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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 30 days ending Nov 30, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run22 16:33:06 107.62(9:14) 173.19(5:44) 350136 /140c97%
  Swimming4 2:24:00 2.49(57:56) 4.0(36:00)
  Pool running3 2:15:00 1.3(1:43:27) 2.1(1:04:17)
  Soccer1 40:00 3.11(12:52) 5.0(8:00)
  Total30 21:52:06 114.51(11:27) 184.29(7:07) 350136 /140c97%

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Thursday Nov 30, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:33 / km)

A bit of a struggle on a warm morning, perhaps less so in the second half, but the positive from this is continuing minor improvement in the Achilles - whilst discomfort was at nuisance level throughout, the deterioration beyond 45 minutes which was evident the last couple of times I tried to go longer was missing this time. Physio (who I saw tonight) seemed reasonably satisfied with progress as well.

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017 #

7 AM

Run intervals 20:00 [4] 3.2 km (6:15 / km)

Decided to give All Nations intervals a crack and see how it went. (A clash with a dinner meant that Wednesday night street-O was off the agenda, something I wasn't too upset about on a 35-degree evening). Slow at the beginning but ended up going reasonably well, and no real trouble with the Achilles (it's not flat either), so hopefully I should be able to shift to more quality sessions if I can't manage the volume.

Run warm up/down 24:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:00 / km)

Warm-up and down. Pretty tight all over early on but obviously loosened myself up enough to be able to handle the faster stuff. Already pretty warm.

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:33 / km)

Completed (more or less) what I set out to do last Friday, on the coolest morning we've had for two weeks (i.e. it was only 2 degrees above the November average). Felt reasonable for much of it, including on the bits that we're flat, but Achilles became noticeably more painful in the last 10 minutes, suggesting that 60 minutes might be close to an upper limit at the moment - in which case I might need to recast my training a bit. Will see how it responds to something faster tomorrow.

Monday Nov 27, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.1 km (5:38 / km)

An early start today thanks to needing to be at work by 8.45 for a workshop and needing to fit both parts of today's session in early because of the aforementioned workshop and a post-work meeting. Didn't go too badly; Achilles warmed up OK, bit of a twinge on the one substantial ramp (you wouldn't call it a hill), but finished feeling like I had something still to give, which is more than can be said of any session last week. Drizzly and humid, but cool at least.
8 AM

Swimming 37:00 [2] 1.0 km (37:00 / km)

Second stage of the morning at Fitzroy, arriving to the not-entirely-wanted news that the main changerooms are closed again so the builders can fix all the things they got wrong the first time (and there are plenty of them). Swim felt OK but never really got going, and was the slowest I've done for some time.

Construction of a different sort is going to encourage me to go somewhere else this time next week; the Queens Parade/Smith Street intersection is going to be closed for tram works from Saturday to Tuesday, which will make traffic conditions in our part of the world challenging at best. (Fortunately I'm only going to be in town for one of those four days).

Sunday Nov 26, 2017 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 18:41 [4] *** 3.5 km (5:20 / km)

Victorian Sprint Championships at Monash, acting my age for once - at least for now, I've had enough of coming near-last in M21 races (especially after the last few weeks).

Monash is a good campus sprint area which we hadn't been on for a while (I controlled a 2007 WOC trial here, and I think we've only been there once since). Lots of new buildings have appeared since then - universities never seem to be short of money to build stuff even if they struggle for cash to, say, pay for research and teaching - and inevitably there were a few current building sites (one of which appeared on Friday night, causing a certain amount of angst to the organisers). Monash can lend itself to long legs diagonally across the campus as there generally isn't a lot of open space between the buildings, but today it was more about legs which forced you to go very wide in one direction or the other.

This was certainly my best sprint run of the spring and the only disappointment was the result, going down by 3 seconds to Martin Steer. (Unsurprisingly, I was also behind his daughters, running the same course, although did manage to get in front of Clare today). Not sure where I would have found those 3 seconds - except perhaps for not being in a trying-not-to-have-a-head-on-dance with Aston on the way out of 11 - as this was about as clean as it gets. Caught Eleanor Johnstone (a visiting Brit) early on; she was a little faster than me but less clean into the controls, and we were dicing for the rest of the course, which was a nice kick-along. Achilles seemed better the faster I was running.

