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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jun 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 4:51:36 27.34(10:40) 44.0(6:38) 25513 /14c92%
  Swimming2 1:20:00 1.24(1:04:22) 2.0(40:00)
  Total8 6:11:36 28.58(13:00) 46.0(8:05) 25513 /14c92%

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Sunday Jun 2 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:04:36 [3] *** 6.8 km (9:30 / km) +255m 8:00 / km

Victorian Series at Glenluce North. I'd entered course 2 for this one, thinking that 8.8km on a hilly area on my first weekend back was asking for trouble. As it turned out my back was pretty bad this morning and I was in two minds about making the trip at all, but it loosened a bit on the warm-up - still in very much taking it easy mode, walking most of the hills and still finding it hard work. Pretty clean as you'd expect at this (lack of) speed, perhaps a little wider than I would have liked on #9 but that was about it. Haven't seen full results but Stephen Dunbar was about 45 seconds ahead of me when I left.

I suspect a non-running day will be appreciated tomorrow.

Other news of the weekend (already known to those following social media) is that there's a Cold Chisel concert in Armidale on the final weekend of the Australian Championships week. This probably isn't good news for those who haven't booked accommodation yet (and possibly not for those who have if people try to pull the same stunt as they did for Taylor Swift concerts and cancel existing bookings so they can be resold for three times the price). I was also contemplating whether I should unleash my inner bogan and try and get a ticket for said concert, but (a) I suspect they sold out within minutes of going on sale and (b) I think I have something else on already that night anyway.

Saturday Jun 1 #

8 AM

Run 29:00 [3] 5.0 km (5:48 / km)

I thought my chances of getting something done today were best if it were done early, preferably in company. A couple of old school friends were also in town and the best available meeting option was 9-ish somewhere close to the CBD (Newmarket as it happened). This all added up to one thing - the Parkville (aka Princes Park) parkrun.

On a day when I was going to be happy just to get through, I got through ('got through just' is probably a bit of an exaggeration). Wasn't chasing a time which is as well because this parkrun is big enough that it took me 30 seconds or thereabouts to reach the start line (official time was 29.04, reality more like 28.30). Hip starting to be a bit sore by the end. and back tightened significantly afterwards (but was OK during the run).

Feeling somewhat run down during the day but I've certainly had far worse on the first day back (and in the afternoon ventured out a couple of times whenever I was feeling sleepy to go out and clean up some of the numerous leaves which have been deposited on my property or the footpath outside it while I was away).

Friday May 31 #

1 AM

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

Doha Airport has a fitness centre which includes a 25m swimming pool. It's not cheap and I probably wouldn't do this every time, but thought it was a worthwhile way to make use of four hours between flights (fortunately I wasn't going to Perth). Wasn't quite sure how this would go at 11.30pm German time, but after some initial stiffness it didn't go too badly, though slow. No lane markings, so occasionally my straight lines weren't quite as straight as they should have been.

The second leg went reasonably well, getting probably 5 hours or so of sleep (I'd feared the worst when there were toddlers in the rows behind, in front of and alongside me, but all were presumably as sleepy as I was by then and I didn't hear much noise from any until the last couple of hours). Felt slightly odd to think, coming in over the top of Port Lincoln, that I'll be there this time next week. Arrived more or less on schedule, with the only minor annoyance being not quite getting out of the airport before midnight (which meant the taxi fare was $15 or so higher than it otherwise would have been).

Last month with more training hours was October 2016, and the last one which didn't include a rogaine was January 2016.

