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Training Log Archive: Mess Engineer

In the 7 days ending Jun 22, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering - Bush 2 3:10:34 8.64(22:04) 13.9(13:43)19c
  Walk - Park3 2:26:09 9.58(15:16) 15.41(9:29)
  Walk - Street2 1:01:14 2.81(21:48) 4.52(13:33)
  Run - Miscellaneous2 55:45 6.27(8:54) 10.09(5:32)
  Gym Mayfield - Class Weights1 55:00
  Walk - Mayfield1 50:00 2.49(20:07) 4.0(12:30)
  Gym Mayfield - Class Cycle1 40:30 8.39(4:50) 13.5(3:00)
  Gym Mayfield - Solo Treadmill1 4:30 0.62(7:15) 1.0(4:30)
  Total13 10:03:42 38.79 62.4219c

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Sunday Jun 22, 2014 #

9 AM

Orienteering - Bush (NOY4 Blue Gum Hills) 1:10:34 [4] 6.9 km (10:14 / km)
19c shoes: Salomons June 2014

Nominal 5.2 km. 19 controls.
Screwed up 3 and 4.
No idea how I ran past 3 as it was out in the open and obvious.
Got totally spun around on way to 4 and had to use compass at 3 way track junction to relocate.
More later.
2 PM

Walk - Street 36:18 [1] 2.5 km (14:31 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Walk along Barr beach.
One, or maybe, two whales putting on a display far off in the distance.

Saturday Jun 21, 2014 #

9 AM

Run - Miscellaneous 27:17 [3] 5.02 km (5:26 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Around housing estate with lap down the back block to make it up to 5 km.
Not very fast.
3 PM

Run - Miscellaneous 28:28 [3] 5.07 km (5:37 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Bored waiting for padawan to wake up and join me for training run so slow run around Walka Water works. Time extended by answering SMS midway. Felt the prior 5 km from this morning.
4 PM

Walk - Park (Walka Water Works) 50:28 [1] 5.36 km (9:25 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Another walka water works lap with padawan

Friday Jun 20, 2014 #

5 AM

Gym Mayfield - Class Cycle 40:30 [3] 13.5 km (3:00 / km)

Started solo about 10 minutes early.
6 AM

Gym Mayfield - Solo Treadmill 4:30 [3] 1.0 km (4:30 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Skipped the 2nd half. Went to work early for a trial.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014 #

12 PM

Walk - Mayfield 50:00 [1] 4.0 km (12:30 / km)

Around Mayfield with group
6 PM

Walk - Park (Rahtluba Lagoon) 45:27 [1] 5.0 km (9:05 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Repeat of yesterday's night Rathluba lagoon run
8 PM

Walk - Street 24:56 [1] 2.02 km (12:21 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Around Maitland whilst waiting for takeaway to be ready

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 #

7 PM

Walk - Park (Rahtluba Lagoon) 50:14 [1] 5.05 km (9:57 / km)
shoes: New Balance Nov 2013

Night walk / jog around Rathluba lagoon with head torch

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 #

6 AM

Gym Mayfield - Class Weights 55:00 [3]

Body started to protest a bit after Sunday.
Returning to 25 kg for chest press set broke me with the number of reps.

Monday Jun 16, 2014 #

6 AM

(rest day)

I have to take 3 days Annual Leave between now and 30th June so today is going to be one of them.

It was meant to be a post Rogaine recovery day but I am feeling fine so I will have to find some things to do to motivate myself.
11 AM

Orienteering - Bush (Solo - Mount Sugarloaf) 2:00:00 [2] 7.0 km (17:09 / km)
shoes: Salomons June 2014

Spent the morning cooking and washing so was bored.
Decided to have a training exercise at Mt Sugarloaf.

Parked at turnoff road.

Attempted to re-find the spot in valley above Seahampton that padawan lost her glasses 16 days ago.
Literally a needle in a haystack job. No map. No GPS co-ordinates.
This was going to be a challenge in memory as had to find a combination of two particular trees, a mossy log, and a particular creek formation. This was about 200 metres downhill of a track.

To make the challenge more difficult approached from the south to minimise the distance.

Navigated via GPS, compass and satellite imagery on iphone to get back to approximately the correct spot and found the track. Whilst I was there went a bit further north and also did the Engineering thing and checked out the construction on the bridge from below - impressive.

But trying to find where we left the 400 metres or so of track proved really hard.

Walked back and forth about 4 times at different levels with no success. Eventually walked 1 metre above creek until found the same creek formation, then the log, and then turned to look up hill and there was the two trees. A quick visual check of tree (and phone hookup with padawan) confirmed in correct location.

About 4.2 km to get here and then with all the backtracking.

Spent at least 20 minutes on hands and knees trawling through leaf litter with no luck at all. Gave up.
Decided to go back for one last look and knelt down again and just happened to turn towards creek. More than 1.5 metres away from where I had been looking (and where we both looked last time) I just got a flash of metallic purple and found only about 3 cm of one side of the frame sticking out of leaf litter. Couldn't believe it!

Took a photo with my compass next to it. Even with compass and zoomed in section of photo still almost impossible to see the glasses.
From Miscellaneous

Glasses undamaged.

Only 2.2 km back to car as found a direct track which avoided all the scenic cliffs I had scaled along the other route.

Delivered glasses back to padawan on way home.
Unfortunately her new pair (at a cost of $650!) was received on Thursday 3 days ago.

At one point she said she would bet me $1000 that we would never find them again .... I should have signed off on that bet.
I had to settle for having lunch of toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich made for me as payment.

Legs not bothered at all by the extra effort after yesterday (even running up the road)... apart from right leg getting cut to pieces (yet again) by a razor vine.

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