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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Sep 20:

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  Cycling5 5:11:00 68.66(4:32) 110.5(2:49)
  Total5 5:11:00 68.66(4:32) 110.5(2:49)

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Sunday Sep 20 #

9 AM

Cycling 1:30:00 [3] 31.2 km (2:53 / km)

Taking more than token advantage of the extra time today, going into parts of my circle that I haven't previously been to in this period, first southwest into Collingwood and then east into Kew (the traffic school is fairly close to the outer edge here), before ending up going up through Eaglemont. A certain number of ups and downs on this route (although nothing especially long), and on some of these the hamstring didn't feel quite right without actually hurting. Quite windy at times.

The roads were quiet: too quiet at times, because on multiple occasions I had to wait extended periods of time for the lights to get triggered. It's particularly bizarre that on Wellington Street, where they've gone to the trouble of building a separated bike lane (under construction the last time I was here but finished now), they still haven't put sensors in it that are capable of detecting bikes at the lights.

Saturday Sep 19 #

9 AM

Cycling 1:01:00 [3] 22.0 km (2:46 / km)

Again exploring corners of the zone (I was going to say corners of the circle, but that doesn't really make sense), this time the northwest one up into Preston, discovering at the start that Grange Road has a magpie too (if not as vicious as its Fulham Road near-neighbour). Somewhat hard work early on but a headwind probably had a bit to do with that; settling down later on. Quite a warm day, even relatively early.

Friday Sep 18 #

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(injured) (rest day)

Exercise today was a substantial walk, but one which served an important social function, with a friend/work colleague, taking advantage of the currently-open-to-the-public Northcote golf course which is in the overlap between our zones (surprised how hilly it is). It's the first in-person conversation longer than a minute that I've had with anyone other than my physio in more than two months.

Hamstring seems to be settling down, in as much as I can tell when walking, but I'm not going to do anything to stir it up before a week expires (life in general is a bit of a waiting game at the moment).

Perhaps I'm missing some things more than I thought because it was a bit of a trigger this morning seeing a music video which was (largely) filmed from a train running along Lake Geneva (along with a street I run on quite frequently) - perhaps I've adopted it as a second home more than I'd realised. (Speaking of music videos, am I the only person who sees the scene in David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' where a mushroom cloud rises behind the Warrumbungles and thinks "but why would anyone want to nuke Coonamble?").

Thursday Sep 17 #

1 PM

Cycling 58:00 [3] 21.0 km (2:46 / km)

Lunchtime ride, having woken up too late (after a 2-4am meeting) to go out before starting work. Still staying away from hills so decided to venture to the west edge of my zone, initially through Clifton Hill on my standard commute route which I haven't touched for six months, then up through Brunswick East before crossing the creek at Normanby Road. A steady enough ride without anything too exciting on the physical front.

When you go into familiar territory for the first time in a while, what's changed in the interim is always of interest. Not a lot has visibly happened on the Fitzroy Gasworks site but new was news of what is being built - a new campus for Fitzroy High and Collingwood College. I'm not sure whether this was always part of the plan, or whether it was plan B after a developer dummy spit over local opposition to the monolith they were considering building there. (Redevelopments and potential redevelopments were a bit of a theme of this ride, although some of them don't seem to be to the liking of the locals).

Wednesday Sep 16 #

8 AM

Cycling 41:00 [3] 15.0 km (2:44 / km)

An easy and largely flat session to the north, using the Darebin Creek trail early on (one advantage of the rough surface north of Bell Street is that the bumps ring your bell for you - this bit isn't scheduled for upgrading until 2022-23). Trying not to ride in too high a gear on the physio's advice. Bit of a headwind early on, but that did make for a nice finish. Think my tyres could use a bit more air before I go out again.

Tuesday Sep 15 #

Note
(injured) (rest day)

Had a long-awaited physio session this afternoon so thought I'd at least test the hamstring out to get a current status report. This was negative within a couple of minutes (and the quad was quite uncomfortable soon).

Had it confirmed that, as expected, this is back-related, so hopefully the work done on it today will help. She wants me to take a week away from running, though, so the bike will get a reasonable workout over that time.

Monday Sep 14 #

8 AM

Cycling 1:01:00 [3] 21.3 km (2:52 / km)

Headed out after watching the Tour highlights. This wasn't exactly the Grand Colombier (possibly the Grosse Heidelberg?), but was as much as I felt like doing today. Explored the northwest as well as northeast corner of my zone today, involving my first outing on the St. Georges Road path (good, though that was helped by a favourable run with the lights) but rather too many interruptions.

Stayed out for 61 minutes just because I could. Others taking advantage of restored freedoms were using newly-reopened playgrounds, although at the first one I saw it seemed to be mostly pretty big kids in evidence.

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