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Training Log Archive: Yak

In the 7 days ending Oct 1:

activity # timemileskm+m
  mt bike4 9:58:00 77.67 125.0
  Road Cycling1 2:20:00 37.28(3:45) 60.0(2:20)
  gym circuit / class1 1:05:00
  Total5 13:23:00 114.95 185.0

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Saturday Oct 1 #

mt bike 2:00:00 [3] 30.0 km (4:00 / km)

Flew to Alice in time to watch most of the Western Bulldogs historic win (over 50 yrs) in AFL over Sydney.

Then rode to Telegraph station and back and then out to Desert Park to see a free light show - Parrtjima. Had 2 kms of Macdonnel Range lit up and a 20 min revolving display. Also many other displays on the site, from aboriginal artists. Some depicted on big umbrella like structures, others had blown-up caterpillars etc. Rode home in dark.

Another first today. Saw 2 mounted policemen chase a car in the Charles River-bed and catch it and the occupants. A punching bag hanging from a gum tree in the Todd River seemed apt too.

On the flood front - Gawler River has broken its banks and likely to flood Virginia etc downstream. Pt Wakefield Rd was shut and the town isolated.
Rock falls near Inglewood have stopped traffic on NE rd.

Friday Sep 30 #


Watching the river break its bank on my side and move to halfway across the grass by 2am. Thought I might have to evacuate the car by 6am but it had steadied. Though the roar of a wide, wild rushing river was sort of nice.

gym circuit / class 1:05:00 [3]

Strength for Life class plus 10 mins rowing.
So many vain women and aggro male weight trainers frequent the gym - no wonder my visits are infrequent.

Thursday Sep 29 #


More wild weather.

SA schools O team has done its best result in yonks - 3 winners in individual long, 4 in honours team.
Actually best result ever = 1990 in which Sus Cas was a team member.
Won 3 relays + 2nd in other; won 2 individual titles plus 2nd in other 2.
Had home terrain advantage then - Jupiter Creek

Wednesday Sep 28 #


Could have got out this morning but needed to make house typhoon proof! Mowed front lawn, took bottles to recycler, moved stuff from front porch. Took bikes to be repaired.
Went and saw film Wilderpeople with a friend whilst storm hit. Only 4 of us in cinema. Drove home across eastern suburbs in poring rain
with all traffic lights down ...people were patient! drain out the back isnt working and some water coming into dining room. No power from 3.48 until sometime tomorrow. ....
Bike Sa annual tour got worst of storm at Melrose with tents squashed ...evacuated to halls etc. Several big power towers bent up that way.

Tuesday Sep 27 #

Road Cycling 2:20:00 [3] 60.0 km (2:20 / km)

Time a guess. Went to ride with Bal group on my old roadie but had no spare tube etc and forgot my jacket and leg warmers. Just because there is a blue sky doesn't mean it is warm, esp at Balhannah. So rode with Pam & Peter to Birdwood and return via Burford Hill rd. Not so fast but ok.
Caught up to Lee Merchant who had been trespassing ...

mt bike 2:20:00 [3]

Drove to Kuitpo and did 2 separate rides checking out the map for mtbo.
First at Christmas Hill and then near forest HQ.
On a tricky single track descent I found that I had no back brake!!
Some of the tracks were flooded still - will be more so after tomorrow's storm.
Hope not too many more trees get uprooted.

Monday Sep 26 #

mt bike 3:18:00 [3] 60.0 km (3:18 / km)

Bday celebration ride down the Torrens and to Henley Beach for brunch with a friend.
50 mins to city & 1.30 to beach on north side on way down.....a little longer via south side on rsturn as more diversions and rd crossings. Did some of dirt single tracks but somw were still wet.
Amazing amount of debris in trees etc, mostly plastic bags. We should have a community cleanup.
Radar seemed to indicate i would get wet but didnt, bonus.

Sunday Sep 25 #

mt bike 2:20:00 [3] 35.0 km (4:00 / km)

Had trouble getting up / out today.
Rode from home over to Anstey Hill to explore. Up the nursery ruins track that is 11% generally & 13% for awhile. Then 20% to top of quarry. Rode the new mtb descent (though not opened) and then climbed up on what was probably a walking track. Then across Range rd sth and back down. Rode several other single tks though not the one immediately below the rangers house.

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