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Training Log Archive: Nadim

In the 7 days ending Jul 27:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking8 16:45:00 20.6(48:47) 33.15(30:19) 5
  Bicycling1 1:06:30 4.1(16:13) 6.6(10:05) 20
  Running1 26:13 2.19(11:58) 3.52(7:26) 4
  Total10 18:17:43 26.89(40:49) 43.28(25:22) 29
averages - sleep:6.5

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Saturday Jul 27 #

10 PM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 1:15:00 [1] 2.0 mi (37:30 / mi)

Edinburgh, Scottland. From Infirmary St. to Southbridge to Lawnmarket to Castlehill to Edinburgh Castle, walking around the castle, then back. We figured that we could get in so we did more touring. When we started, it was raining steadily. The tourists and Scotts seemed mostly unfazed. Maybe it was because we arrived on a Friday evening, people seemed vibrant and even raucous. There was a lot of commerce going on and not all of it was for cashmere. The same vibrocity continued this day, Saturday. The Castle was nice but we didn’t see it all or linger. We were lucky enough to be near, and to be surprised by the one o’clock gun. Lunch wasn’t so nice however.

Friday Jul 26 #

7 AM

Running (Street & Trail) 26:13 [2] 2.19 mi (11:58 / mi) +4m 11:55 / mi

Paris, France. From Rue De Saintonge to Boulevard Du Temple/ Boulevard de Beaumarchais to Place de la Bastille, to Boulevard Bourdon, to Rue de la Ceraisse, to Rue de la Musc to Rue Saint Antoinne, to Rue de Birague, to Plae Des Vosges to Rue de Turenne to Rue de Parc Royal, to Place de Thorigny, to Rue de Perle to to Rue Veille du Temple to Rue Debelleyme to to Rie de Bretagne to Rue de Saintonge. For our last day in Paris, Peggy and I got out for a short run. We hadn’t seen the Bastille yet so we ran to it, and then to the nearby canal. I’d wanted to checkout my left. That had been getting better when walking around and being a tourist. It felt okay on the run. I got some pastries for our family breakfast afterwards.
7 PM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 30:00 [3] 0.5 mi (59:59 / mi)

Edinburgh, Scottland, Great Britain. After a delayed but quick flight, and a drive over from the Glasgow airport, we had a pizza dinner and a walk. We went from Charlotte Ln to Queensferry Rd. to Princess St. to Princess Garden Park to the Floral Clock to The Mound to Princess St. then back to Charlotte Ln. we got some nice views of Edinburgh Castle.

Thursday Jul 25 #

11 AM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 2:00:00 [3] 2.0 mi (1:00:00 / mi)

Paris, France. We had an easier day today. We slept in longer and walked 5 minutes to the Picasso Museum. There were many Calder’s there too and it was interesting.

Next we walked and took trains to see the Moulin Rouge from the outside. We had lunch there in an air conditioned gas food joint but we paused first to stand on a metro ventilation grate where cool air was being pumped out. A fabric polar bear was fashioned over the grate (we’d seen these in other parts of Paris earlier) to seemingly let people know it was okay to enjoy. The regular temperature at this point was 102 F.

After lunch we walked a short way into the Cimetière de Montmartre (cemetery). Al the gravesites had stone of some sort with most having a personal crypt. Some were 6 ft tall but others were over 20ft tall. It was visually occupying.

The temperatures rose to 105 F by the time we took trains and got to Place de l'Opéra. We didn’t hear opera—behind the opera house was an air conditioned IMAX theater that continuously shows The Paris Story. It’s a montage of various histories and landmarks around Paris. The temperature hit the high we saw on our phones after the movie—107 F. We later saw the official high to be 108.6 F. Since we were nearby we stopped in to see Galleries Lafayette again, but this time we got to walk out onto the glass walkway in the dome. We started rushing after that to get dinner because we had tickets to a comedy show for the evening.

Wednesday Jul 24 #

7 AM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 3:00:00 [3] 3.0 mi (1:00:00 / mi)

We started the day at the Louvre with a 90 minute wait to get in. We had more waiting time in lines to see the Mona Lisa. The place is so large that we navigated like we do for city travel by going to the highlights. After seeing the Mona Lisa we saw anime Winged Victory Venus De Milo, and the Egyptian Antiques. We saw other stuff along the way including the old castle foundations that the museum was built on. Having A/C in the museum was nice!

Next we tried to take a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus that comes with our Paris Lib Passes, to Musée D’ Orsary. We could have walked but we were trying to reduce exertion. The bus didn’t follow its designated route. We were driven all over the eastern side of the city along the Seine before ending up back near the Louvre. The bus was hot and crowded. We ended up walking about the distance we could have without the bus. The museum however was very nice—grand architecture of and old converted train station with paintings and sculptures from the masters. We spent most of the time with impressionists/others like Claude Monet, Passat, Paul Cezan, Matisse, Renoir, Degas etc.

Next we hiked to the Rodan Museum. We saw The Thinker first, then looped the garden for more. We hiked to the Invalides again but just to catch a bus to the Eiffel Tower. Our tickets took us all the way to the top. Max lamented not being able to climb the stairs. Once on top, the temperature registered 102 F. It wasn’t bad in the shade. The humidity was 25%. We could see lots of people in the fountains inside the Trocoeero. However, it seemed like most Parisians were okay with the heat and no A/C. Many were eating dinner on the sidewalk cafes as usual. It was about 92 F at 11pm when we got to the apartment and we’re rest at Rue de Santiang. The weather is expected to hit 108 F tomorrow.

