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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jun 9:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run7 4:56:48 27.65(10:44) 44.5(6:40) 17522 /27c81%
  Pilates1 45:00
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total9 6:26:48 28.09 45.2 17522 /27c81%

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Sunday Jun 9 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:11:18 [3] *** 8.5 km (8:23 / km) +115m 7:51 / km

SA Long Championships at Broccoli Hill, flattish limestone terrain - very unusual in Australia and well worth the trip. Pulled up a bit early and a bit wide at #2 and dropped 30 seconds or so, but otherwise fairly consistent in the first half, reading the map reasonably well and picking the gaps in the vegetation when needed. This map requires constant concentration so the distance seemed to go by quite quickly. One mistake of consequence at #8, going in one thicket too late and ending up too far east on the slope - probably 90 seconds or so. Running steadily without a top gear, which is probably not such a bad thing here.

I thought this run might have been enough but Greg Morcom, who lost time on #2 but was good after that, ran 68. Not too many clean runs to be had today.

With Jenny on (self-imposed) control collection duty, I went out to Coffin Bay afterwards with Steve and Zara. I may collect weather stations on road trips, but Steve's plans tomorrow involve picking up a (dead) king penguin from Parks to take back to the Museum.

And the surface of the track into today's arena definitely reminded me of the Forrest road, except that with the Forrest road there's 125km of it.

Saturday Jun 8 #

8 AM

Run 28:23 [3] 5.0 km (5:41 / km)

Started the day with parkrun at Cleve (technically this is Yeldulknie Weir, which means the oddity for the alphabet-chasers that two of my four have been Ys). It's a course on a gravel path alongside the road out of town, with lots of little ups and downs but nothing major. Not too bad as a run, took me a while to get going but moving OK in the second half (indicated by a 40-second negative split on a course which was slightly net uphill in the second half), and a little faster than last week.

Impressive turnout for a small town (47 attendees in a town with a population in the 700s, which translated to Melbourne as a percentage would be close to 300,000) - the majority of them walking. If the Ethiopians were there I didn't see them.

The Cleve parkrun also has the distinction of being, I suspect, the only one in Australia which starts within 1km of two Bureau temperature observation sites. (At most places where an automatic site has been installed at the airport, the manual site in town was closed some time ago, but Cleve is one which survives).
2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 42:07 [3] *** 5.7 km (7:23 / km) +60m 7:01 / km

Afternoon hit-out at Louth Bay, on a course which was a mix of golf course, sand dunes in scrub, town and coastal cliffs. Finding the running side of things pretty hard work but not too bad navigationally, notwithstanding that I was taking pretty aggressive routes in the dunes for training purposes - only miss of any size was 45 seconds or so when I was too far left at #10. Caught Gemma and Lucy Burley at #4 and was mixing with them for most of the rest of the way - they were running faster (particularly Gemma) but I was missing less. (I was impressed that Gemma was out there at all after getting out of a formal in the early hours of the morning and getting in a car at something like 5am). Didn't see full results, but Leith did 26.

Friday Jun 7 #

1 PM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.4 km (6:15 / km)

Road trip from Adelaide as far as Cleve (taking in bits of northern Yorke Peninsula through Bute and Port Broughton, a part of the world I haven't been in since 1977), with a run in the middle at Port Augusta. Once we were under way we headed initially up the water tower, then back down and along the estuary towards the Arid Lands botanic gardens (via a good lookout over the estuary and towards the Flinders Ranges). A bit sore early as I expected after a few hours in the car but OK from there. Somewhat sandy or muddy in some spots too (but my shoes aren't too much of a mess).

Thursday Jun 6 #

8 AM

Run 31:00 [3] 5.1 km (6:05 / km)

Was hoping for something longish this morning (starting from an Arden base because I was heading to the airport after work), but this plan was already on the rocks when I accidentally turned my alarm off and got up 30 minutes later than planned, then once I actually started running it was quickly clear that this wasn't the day for anything beyond a minimum viable session - with a big weekend planned and still not quite 100% right an easier lead-in probably isn't such a bad thing. With this short length I only really got up into Kensington and the south edge of Ascot Vale. A bit of an interruption later thanks to encountering a work colleague (the one who lives in Kerrin and Liis's old place).

Heading over to South Australia tonight for the Kings Birthday events (slightly late thanks to Sydney's weather today making a bit of a mess of flight schedules).

Wednesday Jun 5 #

8 AM

Run 46:00 [3] 7.7 km (5:58 / km)

The semi-regular Wednesday morning excursion, this time mostly focused on the west side of Rosanna west of the railway line (but mostly on the streets that run along the slope rather than up and down it). Back felt a bit improved but still not 100% beforehand, but was basically OK running after the first couple of minutes (and wasn't triggered by the long descent to Rosanna station, which thought it might have been). The hills that existed were hard work at times but last couple of kilometres were pretty good.

Tuesday Jun 4 #

7 AM

Run 38:00 [3] 6.1 km (6:14 / km)

Back not changed much (feels a bit different to my usual issues). I wasn't sure I'd be able to run at all but it loosened enough for a slowish run, wasn't up to doing intervals (as hoped) though. Moving better in the second half. Saw the physio tonight and she doesn't seem unduly alarmed so hopefully I can keep pressing on.

Sounds like not a lot has changed in Kalumburu since I was there in 2009 (although I've heard the road is even worse now), although one positive is that they seem to be going to a bit more effort to get fresh food into the place (back then it was barely obtainable except in the first couple of days after the fortnightly visit of the supply barge).

Monday Jun 3 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Monday morning Pilates, on a gloomy morning (with just enough drizzle to be annoying on the bike later) which meant it was still properly dark outside when we started. Back still not great (although a bit improved on yesterday), thought this might have been a problem with some of the more weight-bearing exercises but it wasn't really. Got through things pretty efficiently.

Lots of things to catch up on at work today, and took a while to do it because three long-standing colleagues had a joint retirement function this morning (which brought a lot of old-timers I haven't seen for years out of the woodwork). I'm starting to reach the point where people occasionally ask me what my own plans are in that respect, to which the answer is not anytime soon (in our super scheme the sweet spot financially seems to be about 61-62, but I suspect I'll be one of those people who either keeps boomeranging back on contracts or takes up a university post).

8 AM

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

Followed up in the pool, though not quite the usual for Monday. Didn't feel entirely comfortable at times but got through without too many dramas. If Sunday is anything to go by, the back issue is runnable (within certain limits) but I'll still be glad to get some physio work on it tomorrow.

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