In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||Run||3|| 2:33:10|| 11.37||(13:28)|| 18.3||(8:22)|| 380||25 /||32c||78%|
| ||Pool running||1|| 45:00|| 0.43||(1:43:27)|| 0.7||(1:04:17)|
| ||Pilates||1|| 40:00|
| ||Swimming||1|| 37:00|| 0.62||(59:33)|| 1.0||(37:00)|
| ||Total||6|| 4:35:10|| 12.43|| 20.0|| 380||25 /||32c||78%|
Run 42:00  7.3 km (5:45 / km)
Had hoped for something a bit longer today, but felt rather run down and didn't want to push it too hard at this stage. Hints of Achilles soreness but better than yesterday. Checked out the latest status of the Chandler bridge before heading back via Darebin Creek (the reverse of what I've done previously on that path since it opened).
I took a fairly close interest in events at the ABC today, and a particularly close interest in what it showed about the capacity of ministers to get public employees whose work they disagreed with sacked.
(injured) (rest day)
Woke up with a sore Achilles - the sort of thing I'd try to push through if it wasn't a pre-championship week. Felt rather tired and flat this morning too - limited sleep for a few days seems to have caught up with me a bit. Took me a long time to get to sleep last night which didn't help - started thinking about issues to do with the JWOC long distance just before going to bed. (It was perhaps appropriate that I was doing this coming off the Brownlow Medal presentation; both are sporting occasions which must look strange to outsiders but are much appreciated by those who are actually involved).
Pilates 40:00 
Continues to get a little easier each time, although I was still half-asleep after getting to bed at midnight (after a trip back which was considerably smoother than the trip there). Most eventful bit of the session was discovering during one of the exercises that I'd brought a couple of WA souvenirs back with me - a post-session consultation with Dr. Google revealed that WA ticks generally don't seem to carry any of the nasties that European or North American ones can.
Swimming 37:00  1.0 km (37:00 / km)
Bit of a false start as my goggles came off on the first lap; got going again once I worked out that the strap had just come undone and not broken (and dog-paddled into water shallow enough to stand up in so I could check it out). Once properly under way, was a fairly standard session - not as energetic as I was in the later stages of last week, and consequently a little slower.
Run race ((orienteering)) 1:05:42  *** 7.3 km (9:00 / km) +210m 7:52 / km
Another close one today in the long, with John just getting the better of me this time; a 1-minute mistake at the third-last (frustrating because it was after getting out of the rock) ended up being the difference. Struggled with the running for a lot of today, to the point that I felt like I was about to cramp a couple of times later on, but held it together, more or less, on a course which was a lot less physical than yesterday (apart from the first leg). The map's showing its age a little in the vegetation - most of the rocky slopes are a bit greener than they're mapped - but is otherwise good. Naturally vegetation changes entirely explain why I was doing under 6 min/km 25 years ago and 9s now...
So ends a decent pair of competitions; will hopefully set me up for next week. As with the last couple of national carnivals, probably the best I can hope for is to pick up a minor placing somewhere along the line; I suspect this weekend won't be the last time I have a close battle with John this year. Feeling a bit stiff afterwards (and probably more so after the flight) so I think I'll appreciate a session in the water tomorrow.
Must be a long weekend - I haven't sighted a single hi-vis shirt in Perth Airport yet. (Nor have I spotted any disgruntled Melbourne supporters).
Run race ((orienteering)) 45:28  *** 3.7 km (12:17 / km) +170m 10:00 / km
WA Middle Championships at Jumbuck Hill, an area relatively close to the city which had less than rave reviews from the locals. It's steep; a lot of it is open or semi-open, but there's a lot of small rocks and even on the downhill bits there wasn't much opportunity to stretch out. Definitely felt like I was managing rather than racing - although I did manage to run most of the big climb to 1 - and struggling a bit with my quads towards the end (hopefully they'll come up OK tomorrow). Managed to avoid navigational disaster, though, on an area with a lot of scrappy rock; dropped about 45 seconds apiece at 6 and 10. That was enough to give me the points in the day's closest result, by 9 seconds over Tooms (who was a little faster but lost a bit more time).
The temperature overshot the forecast 24 considerably, and everyone was feeling the heat (myself included). The nearest site reached a maximum of 28.7 at 2.06pm, more or less the precise moment of my biggest climb of the course....
Pool running 45:00  0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)
In a bit of a rush this morning after my alarm didn't work properly (it's a clock radio which seems to be having more trouble than it once did in holding a frequency - woke up to faint static). A bit stiff and suspect I wouldn't have appreciated a run, but not too bad in the water after the first few minutes.
Perth's the next stop on the agenda - I'm trying to meet with all of the states during the course of this year (although it looks like Tasmania is going to end up having to be done by phone), and WA Championships weekend was a good opportunity. (It's also the first time for ages that WA hasn't clashed with something else). Having booked months ago, I think I can reasonably assume that a lot of other people on the plane will (a) be wearing red and blue and (b) will have paid at least three times as much for their flight as I did for mine.
And I saw it posted last night (possibly not entirely accurately) that pies have been withdrawn from sale by Coles and Woolworths after some were suspected of containing a foreign substance, possibly believed to be meat.
Not the easiest of trips. Ended up being 2 hours late (the last 20 minutes of it on the ground in Perth because the aerobridge broke down), then the luggage took ages because they were trying to put four flights onto the same carousel with the others empty, then had a taxi driver who was well deserving of a one-star rating had he been with a certain other company - he spent almost the entire trip in a foul-mouthed rant against the airport traffic controllers (mostly) and/or other drivers. At one point he said "some people shouldn't have a licence" (one of the few sentences which failed to contain an obscenity); given that he'd just driven into a 60 zone at 100 and had been bragging about how he sometimes overtook slow traffic on the freeway through the emergency lane, I was inclined to agree (but had to resist the temptation to say so).
- Sep 29 [0w, 2d]: Y - AOC2018
- Jun 17, 2050 [1,655w, 1d]: Y - wmoc 2050 Magic's got some competition in M75.
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