Tuesday Jul 23 #

11 AM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 3:00:00 [3] 2.0 mi (1:29:59 / mi)

Château de Versailles Palace and Gardens. Peggy, Max, Samantha, and I rode trains to Versailles and walked to the gates. We avoided the line for the Château since there were already hundreds of people waiting in line in the hot sun already. Our Paris Lib Passes would get us in the gardens for no further payment but on Tuesdays the have music, and passes don’t apply. We heard music soon after paying to get in—it seemed such a waste to turn around after the long way we came to get there.

We started with an overview of the Orangerie and made our way into the Petite Parc. We zigzagged roughly following a recommended route on the south side. His took some navigation skills. There were formal arrangements inside designated block sections and hedges or thick trees obscuring different blocks. We didn’t find the music during all of this but kept hearing it. We concluded that it was only recorded! We paid 36 € for a tape! Despite feeling swindled, the gardens themselves were ok. The trees gave us shade which made the heat not so bad. We stopped soon after reaching the Grand Canal.
1 PM

Bicycling (Road) 1:06:30 [1] 4.1 mi (16:13 / mi) +20m 15:59 / mi

Château de Versailles Gardens. Starting from the eastern end of the Grand Canal, Peggy, Max, Samantha, and I rode around the Grand Canal. I got a bit upset at Samantha‘s issues as she kept stopping and rode very slowly. Her seat was a bit low but she was more worried about bumps. There were some short dirt and some cobblestone stretches on our improvised route. The hybrid bikes we had were more than capable for the terrain. I felt she wasn’t trying enough. We only had an hour to get back before getting charged for more time and we couldn’t cut things short due to being on the other side of the canals. The trails got better and I raised Samantha’s seat. We got faster but it still took us longer than it would have taken to run the same distance. When we rode our it was 96 F. We had mostly shade so it didn’t feel bad.
3 PM

Hiking (Trail) 1:00:00 [3] 2.25 mi (26:40 / mi)

Versailles, France. After a lunch snack, we headed back towards the Château on the north side of Petite Parc. From the Grand Canal we passed more fountains and landscapes with sculptures. Few of the fountains were working. And it was getting hotter. We were able to use our passes to gain entry to the Château after the walk. We didn’t have to wait in long lines that were there earlier. The parts of the Château that we got to involved lots of walking and I didn’t count it in the estimates for this AP entry. We saw how the Château kept getting added onto—King Louis IVX seemed to have the most affect on the buildings. Also inside we many sculptures and paintings. The King’s, Queen ‘s, and other nobility rooms were on display. Th famed Hall of Mirrors was nice. Many things throughout the Château were opulent, still interesting to see.

We were once again pretty tired for the journey back. We had snacks before getting on a train. We got off at Javel Station and had to walk to Ballad Station. We also did some wandering near our apartment when looking for dinner.

Monday Jul 22 #

6 PM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 4:00:00 [1] 6.85 mi (35:02 / mi) +5m 34:57 / mi

Paris, France. Today was a day of improvisation. We’d scheduled a trip to Versailles but in the morning I realized it was closed on Mondays. We hoofed it over to the metro and got to Pyramides where we walked to the Louvre. Despite it being close to 9am, there we found that they would not accept any more visitors. It was already too busy. We hiked across the Jardin des Tuileries to Musée de l'Orangerie where we saw the great Claude Monet impressionist Water Lillie’s murals and other works from artists including Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and more. We crossed the Seine looking to get into the Musée d'Orsay but it was closed on Mondays too. We hiked to Les Invalides and did get in there. The French Resistance exhibition would have been more interesting if we understood French but we did get into the dome to see the opulent resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte.

We took a bus to the Eiffel Tower but only went to the river for a relaxing boat ride. We walked across the Seine again from there to the Gardens of Trocadéro. It was in the 90s F so people were splashing in the fountains.

We took a bus to Arc de Triomphe. Since we had passes we went right to the front of the line and climbed the stairs to the top for the best views of the city so far! After getting down and refueling on the Champs-Elysées (in a McDonalds) we hiked to Cathedrale Saint Alexandre Nevsky to tie in Max’s heritage. We hiked on to Parc Monceau and to a metro station that got us close to to the Galeries Lafayette/Printemps Haussmann Stores. After eating at a Thai/Japanese/Jewish restaurant we headed to our apartment but had to hike to Grands Boulevards metro since 3 of our 5 day fare cards wouldn’t work. Hopefully they were fixed for good by the helpful station attendant. We go into a hotter day tomorrow.

Sunday Jul 21 #

12 PM

Hiking (Street & Trail) 2:00:00 [1] 2.0 mi (1:00:00 / mi)

Paris, France. Today the family started with a short walk to the George Pompidou Center where we looked at books and went to the observation tube for a view of the city. We also saw the Stravinsky fountain. We metroed over to the Grevin Wax Museum for some fun with historical figures, sports figures, actors and politicians. A few times real people dressed up to impersonate would jump to life. From there we detoured from our agenda to address the upcoming heat, now forecast for 108 F in Thursday. We went to Sacré-Cœur for an even higher view of life and the city. After a little shopping we ate and rode the trains back. To finish up we searched in vain for crepes. Being Sunday, the listed ones were not open. I settled for cookies instead before climbing our 4 flights and relaxing.

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