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Training Log Archive: olsoran

In the 7 days ending Nov 16:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Mtn Bike3 7:50:00 90.11(5:13) 145.02(3:14) 715
  Road Running2 1:16:28 8.41(9:05) 13.54(5:39) 26
  Canoe1 1:00:00 2.8(21:27) 4.5(13:20)
  Total6 10:06:28 101.32(5:59) 163.06(3:43) 741

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Saturday Nov 16 #

Road Running 37:34 [3] 6.52 km (5:46 / km) +6m 5:44 / km
shoes: Pegasus 35

3 x Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake early on.

Through the streets to the lake dodging the scooters and mopeds. It’s said there are 5m scooters and the like in this city (even more, maybe 10m, in HCMC / Saigon) and I can believe it but they’ve agreed to ban them by 2030. Now that will be a real challenge. How on earth they will transition to that is anyone's guess. Many of them carry entire families or are stacked high with boxes, fruit or window frames and furniture.

Road around the lake is closed to traffic at weekends so plenty of room for all and not restricted to the lakeside path. Lots of Vietnamese and a few westerners using the early morning coolness to good effect. Don’t really know enough about tai chi or some of the other stuff to know who was doing what but it looked energetic anyway. Almost armies of people in team colours in places. All ages, shapes and sizes and even had a rare sighting of a road bike.

Dripping after.

Friday Nov 15 #

Canoe 1:00:00 [3] 4.5 km (13:20 / km)

Ha Long Bay. With T in a double.
Perfect weather, calm sea and wall to wall morning sun.
Stunning scenery and good fun kayaking through the hundreds of limestone karsts and islands of various shapes and sizes. Steep sides on many of the islands but most covered with jungly vegetation. Plenty of small coves, inlets and caves.
Not too much bird life but possibly a sea eagle, various kites and cormorants and a blueish unidentified specimen.
Sea unfortunately not the cleanest...more than just natural silt I expect...diesel and refuse supplementing it probably. Preferred not to fall in. At least I think single use plastic bottles are banned here.
A few fishing boats around.

Thursday Nov 14 #


In Ha Long Bay not exactly exerting ourselves but admiring the scenery.

Wednesday Nov 13 #

Mtn Bike 1:10:00 [3] 20.0 km (3:30 / km)

Round Hue doing a bit of touristing.

About 70 mins of biking.


Overnight train from Hue to Hanoi.

Tuesday Nov 12 #

Mtn Bike 3:40:00 [3] 72.0 km (3:03 / km) +550m 2:57 / km

Big Hoi An Pass day.

Not so interesting early on - too much main road - but after a refreshment stop the climb started. Let S and H disappear up theroad and stuch behind AR and P early on but they were going slightly too slowly so decided to climb on my own. Wondered if Id overcooked it, almost lilterally, in the heat but kept it going at a decntish pace all the way up to the top of the pass. Very very warm. About 4 minutes down on the other two - 41 mins to 45. Big lorries passing occasionally and plenty of the usual scooters.

Great views from the top - pootled back down a bit to meet T.

Freewheeled most of the way down the other side of the pass with T then it was a relatively flat 30k.

Monday Nov 11 #

Road Running 38:54 [3] 7.02 km (5:32 / km) +20m 5:28 / km
shoes: Pegasus 35

In Hoi An.
Headed out over three bridges avoiding the traffic and ended up on some of the really interesting village lanes. Half of them were under about 10cms water and then it started raining hard so what with sweat from the heat and the rain and puddles I wasnt a pretty sight.


Sunday Nov 10 #

Mtn Bike 3:00:00 [3] 53.02 km (3:24 / km) +165m 3:21 / km

To Hoi An
Blowing a right hooley for much of this and with rain added to boot. Still the ride got really interseting late on going through paddy fields, small Viet lanes and villages and then ended up through manically busy streets late on as dusk was falling. Cars and scooters going everywhere but somehow we and they seemed to all avoid each other. Good fun and ended up in interesting Hoi An.

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