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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending May 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 4:09:00 25.41(9:48) 40.9(6:05)
  Swimming2 1:19:00 1.24(1:03:34) 2.0(39:30)
  Pilates1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total9 6:58:00 27.53(15:11) 44.3(9:26)

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Sunday May 26 #

9 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 10.1 km (6:02 / km)

Got done what I planned to get done today, which was a bit less ambitious than a typical Sunday (and had plenty of stops to take photos and read historical signs). The plan was to head for the Glienicke Bridge which is the boundary between Brandenburg and Berlin (which means it was once the boundary between West Berlin and East Germany, and was occasionally used for swapping spies back in the day), then come back round the other side of the lake, and that was more or less executed with a bit extra at the end to get it up to the hour. Got going a bit more in the second half although was glad it was flat.

There are elections on here for both the European Parliament and the local council which means plenty of posters up, and plenty of oddball policies from fringe parties (one was promising free oranges for schoolchildren, which brought back some memories because one striking moment of our 1981 trip in Europe was meeting an East German man in Hungary who hadn't had an orange for more than 30 years). Thanks to a Social Democrat poster I also now know that the German word for a tax haven is Steueroasen ('tax oasis') - in case you're wondering, the Social Democrats are against them - although as a description (if not a concept) I think I prefer the French paradis fiscal.

Spent most of the rest of the day in Berlin, initially frustrating because a lot of the big-name sites were fenced off for construction or fenced off for other reasons, and an uncomfortably heavy police presence which made me wonder if they were expecting something to happen that I didn't know about (or maybe they were just expecting the Kaiserslautern supporters to repeat the pyrotechnics show they set off in their end shortly after half-time last night). Still saw quite a bit, including the largest remaining remnant of the wall (now an open-air art gallery) and admiring how comprehensively the division has disappeared in other places - it's hard to imagine looking at one quiet inner-city street that the Wall once ran down the middle of it (which means all the buildings are post-1989 too, although the Germans are pretty good at making reconstructed old buildings seem as old as the originals). Also had a look at some of the forest and the area where we stayed at Wannsee for JWOC 1991, although I'd forgotten that the shoreline south of there is privately owned so it wasn't possible to walk along the lakeshore. By then I was getting pretty tired anyway.

The once edgy district of Kreuzberg looks more upmarket these days, although perhaps not quite as upmarket as might be suggested by the yellow Lamborghini with Ukrainian plates I saw parked outside one apartment block (either that or Ukrainian gangsters - who I assume didn't hang around in the country once it was the Russians who were doing the shooting - are as brazen about flaunting their wealth as their Melbourne counterparts).

Bit of a stiff neck today, but it didn't bother me while running.

Saturday May 25 #

5 PM

Swimming 40:00 [2] 1.0 km (40:00 / km)

I arrived around 7am after a flight which passed without undue incident and in which I got a bit of sleep on both legs (but my luggage must have got some rougher than usual handling because the clip has broken on my water bottle and the toothpaste tube didn't do a very good job of holding its contents), and after getting the train to Potsdam had a few hours to kill before I could check in, which I thought I'd do wandering around the city's numerous impressive buildings, one of which the (then) Kaiser had constructed but barely lived in. (At this point I was reminded of the opening lines of Joe Walsh's rockstar-lifestyle-pisstake 'Life's Been Good': 'I got a mansion, forget the price/Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice').

I thought all this walking (probably 15km or so) might make my body a bit more receptive to running post-flight than on previous attempts. It didn't (although the attempt did reveal some nice spots for later in the week). However, I'm staying across the road from the local aquatic centre so there was a plan B readily available, and it was executed. A pretty slow session, but didn't feel too sleepy, didn't have any foot cramps and managed to work out how the system at the pool worked (always a challenge in a foreign country).
6 PM


The principal objective on day 1 is to stay awake until a reasonable hour and there was no shortage of sport to assist in this; after following Australia's Saturday action until 3pm or so local time, there were cup finals in England and Scotland, and this evening the German Cup final in Berlin. This would explain (a) why I saw quite a few people wandering around Potsdam in the (pretty similar) colours of Bayer Leverkusen and FC Kaiserslautern and (b) why my room tonight is costing three times what it does tomorrow night. (Having booked on the basis of a cost for the whole week, I hadn't noticed the latter until getting the itemised bill).

Friday May 24 #

7 AM

Run 1:19:00 [3] 12.9 km (6:07 / km)

Another significant milestone chalked up today - completing the 4km radius from home (it's taken me a bit over 2 years to get from 3km to 4km, partly because a lot of my running in those 2 years has been done in other places whereas very little in the previous 2 years had). The last area to be filled in was a few bits of Kew, initially in the block south of Studley Park Road (some decent hills in that lot) then a few bits and pieces north of Trinity.

