Register | Login
Attackpoint - performance and training tools for orienteering athletes

Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Nov 28, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:42:00 10.07(10:08) 16.2(6:18)22 /23c95%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 37:00 0.62(59:33) 1.0(37:00)
  Total5 3:04:00 11.12(16:33) 17.9(10:17)22 /23c95%

» now

Thursday Nov 28, 2019 #

7 AM

Swimming 37:00 [3] 1.0 km (37:00 / km)

Calf improved somewhat on yesterday and was at could-run-on-it-if-I-had-to stage, but given that I didn't have to I left it one more day, and hit the water instead. Not a bad session; felt quite reasonable in the second half.

Changes in the neighbourhood while I've been away: the manchester clearance store in the Station Street shops which, I think, has been holding a closing down sale since I first moved in to the suburb has actually closed down.

Wednesday Nov 27, 2019 #

(injured) (rest day)

Calf a bit worse this morning, meaning I didn't get the chance to go exploring Ararat and surrounds (wouldn't have had time to get into the Ararat Hills, where I've had a couple of very nice runs previously). Feeling rather sleepy in any case. Can't work out why.

The talk went reasonably well, even if there was a lengthy comment disguised as a question from someone who recited a long list of climate sceptic talking points (from subsequent morning tea conversation I don't think he impressed the rest of the crowd greatly). Finally made it home properly this evening, after sleeping a fair bit of the way back - don't think I would have been much company for the person who gave me a lift to Ballarat.

Tuesday Nov 26, 2019 #

8 AM

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

Unusually for me, I got essentially no sleep on the flight so knew I was in for a tough day. Held up OK in the morning, and this session, if a bit mundane, was useful. Obviously a bit of a storm through overnight as there were branches down in various places (including one in my backyard which I think came from next door).

Hit the wall in a fairly significant way in the afternoon - fortunately by then I'd cleared the urgent work tasks which actually required thinking (like preparing my talk for tomorrow) and was down to sorting e-mails.

And I don't get to sleep in my own bed just yet - I'm doing a talk in Horsham tomorrow morning. Fortunately I don't have to drive it, which I would have struggled severely with - I've got the bus/train to Ararat, where I'll stay tonight, and am getting a ride with someone else in the morning. I suggested before leaving work that the probability of my falling asleep on the bus was probably well into the 90s and so it proved.

Monday Nov 25, 2019 #


Looking at the list here of what makes you a suspected religious extremist in Xinjiang, most readers of this would probably be advised to stay well clear. (I'd fail on the second point as well as the first, and will probably fail on the third - surely something must have been lost in translation here - when the time comes).

(It has been suggested, probably not unreasonably, that the fact that this got leaked to the New York Times suggests that someone very senior is not happy about what's going on).
8 AM

Run 23:00 [3] *** 3.0 km (7:40 / km)

Sprint course in Singapore, at Bishan in the northern suburbs (a course from a training event they ran a few weeks ago). Arrived there and was slightly disconcerted - there were apartment towers everywhere but mostly only small buildings on the map. I quickly realised that most of the apartment towers are open on the ground floor (I guess to help with airflow) and were mapped as canopies, with the lift/stair wells as the "buildings". Seemed a fairly straightforward course at first but a bit more technical in the second half, and I managed the classic sprint thing of getting myself onto the wrong side of a wall at the third-last.

Calf was still not 100% and I probably wouldn't have gone out had I not had a particular reason to, but it didn't get any worse through the run and has come up reasonably afterwards, so hopefully it will be right for my next planned run on Wednesday.

Not sure whether I can count this as a 30th orienteering country or not - it was a course but not an event. (Italy was once in the same category for me but I've competed in a couple of events there since). Also good to get a chance to look at Singapore suburbia - it seemed to be a fairly typical public housing estate (most Singaporeans live in public housing so this doesn't have the social connotations it would in a lot of Western countries).

Now on the way home, after doing a seminar in Singapore this afternoon (at the invitation of a former Bureau colleague who's working here now). Seemed to go OK.

Sunday Nov 24, 2019 #

(rest day)

Travel Geneva-Istanbul-Singapore. Nothing terribly noteworthy about this trip; didn't sleep as much as I would have liked (hopefully that will be addressed tonight). A more northern route than usual on the first leg to avoid a major storm which was affecting the French Riviera (daily rainfalls in the 200+ range in places; Geneva is rainshadowed from this direction). Had a missed approach coming into Singapore - the pilot was (quite reasonably) worried about potential outflow winds from a nearby thunderstorm.

I'd originally had thoughts about doing a short session in the hotel gym on arrival, but with the late flight (thanks to said go-around) and a slow passage through immigration, it was nearly 8 by the time I got to the hotel (by which time it was a case of go directly to hawker food complex, do not pass Go).

Calf seems to have settled down a fair bit and was only at minor nuisance level this evening, so I'm still hopeful of getting out on a map tomorrow.

Saturday Nov 23, 2019 #

9 AM

Run 38:00 [3] 6.5 km (5:51 / km)

Didn't quite go to plan. After a successful effort on Wednesday and with no urgently pressing commitments this morning, I decided to aim for 70-80 minutes and head up through the Old Town on the way to the Cologny hills. Left Achilles gradually warmed up, but the problems proved to be elsewhere; my right calf was becoming increasingly tight from about 20 minutes onwards. By 30 minutes I'd decided that I should probably head for home, and by 40 I decided that I wasn't even up to running the rest of the way back. The pity of it was that it was shaping up as a reasonable run.

It's been uncomfortable to walk on through the day (although a bit less so in the afternoon), so I don't think there's much doubt I made the right call to come in early. The question is how long-term an issue it is; hopefully not very (and the fact that it was a gradual deterioration and not an abrupt event like this time last year is perhaps encouraging in that respect). Might struggle to add a 30th orienteering country to my list though - the Monday morning plan was to run a sprint course in Singapore.

The flight's at 6pm so during the day I went into when-in-Rome-do-as-the-Romans-do mode - doing a fairly standard Geneva thing on a gloomy November day of heading for higher altitudes in search of brighter weather (in my case, St. Cergue, close to the one decent area that was used in WOC 2012). At 1050m it's pretty much right on the snowline and provided much better mountain views than under the haze at lake level (as well as a good lunch mostly of local cold cuts).

Friday Nov 22, 2019 #

8 AM

Run intervals 20:00 [4] 3.2 km (6:15 / km)

Lakeshore intervals. Ankle stiffness had gone but Achilles quite sore. Almost gave it away after the first rep but persisted, and ended up gradually improving as the set went on (although not at what I'd consider close to full pace until the last three). Got through the full set again, so that's another indicator of progress.

Run warm up/down 21:00 [3] 3.5 km (6:00 / km)

Warm-up and down. Found a new way of getting along the length of the Paquis quarter which didn't involve going out to the main roads (surprising that I haven't seen this before given that I've stayed in this quarter on multiple occasions over the last decade). This took me to past a new addition in the plethora of Swiss recycling bins - there's now one for "capsules de cafe".

« Earlier | Later »