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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Sep 24, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling5 5:02:00 66.3(4:33) 106.7(2:50)
  Run1 20:00 2.11(9:28) 3.4(5:53)
  Total6 5:22:00 68.41(4:42) 110.1(2:55)

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Thursday Sep 24, 2020 #

6 PM

Cycling 49:00 [3] 17.0 km (2:53 / km)

Was a bit unsure whether my knee would appreciate being on the bike, and thought my exercise for the day might be a walk down to the boathouse after a 5am meeting, but it settled enough during the day that I thought I'd give it a go at the end of the day (in the process giving my lights perhaps their only use this year). Felt nice for a lot of it, a bit slow but that was partly spending a lot of time on paths (with plenty of people and a few dogs to stay out of the way of).

The far end was along Merri Creek, taking me past the alleged site of a secret tunnel. Things supposedly going on in tunnels in Melbourne have been the subject of a certain amount of imaginative discussion lately (once upon a time I was reasonably imaginative in this department too - obviously influenced by exposure to Famous Five books - but was past it by the time I was about 12), but there was no indication of anything unusual here. (Yes, for American readers, we've imported our own version of Pizzagate, although as far as I know no-one here has yet showed up in possession of their full Second Amendment entitlements with the intent of doing some freelance liberation).

Ended up at the impressive new bridge outside CERES, which meant that I was out for a bit longer than I'd planned on, but the body raised no objections.
10 PM


My teleconference schedule today (not including internal work meetings): 5-6.30am, 4-6pm, 10pm-midnight.

Wednesday Sep 23, 2020 #

1 PM

Run 20:00 [3] 3.4 km (5:53 / km)

First attempt at a comeback run. A struggle, as comeback runs often are, and when the hamstring started to feel a bit uncomfortable about 20 minutes in I decided that it wasn't time to push it any further. Also had a bit of right knee soreness that settled during the run, but both the hamstring and the knee have pulled up a bit sore post-run, so perhaps not the return I was hoping for.

Found myself going down a few conspiracy theory rabbit holes last night. Someone is going to be disappointed that Dan Andrews did not get arrested between 8.30 and 9 this morning, as was being confidently stated on certain online channels last night. (Part of me enjoys taking the mickey out of bizarre conspiracy theorists, but some of these people are actually dangerous).

And my "no, I am not making this up" award for the day goes to the NRA, who put out a tweet referring to ammunition as "freedom seeds".

Tuesday Sep 22, 2020 #

8 AM

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

Set out with a target of visiting another point (close to) my boundary, where the Eastern Freeway path crosses Bulleen Road (a regular riding route of mind in earlier times). Started quite early by my recent standards and took a while to get going; winds again occasionally made their presence felt. Looped back later on down Heidelberg Road and through Westgarth. The Heidelberg Road part was definitely not as I'd previously seen it; in the days when it was my standard commute and the morning traffic was banked back from Chandler Highway for a kilometre on a good day, two kilometres on a bad one, I wouldn't have imagined it possible that at 8.15 on a Tuesday morning I'd have to wait for a car to turn up to trigger the lights (unless the Tuesday in question was Cup Day or Christmas).

(I suspect the 'normal' traffic jams shrank quite a bit after the new bridge was installed, but not that much).

On the final loop I saw Bill Posters in action near Westgarth Station (without any sign of anyone around to prosecute him). As I saw later in the day on a trip to the physio, this particular bill was being posted in support of a cause which I'm also doing some work for, electing Emily Dimitriadis to the Darebin council; had I known this I might have stopped and suggested that the poster might more usefully have been deployed in the part of the City of Darebin for which Emily is actually a candidate (the boundary, depending on where you are, is Rathmines St or Victoria Rd). Name recognition counts for a lot in council elections (as evidenced by the pair of ratbags who kept getting re-elected in my Banyule days), and with many of the usual forms of campaigning off-limits this year and suburban papers all but extinct, it's hard for new candidates to build a profile; I expect this will be very incumbent-friendly, but our ward doesn't have an incumbent.

And the physio is sufficiently happy with my hamstring that she's given me the OK to start running on it.

Monday Sep 21, 2020 #

8 AM

Cycling 41:00 [3] 15.2 km (2:42 / km)

Headed out after an early ABC TV interview - done, as is the way of 2020, in my dining room on Skype using a phone propped up against a couple of books. (Absent were any endearing small children to provide random interruptions, although I'm sure the people across the road would have lent me some if I'd asked nicely). Took a while to get going heading northwards but moving along nicely in the second half (wind directions may have had a bit to do with that). Hamstring feeling not quite right at times without actually hurting.

Sunday Sep 20, 2020 #

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, 2020 #

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, 2020 #

(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?").

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