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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Nov 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 5:16:28 26.28(12:02) 42.3(7:29) 44519 /19c100%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 38:00 0.62(1:01:09) 1.0(38:00)
  Total7 6:39:28 27.34(14:37) 44.0(9:05) 44519 /19c100%

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Sunday Nov 28 #

9 AM

Run 1:04:00 [3] 10.9 km (5:52 / km)

Went out in Lakes Entrance before moving on for the day, after a fairly rough night during which I'd convinced myself that we were going to go into lockdown today (as it happens Brett Sutton's comments were probably the most sensible to be heard today, although that bar is not especially high). In some ways this was a repeat of yesterday except there were fewer hills to feel bad on (though I certainly noticed the couple of bumps). Took me 15 minutes or so to get the back moving, somewhat better after that but this was never an easy run, perhaps improved a bit in the last third - was happy to get to (and past) the hour. Glute continues to improve, though, and was hardly noticeable today.

Completed the trip today; thought about a couple of deviations but decided there were benefits to being home by late afternoon, so there were only small diversions, involving edibles and drinkables (including the fruit and vegetable barn - which also does good ice-cream - at Garfield which was a regular stop of mine in the days when I was running the Bureau stand at the Gippsland Field Days). There's been a lot of growth at home in my absence, both wanted (tomatoes, lettuce) and unwanted (weeds).

(In case you're wondering about my suddenly becoming a gardener, most of it is my mother's doing).

Saturday Nov 27 #

12 PM

Run 36:00 [3] 6.1 km (5:54 / km)

Headed up the mountain in the morning with the aim of (a) seeing a finisher or two in the Coast to Kosciusko and (b) going for a run up there, potentially some of the way up from the Charlotte Pass car park. I did get to see a finisher, and numerous other participants en route (the only actual running I saw was within 10 metres of the finish line), but with low cloud/fog, occasional heavy drizzle and temperatures only just above freezing, I left the actual running part for later in the day and somewhere at a lower elevation (though even on the tablelands it barely made double figures today).

That somewhere was Dalgety, and I set out to do what I sometimes do in runs from small country outposts - find the quietest road I can and do an out and back on it. The good news was that the glute was less sore than in recent days, and the early hamstring tightness that's sometimes been present this week was also missing. The bad news was that I felt pretty ordinary on the run, particularly later on - even the modest hills here were a test.

Continued south in the remainder of the day (a bit further than I'd planned on, because Orbost was booked out when I checked a couple of days ago, leaving Lakes Entrance as the backup), seeing lots of normally small streams which had become substantial rivers. (That started at the very top - the Snowy River crossing would have been impassable had I been inclined to try the Blue Lake walk). Once across the border, it also involved a lot of burnt forests and some unburnt ones (and a road - I went via Delegate and Bonang - which would have been bad news for anyone inclined to travel sickness). The few farming ventures in these parts evidently weren't too successful judging by the presence in very close proximity of Dead Bull Road and Dead Calf Creek.

Finding somewhere to eat when on the road on a Saturday night is not always easy, and the number of places which have either closed down or are operating at limited capacity (presumably due to lack of staff) doesn't make it any easier. Still, if you have to resort to takeaway fish and chips there are worse places than Lakes Entrance (Victoria's main commercial fishing port) for it to happen.

Friday Nov 26 #

11 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 10.2 km (5:59 / km)

Today's forecast was miserable, and reality was likewise (as I write, Cooma Airport has recorded rain in 30 consecutive hours, and although Jindabyne doesn't have an observing site I think it would be similar). It wasn't a day for exploring high mountains as I was originally hoping to do - a bit of looking around at lower elevations (Eucumbene Dam, Lake Crackenback), and seeing lots of creeks which were a lot bigger than they usually are, was about as far as the tourist side got.

I did find one of the less wet windows of the day to head out for a run, mostly along the Lake Jindabyne foreshore path, although with a few diversions because a few bits of the path are now part of the lake. (Somewhat to my surprise given the amount of inundated infrastructure, it is only at 91% according to the Snowy Hydro website, although that's still the highest since the early 2010s). A downhill start stirred soreness up and it was a bit of a struggle thereafter, although the second half was a bit better than the first. Pleased with the (relatively few) uphill bits.

