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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending May 23, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:42:37 7.46(13:46) 12.0(8:33) 35027 /28c96%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total5 3:07:37 7.89 12.7 35027 /28c96%

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Thursday May 23, 2019 #

8 AM

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

Back into doing some exercise, at Fitzroy. Sometimes by this time of year it's very much "it's nice once you're in" territory but not this year - today and yesterday were within a degree or so of the warmest on record this late in autumn (it will be a different story next week). Hamstring wasn't too bad, although fatiguing a bit later on, and it came up fine during the day, to the point that I'm no longer as pessimistic as I was a couple of days ago about my prospects of doing some orienteering this weekend.

The long-running water main works near the pool look like they're just about done, and hopefully will be by the time I get back from my next trip. Also diverted around what I thought was another lot of works on the ride in to the office, but it turns out only the eastbound lanes of La Trobe are being dug up so I needn't have bothered.

The evenings have been pretty full this week: a Labor meeting/wake on Tuesday, an OA Board meeting tonight and the OV AGM tomorrow (plus going to see a friend/colleague perform in a 'science in the pub' night last night).
10 PM

Note

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week (lots of appreciation to be done in orienteering). Yesterday was also the International Day of Biodiversity, World Goth Day and Flexible Working Day. I guess you could have best marked all of these by leaving work early to go and count endangered species while wearing black.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 #

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(injured) (rest day)

Improved somewhat today but decided to leave it another day before doing anything more challenging than a walk (which I haven't gone as far as logging). Nice morning to be out doing that, at least - it's about as warm as it gets in autumn this far into autumn in Melbourne.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 #

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(injured) (rest day)

Hamstring a bit better this morning than it was last night, but still distinctly sore. Think it will be at least a few days before I'm running; hopefully I'll at least be up to doing something else over the next day or two.

Monday May 20, 2019 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Monday morning pilates session. Hamstring seemed OK for this (but flared again after a day sitting at work). Still learning how to position myself for a new set of exercises.

As you'd expect, there was a lot of shell-shockedness in the office today (and in the climate science community more generally - some have taken it pretty hard and we'll need to do some looking after each other in the coming days). I was perhaps taking it a bit better than some, partly because I remember what happened the last time a government won one more term by running a successful negative campaign against an opposition with an ambitious policy agenda. (It was 1993, and they got smashed the next time).

Found it hard to concentrate on getting much done, at least until the afternoon when the time came to dig out some interesting Sydney numbers which I'll be deploying on the ABC at 6.40 tomorrow morning (unless the ABC has been abolished in the interim).

At least the assorted mix of warning lights in the car proved to be indicative of a cheap-to-fix problem and not an expensive one.
12 PM

Note

Got an e-mail this morning headed "Greenpeace Australia statement on the 2019 election result" (I seem to be on the mailing list for various random media releases). They could be well justified if the statement consisted of a single word, beginning with F, but it actually ran to several paragraphs. (Anthony Albanese, famously, did actually once issue a single-word media release).

Also in my in-box this morning was an overseas job offer. Not planning to take it up unless things go pear-shaped here, but there's some comfort in knowing the existence of options for a plan B should one be required.

Sunday May 19, 2019 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 5:00 [3] *** 0.5 km (10:00 / km)
spiked:2/2c

Had hoped to take some frustrations out on the forest, having decided to be old today (hopefully one of these years I'll be fit enough to try taking the ultra-long on again), but instead it turned into another source of frustration. Felt OK in the warm-up and after the token-gesture 1 (whose purpose I presume was to be a de facto start triangle), then hit the tricky downhill 2 OK, but by then an old enemy had returned after some months of absence; my hamstring had pinged. Jogged a couple more minutes to see if it would run itself out, but I know this injury well enough to know that trying to press on it is the difference between a couple of days out and a couple of weeks.

This really wasn't the best of weekends (no fault of the orienteering events, which were put on well). I certainly didn't see the election result coming, as you'll have seen in my Thursday entry; I thought it was plausible that Labor might get a 51-49 result but in the wrong places to win enough seats, but didn't foresee the overall result, especially in Queensland. It's a mystery why the polling went so badly wrong in Queensland (and it was mostly Queensland); I don't recall a single poll in Queensland that underestimated the LNP two-party vote by less than 5%, whether that was state polls, state components of national polls, or seat polls. One Nation did better than expected and their preferences seem to have flowed to the LNP much more strongly than expected; some have suggested people are unwilling to admit they're One Nation voters when a pollster calls, but if so why did that not show up in the last Queensland state election?

(As for the policy issues: lots will be written about that, but I thought it would have been smarter politics to link some of the revenue from franking credits to an increase in the pension - perhaps taking some of the sting out of the backlash from older voters - and I was surprised that there weren't more commitment for big infrastructure projects in north Queensland, which would create far more jobs than a still-unlikely-to-happen mine which once it's built will employ fewer people than a suburban Maccas).

It was a long road back to Melbourne but I was glad to have company; it wouldn't have been a good afternoon/evening to have eight hours of solo thinking time (unsurprisingly I'd slept abysmally on Saturday night).

Saturday May 18, 2019 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:01:37 [4] *** 5.5 km (11:12 / km) +350m 8:30 / km
spiked:25/26c

It probably says everything that needs to be said for today that just about the best thing that happened for me today was an unconvincing 7-point win for Essendon at home to Freo. (I guess I did manage to score some National League points, but only because there were enough non-finishers and non-starters - I didn't actually beat anyone).

The bottom line with this course was that I wasn't fit enough or strong enough to be competitive on a steep physical area. Didn't really do much wrong technically, just couldn't run at anything like the pace that everyone else was, and couldn't run any of the bigger hills. Struggled a bit with the steep bits of contouring too, I think through lack of practice in that type of terrain. 10 was almost scary in its steepness.

Thought I might have been at risk of having to find another way home for my carload too, but the warning light which came on for no obvious reason coming out of Boorowa has disappeared again (and the car itself does seem to be running normally).

Friday May 17, 2019 #

8 AM

Run 36:00 [3] 6.0 km (6:00 / km)

Morning run from work in the name of pre-road-trip logistics. Back reasonable but otherwise a pretty unconvincing run (although I don't think my first kilometre was quite as slow as 7.14 - thank those CBD buildings and what they do to GPS signals).

On the road to Wyangala tonight. The traffic getting out of Melbourne was ordinary even by its usual standards.

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