Brisbane rainfall figure this morning was because flying ants had got into the gauge and jammed up the mechanism.
Run 1:00:00  10.3 km (5:50 / km)
Initial thoughts for today were to do something hillier than has been typical of late, but it was apparent in the first kilometre or two that merely getting through an hour was probably the limit of my capabilities today - feeling weak and with some tightness as well (although further up the back than usual). Headed down around Yarra Bend and back up Merri Creek - I wasn't confident as to how things would go on even the small climbs on that route but they worked out more or less OK. Starting to pick up a bit in the final quarter.
With yesterday morning's tiredness as well, I wonder if illness is around the corner, although no other symptoms as yet. Will try rolling the dice again tomorrow.
Run 27:00  5.0 km (5:24 / km)
Felt very sleepy this morning and ended up running a bit late, so decided to switch plans and embark on my latest attempt to find out whether I can run after working (although only half a day this time instead of a full day). The answer today was "sort of", which is a bit of an advance on last week's "no". Reasonable at jogging speed once warmed up; tried to do a few faster things on South Wharf (30-second lots again) but felt a bit tight to be confident doing that.
As you can imagine, it was a rather distracted day in the office, although we don't have a lot to do with the direct operational response to cyclones (other than, in my case, one brief interview to confirm that Hamilton Island's 263 km/h is indeed the strongest instrumentally measured gust on record in Queensland).
Swimming 35:00  1.0 km (35:00 / km)
Got home about 10.15 last night and promptly hit the wall - must have been a bit dehydrated as well as I felt it necessary to drink on waking up in the middle of the night, not a common occurrence. Slept a little later than usual and didn't have great expectations for this, but it went OK. Didn't pull up too sore post-weekend either (although running tomorrow will be a greater test of this).
In the news on the way home was a report of a study done on drug use in Australia by testing wastewater. I doubt that anyone will be surprised to hear that cocaine use is highest in Sydney, ice (=crystal meth) use is highest in regional Victoria and alcohol use is highest in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory. More surprising was that the highest ecstasy values were found at an unnamed site in regional Tasmania; possibly things happen in the nightlife of St. Helens that I hadn't previously suspected.
Run race ((orienteering)) 1:06:47  *** 6.0 km (11:08 / km) +310m 8:51 / km
NOL middle on Isaacs Ridge. Not strong enough to cope with a physical course - I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that if I've barely run a hill in training in 6 months then I'm not going to be much good on them in a race.
Steady through the first six - surprised that Grace caught me so quickly when I was catching Rachel, but this turned out to be because she'd taken an unwitting short cut - then made a bit of a mess of trying to pick the green on 7 and ended up about 4 contours below it, losing a minute or so. Also dropped about 30 seconds overshooting 11, a control site created by Australia's most determined car dumper. (Winsplits shows me losing time on 8 and 9 too, but I think I was just really slow across the rocky slopes). By this time the big guns were going through me - Craney, Brodie and Ian (not for the first time, I was a bad influence on Brodie who made a mistake as soon as he caught sight of me) - and I'd seen Simon on the crossover and knew that I wasn't going to achieve one of my pre-race targets, defending 20 minutes on him. Dropped down to the track for the long leg, figuring that since I was going to be walking any significant climb I might as well do it as steeply as possible. Held it together technically for the rest of the course, but didn't enjoy climbing almost all the way back up the slope on the final loop (evidently I wasn't alone in this because 23, a leg I barely ran on, was almost my best split of the day).
The good news is that my hamstring, which was sore this morning when I got up, came through the race fine. I won't be able to work miracles in three weeks, but I do feel enough confidence now to add at least a bit of hills and a bit of "speed" to the mix in training.
Run race ((orienteering)) 23:01  *** 2.7 km (8:31 / km) +85m 7:22 / km
I'm not sure how many times I would have gone out on the eastern side of Red Hill, either training or coaching, between 1983 and 1993, but it was a different experience - the wiggles in the contours on the map of that era were essentially random and bore only a passing resemblance to what was on the ground, so the contours on that slope weren't terribly useful for navigation (except for which way was up and which was down).
This was a sprint on a decent map, and went reasonably smoothly. Struggled uphill as I expected (although not as much as might have been possible, and of course starting on the top helped). Not a lot of speed but perhaps better in that respect than two weeks ago. Only one minor time loss, coming into 10 a little high and dropping maybe 15 seconds or so.
Run race ((orienteering)) 19:32  *** 2.9 km (6:44 / km) +35m 6:21 / km
Sprint B final at Canberra Girls Grammar. I've been around the edge of here many, many times (on the school bus, and later on dropping-off-little-sister duties), but I think I'd only previously set foot on the campus twice.
Before the start of the weekend I was thinking my aspiration today was not to come last but it was clear from the entry list that this wasn't going to be a risk, so I readjusted my aim to scoring a point (which would require 15th). A little disconcerted at the start by seeing Simon Rouse confused after starting a minute in front of me, but settled reasonably well. Only one mistake but it was a visible one - ran to the wrong tree at the map change/spectator control and lost 20 seconds or so. Started to fade away a bit in the second half (especially uphill), although that would have made no difference to my eventual placing (18th).
Hamstring pulled up a little sore post-run, although it didn't cause trouble out there. Will need to see how it goes tomorrow.
Something you wouldn't see happen in too many other sports: we were holding the OA annual general meeting today (constitutionally it has to be in March or April and the usual Easter timeslot isn't available this year, so we held a short meeting to deal with the legalities and deferred everything else to a special meeting at QB3). With the presentations taking place during the B final, the start time of the AGM was "whenever the President finishes" (I did take a couple of minutes to change my running top before taking the chair).
There were about 350 people at this event, which we think is the largest non-national carnival event in the ACT for at least 30 years. Being a joint ACT/NSW state league event helps but that's been done before without quite the same crowd. Good to see.
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