Saturday Nov 25, 2017 #

2 PM

Run 22:53 [3] *** 3.6 km (6:21 / km)

Sprint at La Trobe. Achilles was pretty bad walking this morning and I went out not certain whether I'd run until warming up, but decided it was worth a go.

Quite an interesting sprint, including the first multi-level course I've done in Australia - not as full-on as, say, the Stockholm Indoor Cup, but still a novelty. (Having to switch between two different maps meant that one of my technical idiosyncracities, not thumbing the map, worked to my advantage). Took a while to get going but got into a nice scrap with Fredrik through the multi-level section (the sort I enjoy, where I'm running slower but taking advantage of errors), and generally felt better running than I have the last couple of Saturdays (or earlier this week, for that matter), notwithstanding the heat. Achilles sore but manageable. Only time losses a couple of 5-second dips into dead ends on 3 and 8. A bit closer to the pace than in previous weeks, although still not within 50% of Peter.

I've been updating the history of Australian Schools results, and today was working on 2010, which featured an impressive sending-a-message-to-the-selectors result (perhaps not quite on the scale of Glenn Maxwell's 278 for Victoria today): Brodie was picked as a reserve for Tasmania but had the third fastest time outright. I think it would be fair to say that he went onto bigger and better things.

Friday Nov 24, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 34:00 [3] 6.0 km (5:40 / km)

Achilles may have been OK through yesterday but came up badly this morning. Headed out on it anyway and it wasn't too bad initially, but was getting progressively worse so called it a day fairly early. Not sure how well it will get through this weekend, although at least it's a pair of sprints so not too long in time.

Thursday Nov 23, 2017 #

8 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

A pleasant if somewhat unadventurous session in the water at Fitzroy. Once again, sunglare an issue in the early part of it (and sun is not in short supply at the moment).

Some of you will have noticed the discussion on Boris's log about Martin Regborn doing a 30km straight-line leg (all on O maps, with no deviations more than 100m either side) in training. This naturally made me think about the longest possibilities in Australia. One possibility I thought of was the Castlemaine Goldfields-Wattle Gully-Mineral Springs-Glenluce-Porcupine Ridge combination; you might potentially get 25km or so out of that, although I'm not certain there's ever been an edition of Wattle Gully that has gone all the way north to the highway, and it would be hard to find a line which both took in a legal crossing of the railway, and avoided the private property in the Chewton area.
3 PM

Soccer 40:00 [3] 5.0 km (8:00 / km)

The annual foray onto the football fields with the Bureau. Not as many matches this year because CSIRO's recent practice of giving free transfers without doing any recruitment in return (as well as a clash with a climate modelling workshop) left them unable to field a team, making it a three-team competition with Melbourne and Monash.

We drew both matches 1-1. The other match was almost drawn 1-1 as well (which would have made determining an overall winner a challenging problem) but Melbourne scored a last-second winner. My contribution was reasonably marginal but at least the Achilles stood up to the sprint work well.

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 #


One of those nights which my back took off: hopefully this isn't going to become a regular evening theme as it was last year (although I had a sense during the day that it wasn't feeling too good).

Occasionally some odd ads turn up on the Bureau's website. Today's was one of the better efforts, featuring military scenes and wording in Spanish. I thought perhaps they were recruitment ads for the defence forces of a Latin American country but they were actually Australian government ads spruiking for (presumably Spanish-speaking) investors in Australian defence industries.

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 45:00 [3] 8.0 km (5:38 / km)

This is turning into a rather strange week. I don't feel especially sick in the course of everyday life (bit of a sore throat, bit of congestion), but yesterday I fell apart at 30 minutes and it was a similar story today; I'd hoped for at least an hour but was struggling badly well before that. At least the Achilles continues to improve.

The warmth is a bit draining too. The media have started to pay attention to what's going on, and I spent a bit of this afternoon dealing with that.

You probably won't be too surprised to hear that by-election post-mortems occupied a fair bit of tonight's Northcote Labor meeting.

