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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Aug 17, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 3:06:00 18.64(9:59) 30.0(6:12)11 /12c91%
  Cycling3 2:58:30 39.15(4:34) 63.0(2:50)
  Total7 6:04:30 57.79(6:18) 93.0(3:55)11 /12c91%

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Monday Aug 17, 2020 #

8 AM

Cycling 1:00:00 [3] 21.0 km (2:51 / km)

I haven't slept well the last couple of nights; the prospect of continuing more or less in our current mode until December (not being publicly countenanced by anyone official, but probably what it would take for a realistic chance of getting down to zero) is unsettling. Weekends are probably worst for that sort of unsettlement; there's more time to think, and none of the (virtual) interaction that happens during a working week.

Given that, I didn't have high expectations for the ride, but it worked out reasonably well - taking the Ivanhoe option and then out west into the middle of Thornbury. Used all but 15 seconds of my allocation so judged that part of it pretty well.

Questionable real estate marketing claim of the day goes to the sign outside the tower at the top of Burgundy Street (which made some serious money for the person - a local doctor, I think - who spent something like $200,000 to buy an apparently useless block left orphaned by the diversion of Bell Street in the early 1990s), saying that if you wanted a similar apartment, there were some on offer in "leafy Alphington". There are certainly leafy parts of Alphington, but the part of it where the apartments in question are being built (the old paper mill site) is definitely not one of them.

Sunday Aug 16, 2020 #

11 AM

Run 54:00 [3] 9.2 km (5:52 / km)

Notwithstanding the lack of new experiences at the moment, I did get into a new area today, in the name of clearing another part of a 2km circle - getting over into Fairy Hills and the pocket of streets on the river/creek side of the Boulevard (home to what I suspect is some pretty expensive real estate). Came back round the far side of Ivanhoe Grammar and through the Ivanhoe shops. All this made for a hillier run than I've been used to of late, and for the first half it was working reasonably well, but progressively tired later on (perhaps a product of the aforementioned hills) and didn't end up using the full allotted hour. Still, an improvement on the equivalents of the last couple of weeks.

Felt a bit of hamstring soreness when I got up this morning, but not an issue on the run.

Saturday Aug 15, 2020 #

12 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 50:00 [3] *** 7.3 km (6:51 / km)
spiked:11/12c

Trying to do something original becomes increasingly challenging. This time I decided to do the even-numbered controls from one of the 2017 relay courses, which at least sets up a different set of legs (and even a split control I hadn't been to on previous runs this year). In truth, the navigation isn't usually the point of this (although I managed to lose concentration on the east side enough to run one track too far), it's a chance to do route choice problems and get into something resembling terrain, at least a bit. Felt a bit better than the last couple of weeks, and even managed to run up the stairs when that was the optimal route.

About the outer limits of new experience at the moment was going to the supermarket 2km ENE rather than the one 2km WNW.

Friday Aug 14, 2020 #

8 AM

Cycling 59:00 [3] 21.0 km (2:49 / km)

Yarra Boulevard. Didn't feel especially awake this morning but thought I'd better head out early, in expectation (which was realised) of rain around lunchtime. Didn't feel very awake on the ride either, and definitely struggled on the climbs, especially compared with the equivalent ride last week. Skipped the bit with the magpie though I don't think that route option would have fitted within the allotted hour anyway.

The Canberra media used to take some pleasure in reporting it whenever anyone was charged with public urination in Weedon Close (a Belconnen street which played host to a few late-night drinking establishments). I was thinking about that this afternoon with the news that someone in Sydney had been charged with spitting in Spit Road.

Thursday Aug 13, 2020 #

8 AM

Run 45:00 [3] 7.5 km (6:00 / km)

Headed out after another early morning meeting (5-6.30 this time) with thoughts of doing something a bit longer than I've typically done midweek, but it was soon apparent that this one was going to be hard work. This was hidden for a while by the predominantly downhill early bit through Yarra Bend park but became quite a struggle once it came to going uphill again on the Clifton Hill side. At times I thought I might have to pull up early but did make it home.

There are a couple of streets on the extreme northeast edge of Clifton Hill that fit within a 2km circle, so have cleared that part of the zone.

Wednesday Aug 12, 2020 #

8 AM

Cycling 59:30 [3] 21.0 km (2:50 / km)

Something new today within current constraints, heading out initially east to the Eaglemont Flats bridge, then up through Eaglemont and Heidelberg Heights before returning south. Found the climbing hard work and perhaps not at my best after an early-morning meeting (first of two in successive days), but worked out OK in the end.

Seeing the electronic 40 km/h school zone signs out when there are (virtually) no students was slightly incongruous, although not as incongruous as seeing a lollipop person at a crossing on Monday's ride (perhaps not surprisingly, they looked half-asleep).

And there was a minor miracle of the modern era when a truck was behind me on Oriel Road and waited until I had room to move to the left side of the bike lane before trying to get past.

Tuesday Aug 11, 2020 #

1 PM

Run intervals 12:00 [4] 2.0 km (6:00 / km)

Absolutely borderline today (perhaps something to do with sitting through four different meetings this morning, two of which were useful, one semi-useful and one a complete waste of time). Might not have tried to push through this on another day - or if there was a plan B available - but comforted by the fact that with this session, if I can get through the warm-up I can usually get through the reps. Still kept this to a minimum viable session, and was slowing down on the last one.

Run warm up/down 25:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:15 / km)

Warm-up and down. Really struggling on the way back.

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