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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Nov 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 4:33:19 19.64(13:55) 31.6(8:39) 42038 /43c88%
  Pilates1 45:00
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 39:00 0.62(1:02:46) 1.0(39:00)
  Total8 6:42:19 20.69 33.3 42038 /43c88%

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Sunday Nov 21 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:14:33 [3] *** 5.2 km (14:20 / km) +280m 11:18 / km

NSW Long Championships, 6th. From past experience of bad flare-ups of this injury, I expected it to have settled down enough to be able to run on comfortably within about 36 hours, but only had half of that. I certainly didn't expect much when I got up and struggled to walk to the bathroom, went out to the event expecting to do a token attempt at a warm-up and then pull the pin, gradually loosened up walking around the assembly area and thought I might as well at least walk some controls, then tried jogging and thought I might actually be able to do a course. We won't gild things too much - this was still not a comfortable experience, and I was still significantly restricted in anything which involved trying to go fast (which is why my split for the largely track run to #6, during which Mounty blasted past me on a different course, shows as a mistake), but I was able to jog in the more open areas (a bit more abundant than yesterday).

Almost made a parallel error out of the start, and I think if I was running better it would have been worth running the track to 8 given how close to it I'd climbed, but a decent technical run otherwise. Plenty of rock lines and a few challenging gaps in the wet (one which I was contemplating had been taped off by the organisers as being unfit for human consumption), but not the labyrinths of yesterday. Think mid to high 60s might have been reachable if uninjured; Scott's 62 in 3rd probably wasn't (and we won't even talk about Steve's 48). Haven't pulled up too badly tonight (in general I don't seem to do further damage running on this as long as I can tolerate it), so hopefully it will settle soon.

I suspect we may not be back here soon; the regrowth was at the just-about-manageable stage, but I think one more wet summer and it will be pretty unpleasant. (According to Jock, Ganguddy has already reached that point).

Headed for Blackheath tonight (which got the cold drizzle which Long Swamp escaped the worst of, to say nothing of the heavy rain which seems to have been along a Warrumbungles-Dunedoo-Scone line). Not too many views to be had, which is a pity, but did catch up with someone I've been talking weather with online for more than 20 years.

Saturday Nov 20 #

3 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:09:16 [3] *** 4.7 km (14:44 / km) +140m 12:50 / km

NSW Middle at Gardiners Gap. This would have been epic even if it wasn't the first proper race back for most of us, plunging into the sandstone labyrinth (with post-bushfire regrowth and fallen timber adding to the mix).

I knew it was going to be a slow day when Steve came back with something over 10 min/km (a threshold I managed to break on exactly two legs, the finish being one of them). Went off line at 2 and dropped about 90 seconds. Otherwise my fine navigation wasn't working too badly, but I got a poor line at 9 (not helped by turning back from a mapped gap whose passability was ambitious) and dropped probably 3 minutes on that. Was running sort of OK through the first half but, as with last week, jarred the sore glute (which had been reasonable) with an awkward step on the way to 8 and was struggling with it most of the rest of the way. (It's come up very sore tonight, and if it's like this tomorrow it's doubtful I'll be able to run, but past experience is that it usually improves quickly - whether it's 18-hours-quickly remains to be seen).

There were two in the field fast enough to beat me with a half-decent run. Scott did, easily, but Matt Stocks came unstuck badly enough that I caught him 6 minutes at 16 (or more accurately, he recaught me after I'd gone through him). Ended up with my second Middle Distance second place of the year, but the multitude of other classes also running this course meant a few others claimed my scalp for the first time (I think), including Tracy, and Simon and Rebecca George. (In my first outing at this venue, in 1997, Cassie came within one second of beating me on km rates).

Encountered Aston, Caitlin and Ewan in a Goulburn bakery this morning. I was about to relate a story from the 1999 nationals there (the one which involved a carload of orienteers being pulled up by the police in possession of bags of white powder which were actually sports drink), and realised that none of my potential audience had been born yet.

