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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:54:17 9.88(11:34) 15.9(7:11) 6533 /38c86%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total4 2:39:17 10.31(15:27) 16.6(9:36) 6533 /38c86%
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Monday Jul 4 #

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Back somewhat improved today - although sitting at certain angles still sets it off a bit - and a good (and elongated) night's sleep seemed to do the trick for making me feel a fair bit better more generally. Hopefully I'll be able to get out tomorrow, or at worst Wednesday. (This morning, with dewpoints near 20 - something abundantly obvious in the state of my shirt after walking the ~30 minutes to WMO - might not have been a bad morning to miss, although I expect we will have similar in Italy).

Good to reacquaint myself with various Geneva quasi-colleagues (including one who I thought I'd missed because he was due to retire on 30 June, but that's been delayed a couple of weeks). Even got to see distant thunderstorms - not a common experience for me here (although they certainly have been elsewhere in Switzerland) because I'm not usually here in summer, and when I last was it was for the 2019 heatwave - though our part of Geneva itself only got a few drops.

Saw a couple of posters today advertising a demo of "international solidarity against the WTO", which indicates that there are still people around who think that the WTO does something (its ability to do anything was crippled by the Trump administration vetoing all new appointments to its dispute-resolution bodies, forcing them below quorum, and as far as I know that hasn't yet changed). I haven't yet been up to the square outside UN headquarters to see who's camped there this week (given that it isn't 19 November I assume there is not a giant inflatable toilet).

And I haven't heard yet of any Territory Day crackers-and-clackers action this year, but if there's an Alaskan equivalent of the Northern Territory News they would no doubt be having fun with this incident report from Friday:

"A caribou was obstructing the runway at Point Thomson Airstrip in Deadhorse. Airport personnel attempted to drive wildlife off the runway using small explosives deployed from shotguns, known as Bangers. In the course of operations, the runway was set on fire. The local fire department arrived on scene and extinguished the burning runway".

Sunday Jul 3 #

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(injured) (rest day)

Woke up with back still pretty bad, which at least saved me from a decision on whether I was feeling too run down to go out or not - a bit disappointing to miss out on my plan of doing a run from Basel that takes in three countries.

Headed down to Geneva today. The German railways may not be what they once were, but in Switzerland you can still take a route with a 6-minute connection with confidence that (a) you will make the connection and (b) the connecting train will probably be on the other side of the same platform.

Ventured into the water at Bains des Paquis in the late afternoon, by which time I was feeling a bit better (on both counts). Didn't do a session as such as the water was pretty choppy for swimming thanks to the wakes from all the boats on the water (I think it will be better first thing in the morning), but spending time in the water did loosen me up, a bit. I still don't get the sense that I'll be running tomorrow, though.

Sundays may be dead in Geneva in winter, but they're pretty lively in summer. As at home, not every business that was there in 2019 has made it through to 2022, although some things haven't changed (like the fact that the local prostitutes hang out in front of the nearest laundromat).

Saturday Jul 2 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.6 km (6:04 / km)

Getting out the door pretty early because of an 8.58 train out of town. This probably wasn't as bad as my last two sprints, and the hamstring was only troublesome on a long descent in the middle, but still not an awful lot of energy in this run - the early start might have had a bit to do with this.

This was a long travel day: train Kolding-Hamburg-Mannheim-Basel. The reliability of Deutsche Bahn is not what it once was (a combination of investment not keeping pace with patronage growth for many years, then currently a lot of big construction works trying to play catch-up), but today seemed a particularly bad day. I ended up missing my 40-minute connection in Mannheim by 15 seconds (the connecting train being what seemed to be the only train in Germany to be running on time today), but at least there was another train 20 minutes behind so the consequences weren't too significant. Always nice to watch the landscape go past, although my back was not always enjoying this - hopefully it settles down overnight (with what will be a badly needed night's sleep - at least the room won't be too hot here).

Friday Jul 1 #

7 AM

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

Early start because I wasn't sure that the IOF meetings would finish in time for me to get to the pool before closing time at 6 (turned out they were all over by 2.30). Felt as seedy this morning as I would have had I been to the WOC party, possibly because I slept about as much as I would have had I been to the WOC party (this is not the fault of noise from the WOC party - I heard none, I just slept badly). Much better once I was in the water, though, and good to have this as a recovery session - I'd noticed last time that they had belts available for public use. As at Fitzroy, the numbers (never huge to begin with) thin out after 7.30.
12 PM

Note

Well, I did get elected to IOF Council. Somewhat to my surprise I topped the vote ahead of the two incumbents (I'd expected they would both get close to 100%). Takashi didn't miss out by much either - hopefully he can be involved in some other way.

As a rule I haven't engaged much in discussions about IOF here (except occasionally to point to relevant facts) and that won't change, but I do read those discussions and worthwhile points do get noticed.

Thursday Jun 30 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 24:33 [3] *** 3.5 km (7:01 / km) +20m 6:49 / km
spiked:17/19c

For the second successive sprint day my body let me down - this time it was the hamstring that was giving trouble. Had to do brief walks several times to settle it down, although in between I was probably running a bit better than I was on Tuesday. Certainly didn't help myself with a 45-second mistake on number 1, going for a non-existent gap, although most of the other routes were reasonable (I think) on a course with a lot of traps - not quite as intense as the WOC final though.

Certainly a great day of WOC spectating though, with Aston's exceptional performance (and then vicariously enjoying the success of the British in the women's). I expected quite a bit from Aston but I certainly didn't expect that (I was thinking in the 20s would be a decent performance, in the 10s an excellent one). And the jury was not required...

I think my body will definitely appreciate a day off running tomorrow.

Minor disappointment of the day: Slavia Hradec Kralove doesn't appear to have a kangaroo on its running top any more. (There is a bit of a history of Czech sporting teams having a kangaroo as their mascot).

Wednesday Jun 29 #

10 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 49:44 [3] *** 5.8 km (8:34 / km) +45m 8:15 / km
spiked:16/19c

Final forest day of the WOC Tour. Certainly a better run (and nicer forest, plantation with sand dune contours) than the previous days, although still a bit below halfway - still didn't feel as if I had much strength running in soft ground (something I've done almost nothing of in the last three years apart from occasional Mornington Peninsula back beach track runs). Back a bit tight late but nothing like yesterday. Dropped probably 30 seconds at #5 (not seeing it in the vegetation) and a little wide on #9; a couple of my routes were also perhaps suboptimal.

One aspect of the day was its logistical challenges - as previously noted I had organised first start (it wasn't the sort of terrain that tracks, which was a help), and wanted to be back by 12 for the start of the IOF pre-General Assembly (at which, among other things, I was to be making my pitch as a Council candidate). Organised a ride out with Tash and those team members who were running, which cut things a bit fine for time (especially after a minor side excursion) but we made it in time for me to get to my start with a couple of minutes to spare. With Ewan starting after 11 they were going to come back too late, so my plan was to start at the exit and get a ride with whoever would take me. It turned out that the person who picked me up was Takashi Sugiyama, one of my fellow (I hesitate to use the word "rival") Council candidates. Don't think you'd see this happening in FIFA (or an ALP preselection ballot).

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