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Training Log Archive: tRicky

In the 7 days ending Sep 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Adventure race1 2:07:17
  Mountain bike1 50:00
  Road bike1 48:31 13.67(16.9/h) 22.0(27.2/h) 63
  Random carp1 25:00
  Total4 4:10:48 13.67 22.0 63

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Saturday Sep 24 #

12 PM

Adventure race race (XTrail) 2:07:17 [2] **


Getting the nerves out of the way early given there was nothing at stake in the prologue and it didn't count towards the total time. Race was planned as a 3km trek/run then 10km lake and river paddle and 2.5km trek/run to finish but they scrapped the river part of the paddle due to excessive water flow so that added all the extra distance (around 6km) to the run. Julie was looking a bit anxious on the start line and Melody was ready to take off so when she went for it, I just tailed her knowing we'd dropped the other two so we got to the paddle TA a couple of minutes ahead. They came in near the rear of the field.

Paddle was an out-and-back and I just used it to familiarise myself with the boat. Trev and Melody were zig zagging a fair bit whereas Julie and I went straight but they still put distance into us. At the end I used the time to check out the boats further (there wasn't really anywhere to store our bags for the next day) then promptly took off on the run without my race bib and had to go back for it.

The run was slow and getting slower and we realised Julie wasn't going to keep up with us and this was the flat day! Crossed the line somewhere near the rear of the field and discussed our options for the race.

Friday Sep 23 #

1 PM

Mountain bike 50:00 [2]
shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er

Went for a ride with the Perth team since the girls' bikes hadn't arrived yet. Down the end of the road past the yurt village, onto a dirt trail and over a nasty hill where we encountered trekkers, horse riders, motorcyclists and a bulldozer! Decided that was enough of a warmup so back the other way into town where we got mobbed by tourists, who all wanted our photo.

Tuesday Sep 20 #


I don't know what I'm doing wrong - or right - that my packing for China has come in at ~9kg under our checked baggage allowance of 2 x 23kg and that all of my teammates are over. Surely I'm forgetting something... surely??? I'm even bringing the track pump.
2 PM

Road bike 48:31 [1] 22.0 km (27.2 kph) +63m
shoes: Trek Madone 5.9

I was getting sick of sitting around at home waiting for schools to not call me back so I got out for a ride to loosen the legs up before tonight's flight. Metro Series calendar will just have to have a few 'TBAs' in it this season given the three main culprits organising calendar printing are all away next week with the season commencing immediately after that. Probably would have got them all done if not for the second school champs event taking a large chunk of time from our admin person at just the wrong time of year. That and the fact we're starting over a month earlier than usual plus the coordinator is organising some other silly event next month too.

Just a quick lap around the (extended) block. I think they need to introduce some road rule whereby you have to indicate, say, 30m before you intend turning to give notice to any bikes creeping up behind wanting to go past because you're going so godamned slowly. What's that, it already exists? I'll be blowed.

Monday Sep 19 #

(rest day)

Sunday Sep 18 #

11 AM

Random carp 25:00 [2]
shoes: Salomon X-Scream blue/grey

Firefighter physical aptitude testing day! Various tests aimed at assessing your ability to follow instruction mostly and also upper body strength, heights and confined spaces. Plus had to redo the online aptitude tests to make sure we were who we said we were given these were originally done at home. Think I buggered up just as many questions as online, including a maths one where I ran out of time.

Holding the spreaders and cutters at various locations on the car was challenging after yesterday's paddle wore my arms out but I took the assessor's advice and thought about how to hold them rather than relying on brute strength and got through okay.

Tunnel crawl was actually really quite fun but then it's easier when you know you're not going to die inside. Couldn't see a thing doing it. Thankfully my orienteering skills came in handy because they give you a compass direction when you start and after several turns, make you tell them which direction you're now facing. I stopped 10cm short of the end to try and figure out what came next after turning left from east only to have him tell me time was halfway up and I was 99% through.

Almost came a cropper on the final test, mechanical reasoning, when you couple and uncouple several items from the rear of the fire truck and I got five of six just fine but couldn't for the life of me figure out the last one. I knew where it went but took ages to figure out I first had to undo something, then had to rush to get everything back on the table (made a mess of the hoses) and got it done with just three seconds to spare. You do get one strike all day at any given task (other than the tunnel crawl, which is an automatic fail if you don't do it) but any second strike is a fail and it looked better having no strikes against my name.

The other three guys in my group didn't have any either (up to the last assessment, since I was first I left rather than hanging around). There were actual girls there today too, unlike in the previous physical I did with the beep test.

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