Friday Nov 19 #

8 AM

Run 41:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:51 / km)

A pretty good day but the run was not its highlight, a morning session in Wangaratta which felt as flat at the terrain (at least my back was functioning and the glute had only mild soreness). Hopefully this isn't a portent of things to come on the weekend, also hopefully there will actually be two races to run in on the weekend (the forecast for Sunday is looking a little less dire tonight than it was in previous model runs).

Got the rest of the checking done at Kangaroo Crossing without too much drama (if with a few more grass seeds than yesterday), then headed northwards to my day's final destination of Goulburn via a somewhat wide route of Cudgewa, Tumbarumba and Tumut. The scenic highlight of this was a visit to Bluff Falls near Cudgewa (which also enabled me to tick off one of my remaining unvisited Victorian national parks, Burrowa-Pine Mountain). There was abundant evidence of what happened in this part of the world two summers ago, with burnt-out trees a feature for much of the way from west of Cudgewa to not far short of Tumut. Lots of green, though, even by the usual standards of a region which calls (or used to call) itself the green side of the Snowies. (Definitely no danger of fires today, with a bit of rain about).

Thursday Nov 18 #

10 AM

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

Had a go at running this morning, but wasn't too surprised that it didn't work out with the combination of how I felt last night and a post-midnight meeting. Instead in the pool, which wasn't too sharp either but at least didn't fall to pieces.

And then it was time to hit the road - initially to NSW Championships (assuming they don't get flooded out, which is a distinct possibility for Sunday), then a week coming back through Sydney, Canberra and the Snowies. On the way I'm doing some long-overdue controlling work for next year's Victorian Long at Kangaroo Crossing (postponed from this year) - didn't get there until close to 3 so didn't get everything done today, but made some pretty good inroads into it. Definitely nice out there at the moment.

I have seen one new bit of ground on this trip - the western side of Thomastown (thanks to the closure of one of the Ring Road on-ramps).

Wednesday Nov 17 #

7 PM

Run race ((street-O)) 40:30 [3] * 6.4 km (6:20 / km)

Summer Series at Blackburn South. Back was definitely not playing ball tonight, which made it a struggle - the sort of night where last year I'd have given it away inside the first 10 minutes, but I know enough about managing this injury now to be able to get through with occasional breaks (like on most of the hills). Still not a particularly comfortable experience. Route was decent, on a map where it's easy to fall into traps - there are some spots where it's a long way around.

Thought we might have had some new bits of this map (a former industrial site is being redeveloped in the southwest corner), but it looks like we'll still have to wait another year or two.

Discovered a now-retired former work colleague has taken this up.

Tuesday Nov 16 #

8 AM

Run 48:00 [3] 8.3 km (5:47 / km)

Change of scene today: I had some things to take out to the tip and so decided to go for a run vaguely nearby, covering some of the ground between Edwardes Lake and the Reservoir shops and adding a few more streets to my tally, including one with a good orienteering name. (I'm not sure if getting all of the City of Darebin is an ultimate target or not, given that there's not much more that is within range from home, but if it is this is another small piece of progress).

I thought I'd got off to a faster start than usual but that turned out to be my GPS doing strange things. (Some questionable data's perhaps appropriate in a part of Melbourne that supposedly has a 212-storey tower just across the creek). It did, however, turn into quite a decent run, noticeably quicker than most of the last couple of weeks, with glute at a nuisance level throughout but not getting any worse. Thought about taking it out past the hour to take advantage of a good day but decided not to - hopefully Thursday works out after that.

Monday Nov 15 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Monday morning Pilates, with what's becoming the usual bunch of characters (including a muscular construction worker). Generally went pretty well. Glute still a bit sore but improved on where it was late yesterday (and continued to do so during the day).
8 AM

Swimming 39:00 [2] 1.0 km (39:00 / km)

Onwards to Fitzroy, a little sparsely populated on a day which resembled a July day in most respects except that it doesn't get dark until 8.30 (although, unlike the Hobart suburbs, it didn't snow). Never really got going today and definitely at the slow end of what I do this in, only picking up a little at the end.

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