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Training Log: Yak

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  mt bike4 9:30:00 98.18(5:48) 158.0(3:36)
  walk3 5:30:00
  Road Cycling1 2:59:00 37.9(4:43) 61.0(2:56) 680
  Total5 17:59:00 136.08 219.0 680

Sunday Apr 23 #

Road Cycling 2:59:00 [3] 61.0 km (2:56 / km) +680m 2:47 / km

Late decision to go ride from Gawler in the afternoon.
Out via backroads to Cockatoo Valley - Lyndoch - bikepath to Tanunda with some stops for "shooting" of scarecrows. Got my first roadie puncture for some years near Tanunda, so a few minutes were spent on that.
Then had to sprint back to Gawler by the bikepath, as darkness had seemed to come early (5.40pm!) and I had no lights. Joined with 3 other triathlete types for some of the return.

Saturday Apr 22 #


Travelling back from Alice.

Friday Apr 21 #

mt bike 3:49:00 [3] 60.0 km (3:49 / km)

One tends to clock up the kms when living about 8kms out of town..
Rode out the other side to Telegraph Station once again - did foot fieldwork in really hot conditions - then met with rangers re permament course there.

Then decided that I deserved some R & R so I took myself off for a proper bike-ride. Long way to Wrigleys (north) then followed the race route on a 4wd track east for quite a few kms and then onto the great single-track of Warrigal back towards the TS and some other single tracks to get there.
(About 2 hrs in total)

Then rode to Gillen to have a meeting with Doris & Hugh Round and at 6pm had a fast trip back to Arid Research station as darkness was falling.
Fantastic sunset but unfortunately my ph had just run out of battery.

walk 1:30:00 [3]

Walking around TS planning permanent and schools O control sites -very hot. Bought 2 drinks at the café afterwards.

Thursday Apr 20 #

mt bike 1:10:00 [3] 20.0 km (3:30 / km)

Ride back from Larapinta PS to research centre and then a looksee around their grounds.

walk 1:30:00 [3]

I was expecting to do O at Larapinta PS tomorrow but Principal called with a late change request. I got there early to look around for control sites and plan courses, as it was newly mapped by Manu at end of last year - so just a little stressful. Fairly even mix of aboriginal and others all of whom were well behaved and caught on quickly. School site was quite extensive for a primary school plus they have direct access to the local sports ground next door, where I set one course.

Sessions went well despite the fact that after recess the first kid to control 1 came back quickly to report that there was a snake coiled up on the control (a plate one). Principal seemingly had the snake catcher on speed-dial and it was dispatched quickly. Luckily no 1 was the closest to my start / map exchange area so we continued just missing that one out for a few minutes.

Took Cathy out to tea at Casa Nostra, as Stu had flown to Armidale for a conference. Cathy had dropped me and the controls at L PS in the morning and picked the controls up in the afternoon - her last day of holidays as private schools go back later than public schools.

Got a thank-you in person from the Principal on the day and over the weekend by email.

Wednesday Apr 19 #

mt bike 2:20:00 [3] 42.0 km (3:20 / km)

Riding to Telegraph station then to town for Educ dept meeting re O Schools Champs; to CDU to do map corrections & look at sites for perm course; to Raby's place; to velodrome at Braitling to hear elite Craig talk.
Then back in dark to squash courts where Cathy picked me up.

walk 2:30:00 [3]

Slow walking at Tele Station (2 hrs) and then CDU doing O control site tagging. Saw lots of rock wallabies and kangaroos lying in the shade and they didn't bother to move unless I went too close.

Tuesday Apr 18 #

mt bike 2:11:00 [3] 36.0 km (3:38 / km)

Very tired. Havent been sleeping well.
Rode around doing odd jobs....telegragh station, printer, araleun centre to look at Territorian portraits, several schools...then back to Cathys place 10km out of town.

Got an email from MTBA today saying sorry for not presenting marathon 2nd place medal....bit shitty. In post.

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