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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Apr 12, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 5:53:37 36.47(9:42) 58.7(6:01) 50027 /31c87%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total7 6:38:37 36.91(10:48) 59.4(6:43) 50027 /31c87%

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Sunday Apr 12, 2015 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 43:32 [4] ** 6.0 km (7:15 / km) +195m 6:14 / km
spiked:8/9c

Rounding out the post-Easter week with a not-especially-bushy first event of the Melbourne Bush O series at Brimbank Park. This is an area which gets pretty rough on the steep escarpments going down to the river, and route choice here often involves staying off them as much as possible, but that wasn't so much of a factor today as most of them didn't have much grass cover so were still reasonable going (not sure if they had been burnt off?). Not very fast, as evidenced by Rob Baker going through me at speed between 4 and 5, but hills decent so last weekend looks to have been no fluke in that respect. A few reasonable route choices (notably 6-7), but the course could probably have made a bit more of the area's potential for that.

Since I don't wear a heart rate monitor, I can't provide information on whether my heart rate at any time during this course reached as high as it did during the last minute or two at the MCG later in the day.

Saturday Apr 11, 2015 #

8 AM

Run 59:00 [3] 10.2 km (5:47 / km)

Headed down to Blairgowrie overnight to join Cassie, Jim and family for their last night in Australia. Joined by Jim for a run out to the back beach as far east as Number Sixteen. Fairly hard going today, and slowed by the sand, but still nice to get a bit of a hit-out; as previously noted, next week will be where it gets more serious again (at least that's the plan).

The day's main event as far as I was concerned was the house auction. The good news is that the house sold; it would be fair to say that the price matched expectations without exceeding them - I'd perhaps hoped for a bit more given the bubbly nature of parts of the market of late. The settlement's in June, which on the plus side means I'll be able to organise the move without being between houses, on the minus sign it complicates the finances a bit. Still good to get that side of things out of the way.

Friday Apr 10, 2015 #

7 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

Morning session at Fitzroy, nothing to get too excited about, except for being in daylight which wasn't the case last time. A bit more energetic than I was yesterday morning. Hoping the property bubble lasts for at least another 24 hours.

Thursday Apr 9, 2015 #

7 AM

Run 1:12:00 [3] 12.5 km (5:46 / km)

Started with a PW first kilometre on the climb to the top of the Heidelberg hill (soon to be graced by a 80-metre apartment tower if the developers' surely-this-must-be-an-ambit-claim proposal gets up at council next week), and didn't get a lot better after that - perhaps my recovery isn't going quite as well as I thought it might have been. (Feeling sleepy at 9pm last night may have been the first sign on that). Originally had 90 minutes in mind but there didn't seem a lot of point in pushing through this week (will be a different story after that).

Wednesday Apr 8, 2015 #

1 PM

Run 1:00:00 [3] 11.1 km (5:24 / km)

After the aforementioned late return home last night, the alarm went off at 6 (or, to be pedantic, 5.59). It being a post-race week, I quickly selected CBF mode and decided to run at lunchtime instead (plus I wanted to be in earlyish because there was a drought statement waiting for me to sign off on - I'm supposedly running the show this week).

This one was Fishermens Bend to the Port Melbourne waterfront, although not as far round at the Westgate Park end as usual because that section's messy due to roadworks, so went through the core of the industrial area instead - not too exciting but I did get to find out where the Vegemite factory is. Got better once on the water's edge, despite the wind. A fairly nondescript run but you expect that in a recovery week.

The real estate agent's getting excited in advance of Saturday's auction. Not quite sure what to expect myself but hoping for a pleasant surprise - the market's still quite bubbly. Also crossed paths with my cousin (who's currently living with me) for dinner for the second time in two months.

Plan from here is, after this week, to go into a high-volume phase up until the WOC trials in late May, then look to peak for WMOC - in Sweden I'd expect to have to run well just to make finals, although on entries received as of a couple of weeks ago, Swedes are conspicuous by their absence (at that stage there were fewer Swedes entered for 2015 in Goteborg than ran in 2014 in Brazil). Easter was satisfying as far as it went, but I doubt I would have won in a full-strength field (at best I would have been a distant second to Bruce), nor would I have come particularly close to Ecmo in M45.

Tuesday Apr 7, 2015 #

7 AM

Run 53:00 [3] 10.0 km (5:18 / km)

I'll be doing a bit of acquainting myself with running routes in my new neighbourhood soon enough, but this morning was about acquainting myself with someone else's new neighbourhood - a morning session with Jenny from their new place in Clarence Gardens, up to Brown Hill Creek, then down more or less parallel to it (including a certain amount of posh real estate). Also took in a complex rail/road/footpath underpass of the sort that makes for interesting sprint challenges (if mapped properly). Predictably slow early on but certainly not as hard work as is often the case on Easter Tuesday.

Also on this route was Orphanage Park, the feature after which it's named having long since ceased to exist. The 1937 map of Adelaide (if I'm not mistaken, one originally salvaged from a Bureau of Meteorology scrapheap; maybe moving will be my impetus to sort the other several hundred maps I still have from the same source) that's framed and hanging up in their house entrance contains a number of other features that you won't find these days, including a Consumptives Hospital and a Reformatory.

Plan for the rest of the day was to drop into our Adelaide office in the morning and then drive home in the afternoon/evening - had tentative plans of going for a swim in Horsham but spent more time at the office than planned (thanks in part to the discovery of 30 years of 19th century temperature data for Adelaide which I'd previously thought had been lost) and didn't get home until 11.30 as it was. Long drive but not terribly hard until the last hour. One for the "what will they think of next" department - a pub in Horsham does drive-thru parmas.

Monday Apr 6, 2015 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:06:05 [4] *** 8.9 km (7:26 / km) +305m 6:20 / km
spiked:19/22c

Last day of Easter - certainly feeling a lot better for not having done 16km the day before. Still a bit slow out of the start as evidenced by the fact that Ellen Currie (W14) was outrunning me to the start triangle and to her first control which was on my straight line (perhaps this got her a bit too excited because she lost 8 minutes on her second). Not 100% smooth on the first couple but got them more or less OK, and then settled reasonably well, apart from 7 where I thought I wasn't quite far enough along but decided to check the flag I saw anyway just to be sure (not much time lost there). Ran the long 10th fairly straight, went round the top on 11 which was a good move, and reasonably strong for the last big climb on 15, but wobbled a bit in the erosion stuff in the big gully from there to the finish - lost a bit of time on both 16 and 17 (16 through drifting wide, 17 through not noticing the control was above the cliff part of the gully) - not huge amounts though.

Did the necessary, finishing 3.30 ahead of Dion on the day, and 8 minutes ahead overall (first time for 17 years I've taken part in an Easter presentation, other than in the capacity of giving speeches or announcing JWOC teams). Would have been good to have had a bit more opposition and I presume I will in October; Bruce would certainly have beaten me comfortably (his elite results might encourage him to run that in the long after all), and I think the likes of Jase and Andy would have given me a strong run for my money at the very least. Kilometre rates suggest Ecmo would also have been some distance ahead; we're in the same age group next year so will find out more then.

The events generally went off very well; it's not the most technical of terrain but was generally enjoyable (today, with lots of moderately subtle gully-spur but no really vague flat stuff, was the pick of the three), and the organisation went off without obvious hitches - not bad considering that two of the three areas were a plan B after the Wirrabara fire in early 2014.

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