The run was a bit patchy but better than anything else this week, and handled most of the hills reasonably well (if a bit slowly). A little bit of left hip discomfort from time to time.

And after staying in Australia for more than three consecutive months, I'm off again - this time for a Global Climate Observing System meeting in Potsdam. Don't think I'll get out onto any of the JWOC 1991 areas but will still try to do a bit of exploring while I'm around.

Thursday May 23 #

7 AM

Run 32:00 [3] 5.2 km (6:09 / km)

Early run from the pool west into the bit of Carlton east of the university. Really grinding in the first 10 minutes - I was never planning to go long today (logistically it fits better with tomorrow) but that was as well - but improved after that. Quite a bit of lane work, including the bit around the back of the Earth Sciences building that I've somehow never been to despite said building being part of my life on and off for the last 30 years.

I discovered via some cupcake pans I was using last night that Dollar Sweets (well known to those who remember their 1980s politics) still exist, somewhat to my surprise. I wonder if I'm still supposed to be boycotting them?
8 AM

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

Onwards to the pool. A reasonably ho-hum session as these things go; first time for a while I've done it backing up from a run.

Wednesday May 22 #

8 AM

Run 45:00 [3] 7.5 km (6:00 / km)

Whatever the physio did yesterday, it must have worked because the soreness/tightness from yesterday was completely gone this morning. With that knowledge in hand I headed out, although switched my plans from my original intention of Heidelberg to the north side of Preston because it wasn't as hilly (though still not flat). Wasn't the most energetic of runs but at least it mostly didn't hurt, and another clear crisp morning to be out (they'll run out eventually, although by the weekend I'll be in late spring rather than late autumn anyway).

Part of this was along Tyler Street, which forms the northern boundary of Preston except for one deviation to the north, whose purpose appears to be to ensure that Preston Primary School is actually in Preston. (By the age of its main building, I suspect that the school pre-dates the creation of Reservoir as a separate suburb). The Preston Reservoir is definitely not in Preston, probably because the powers that be thought that calling it the Reservoir Reservoir would be a bit silly (although it would open the possibility of the first and second words being pronounced differently - the suburb is always pronounced "war", the body of water often "wah").

Local government area milestone: 50% of Darebin. Still lagging a bit behind Yarra.

Since Covid, the more conspiratorial end of the community, at least in Australia, has largely left climate scientists alone (I've previously observed that all the abusive e-mails I was expecting to get after IPCC probably went to Brett Sutton instead), which means I wasn't among those to get "summonses" for "treason" to appear today at the "Richmond People's Court" (at an address which turns out to be the Richmond Dan Murphy's). Wonder how it went?

Tuesday May 21 #

8 AM

Run 32:00 [3] 5.2 km (6:09 / km)

The tightness behind the knee was uncomfortable at times during the evening and overnight, and while it was a bit looser after I got up, I headed to Fitzroy with the plan of trying to do a run with the pool as a plan B, fully expecting that within 30 seconds of starting I'd declare the run a write-off. Instead it didn't hurt at all running (it wasn't just that it warmed up, it was fine from the start). This seemed weird - saw the physio this evening and she thought (as I did) that it's probably neural rather than structural and should be manageable, although I'll still be a bit cautious about the next couple of days, at least.

An unexpected run in the Fitzroy area meant that I got the chance to complete the unfinished business from last week and add another completed suburb to my list (up to 20 of them now), as well as going through the middle of Atherton Gardens which meant I spotted the sign for the former Aboriginal meeting place (as I've noted previously, Fitzroy was the traditional centre of Aboriginal Melbourne although they dispersed more widely in the second half of the 20th century). The run itself was slow to start but became reasonably routine from about 2k onwards, on a day when I was quite happy to settle for the routine.

Monday May 20 #

7 AM

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

Got a bit of a twinge on the inside of my left knee/base of hamstring coming out of the last control yesterday - it wasn't noticeable through the rest of the day and I didn't think anything of it then, but it was tight when I got up this morning. Managed to get through Pilates OK though (including with some increased weights on a couple of weight-bearing exercises), although the hamstring seemed to be fatiguing a little quicker than normal on the exercises where that was relevant.

The tightness was more acute after sitting during the day, although it eased quickly as I started walking (still with some discomfort though), and didn't seem that inhibited with brief bits of running in pursuit of trams or green lights. Still think this could be a little bit more than some of the recent niggles have been but we'll see what it's like tomorrow.
8 AM

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

Onwards to the pool. A slowish session but nothing particularly wrong with it. Injury wasn't an issue for this. Managed to avoid most of the showers.

One of the sights of the trip back was seeing a meat truck being unloaded in the main street of Yass with someone going back and forth to a shop (presumably a butcher) carrying what seemed like half a cow on his back each time. Posting about this on Facebook elicited a comment from a butcher's son to the effect that this was a practice which has been banned in Queensland for about the last 50 years (not sure about its legality in NSW).

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