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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 3:29:48 16.4 26.4 38014 /16c87%
  Pilates1 45:00
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 40:00 0.62(1:04:22) 1.0(40:00)
  Total7 5:39:48 17.46 28.1 38014 /16c87%

Thursday May 6 #

8 AM

Swimming 40:00 [2] 1.0 km (40:00 / km)

Took to the water this morning - at Northcote for the first time in a while. Felt quite relaxed and was perhaps a bit too relaxed for its own good judging by the time (there still isn't a functional clock which means not getting feedback on a slow pace). Very quiet in the outdoor pool, despite the nice morning.

Body corporate annual meeting night in my old place was often a fraught affair (I was sometimes grateful to get out of it without a punch-up) but it's a different story here, and not just because the stakes are lower (the houses themselves are on individual titles and the only common property is the driveway). Most significant news of the night was that I'll soon be getting a new neighbour (a very small one); past experience with the previous tenants (and their twins) is that the wall insulation is up to the job.

Wednesday May 5 #

1 PM

Run intervals 12:00 [4]

Wasn't feeling great in the morning (seems to have been a bit of a common thread this week), so headed out into the lunchtime sun instead. Went out with hopes that I might stretch this a bit from last time, but I was starting to tighten up in the later part of the uphill reps and in the end I was happy just to get through 6 - maybe next time...

Run warm up/down 26:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:30 / km)

Back pretty tight in the later part of the warm-down, too - wouldn't have wanted this to be much longer. (Felt pretty good afterwards, though).

I spent a fair bit of today reviewing an annual global climate report (a different one to the main one I worked on). As always, there's an impressive amount of detail, also as always, there's the occasional geographic clanger when people writing a global description of the anomalies in some variable or other are writing about a place they're not familiar with. (No, runoff from the Georgina River does not go into the Indian Ocean - or anywhere else, except maybe into Lake Eyre in a good year).

Tuesday May 4 #

8 AM

Run 45:00 [3] 7.8 km (5:46 / km)

Sometimes managing to get through a run on a bad day is as much of an indicator of progress as doing well on a good day. Today was a struggle, more through not feeling awake/sharp in the morning than anything to do with injuries, but I was able to push through it and got through the distance I'd planned to (ticking off a few bits of Bellfield and west Ivanhoe as I did so; now have everything in the latter west of the creek). Also saw the spot for the time capsule for Bellfield Primary, which has well and truly outlasted the school itself. (Can't blame Jeff for this one - the late 2000s government amalgamated multiple schools into a single site).

(As I think I've noted previously, one of the oddities of Bellfield Primary was that it wasn't in Bellfield).

It rained heavily overnight and Darebin Creek was flowing strongly, although it wasn't really in flood to the extent that I expected.
6 PM


Always knew there was a reason why I bought a car with a manual transmission.

Monday May 3 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Early Monday morning again, although it didn't feel quite so early after starting with a 5am IOF meeting. Still getting used to the new program so this took a bit longer than I've been used to - will get the hang of it sooner or later, no doubt.
8 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

And a bit more program-rearranging. I'd got a bit of soreness in my shoulder on Saturday evening (a non-issue running on Sunday but felt a bit uncomfortable changing gears driving home), and while it didn't cause any trouble during Pilates I thought it prudent to swap my two planned water sessions for the week. Worked out fine once I was going, and managed to dodge most of the showers both going to work and home from it. (At the moment I'm doing two days a week in the office, of which this was one).

Sunday May 2 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:26:48 [3] *** 7.7 km (11:16 / km) +380m 9:03 / km

Autumn Series at Boundary Creek. Took me a long time to wake up this morning and I wasn't feeling that great when I started - a mood which was not helped when I went in one gully too early and dropped 45 seconds or so on #1. Settled down after that, and the back was functioning OK, but still not really running hills which made the mostly uphill second half a bit of a slog. Was around Ted for a bit in the middle but this was definitely not a fast train. Got a bit of a second wind after #12, which I dropped another minute or so on (perhaps because I'd got the "I am really going to finish this" feeling), and somehow got the second-fastest split on #14 which makes me wonder what everyone else was doing.

Getting through this is another incremental addition to confidence. The lead times weren't as fast as I was expecting (Richard Goonan did 68) - although Bruce's injury had a bit to do with that, and I think if any of the big three had run they would have got close to 50. (At my mid-late 1990s peak I usually expected to do mid-6s in standard central Victorian gully-spur, although this course was probably a bit steeper than the norm).

The course managed to make a decent job of an awkward area - the southern half of the map was unavailable because of a fuel reduction burn a few weeks ago, which Prue thought was a bit too hot (at least they presumably didn't fry any numbats).

Biggest week of running since 2018.

Saturday May 1 #

9 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.9 km (5:48 / km)

Headed southeast this morning for something a bit different, hitting the south end of the Darebin trail for the first time in a while (although still picked up a couple of streets in the pocket of Kew north of the freeway). Feeling reasonably good through the first half and on the hills in said pocket, but that set my back off a bit and the last 15 minutes was a bit of a struggle. Still a reasonable one to get on the board.

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