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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending May 19:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 4:43:15 23.8 38.3 43033 /38c86%
  Pilates1 45:00
  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)
  Total9 6:51:15 24.85 40.0 43033 /38c86%

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Sunday May 19 #

10 AM

Run 1:03:05 [3] *** 7.4 km (8:31 / km) +250m 7:18 / km

NOL relays at Awoonga, classic Canberra gully-spur of the sort that I grew up on (although I'm sure I used to be able to move through the tussock grass cleanly). A vacancy meant that I shifted from running second leg for a composite team to running second leg for the second Victorian team (a change which shifted my start time by approximately one second). David Brownridge had had a solid leg first up. I was never going to be doing much head-to-head racing here but hoped for a solid run; found it fairly hard work in the steeper terrain early but much better in the flatter country to the east. After a clean run up until then, dropped too low on #14 on the final loop and probably lost a minute or so. Not as strong on hills as yesterday but still running OK. Fastest leg times were in the 37s.

This was a nice weekend, and not as tiring a trip as it sometimes can be (it helped there that I didn't have to do very much of the driving).
1 PM


Oddball ways to learn that someone you sort of knew is no longer with us: seeing a street named after him in a new Canberra suburb. (Canberra has a strict rule about not naming things after living people).

(He was an ACT minister in the early 1990s, and I was in the same branch as him for a while).

Saturday May 18 #

1 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 56:10 [3] *** 6.2 km (9:04 / km) +180m 7:55 / km

NOL middle at Wee Jasper, running the Sport class in a small field (5) but a fairly even one on paper, on the same course as W21E (and the public Hard 1). I was looking forward to this - hadn't run here before (and indeed my last visit to this spot was on a Year 8 camp 40 years ago). It's a mostly open area but with lots of limestone rock - reminded me a lot of some of the Swiss Jura areas (not the big sinkholes of, say, Slovenian karst) - and often rought underfoot. Not always easy to pinpoint which rocks were mapped as what but that was the nature of the area.

This run was decent; I never felt as if I was moving terribly freely, but was at the better end of my usual range for strength. One mistake of significance, a 1-minuter at 7 which I overran a little, and a few minor wobbles in circles. Continued my 100% record in middle-distance races in Sport (admittedly in one of those three there was no opposition), and was probably around 10% closer to the pace in general than I usually am these days (and scored for the Vikings so I did something useful with the day). Comparing with some of the women, Briohny got me by 3 seconds but I was just ahead of Tash (and Matt Stocks ran just over a minute faster on the public course, although they did get to run on 1:7500).

Friday May 17 #

8 AM

Run 47:00 [3] 7.7 km (6:06 / km)

From home, down the Darebin Trail and along the river. A bit slow, particularly on the singletrack bits even though they're still reasonably dry (probably won't be the case for too much longer), but moving OK for the most part. A bit of left hip discomfort but less noticeable than at times on Wednesday.

I noted today that a NSW police statement referred to "an A-League club in south-western Sydney", which left about as much doubt as to which one it was as it does when the ABC refers to Crown as "a Melbourne casino". (Coverage of this also led me to the Prison FC Twitter account, which seems to be eagerly anticipating some new recruits).

Hitting the road for Canberra later today.

Thursday May 16 #

8 AM

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

Woke up (after a night of strange dreams) with a stiff neck and generally feeling a bit out of sorts, which scuttled an early attempt to run (not before seeing a film shoot setting up at Pitcher Park). Ended up in the water instead, which was pleasant enough although took me a long time to get going. Another clear morning; there have been a lot of these lately.

Bizarre conspiracy theory of the week (and perhaps the year) is that the World Health Organization arranged the shooting of Slovakia's prime minister after Slovakia rejected the proposed pandemic treaty (which has been generating lots of paranoia amongst the sort of people who get paranoiac about this sort of thing). Normally I'd suspect the Russians of having something to do with such a nonsensical piece of disinformation but that doesn't make sense when they could just blame it on the Ukrainians. (We got some exposure to Slovakian politics - mostly in the form of a billboard outside our window which advertised a far-right party and had been tastefully decorated with swastikas - last year as WMOC was during the election campaign).
6 PM

Run 34:00 [3] 5.4 km (6:18 / km)

Today's schedule didn't allow for a lunch run as a realistic option so I thought I'd try for an evening one instead, from where I'd left my car near the pool. The first 10 minutes was hard going but started to flow better after that, though not at the levels that would have encouraged me to take the distance out further (especially with a race weekend ahead). Pretty slow with a lot of ins and outs in small laneways - a couple of which looked like dodgy laneways from central casting if the film shoot wanted to come this way instead - and sometimes cobbles in the dark.

I thought I'd finished off Fitzroy with this one, but it turns out there's one laneway which I'd missed so I'll have to come back some other time. Did push Yarra over the 400 mark.

Wednesday May 15 #

8 AM

Run 48:00 [3] 8.0 km (6:00 / km)

Morning session on a crisp morning, initially finishing the remaining bits of the southeast corner of Kew from a start near Harp junction, then further east into the west of Balwyn. Not for the first time I was contemplating how Kew East became Kew East when it's actually Kew North. (I assume the history here is that the Kew East post office is slightly more east than north of the Kew post office, but that doesn't explain why the boundary between the two runs east-west and not, say, along the gully/creek behind the Keys' place).

Not too bad in terms of how I was feeling running once the initial climb was out of the way, but left hip was intermittently troublesome. Seemed to settle a bit in the last 2km (longish downhills seem to set it off, which might be an issue with what I have in mind tomorrow).

Tuesday May 14 #

1 PM

Run intervals 12:00 [3]

Lunchtime intervals which is usually a plan B (and was slightly delayed when I saw someone in the lift lobby that I wanted to discuss rainfall quality control issues with). Hard work though felt better than I did first up in the morning (which is why I wasn't doing it first up in the morning). A consistent pace, which is another way of saying that I didn't speed up as it went on as I sometimes do. Hints of back tightness late on the middle reps but nothing came of it.

Run warm up/down 23:00 [3] 3.6 km (6:23 / km)

Warm-up and down, with a bit more construction work to go around these days.

Random post turning up in Facebook feed that is actually useful: one from the state MP for Wagga about roadworks on the Hume Highway (although it looks like they'll be wrapped up by the time we're there).

Monday May 13 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Monday morning Pilates. Seemed to go OK, with heavier loads on a couple of the weight-bearing exercises without that causing too many issues. Would have been a nice morning to be out but I suspect my body wouldn't have appreciated that greatly. Numbers were a bit down this morning (maybe people were sleeping in after trying to see auroras).
8 AM

Swimming 38:00 [3] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Moved on to the water, which was at the better end of the normal range, apart from a brief patch with sore shoulders in the middle, which seemed to settle down again later on. Good for getting some cobwebs out.

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