Running42:03 8.3 km (5:04 / km) +141m4:40 / km ahr:144 max:224 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
I had a Real Job Interview in the shitty this morning and so after being customarily late for it (freeway traffic was pretty dire - it's never a good sign when the first thing the recruiter says to you is 'Oh you're running late' before even a hello), I took the opportunity to go for a KP run. Didn't have anything planned so just made it up as I went along. Saw Deb Lethbridge twice - once on the far side of the park and again at Stickybeaks as I was leaving.
Took the XTC in for a service afterwards and then dropped by Centrelink to have another go at signing up for the Newstart Allowance because that should increase my odds of getting this job by a billion times (last time I got put on the job search scheme 15 years ago, I got a job within two days but it was through no effort on Centrelink's part since it was for a position I'd applied for before that happened). I actually managed to acquire login details this time so maybe I'll have some success, once I get past the phone interview.
Feeling a bit sore from yesterday, notably in the wrists being on the brakes all day.
Something I noticed when taking down our gates today ready for new ones to be installed; flyscreens have a rubber strip around them to hold the screen in place (that much I already knew). Every screen in our house has the rubber strip facing inwards so that it cannot be accessed from outside, except for the one that the thieves used to enter our house. For some reason that one's facing outwards, so there was no breaking involved to get into our house (well other than the side gate, which is still broken). All they had to do was pull the rubber strip out to get in through the one window that we'd left open. What are the odds? I really should claim compensation from whoever put that flyscreen in.
Of course they had to pull out the entire strip rather than just part of it so that means it's going to be a total pain to get it back in but at least I don't need a new flyscreen as I previously though (although I will for the bathroom where the cats have scratched a hole big enough to let themselves in).
Road bike (commute) 25:00  8.86 km (21.3 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
After we got our new gate hung (backwards) I decided I may as well do something productive and collect the glasses that I was told would take 7-10 business days but in fact took just two.
Figured I'd have another go at Centrelink - I had a recruiter call today about a six month contract role and figured I'd be a shoe in as soon as I applied for and started receiving Centrelink benefits - so I waltzed in and asked how I could apply for payments now that I had a CRN. Was told by the Not So Grumpy Woman to login through myGov. I told her I'd already done that and that it told me to provide proof of identity to my nearest service centre so she directed me to a computer to make a claim, at which point I did so and it told me I had to provide proof of identity at my nearest service centre. Fortunately I just so happened to be at my nearest service centre and so asked what ID I needed and was told a birth certificate or passport, drivers licence and a bankcard. I asked what if I only have two of those with me and was told I needed them all. Well sucks to be me.
Attempt 2 = FAIL
Ironically I did have all three documents when I went in last Thursday but I didn't bring my passport this time because I figured surely one form of photo ID is enough.
Even more coincidentally, I got home to find a CPA magazine for Tash with a front page article "Why young men are unemployed" (according to OWA Council's definition, I still just qualify as 'young' since I am <40). The article told me that it was because young men (defined in the article as 20-30, bollocks to that I say) are quite happy to sit at home playing video games all day. My answer is that I got fed up with carrying three forms of ID with me everywhere I go so no-one would give me any payments.
Second day of Banyowla updates. Was going to do it yesterday after NavDash but I had Juffy send me an aerial of residential Kelmscott on Saturday night so that I could update the 'flat' part of this map and I spent all yesterday afternoon doing that instead so that I could at least fieldcheck my work today. Besides, as it turned out, the afternoon wouldn't have been long enough yesterday.
So did a bit of tidying up around the place before I accidentally found myself in the sand track area at the bottom of the hill (for which I ended up hand drawing the contours because I didn't quite get them all) and it's not as rubbish as I remember it being previously so might actually go onto the map. After that I fieldchecked the residential bit but of course since I delayed to Monday, it meant I could check either school since I got to the second one right on 3pm so I went up the hill and did the new single track instead and by the time I finished that, it was dark so I just went to update one last thing, found a new track straight up the hill next to the pipeline (of course) and then it was dark so I went home.
One funny thing about today, as I was plodding along on the last downhill single track that I intended doing for the day, I found a B line so walked the bike back up that to get a trace of it just as a downhill rider came flogging through so I hopped off the track and let him fly past only to have him wash out on the next corner and leave his bike behind (he seemed to be quite competent at crashing). He looked back up at me, hopped back on the bike and continued on his way. Not sure who was more surprised - me at actually encountering another rider out there or him at coming across someone going up a down trail!
Ride home from the bottom of Turner Rd via the safest route possible since it was now pretty dark. Almost opted for Mills Rd W but then changed to Corfield St since I knew it had a path all the way. Had to jump off Connell Ave a few times with cars coming from behind since I didn't have lights.
Orienteering (urban) race (John Curtin College) 17:22  *** 3.4 km (5:07 / km) +53m4:45 / km spiked:17/19c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
New map in a small but very complex area with all the height changes. Spent too much time trying to fold my map on the way to the triangle and then trying to find the triangle so missed the optimal route to #1 and followed that up by almost running down the Staircase to Nowhere (which I saw several other people doing later in the course).
Okay for the rest of the course other than running into a dead end between 15-16, in effect almost collecting #1 again on the way, then corrected by going the longer way around to the east rather than the north. Even the finish wasn't straightforward so deserves its own spike count.
Lost out to Oliver by over a minute but he only ever has good runs when I'm there so I'll say I motivated him.
