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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Aug 31, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 3:49:00 25.1(9:07) 40.4(5:40) 240
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Swimming1 38:00 0.62(1:01:09) 1.0(38:00)
  Total7 5:52:00 26.16 42.1 240

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Friday Aug 31, 2018 #


First ad of the election campaign (not sure if it's for the federal or state one); a billboard featuring the beaming face of Clive Palmer at a Port Melbourne intersection (surely he doesn't seriously think he can resurface politically?). The pedant in me noted that the billboard did not appear to have any small print which might contain the legally required "authorised by" tag.
7 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:33 / km)

From Fishermans Bend before getting my car serviced - the loop out past Westgate Park (a bit easier to negotiate now the roadworks at the port entrance are done). Pretty tight at the beginning and wasn't sure in the first 10-15 minutes whether I'd go on with it, but pushed through and got something at least vaguely respectable on the board. Also had the chance to familiarise myself with something which those who've been in Melbourne for the duration have been very familiar with - wind (more so on the more exposed parts of the run).

Thursday Aug 30, 2018 #

7 AM

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

Right hamstring still a bit iffy this morning so took to the water instead (the logistics tomorrow probably work better for running anyway). First time back at Fitzroy - reacquainted myself with feet on cold concrete on the way to and from the water. Not the smoothest of swims I'll ever have and the time showed it, but got the job done.

An impressive smoke plume in the background from a big factory fire in the western suburbs.

Wednesday Aug 29, 2018 #

7 AM

Run 1:03:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:44 / km) +240m 5:10 / km

Because I can't stay in the one place for long, after all of one night at home I was back on the road - but just a flying visit to Canberra this time. (Would probably have preferred not to have done this one, but work needed someone).

Canberra was doing its winter thing this morning: -5 at the airport overnight. Being aware of the findings of Trewin (2005), I knew it would be warmer than that on the ridges, and headed from where I was staying (near the St. Clare's roundabout) for the Red Hill ridgeline, doing a section of one of my classic runs from back in the day. It's sufficiently classic that I have some of my own placenames for bits of it, on a section that runs from Hindmarsh Gap to Davidson Trig to Windy Saddle (only the second of these is an official name, but I don't think anyone familiar with the area will have trouble working out where the other two are).

This was more ambitious than most of my runs of its type recently, and I was satisfied with how I handled the climbing, although the steeper bits were definitely hard work. Later in the day I saw an information board about the environmental work that's been done on Red Hill since the cattle were removed in the 1990s, and it's certainly evident on the southern end of the ridge - in the 1980s this was almost completely covered with thistles (except for the path), but they're nowhere to be seen now. Good views as always on a clear morning (although the truly classic time to do this run is when it takes you above the fog), and the number of dog-walkers on the ridge (compared to the number on lower ground) suggests that at least some Canberrans are familiar with the principles, if not the text, of Trewin (2005). Didn't feel quite as smooth as I'd hoped on the descent, and a bit of hamstring soreness later in the day, though it seems to have settled now.
9 PM


Just looked at the (disturbingly small) entry lists for the Queensland NOL events. Looks like I haven't had my last NOL top-10 after all (as long as I finish the middle). Not totally beyond the realms of possibility that I haven't had my last NOL placing...

Tuesday Aug 28, 2018 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)

An early run on a frosty morning; a little apprehensive about how the tightness on the outside of my knee would work out but it was fine once warmed up. Started this run by checking up on the progress of the local infrastructure projects (pedestrian bridge across the new railway cutting finished, new Chandler Highway bridge still looks some way away - suspect they'll struggle to get it done by the election), then along the river and up into Westgarth. Not the most sparkling of runs but it will do for now.
8 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Reacquainting myself with the pilates exercises, once I actually got there - after the train took 10 minutes to get from fairfield to Dennis I decided to cut my losses, got out and walked the rest. Session itself was fine although back was tight on some of the exercises (suspect the scheduled massage on Thursday could be pretty ugly).

The trains hadn't improved a lot afterwards, either.

Monday Aug 27, 2018 #

7 PM

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

First session of this kind for a couple of months, at Ivanhoe. Started somewhat later than I'd planned because my parents had forgotten where they'd left my car keys (remembering the last time I was away for this long and returned to a stone-dead battery, I'd asked them to take it out occasionally), but eventually made it. Not the sharpest of sessions as you'd expect, and a bit of tightness on the outside of my right knee - will be interesting to see how this comes up when I try to run on it (probably tomorrow).

Seem to have got through the day more or less OK. Spent most of it doing fairly intellectually undemanding things, like clearing a backlog of administrative paperwork.

Sunday Aug 26, 2018 #

8 AM


Continued my occasional plane activity of working on rebuilding the Australian results archive, which took me to the 1991 Australian Relays. One of the first major things I pushed for when getting involved in orienteering administration was to make the Australian Relays a state competition rather than a club one, and an aspect of the 1991 results illustrates why - only one club was able to field a team in W13-16, but there were at least 23 other W13-16 competitors scattered across other classes (I say 'at least' because I only included those who I definitely know were born between 1975 and 1978), including more than twice as many girls in M13-16 as in W13-16. They could also be found in Mixed Junior, Mixed Senior, W17-20, W21A, W21B, M17-20 (where Grant Bluett suffered what I believe is his only loss to his little sister - a fate I've thus far avoided, although there was a near-miss at QB3 in 2000) and M21B.

(When we were preparing the formal proposal, in the year we looked at - 1995, I think - more than 50% of the participants were running outside their age class).
4 PM

(rest day)

Travel day(s) - Vancouver-Tokyo-Melbourne. One of the pluses of this route is that I seem to have managed to get most of the jet lag out of the way while I was still in the air - my number one trick for dealing with it is to keep myself up until 10pm or thereabouts on my first day, and I managed that stretched day into Tokyo. An upgrade on the second leg (thanks to Dad's vast number of surplus points) didn't hurt either.

The blast of hot air in the aerobridge at Tokyo certainly wasn't an encouragement to get out of the airport in the 4 hours available. (I think it was about 35, with lots of humidity to accompany).

Saturday Aug 25, 2018 #

8 AM

Run 1:05:00 [3] 11.4 km (5:42 / km)

Staying at the right end of Vancouver this time so couldn't pass up an iconic Vancouver run - Stanley Park. Wouldn't normally do something this long the day after a race week but didn't want to miss the opportunity. Like my last visit, you couldn't really see the mountains, but now it's because of light rain and low cloud (a wind change on Thursday finally cleared out the smoke), which I think the locals are happy about. (They'll be happier if the rain gets to where the fires actually are, but it probably won't in useful quantities).

The run itself wasn't one of my best; a bit of hamstring soreness early (which first showed up in the final controls yesterday), and a bit of Achilles soreness late. Still, plugged away steadily on my longest training run for a while. A reasonable number of people out, although there would undoubtedly be more if the sun was shining (and slightly later in the day).

Headed for the airport after a late breakfast at the Granville Island markets, and am now waiting to head home (via Tokyo). Not sure if I've got a red flag in the system in Canada because every time I've gone through an airport here I've been "randomly" selected for extra searching - in Whitehorse they pulled my bag apart (although, being Canada, they were polite about it).

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