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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 3:37:13 19.32(11:14) 31.1(6:59) 44023 /28c82%
  Pool running2 1:30:00 0.87(1:43:27) 1.4(1:04:17)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total7 5:47:13 20.19 32.5 44023 /28c82%
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Wednesday May 23 #

7 PM

Run ((street-O)) 55:50 [3] 9.8 km (5:42 / km)

A rare-this-year Wednesday evening outing at Camberwell to mark World Orienteering Day. For the first couple of kilometres, I thought it was a case of here we go again - struggling quite significantly on uphills - but something clicked about 2km in, and from there it was a pretty nice run. Seem to have got a pretty good route, too, coming in about 500m shorter than most of the others I talked to.

Unlike last year, I confined myself to doing a single event, in my home state.

Tuesday May 22 #

8 AM

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

Still not in a great state (one wonders what it's going to be like trying to come up in the evening for World Orienteering Day tomorrow), so took to the water instead - once I'd negotiated the traffic jams to get there. (These seem to be unusually bad at the moment; I guess people are avoiding Hoddle Street because of the roadworks there?). A reasonably mundane session in the pool, which seemed a bit cooler than usual but the numbers don't suggest it was.

I do get around a bit, but the next couple of weeks are going to be particularly busy in that respect. I was already going to NSW this weekend, and to NZ the following weekend - and now in between it turns up something has come up with work at short notice and I'll (probably) be spending most of next week in Fiji. (Before anyone starts talking too much about junkets, I don't expect to see too much other than an airport hotel and whatever there is within running distance of there). The timings are sufficiently tight that I don't expect to have time to go home between any of the three legs. Would have been a lot easier if I could have flown direct from Fiji to NZ, but that's far too complicated.

Monday May 21 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Monday morning pilates session. Woke up with a pretty stiff back - at least this was tangible evidence that I wasn't imagining things yesterday (I sometimes wonder about this) - but this loosened up after the first couple of exercises. Seemed to be working a bit harder than last week, possibly an indication that I'm doing the exercises closer to properly than I was last time.

Lots of fun and games in Senate Estimates today (we were up, but I haven't heard about any crazy climate conspiracy theories being aired today, unlike some previous occasions). There was even something which came up about the Great Barrier Reef which had nothing to do with climate - Border Force pranged one of their patrol boats into it. (Maybe one of the few positives of sea level rise is that it will make it less likely that Border Force will prang patrol boats into the Reef).

Sunday May 20 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 47:00 [4] *** 3.8 km (12:22 / km) +260m 9:13 / km
spiked:5/7c

Dropped back to act my age today (the days of long WOC trials are behind me now, even if this one was soft compared to 2005 at the same venue - for a start, the climb had three digits instead of four), but it still didn't work out - first time this season my back has been bad in a forest race. Suppose it had to happen eventually, but persisted for five controls (quite long ones) before deciding it wasn't going to warm up. I'd already made a bit of a mess of the course, too - Tipperary has quite enough necessary hills without going up any unnecessary ones, but that's what I did thanks to a parallel error coming out of the creek on the way to 2. Probably dropped 3-4 minutes on that one.

Briohny gets quote of the day before the start: "Mummy's going to be out for a long time". (As it turned out, like me, she wasn't out for quite as long as she'd planned on).

And result of the day definitely goes to the dead heat (for fourth in W20) between the George twins.

Saturday May 19 #

1 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 46:23 [4] *** 6.1 km (7:36 / km) +180m 6:38 / km
spiked:18/21c

NOL middle at Yorkshire Hill. Thought I might have turned the corner a bit last week but this one was a bit disappointing; felt flat most of the way with just a few fragments of something better. Also a bit scrappier than I would have hoped, losing 45 seconds or so on each of 9 and 14 on what was otherwise not an especially difficult course.

Ended up with an unwanted milestone - a last place in an NOL race (perhaps indicating that it might be time for me to get out of the shorter NOL races, too). I thought I might have avoided this late when Simon Rouse came in with a slower time but he'd punched the wrong second-last control.

First time for a while we've seen the drug-testers.

Friday May 18 #

8 AM

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

At Fitzroy. Drizzly before I started but nice once in (even a bit of blue sky emerging towards the end). Felt fairly routine once I actually got there - the traffic was uglier than usual, although considerably less ugly than it would be in the CBD this evening (glad I was on a bike for that bit and not in a car).

The authorities are currently trying to trace the ownership of a couple of slivers of land next to Melbourne Airport which are required for an airport expansion; the land concerned was last recorded as being owned by John Pascoe Fawkner, one of Melbourne's founders, who died in 1869 without descendants. (Someone suggested the Department of Infrastructure should try asking the Kerrigans of Bonnie Doon). Those combing their family tree for a possible connection might have their ardour dampened by the possibility of being up for 149 years' worth of unpaid rates.

A caller to the ABC while I was on the way to the pool suggested appointing Prince Harry as Governor-General. This would probably be a positive to the ACT nightclub industry, but I'm struggling to see any other good reason to do it.

Thursday May 17 #

7 AM

Run 1:08:00 [3] 11.4 km (5:58 / km)

Had hopes for something big today (was aiming for 100-105) but it wasn't to be - had the sort of low-level back tightness in the first couple of kilometres that normally disappears eventually, but today it never did - not bad enough to stop me but bad enough to make it a struggle all the way (as indicated by the pace, which I don't think I can completely blame on 30 minutes of darkness).

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