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Training Log: grilla

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walk1 6:58:12 13.13(31:50) 21.14(19:47) 1381
  MTB5 4:11:25 27.96(6.7/h) 45.0(10.7/h) 856
  Run2 1:28:05 7.8(11:18) 12.55(7:01) 249
  Orienteering1 23:37 2.13(11:06) 3.42(6:54)
  Total8 13:01:19 51.03(15:19) 82.12(9:31) 2486
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Wednesday Jan 20 #

6 AM

Run 36:05 [3] 5.05 km (7:08 / km) +132m 6:19 / km
ahr:142 max:160 shoes: Kayano 26 Blue 9.5

Flattish looop in Black Mountain while Aoife swam. A struggle to get up today.

MTB 1:00:08 [3] 13.11 km (13.1 kph) +281m
ahr:135 max:177 shoes: Sidi MTB

Same as yesterday. Was going really well with keeping my feet locked in the pedals, but by the time I got to the Blackberry Climb, I was tired and all over the shop. None of the smoothness I achieved yesterday. New shoes ordered, new cleats on my desk ready for installation. Very tempted to get new pedals too, but my current ones are titanium so not a wise decision.
7 PM

MTB 52:22 [3] 6.18 km (7.1 kph) +113m
ahr:116 max:146 shoes: Sidi MTB

Nadine’s new bike arrived! So it was Stromlo twice in a day for Aoife, Lily and I. A total of 3 sessions each today for me and for Aoife.

Tuesday Jan 19 #

8 AM

MTB 1:00:10 [3] 13.06 km (13.0 kph) +277m
ahr:138 max:173 shoes: Sidi MTB

Did a lap at Stromlo while Aoife was on a holiday program. Felt OK and fun. Seems Aoife's day was ok too, but sounded a bit tame?
7 PM

MTB 43:36 [3] 6.9 km (9.5 kph) +117m
ahr:109 max:139 shoes: Sidi MTB

Cork Oaks and Arboretum with Nadine and Sean, after dinner. Chilly! But nice evening light. Legs a bit weary from earlier.

Monday Jan 18 #

7 AM

Run 52:00 [3] 7.5 km (6:56 / km) +117m 6:26 / km
ahr:146 max:162 shoes: Kayano 26 Blue 9.5

Accidental watch stop at the road crossing. A struggle for me today as Nat is running well. Good to get out in the fresh air before it warms up later. Grass at the Pinnacle is not too bad.

Sunday Jan 17 #

9 AM

Orienteering 23:37 [3] 3.42 km (6:54 / km)
ahr:154 max:171 shoes: Kayano 26 Blue 9.5

Sprint series at Deaiin offices. Took it easy on account of sore legs, especially right calves. Went ok as a result. No real problems - apart from not being able to find the control at the map flip (forgot to look for a triangle).

The contact lens saga continues. After declaring that one lens now works fine (no brain splitting migraine) I spent quite a bit of time unsuccessfully trying to get the lens out of my eye. Failed miserably and went to optometrist with my tail between my legs on Monday morning. She couldn’t see any lens in there... but my eyesight appears to be better than the recent norm, so now I’m just confused.

Saturday Jan 16 #

5 PM

MTB 35:09 [3] 5.75 km (9.8 kph) +70m
ahr:112 max:144 shoes: Sidi MTB

Some easy Stromlo tracks to get blood circulating and test Aoife’s new bike. Grease Monkey there for dinner afterwards. Very pleasant!

Friday Jan 15 #

8 AM

Walk 6:58:12 [3] 21.14 km (19:47 / km) +1381m 14:55 / km
ahr:119 max:194 shoes: Salewa hiking boots

Have been planning to hike Mt Bogong for some time (since last January) but have been thwarted by smoke, fires, COVID, snow, COVID since that time. Finally saw an opportunity and with a fairly quiet back to work so far, thought I’d give myself the day off and get it done with. Aoife had been keen on the day all only version, despite predicted hard slog. I was happy not to carry gear as hip flexors still recovering from Bib Track. We invited Lily along the night before, and she was surprisingly keen - obviously not knowing what was in store for her.
We drove down Thursday afternoon, did not stop in NSW, took a while to get to Vic checkpoint but with requisite permit they let us straight through. Dinner at Mt Beauty and then found a small site at Mountain Creek campground for the night. A nice spot, but a bit crowded...
We set off just after 8, I thought maybe just under 6 hours, but in the end it took 7. Up Staircase Spur and down Eskdale. Same time down as up. It was a hard slog going up. I felt very wobbly and it was relentless and steep. The girls went pretty well, Aoife especially. But there were lots of short stops. It was quite warm, getting hot, before clouds came across, and above the tree line the breeze was strong and cold.
There were good views most of the way up, even when still in the forest. Once above the trees it was spectacular and lots of flowers out. We got to the top on 3.5 hours, slightly slower than I reckoned, but it was OK. We didn’t stop too long as it was cold. Tried to find a sheltered spot for lunch, but it was only relatively sheltered.. Came down Eskdale spur as I thought it might be less steep (as longer), but I don;’t think it was significant. Possibly as steep, but for a slightly less distance. We still had numerous stops going down and it took a long time to get the to bottom of the spur. Lily had quite a few falls - I could see how tired she was. We stopped fro another snack but Aoife fell into a hole here and for the next hour (at least) it was a real struggle. She was struggling to walk and could not talk sense! It took a long time for her banana to filter through the system. By the time we got back to the Staircase turn off she had returned to normal. We crossed all the streams in the deepest spot possible for the last few km, to cool our feet which was nice. It was depressing to see so many cars - at Eskdale and also parked on track at Staircase turn off. I hadn’t been keen to take XV on 4WD track but maybe could have/should have. Even saving a few km might have helped.
A long drive home after, but a good day out. Maybe one to remember happily, once we have all recovered :)
Very impressed with both the girls who, despite suffering visibly, kept to their promise not to complain (much). They dug deep to get back.

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