Thursday Nov 25 #

7 AM


Didn't realise my log was so politically influential.
9 AM

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

Planned to hit the water today rather than tomorrow because the Jindabyne pool hasn't reopened yet, but in any case I was a bit sore after yesterday so probably not a bad thing. Went to the Belconnen pool for this. Took me a long time to feel as if I was moving, but better in the second half.

Headed down to Jindabyne after lunch after a busy morning/lunchtime social calendar. My original plans for today were to head down the Boboyan Road, but with two separate severe weather warnings in effect (one for flash flooding, one for wind) I didn't think that was a great idea - the creek crossings would have been an issue, as might falling trees. As it turned out the highway was quite difficult enough, with a stretch of 1mm/minute or so of rain climbing out of Tuggeranong - some of the worst conditions I can remember driving in. Leaving Cooma wasn't much better either.

Good to get back to the old home ground, and to see what's changed and what hasn't. (The only significant change visible at our old house is the appearance of a street library outside the back fence, a change I definitely approve of).

Wednesday Nov 24 #

6 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 57:28 [3] *** 6.3 km (9:07 / km) +245m 7:38 / km

Canberra Wednesday evening event at Mount Ainslie North. It's been a wet spring in Canberra, as in much of eastern Australia - the ground was as sodden as I can remember it here (and that's before the next couple of days of rain), and the grass was abundant, although not yet really seeding. This made for harder going than usual at this end of the map, and in any case my body wasn't really cooperating today on the steep hills (which was expected) and the moderate hills (less expected). Navigation reasonably clean but at the speed I was going it would want to have been.

#17, a marsh, was just downstream of the former tip - I wonder if thinking about what dodgy substances might be in the water is as much of a distraction for our EPA people as a weather station might be for me?

Headed up into the hills during the day in the hope (not totally realised) that it wouldn't be as wet today as it would be tomorrow - certainly a good day for waterfalls. One thing I noticed was that the forest along the road in Corin is still quite open two years after the fires - not sure what it's like on top of the plateau though. (I also hadn't realised, perhaps because I don't think I've been out there for at least a decade, how much the pines south of Cotter have grown back, although I'd guess that blackberries are at least as much of an issue there as they were before the fires).

Tuesday Nov 23 #

1 PM

Run 1:38:00 [3] 8.8 km (11:08 / km) +200m 10:00 / km

One of the great qualities of Sydney is that you can find spots less than 10km from the central city which feel like wilderness. This was more a mission than a run, as Tracy led me on a circuit of the Castlecove peninsula, on tracks which sometimes barely existed (although they still existed more than I think the Willoughby council would like). You don't exactly get to stride out on this but still a great experience (and great company) - the only drawback was the leeches. (I thought I'd escaped actually getting bitten by any despite having one try to burrow into the sole of my shoe, but it was apparent in the shower afterwards that I had not escaped). Plenty of Sydney humidity in the mix.

Hamstring area was a bit tight for the first 15 minutes or so but was OK thereafter. Handled the distance fine - this is actually the longest "running" session I've done in time for three years - though the intensity was low.

Headed down to Canberra in the late afternoon (a bit later than planned on). The route choice is an interesting one - normally it would be taking your pick of two freeways (via the M2/M7 to the north and west, or via the Harbour tunnel and the airport), but the traffic report said there was trouble on both, and Google's advice was to go down the normal roads past Olympic Park - a bit of a slog but worked out OK.

Monday Nov 22 #

10 AM

Swimming 38:00 [2] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

A fairly low-key session after the last few days, acquainting myself with a new pool at Katoomba (the outdoor unheated one at Blackheath wasn't especially appealing on a day that was struggling to get into double figures). Not the most lively of sessions but got the job done (even if there was something sticking out from the side about halfway along that I banged my arm into occasionally). Finished to the sounds of aqua aerobics on the other side of the pool, something I can't remember being around for a while (although that's partly because my usual pool is Fitzroy, which doesn't have it). Glute soreness has settled down, as expected, though still felt a little tightness when walking (less so once warmed up).

The rest of the day was also reasonably relaxed, making my way down through the Blue Mountains to Sydney, via a number of waterfalls (going strongly, even if today wasn't as wet as originally forecast), and Windsor, where I naturally had to look at (and get pictures of) the 1867 flood marker. The route from there into Sydney does feel like foreign territory at times, especially the bit that goes past Hillsong.

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