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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling3 2:55:00 41.01(4:16) 66.0(2:39)
  Swimming2 1:16:00 1.24(1:01:09) 2.0(38:00)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total6 4:51:00 42.25 68.0
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Tuesday Nov 13 #

7 AM

Swimming 38:00 [3] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Went to Ivanhoe this morning because it fitted in better with a subsequent engagement. My left shoulder didn't particularly enjoy the first few laps (not sure why), but after that it sort of got going. As with last Friday, calf felt fine in the water but a little tight coming out of it (less so than Friday), probably a sign that I'm not quite ready to start running yet - hopefully this will change by the weekend as alternate options aren't quite as accessible in Geneva.

Monday Nov 12 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

A pilates session, still doing a limited set of exercises to keep pressure off the calf (which is continuing to improve, although slowly).

Did my democratic duty at lunchtime (since I'll be in Europe on election day itself) - it's the third time in a row that I've missed the Victorian election, although the process of voting was a fair bit easier than trying to do it from the back blocks of Patagonia last time. Public service announcement #1: "Labour DLP" are not Labor, the Health Australia Party are anti-vaxxers, and the Transport Matters Party are the taxi lobby trying to ban Uber and stop a rail link to the airport. I was singularly unimpressed by all three attempts at misleading and ranked them almost at the bottom of my ballot paper, ahead only of the Nazi-wannabes at the Australian Liberty Alliance. Public service announcement #2: if you want to be sure your preferences don't spray in a direction you don't want them to (like to any of the aforementioned organisations), vote below the line - unlike the federal Senate, you only need to number a minimum of 5 boxes.

Sunday Nov 11 #

8 AM

Cycling 1:41:00 [3] 38.0 km (2:39 / km)

Longer ride out onto a circuit I used to do a bit from a Heidelberg base, out along the Koonung Creek trail and back through Doncaster. Felt good to be out for something longer, even if I'd rather have been doing it on my legs. Handled the climbs (there are a few, though relatively short) OK.

It's a while since I've been out in these parts. Wasn't surprised to see signs in the Koonung parklands protesting against the plans to swallow a substantial part of said parklands for a freeway extension; was a little more surprised to see a drive-thru Krispy Kreme in Bulleen (just in case you want to make sure of the most unhealthy outcome possible). The driving in the eastern suburbs is a bit less aggressive than it is in the outer north, but someone (possibly someone coming off a big Saturday night) had obviously had some difficulty with it because I went past a scene with a vehicle on its roof in the middle of the road. Also the first time for a few months I've been past my old place, in a neighbourhood which is progressively getting more dense as remaining single houses get replaced by multi-unit developments (something I regard as a good thing in an area close to a major station and a big hospital, but I'm guessing that some don't agree with me).

Calf was fine on the ride and after it, but was a little sore later on in the day after a lengthy session of walking the streets in the name of democracy (to be specific, distributing a flyer about the planned removal of the Mont Albert level crossing to the area surrounding it - helping out a friend who's the Labor candidate for Box Hill). Will do me good to spend most of the day doing something physical, even if most of it was fairly low-intensity.

Saturday Nov 10 #

12 PM

Cycling 37:00 [3] 14.0 km (2:39 / km)

Bike was functional again so decided to ride to and from the sprint event at RMIT Bundoora (where I was working on the finish). Got going reasonably well on the ride after the first few kilometres.

One thing which changes as you get away from the inner city is the attitude of drivers - it's no surprise that far fewer people ride in the outer suburbs. I was on the end of three lots of horn blasts/obscene gestures/abusive language in as many minutes (the worst of them coming from a car with a Liberal campaign sticker on the back).
4 PM

Cycling 37:00 [3] 14.0 km (2:39 / km)

Coming back, via a slightly different route (trying to avoid as much of Plenty Road as I could after the earlier experience, although there are parts which are difficult to avoid without a long detour as Bundoora has no other reasonably continuous north-south streets). Net downhill but also net headwind, which roughly seemed to cancel out.

The Garmin obviously didn't think I was trying because it thinks my recovery time is 0 hours. Calf gave no trouble either on the ride or afterwards.

Friday Nov 9 #

8 AM

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

First proper exercise for a few days, in the pool. Obviously freshness didn't help very much because this was a lacklustre session (although I think some of the slowness was because I wasn't pushing off on the turns). Calf felt fine while swimming but a bit tight after I got out - eased fairly quickly though.

The plan was then to start commuter rides again, but I had a flat tyre :-(.

Saw reports of a speech today by ardent climate sceptic MP Craig Kelly. Amongst the best of many comedy gems was "CO2 is what turns chardonnay into champagne". (Searching for information on the cold wave in Bangladesh in early January, I found many of the links were to climate sceptic sites; feel like I need a shower after reading some of those).

Thursday Nov 8 #

Note
(injured) (rest day)

Physio verdict today: low-grade tear combined with some back-related neural issues. She thinks I'm still at least a week away from running, but has given me the all-clear to swim or ride, so I plan to do exactly that (from tomorrow).

Getting the train today did give me the opportunity to see a few of the sights this evening - Southern Cross station at 6pm on Oaks Day is a good place to see humanity at its most inebriated.

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