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Training Log Archive: Yak

In the 7 days ending Sep 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  walk4 12:30:00 12.43 20.0
  mt bike2 5:15:00 14.91 24.0
  MT Bike xc race1 2:05:00
  Total6 19:50:00 27.34 44.0

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Saturday Sep 24 #

walk 2:00:00 [3]

Walking to pick up 8 controls in Craigburn & Shepherds Hill after bike o event. Would have ridden but had too much stuff in car to extract it.
Friends picked up others. Had to wait for archers to finish shooting at 5pm before retriving one from archery butt no 8. (They shot from 1.30pm)
Rainy during event but sunny in afternoon!

Friday Sep 23 #


Drove back from Flinders in lovely sunny weather.
From 3pm to 6pm i was putting out controls for bike event tomorrow. Many thanks to Amber who put out the Sheps ones running around in morning and the Craigburn ones walking after work.

Thursday Sep 22 #

mt bike 4:00:00 [3]

Bike riding day today.Yeh. Meant to have 2 decent rides but lost one due to rainy day.
Rejigged plans about 4 times as all dirt rds are closed to cars atm. Could have done planned all day ride as bikes allowed on tracks we wanted to go but our back up vehicle wasnt.
In end did well Morning sessions incl a skills session and ride around the campground and then a mostly bitumen ride to airstrip (and saw plane land) and to old Wilpena homestead.
Afternoon was an all dirt ride to homestead and then out on a flooded Wilco 4 wd track. Then did final 5 km of Mawson single trail back to base with teaching of drops thrown in.
Kids did really well and loved it.

Lawenre & I did the afternoon session at pace to check it out at lunchtime. In evening L & I did a ride into the Pound entrance.
Time an estimate. Camp has been more difficult due to weather but worked out achieving all aims.

Wednesday Sep 21 #

walk 6:30:00 [3] 20.0 km (19:30 / km)

St Marys loop walk to saddle and back via the longer way thru the Pound. Accompanied by 27 kids. Half went to the summit but i was with the sddle only group. Was challenging with water streaming down the rocks on the track going up and the Pound track was more like a river for big stretches. Crossed numerous creeks, some over knee height. Kids were happy just going straight thru today shoes and socks off caper.

My knees survived ....just. Didnt get any major blisters thanks to Injini toe socks plus normal socks on top.
Was quite cool but only a slight drizzle today for a few mins.
Think Wilpena had 50 mlls yesterday and during the night.
Kids back in tents tonight as Jack cleaned them all up while we walked. All extremely happy with themselves.

Tuesday Sep 20 #

walk 3:00:00 [3]

Frustrating day fue to wet weather.
Meant to climb St Marys but 2 severe thunderstorms put paid to that. Tried to do Olssen-Bagge but turned back after 1.15 due to lightning.
Then looked at a nice Flinders art display in Woolshed and walked around the Wilpena Homestead area. Drove to Akroo rock area to look at aboriginal rock art. Quoted on same sign as either a 1 or 2 hr walk. We did it just over 1 hr but Ian who was leading the faster group got lost taking the same loop back towards rock art. Funny as. Sun came out for last half hour.
After dinner had more torrential rain happened and new big tents leaked as not seam sealed i reckon. Put up another 5 smaller tents in rain, put 8 kids in the truck and 2 in the Tarago.

Monday Sep 19 #

mt bike 1:15:00 [3] 24.0 km (3:08 / km)

Drove to Wilpena with 27 Walford girls.
Rode part of Mawson trail with them

walk 1:00:00 [3]

Evening walk to Wilpena homestead where we told spooky stories and did star gazing.

Sunday Sep 18 #

MT Bike xc race 2:05:00 [3]

Shepherds Hill xc "race."
For some reason I thought after yesterday's fine weather that the tracks would be ok today ....mistake!
So it wasn't really a race for me just a survival plod in the slippery conditions.
Rock drops, mud and running water are not a gd combo.
Did half a lap warm-up which did get me warm.
The lap had 2 big climbs to top and 2 descents.
I had 3 laps but just after the 2nd lap my chain got stuck over my back cluster and when I realigned it I noticed that half a link was hanging off....not gd.
I pushed it to the side and walked both climbs and rode quietly on the descents hoping that the chain would hold together. It did, to my amazement.
Luckily I had put in a spare sheet in the car for the muddy bike to lie on.
Off to Flinders for an outdoor ed camp with 30 girls tomo!! Zero tonight up there..

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