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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending Feb 17:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 2:04:28 9.01(13:49) 14.5(8:35) 300
  riding2 1:44:00 12.12 19.5
  swimming1 35:00 0.62(56:20) 1.0(35:00)
  running1 35:00
  Total7 4:58:28 21.75 35.0 300

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Monday Feb 17 #

7 PM

riding (Belair) 40:00 [3]

Feeling flat & mopey today at work (I am getting soooo sick of the pervasive thoughts which tell me I'm a horrible person) but after dinner I decided to expend some non-renewable fossil fuels/raise the earth's temperature a bit more by driving up to the national park so that I could ride to the far end of Long Gully and spend 40 min in a blackberry thicket picking about 3 litres of berries. I bailed when the emus' drumming started to come closer, because I'm aware that they think of that thicket as 'their' patch...some enormous emoopoos nearby.

Riding through the almost-deserted park as it got dark was great fun until I realised that kangaroos like to play chicken - I slammed on the brakes as s/he accelerated & sprinted across the road in front of me and all was good :)

Sunday Feb 16 #

10 AM

orienteering (Rocky Paddock) 1:12:27 [3] 7.5 km (9:40 / km) +300m 8:03 / km
shoes: Inov8 Oroc spikes

Really wanted to do some proper orienteering this weekend but the Bendigo ToDay wasn't going ahead and nobody local seemed keen on getting out into the forest, so I dug out the club relays courses I'd set in 2012 and went for a run around Rocky Paddock - twice. The Arrows' standard use of a pivot control meant that the courses were in fact totally different apart from the control on the 'spectator' rockface. I decided to do the longer one with steeper finish, first.
3.9km, 160m climb, 37:30
3.6km, 140m climb, 34:57
Not often I can break 10 min/km, these days :(
Conveniently, it was possible to have a drink and a banana and a 5-minute break between the 2 courses.

Driving to/from, I passed/detoured through areas which were burned out on Dec 20th in the Cudlee Creek fire - it's sobering to see how quickly the fire moved, and somewhat random as to which houses survived and which didn't. Nothing short of a miracle that the towns of Lobethal and Woodside were themselves saved by the CFS - the burned area (already greening up since last month's rain) goes right to the outskirts of the towns, yet in the main streets you'd not know that such a disaster had occurred.

Certainly puts into perspective the disappointing decimation of our apple crop by possums...

Saturday Feb 15 #

7 AM

swimming 35:00 [3] 1.0 km (35:00 / km)

Nice morning for it, and impressive bruise from where I shouldered a tree last Sunday is starting to fade.
9 AM

riding (Brownhill Creek) 1:04:00 [3] 19.5 km (3:17 / km)

On a cool misty morning, before:
a) Killer massage
b) long-overdue haircut
c) cleaning the bathroom
d) native plant nursery expedition in Belair with G as a bribe to get him to
e) Fern's 40th :)

Pretty sure that I saw, getting dropped off at the ford on Brownhill Creek, the guy who this weekend is Everesting up Tilleys Hill Rd! Basically, 150m climb in 1.8km, then I reckon he was getting a lift back down each time in order to run up again. If only I could remember which charity he's doing it for...

Friday Feb 14 #

7 PM

orienteering race (West Parklands SSS) 26:39 [4] 3.7 km (7:12 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

An opportunity to use Manu's map of the parklands behind and south of Adelaide High, but we couldn't actually park in the school, so Simon had set courses starting on the south side of Sir Don Bradman Drive, with an untimed leg crossing the road and the finish on the north side. I think this worked out pretty well; by the time I started (after hanging around in order to start precisely 2 lots of entrants on the easy course which didn't cross the road) nobody else was around me but this was still fun, especially in the bushland section, and I didn't run out of legs as much as I'd thought I might. And yes, the optimal route across the school ovals did take me right past the weather station!

Thursday Feb 13 #

running (Belair) 35:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

Just a short conversational jog with Fern because we were both fairly tired - seemed really sweaty tonight but I think it actually is a wee bit humid (by our standards). Encountered heeeaps of Kathmandu run clubbers - wonder if any of them are thinking doing of the Sturt Gorge twilight rogaine?

Wednesday Feb 12 #

6 PM

orienteering (Bonython Park) 25:22 [3] 3.3 km (7:41 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

Actually the golf course, as it turned out - "island-hopping" on a bearing as most of the map was blanked out between the controls' vicinities (although Evalin had kindly marked bridges/underpasses). This was fun apart from becoming disorientated while fighting through the cork-elm thicket. And the fact that I was sooo tired after doing rogaine map updates until past midnight last night. Had intended to go for a run along the river afterwards but ran out of energy while collecting tapes.

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