Thursday May 30 #

8 AM

Run 1:22:00 [3] 13.4 km (6:07 / km)

Final session in Potsdam, heading south into the forest south of the campus where we've been meeting the last three days (passing a sign which said that it you followed the blue and white trail markers it was 1753km to Bolzano, which might give ideas to my ultra-marathoning school friend who's just announced his intention to run the length of the UK in a month). Like a lot of German cities, Potsdam has forest close to its centre, and like a lot of German cities there's a bit of a climb to get to it, but I dealt with that better than I expected to, and from there it flattened out. On forest tracks for most of the first 40 minutes before emerging into the suburb of Waldstadt, which as the name implied was pretty forested itself - 4-6 storey apartment buildings scattered amongst the trees, very Nordic. The loop was a bit shorter than I'd expected so did a bit of wiggling around and extra loops at the end to get it up to where I wanted to be. A pretty solid session in which I felt as if I still had plenty left at the end. Also managed to get it in before it started raining, always a good thing on the last run before packing.

This makes it my biggest month since 2017 (both in terms of training hours and of running distance). Unless something unexpected happens the running distance won't be added to in what's left of the month, but the training hours might (watch this space).

At Berlin Airport now, waiting for the long haul home.

Wednesday May 29 #

7 AM

Run 46:00 [3] 7.6 km (6:03 / km)

Out to the north and west today, out to parts of the Sans Souci gardens and then back through the centre of town. I wasn't sure whether the gardens part would work because a lot of the parks here don't open until 8, but it did. A steady run without hitting great heights, on a pleasantly cool morning.

There's a monster truck show on this weekend (went past some of the parked monster trucks early on). Naturally I'm shattered that I'm going to miss it.

Tuesday May 28 #

7 AM

Run intervals 12:00 [4] 2.0 km (6:00 / km)

Intervals along the riverfront. An early start (needed to be back for a 7.30 online meeting) and thought it might have been hard to get myself going, but this flowed pretty well (intensity perhaps a little down on a normal intervals session though).

At one point today we were discussing vegetation height as an observable variable of interest, and my mind was turning to the map we were on (the campus is the OOB area in the northern part) and thinking about how the green areas down south (which may not be so green now - the map's a decade old - but I plan to find out for myself on Thursday) were probably indicative of young forest and therefore lower tree height. Thought I'd have trouble explaining all that to my fellow meeting attendees though. (By the way, I assume that the satellite LIDAR being discussed there has resolution which is too low for orienteering mapping purposes?).

Run 23:00 [3] 3.5 km (6:34 / km)

Warm-up and down, slightly different to planned because on the way out there was a gap I was expecting to be able to get through but couldn't. Worked out fine though.

Monday May 27 #

7 AM

Run 35:00 [3] 5.7 km (6:08 / km)

Early morning session (after a 5am wake-up from what I presume was a spam phone call, though I was probably just about ready to wake up anyway), and did the run I was hoping to do on Saturday, out to the southwest onto a peninsula which sticks out into the lake. This took me past a couple of hockey pitches (which may be why a lot of hockey players are staying at the same hotel as me), then into a residential area (with a couple of detours for construction), and partly on bike paths which were being well used, mostly by students heading for a school on the peninsula. Run was hard work for the first 10 minutes or so but settled reasonably well after that.

Where I started, one of the election posters was for an outfit called 'Die Partei' ('The Party'). I suspected this may not have been an entirely serious outfit and that is indeed the case. Among their past policies were proposing to frack Sigmar Gabriel and Peter Altmaier (two somewhat rotund German politicians) for gas (perhaps as well that Helmut Kohl was no longer on the scene), and declare war on Liechtenstein. They actually got someone elected to the European Parliament last time.
7 PM

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

Finished the day in the pool after a reasonably long day of working through different climate variables. Not as sleepy as I had been on Saturday, but not any faster.

With the hockey players around the hotel has a vaguely similar feel to a WOC/World Cup hotel, which seemed to be a bit of a culture shock to some of my fellow workshop attendees but definitely wasn't to me. I haven't seen any gear drying hanging out of windows, but have seen plenty of shoes drying in the corridor (someone has two small electric heating elements in their shoes to expedite the process - I didn't realise this was a thing but assume that if it exists it is known to at least some of those who orienteer in Nordic countries).

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