Orienteering (urban) race (College of the Farts) 11:25  *** 2.0 km (5:42 / km) +31m5:18 / km spiked:13/14c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
Short course, where I tried to knock Richard over several times then confused myself with the finish. Apparently I ran this heaps slower than the long course, which didn't seem right.
Got voted back in as MTBO Convenor after I vetoed R2's plan to takeover, which means Council has to put up with another year of my annoying emails.
Road bike hills 3:55:57 116.07 km (29.5 kph) +1325m ahr:127 max:175 shoes: Trek Madone 5.9
Mark and Ben hill ride. We met at Raffles for some god awful reason, probably because that's the most convenient location for Christophe but he didn't come plus I don't think anyone had come up with a plan by that stage of where we were going. The original email plan had been to head north then Midland line railway to Greenmount then the Mundaring Weir loop but we instead went in the complete opposite direction, freeway south to Roe Hwy then there to Hale/Hawtin, Ridge Hill Rd through Mundaring and the loop from there to home.
I knew it was going to be a tough day when Ben dropped us on the flat out of the Raffles. My legs were stuffed from yesterday and I think Mark was happy to just sit behind me, but we caught back up at the Deep Water Point 'hill' and he didn't drop us again until Hawtin Rd when my legs once again decided they'd had enough. I held my own on the hills though and put in a couple of random hill sprints to completely destroy myself. I'm actually quite surprised with the average speed because it seemed slower than that but then group rides, even with only two other people, are always faster.
After I left the other two at Crystal Brook Rd I was on my way home along Kelvin Rd when some motorist driving in the opposite direction yelled profanities out of the window. I have no idea if it was directed at me, his car, someone in his car or just life in general but to be fair, he was in a car and I was on a bike and if the situation was reversed, well I'd be pretty upset to be stuck in the car too. Maybe not yelling profanities out of the window levels of upset but I'd at least look miserable.
Map updates to the Banyowla map. The refurbished Forerunner arrived yesterday so I gave Tash's device back to her after only the two uses.
Thought I could just have a few runs up and down the hill to add in the new bits of singletrack but ended up spending more time making map changes and additions to other areas and so in the end only got a run of SC - which is definite double black diamond material (I walked much of the lower part especially over the bloody rock face) - and then a run of Morning Glory followed by climbing the lower part of Jump Dungeon (which is actually quite rideable in the upwards direction) before I had to bail on that when I found a previously unmapped track along the east side of the drain so followed that all the way out to Canning Mills Rd. This was in addition to a missing track along the west side of the drain further north that I explored earlier.
Finished by climbing CM Rd then a part run of the old single track then a full run of Wear Your Trousers. Thought I'd gotten off lightly with just a whole raft of scratches but the wheel hit an obstruction right near the bottom of WYT (which I'd already ridden not long before) and I went over the handlebars.
Finished off along the river track to add that in although that part of the map will need contours added if we're going to use it - they seem to be absent for some reason - and more detail for houses, parks and streets.
I'll need to head back out on Sunday to finish off the tracks I missed and I expect there'll be other changes too given how many I found today. Stopped in briefly at Kaarakin to see if we could use their parking lot but they fobbed me off to some other woman to contact. Forgot to restart the GPS after leaving there so had to do two circuits of the fenceline to add in the missing track along the west side.
There were a significant number of people walking dogs along the trails too. I didn't actually encounter any of them in the steeper parts of the park but what was unusual was the sight I saw in the early part of the day when I was investigating what appeared to be a walking trail, I came across three older people having a break - two were women but the third an older guy looked like he was reenacting the crucifixion by having a massive cross strapped to his back. This thing was seriously bigger than he was and I have no idea what its intended purpose was and I didn't hang around to find out (I was a bit freaked out by the sight of it all).
Ride home from the bottom of the hill. At the Verna St roundabout some motorist decided to cut me off by pulling in front with his or her left indicator on but then made the mistake of not actually turning to see what the annoying cyclist would do. Needless to say I didn't waste the chance and cut the motorist off just as he or she had done to me only moments earlier! Made it a bit difficult checking for traffic from the right with a car blocking my view but I managed. Lesson is, wait a few seconds and you can avoid any aggravation.
Followed that up by having a car wait for me at another roundabout when he had right of way. It must be common for cyclists to pull out into roundabouts given the frequency with which I have motorists stop and wait to see if I'll do it or else they just think all cyclists are law breaking delinquents and are just preempting our lawbreakingness.
Road bike (commute) 24:38  8.87 km (21.6 kph) shoes: Giant TCR
Ride over to do some errands in Gosnells, in order of least depressed to most depressed employees (OPSM then the post office and finally Centrelink). The woman who served me at Centrelink looked so unhappy that I regretted turning up to bother her but I did try and brighten her day by not immediately complaining as the three people in front of me did. Sadly it didn't seem to work. I thought I'd have to fill in some complicated forms to get hold of a CRN but apparently all I needed was ID and she wrote one down for me via her commlink, at which point I aggravated her further by asking if there was anything else I needed to do. She directed me to the rank of computers nearby but they were all full of homeless looking people so after waiting for two minutes, I figured the computer I had at home would probably do the trick so hightailed it out of there before I got accidentally employed as a government supervisor.
Unfortunately when I tried logging in at home, the online service was acting just like a normal government department and was unavailable.
After taking my photo ID to get a CRN from Centrelink earlier today I figured I'd have everything I needed to claim payments online but even though I've now linked Centrelink to the myGov page, it seems in order to actually request payments, I need to visit my local Centrelink office with photo ID. I really should have known better.