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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:46:00 10.31(10:17) 16.6(6:23) 6010 /11c90%
  Swimming2 1:17:00 0.62 1.0
  Cycling1 1:02:00 13.3(4:40) 21.4(2:54)
  Total6 4:05:00 24.23 39.0 6010 /11c90%
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Friday Oct 30 #

8 AM

Swimming 39:00 [2]

Sooner after waking up than I've been used to exercising lately (coming off another late night), so perhaps not surprising that I wasn't that sharp, also threatening to cramp at times.

The crunch on swimming pool numbers seems to be easing; I noticed when I booked this on Wednesday morning that there were still some Wednesday slots available (whereas when things first opened, every slot had disappeared within a few minutes of bookings opening).

Thursday Oct 29 #

8 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 6.8 km (5:53 / km)

Headed northeast this time for another step up in the return. Back pretty tight early on (sounds familiar) but not the soreness often present in the past, and settled down after the first 10 minutes or so. Still finding it hard work but some decent patches through the middle, was tiring a bit but a traffic stop with about 10 minutes to go was somewhat revitalising. A hint of hamstring soreness in the last few minutes but that was gone by the evening.

Picked off a few more streets in the area on and west of Oriel Road, mostly going around the outside. I think of this as Bellfield but Bellfield officially doesn't start until north of Banksia Street (which means that the former Bellfield Primary wasn't in Bellfield, at least on its current boundaries).

Someone rode in and out of a cul-de-sac at the same time as I was running in and out of it. I suspect we may have been on similar missions...
8 PM

Note

A check of the 1991 and 2001 street directories reveals that the northern boundary of Ivanhoe in this area hasn't moved (it has east of the Repat), although Bellfield wasn't identified separately from West Heidelberg in 1991. Still, it's probably not quite as oddball as the Malvern Central shopping centre (which isn't in Malvern).

Wednesday Oct 28 #

8 AM

Cycling 1:02:00 [3] 21.4 km (2:54 / km)

The bike's not playing such a big role in training now that I'm starting to run more, and today was the first session since the weekend. Did the out and back ending up on the Koonung path, an old regular which became beyond limits for the last few months.

The paths seem a bit quieter than they were - perhaps a reflection of more people going back to work - although I'm not quite sure what the person wearing a bulletproof vest was expecting to find on the Darebin Creek trail. (I know some of the locals were none too pleased about the trail's creation, but as far as I know none have started shooting). Later on, on the way back, I found myself for a bit in a peloton of sorts heading for Kew High (potentially some more business for a certain Kew High parent).

Not the most energetic of rides; an earlier start than has been usual of late. Enjoyed actually sitting down for a coffee afterwards (it was slightly alarming when a fire truck turned up, but they were just looking for coffee too).

Tuesday Oct 27 #

8 AM

Run 30:00 [3] 5.1 km (5:53 / km)

Comebacks are always hard work and this one is no exception. One of these days a slow 30 minutes will not feel as challenging as two hours once did, but there's a bit more recovery to be done yet. The positive, though, was that there was no pain, and while there was a bit of back stiffness it was well below the levels I've sometimes encountered on morning runs this year.

Today's mission: a pocket in between Westgarth school and the railway line. Will probably need a couple more goes (or one long one) to clear the rest of the area south of Separation Street.

Monday Oct 26 #

12 PM

Swimming 38:00 [2] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Lunchtime swim, in a positive mood given the news already received during the day and in anticipation of what was still to come. Felt OK in the water but a little slow again. Felt the water was colder than usual, and on the way out confirmed that it was (in the 24s), but quite pleasant once moving.

Sunday Oct 25 #

11 AM

Run ((orienteering)) 36:00 [3] *** 4.7 km (7:40 / km) +60m 7:12 / km
spiked:10/11c

Back out into something resembling a proper forest again, at Woodlands (just within my zone). I definitely wasn't the only one here, although I was the only one taking to the bush.

Hamstring again fine, back tight to start with but improved later on. Hitting sites well for the most part once I got into which things on the map could be relied on and which ones couldn't (was using a map 10 years old or so). My strength is not yet up to running consistently uphill through waist-high Patersons Curse, which was to be found on parts of the open area (particularly the southern side); a bit slower than I was in May but I think the vegetation mostly explains that. Nice to be out, and to see kangaroos in some abundance. Longest full week since 2016, although the amount of training time will come down from here as running (hopefully) becomes a larger proportion of the mix.

And one thing's changed in the four months since I've been to this side of town: the Coburg level crossing is no more. The Preston one will join it in a couple of years.

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