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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Feb 9:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 3:04:00 18.33(10:02) 29.5(6:14) 16012 /13c92%
  Pool running1 45:00
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total7 4:29:00 18.33 29.5 16012 /13c92%

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Sunday Feb 9 #

8 AM

Run 42:00 [3] 6.2 km (6:46 / km)

Headed down to Cape Leeuwin early (partly because I thought it might get busy, with a 10am service to mark the 75th anniversary of a naval misadventure offshore - lots of Navy people in town last night), with a view to running the southernmost end of the Cape to Cape track. Had hoped for an hour but quad was still a bit troublesome so thought it best not to commit myself to that. As expected, this was a bit of an adventure at times with a few beaches and some rockhopping, but the scenery was scenic, and I got out to a logical turnaround spot at Skippy Rocks (no skippies to be seen). Probably only fair in terms of running performance but full marks as a tourist experience.

Whilst nothing's been much longer than 40 minutes, this week I've been able to string a few days together, which I take as a positive sign.

Made my way back to Perth through the rest of the day via a few places of indulgence and a few places of scenery (the accelerator foot was making its presence felt at times, although not at the end). Discovered in the process of a visit to Hamelin Bay that my niece shares her name with a ship, although perhaps we'd better not tell her what happened to it (let's just say that there's normally only one reason why ships become noteworthy features of local history in small coastal settlements).

(Seems like quite a storm, actually - will have to do some more research on it).

10 AM

Note

Perhaps fortunate not to have been added to the list of local maritime misadventures were the parasailers I mentioned yesterday - they got into difficulties when the front hit about 15 minutes after I left and seem to have had quite a bit of trouble getting back safely to shore. (They were staying in the same place I was, so I got to hear the war stories).

Saturday Feb 8 #

8 AM

Run 35:00 [3] 6.1 km (5:44 / km)

Bunbury may not be flattered by the approach from the southeast along its main road, but it's a different story once you go a little to the west, and the ocean beach path was a nice spot for a morning run. (Given it was 8am on a Saturday, I was half-expecting to encounter a parkrun, but if there's one in Bunbury it must be somewhere else). Back OK today but quads struggling at times, and didn't get the sense that I had an undiscovered two-hour session lurking inside me somewhere.

Headed south today, roughly speaking, via an inland route (will come back closer to the coast tomorrow). Being voted in 1994 as Australia's ugliest town evidently caused enough civic embarrassment in Donnybrook that something was done about it (it looks quite nice now), the Blackwood River valley is pleasant although the river itself, barely trickling at Nannup, is even more waterless than I expected at this time of year, and I ventured underground for a bit before finishing the day at Augusta - a pleasant enough place, if slightly lacking in eating places.

Spent a bit of the late afternoon watching parasailers near a passage that doesn't exist on local maps, although Google is up with the times - I was wondering if a Blackwood River flood had cut a new channel to the sea, but in fact the council dug it (to less than universal approval) in 2012. (Local papers are good for finding out about this sort of thing, although I probably could have done without reading the climate change denialist letters).
9 AM

Note

You learn something new every day: according to Open StreetMap, there are 10,845,867 dead ends and cul-de-sacs in the world.

Friday Feb 7 #

Note
(rest day)

After a promising start to the week, back again troublesome today. Heading across to a conference in Perth next week and flew out this evening, so a long day - ending up in Bunbury (I'm spending the weekend in the southwest), though it went smoothly - can't complain when at the time you're supposed to be landing you're on the road out of the airport.

Thursday Feb 6 #

8 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3]

Felt a bit sleepy and stiff and think I might have struggled with a run today (which isn't a huge surprise after going out three days in a row, a rarity for me recently), but reasonably energetic once in the water. Going into the sun for half the time was a bit annoying, a reminder that we're starting to get into the part of the year with late sunrises (although that moment will be postponed for me for a week because I'm heading for WA).

Wednesday Feb 5 #

7 PM

Run 37:00 [3] *** 5.1 km (7:15 / km) +160m 6:16 / km
spiked:12/13c

Street-O at Yarran Dheran. I think the last time I was here was on a hot humid Wednesday night in early February 2009, at which I was telling anyone who would listen that the forthcoming Saturday was looking pretty scary.

This was a rare colour map, although I discovered quickly that some of the yellow bore no resemblance to yellow as it is commonly understood (and that includes yellow on central European maps in August). It's a hilly area and I thought, correctly, that I would struggle to run some of the hills, but managed to keep my back under control on the rest and think I would have got through it properly on a flatter area. Nice to get into some patches of bush, although the section of cross-country bush-bashing (through alleged yellow) on the way to the last control was a bit of a surprise.

When I enter "list of" into Google, the first item on the auto-complete is currently "list of Townsville drug dealers" (and before you start making comments about my browsing history, I've heard reports from three others saying the same thing).

Tuesday Feb 4 #

8 AM

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

Actually got through something approximating to a normal morning session without anything going significantly wrong (apart from being unfit). Perhaps the nice running conditions helped, although they often haven't in the past. Taking this as a positive sign after an ordinary week of training last week.

Set a new PB for the ride from the office to Attack of the Killer Physio, too (although that probably owed more to a favourable wind and a favourable run of traffic lights than it did to my riding).

Monday Feb 3 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Monday morning pilates, with heavier loads on a couple of the exercises than previously. Seemed to go OK, and even a bit more awake than I've sometimes been for this session (notwithstanding staying up into the fifth set of the tennis last night).
8 AM

Run 30:00 [3] 5.1 km (5:53 / km)

Got out for a run after the Pilates session. Not entirely convincing but worked out better than the last time I tried doing this, with the back not giving any problems. Instead giving trouble was my GPS, unless you think I ran the first kilometre of this in 47 seconds.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a reasonable number of face masks on show in central Melbourne. I even saw one on a food delivery rider on a bike, although the way he was riding I was starting to wonder if he'd placed the mask over his eyes rather than his mouth.

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