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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending Sep 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running5 3:40:00 7.08 11.4
  orienteering1 1:52:29 5.34(21:03) 8.6(13:05) 210
  swimming1 35:00 0.62(56:20) 1.0(35:00)
  Total7 6:07:29 13.05 21.0 210

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Saturday Sep 26 #

6 PM

running (Marion Bay) 52:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

G & I are taking my parents with us to Yorke Peninsula for the weekend - I will owe him a huge favour after this. We spent the afternoon looking around the farm near Yorketown where my dad's family lived before they moved to Port Lincoln in 1939, and in the cemeteries found headstones for two sets of my great-great-grandparents (McEacherns & Bilneys & Fennels, oh my!).

After we arrived in Marion Bay at the tip of YP I went for a sunset run along the beach from the caravan park, and very nice it was, with the smell of honey in the air from all the coastal wildflowers, and pelicans catching their fish dinner near the jetty. Marion Bay is a much newer town than most of the others along this coastline because it's not a grain port, but still it reminds me a little of Esperance, maybe because of the salt lakes behind the town.

Friday Sep 25 #

7 AM

running 39:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

Woodenly across to Mitcham (& return) to see how Brownhill Creek was flowing. Some nice springtime gardens, but very wintry weather!

Thursday Sep 24 #

7 PM

running (Belair night) 1:00:00 [3] 9.0 km (6:40 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

Dark cold wet redwoods run with Zara & Fern. For some reason we went up the hill from the far end of the valley, which wasn't too bad - but coming back down the ridgeline an icy gusty shower hit us and afterwards my hands were so painfully cold that Z kindly lent me her gloves.

Wednesday Sep 23 #

6 PM

running (Bellevue Heights) 37:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 24

Legs didn't feel as bad as I had thought they might, after an excruciating Killer Massage this morning.

Tuesday Sep 22 #

6 PM

running intervals (North Adelaide) 11:00 [5] 2.4 km (4:35 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

6 x 400s along the sidewalk, as Evalin put it, which were 109-111 sec for me so I suppose that's fairly consistent, although I couldn't help but remember Kay getting us to do 90-sec 400s (about 30 years ago).

running warm up/down (North Adelaide) 21:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21

6 intervals was definitely enough for my hamstring. Sitting in 2021 programme committee meeting afterwards probably wasn't good for it either, but this was a real live in-person meeting, which definitely had novelty value.

Monday Sep 21 #

7 AM

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

Pretty sure Blair's the only person of my acquaintance who thinks it's actually a good idea to go swimming at 7am on a Monday, but I'd booked, and so I did it.

Sunday Sep 20 #

11 AM

orienteering race (Kuitpo HQ) 1:52:29 [3] 8.6 km (13:05 / km) +210m 11:39 / km
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19

Woke up very stiff and unenthused but had promised to take my parents for an airing, so to Kuitpo it was, even though I knew that far too much of today would involve hunting amongst gorse thickets for root mounds...the course actually started off quite promisingly even with some route choice on legs, and in the native forest section I admired lots of wildflowers, especially the orchids. But after crossing the road into pines the course confusingly turned into a control pick, which eventually degenerated into "hunt the gorse bush between the gorse thickets". Quite a few of us were searching back & forth for a root mound which was marked as being in white but was in fact in dark green. I get it, that the map needs updating, but I don't understand why a course planner when checking sites wouldn't just decide to delete that control altogether!

After twice losing about 6 min on controls like this, I was more than a little grumpy, so didn't properly check where I crossed a track in the flat stuff and lost about another 8 minutes on the next control, which was totally my fault this time. By this time my knee was getting quite bad from jumping over all the brashings and I fairly much had to walk the remainder of the course, which included a completely redundant last control; one that we'd already been to on our course and which involved unnecessarily going up the hill again, just to run down into the finish. At this stage I was in enough pain to seriously think f*** it but didn't like the idea of having DNF against my name, not when I'd been too stubborn to give up on the bingo controls earlier.

Oh, and if 35 people have ordered water but some of them are running courses where they go to a drink control twice, then you have to put out enough water for them to be able to drink twice, even if it is at the same control both times...I was particularly annoyed to find no water left on my second time through that control, especially when I knew exactly how much water the organisers had available to them, because I'd on-sold all my leftover mini-bottles from Narrinyeri, having erred on the side of generosity last weekend!

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