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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 1:43:08 8.95(11:32) 14.4(7:10) 20547 /53c88%
  Swimming1 33:00 0.62(53:07) 1.0(33:00)
  Total4 2:16:08 9.57(14:14) 15.4(8:50) 20547 /53c88%

Monday Sep 25 #

9 AM

Swimming 33:00 [2] 1.0 km (33:00 / km)

Recovery swim session at the Bathurst aquatic centre, in the company of Zara, who kindly declined to show me up too much and swam on the other side of the pool (I think her pace is close to double mine). Felt quite good in the water once I got going, though, and that showed up in a faster session than usual. Ankle a little sore this morning, though not enough to be of any great concern.

Sunday Sep 24 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 50:28 [4] *** 5.2 km (9:42 / km) +175m 8:18 / km

First of three outings on the Hill End map. Technical mining through significant parts of the map, quite reminiscent of Castlemaine terrain - certainly needed concentration throughout. In the end, though, my most significant error came on one of the easier legs, making a parallel error on the gully-spur 8 - picked it up before it got too catastrophic, but still dropped 1.5 minutes or so. Also 45 seconds or so at each of 4 and 22, losing my line a bit on both. Felt a bit stronger than I have for most of the last month, but still not competitive on speed - can't imagine I'll run too many national championships at elite level.

Rob Walter caught me 8 minutes at 13 (not so surprising after my indifferent start), but took a while to get away properly - he kept making small mistakes and I kept getting within sight of him. Also dicing at various times with Brian Poon, Richard Goonan and Rob Bennett (who threatened to emulate Bryan Keely's Rowdy Flat effort a few years back of passing me eight times in a course).

Think it will be bigger hills and less continuous detail next weekend, but we'll find out in due course.

Hill End is an 1870s gold mining town with a lot of historical plaques, and I noticed one which showed a chemist's ad for "Holtermann's Life Giving Drops". Unfortunately, there was no information provided on whether any of the ingredients in said drops were on the WADA prohibited list. I am also somewhat sceptical of some parts of Hill End's Wikipedia entry, which states "at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population estimated at 8,000 served by two newspapers, five banks, eight churches, nine adult book shops, thirty seven hot chip shops, a dagwood dog stand, four roller coasters and twenty-eight pubs". (Wikipedia does say (citation needed)).

Saturday Sep 23 #

3 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 21:40 [4] *** 3.9 km (5:33 / km) +30m 5:21 / km

Australian Sprint Championships at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Not competitive for speed (three from the bottom), but a reasonably smooth run - only time loss was perhaps 5-10 seconds at the second last where I started up a set of stairs I didn't need to. Also felt like I was pushing it reasonably hard compared to recent weeks (having Ciaran to chase through the middle part of the course helped). A course which kept you concentrating without being super-technical. No injury problems which was a plus after the preceding week.

As those who were there will know, this was also a very significant day in NSW's climatic history, and Bathurst was one of the most significant of all: the 31.5 degrees there was 2.1 above the previous September record, so far the largest margin of the day at a long-term site (although I'm still waiting for final numbers from Kerang). In all it looks like 22 of the long-term sites (16 in NSW, 5 in Victoria and 1 in Queensland) have set September records, with records set over around 80% of NSW.

Friday Sep 22 #


A little bit of ankle soreness still today - certainly would have given it a go had it not been the day before a race, but it is so I didn't. Hit the road this afternoon (a bit later than some) to Bathurst, with Gundagai the Friday night target, and lots of temperature variation after dark to keep myself amused (ranging from 20 on top of Kyeamba Gap to 9 in the dips before Tarcutta only 20km or so later).

Hasn't been an ideal couple of weeks leading in with two nuisance-level injuries in rapid succession. This weekend I'm hoping only for respectability, but next Saturday is the one where I'll really be aiming for a result; will do pretty well to match my third from last year.

Thursday Sep 21 #

7 AM

Run 31:00 [3] 5.3 km (5:51 / km)

Might have been a bit of a token session but it was good to get out running again. Ankle at nuisance-level discomfort (perhaps improving a little as the run went on), and no sign of a flare-up afterwards, so I think this one might be behind me (in the nick of time). Didn't feel great as a run but that's often the case for the first run back after an injury. Made a brief stop en route to drop my Yes in the postbox.

Wednesday Sep 20 #

(injured) (rest day)

Continuing to improve and would have gone out if it was a competition day, but it isn't, so left it another day. Felt unusually good on the ride in this morning (probably partly because it was such a nice morning and partly because I'd had more sleep than I usually do).

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