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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Nov 15:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:59:07 10.5(11:21) 16.9(7:03) 21045 /46c97%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Cycling1 40:00 9.32(4:17) 15.0(2:40)
  Swimming1 39:00 0.62(1:02:46) 1.0(39:00)
  Total7 4:43:07 20.88 33.6 21045 /46c97%

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Sunday Nov 15 #

10 AM

Run ((street-O)) 55:00 [3] *** 8.8 km (6:15 / km)

My first weekend for a long time on the Mornington Peninsula aligned with the debut of the Mornington Peninsula park/street series. (This wasn't entirely coincidental - I applied a bit of presidential influence to get the event deferred a week from its originally scheduled date so Melbourne-based people could get to it). This was at Rye, mostly in the flat first few blocks in from the beach - I think it would be more interesting further inland where the street pattern is less regular and there are more dunes.

I was still managing my body closely, which meant walking on the hills (not many of these) or every few minutes on the flat bits to keep my calves under control. This seemed to work, with a similar feeling during and post-run to yesterday. Back ordinary in the first 10-15 minutes but OK thereafter. I knew from early on in the piece that I was going to get them all within 60 minutes, and from there the route choice was mostly pretty straightforward.

Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of people down here today. I'd always planned to go home after dinner and the mid/late afternoon traffic did nothing to disabuse me of that idea (it was fine by the time I set off).

Saturday Nov 14 #

11 AM

Run ((orienteering)) 47:07 [3] *** 5.6 km (8:25 / km) +210m 7:05 / km

Some bush orienteering of sorts, in the form of a Yarra Valley training event at Jumping Creek (near Warrandyte). There wasn't actually that much forest running - the forest section was green and mostly track running - but a semi-open area out the back saw much more cross-country. I didn't really expect to come up for this but it worked out OK (though I was very conservative, walking all the hills) - calves were tight but no pain, and have come up better afterwards than the back-to-square-one sense of the last two attempts. I haven't forgotten how to navigate during the break, either - most of the controls were straightforward but there were a couple of vague slopes which I hit right on.

Saw quite a number of people I haven't seen for a while - good to see Joyce Rowlands, whom I passed on the way to the first control, back in action. (I had thought she must be in her 90s by now, but a check of my results files indicates she's 88 this year).

After that it was taking the chance to go further afield than has been possible for a while. The ultimate destination was Blairgowrie but I decided to take a highly indirect route choice, partly because I'd been planning to go to Toorongo Falls (near Noojee) in July (thanks to a tip from Rob Preston) and hadn't had the chance then. It was as nice as I expected, and in any case I've really missed the setting of green fields in valley bottoms and towering eucalypts and tree ferns off to the side.

The route choice from there to the Mornington Peninsula was also something a bit different (including a stretch on the uninspiringly-named Main Drain Road, where I failed to find the Cora Lynn ford which regularly gets mentioned on Bunyip River flood warnings). It did, however, take me back to once-familiar ground around Neerim South, where we were based when working at the Gippsland Field Days in the 2000s (and where I did perhaps my best training run of the 21st century). Neerim South apparently had a serious ice problem a few years back; not sure if it still does.
12 PM


I now have experimental evidence that the minimum speed required for a sweaty orienteering top to fall off the roof of a Subaru Forester is approximately 50 km/h.

Friday Nov 13 #

9 AM

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

Late start today after a post-midnight finish (the first of two). Wasn't quite sure how the calf would respond in the water; it seemed to be fine there although there was a bit of cramping later on. Feeling a bit better than I did yesterday, although back is unusually tight after sitting all day (which might have been part of the picture on Wednesday).

Thursday Nov 12 #


Calf still not 100% today (although not as bad as it pulled up last night). Walking later in the day it felt pretty tight on both sides, which suggests that the fundamental problem is elsewhere. Hoping it settles down enough to be able to get into the bush on Saturday - will be a pity to miss that (in a normal year I wouldn't be getting too exciting about a bush training session on what will probably be a steep and green map at Warrandyte, but this isn't a normal year).

Must be WMO statement time (I'd normally be in Geneva around this time of year) - in the space of an hour a couple of days back I sent e-mails to China, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya, Argentina, Brazil, the US, Canada and Switzerland. Haven't gone looking at any North Korean government websites yet this year.

Wednesday Nov 11 #

7 PM

Run 17:00 [3] *** 2.5 km (6:48 / km)

Decided I was more or less ready to try things out again, at MFR sprint training in Carlton. The good news was that my ankle was ready. The bad news was that my calf wasn't. Hopefully it's a similar injury to the one I did about this time last year, although it feels a bit worse than that one did.

An interesting session conceptually (and I fell squarely into the trap at 5 on the second map). It also featured a mapped alley as narrow as some of the more borderline ones in China.

Tuesday Nov 10 #

1 PM

Cycling 40:00 [3] 15.0 km (2:40 / km)

I was somewhat worried about the ankle soreness last night because of the experience of last July; while a repeat seemed unlikely because I hadn't experienced any of the other symptoms from last time (especially the loss of appetite :-), I was still relieved to get up this morning and find it better rather than worse. Originally I was thinking of not doing anything today, but after managing a walk to a source of morning coffee with only mild discomfort, I thought I'd be able to manage a lunchtime ride. As it turned out there were no issues at all with this (and getting a bit of mobility into the ankle was probably a good thing). It was the hottest day of the spring so far and I was getting a bit thirsty by the end, but otherwise this was a decent session.

Edinburgh Gardens at lunchtime are a lot quieter than they were a few weeks ago.

Monday Nov 9 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Back to Monday morning Pilates after a long break. Arrived to the sounds of Party In The USA, an appropriate choice given the amount of partying currently taking place in the USA, along with various other parts of the world (as someone put it, a fairly minimal performance bar to clear is that the whole planet doesn't start dancing in the street when you lose your job).

Somewhat to my surprise, I remembered how to do this.
8 AM

Swimming 39:00 [3] 1.0 km (39:00 / km)

Moved on to the pool. Felt like a reasonable session, but was pretty slow. The sort of morning that's made for an outdoor pool, with a clear sky and a bright sun.

My calf felt considerably better today, but I've swapped one problem for another because for no obvious reason the front of my right ankle became painful sometime between coffee and lunch. It's quite painful to walk on this evening; I've experienced this before and it usually settles down before too long, but I suspect I might not be getting out tomorrow as I'd planned on.

Getting out in another sense did happen this evening, in the form of a post-work excursion to Kinglake and a takeaway dinner at a lookout picnic table looking over the city I've been stuck in for the last four months.

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