Monday Nov 20, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)

Didn't seem to feel any worse this morning in an illness sense (although didn't sleep that well). Run was a bit of a struggle but no worse than plenty of other Monday morning run over the last year or two. Achilles not too bad. Continuing warm and humid, and plenty more of that where it's come from.
7 PM

Swimming 37:00 [2] 1.0 km (37:00 / km)

It's definitely a different crowd at Fitzroy at 6.30 on a hot evening to what it is at 7.30 on a Friday morning in July, but the actual lap lanes weren't much more crowded than usual. This swim never really got going - started off with getting a foot cramp on the first lap (the foot cramp is not an unknown problem for me, getting one on the first lap is), and by the last few laps, I felt a bit like other bits of me were threatening to cramp as well. Perhaps I'm more drained than I thought I was - will say it by ear tomorrow.

Sunday Nov 19, 2017 #

10 AM

Run 1:05:00 [3] 11.3 km (5:45 / km)

Took a tip on this one from Asha (for whom it's a reasonably regular haunt) - I was looking for something which was flat (because of the Achilles), interesting and preferably shady, and the O'Shannassy aqueduct track ticked all these boxes - it runs along the north side of the upper Yarra valley, along the lower slopes of Mount Donna Buang, perhaps 100-150 metres above the valley floor. (The idea of going out east of Melbourne had also been planted in my mind when I thought I might have had to go to the Marysville half last weekend for a Two Bays qualifier, but the organisers decided that my record of several finishes in 2016 and earlier years was good enough).

Started with plans of something between 60 and 90 depending on how it felt (having walked up the hill from the Don Rd car park to the aqueduct initially - starting on a 20+% climb would have been asking for trouble). There were just enough twinges from time to time to make me happy to settle for the lower end of this range, which took me as far as the end of Dee Rd. A steady run on the whole in a nice area, and I appreciated the forest cover on another warm and humid day (plenty more of those to come).

Some of the rest of the day was spent doing the Warburton-Reefton Spur-Marysville loop - winding hilly roads (very popular with those on two wheels, with or without engines), and nice forests where they haven't been burnt out. It's the first time I've been to Marysville since the fires; it's not obvious in the centre of town that virtually nothing here is more than eight years old (90+% of the town's buildings were destroyed on Black Saturday), although the damage is still starkly visible in the surrounding hills. Lots of people around, so at least the local economy was doing OK today.

I've developed a reasonably sore throat in the second half of the day, so probably won't be at my best through the early part of next week.

Saturday Nov 18, 2017 #

2 PM

Run race ((sprint-O)) 20:48 [4] *** 3.4 km (6:07 / km) +30m 5:52 / km

Sprint Series in Royal Park. Thought this would be a running race and to some extent it was, although the complexity of the vegetation added some interest to the early part of the course (as well as reintroducing us to the joys of grass seeds). Seemed to handle this better than some but still no pace once it opened out. Was wondering what was happening when Peter Dalwood caught back up to me, but it turned out the reason he'd caught up was that he hadn't been to as many controls. Not quite as far back as the last couple.

It was reasonably hot and humid for the run and at that stage there was no sign of the promised thunderstorms, but they developed and unloaded shortly after 4 - just in time for my shift on the polls at Fairfield. This could be said to be a bit of a metaphor for the sort of day that Labor ended up having (something I didn't see coming) - even retreated to a nearby underpass for a bit after a couple of very close lightning strikes. (19mm was the final score).

Got quite a few items in scrutineers' bingo, but was missing two (the phallic symbol on a ballot paper, and the write-in vote for someone with no connection whatsoever to the election). As usual, there were a few screeds written upon ballot papers, one of which even consisted of grammatically correct sentences containing correctly spelt words, none of which were 'f**k' or derivatives thereof. Highlight of the informals was someone who drew a pawprint in the box for the Animal Justice Party.

Friday Nov 17, 2017 #

8 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

A fairly conventional session of this type. Once again, sunglare was a bit of a problem on the return legs at this time of day. (It's also a problem in the office, thanks to reflection from a new building, between about 5.45 and 6.15 - perhaps someone is trying to tell me that I shouldn't still be around at 6.15?).

The ankle stiffened up again today much as it did last Thursday, from which I conclude (on the basis of two data points) that there's a fair chance this session has something to do with it. Not quite sure why.

Thursday Nov 16, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 1:02:00 [3] 10.6 km (5:51 / km)

One of those runs when the time that I woke up was somewhat after the time when the run started, making for a fairly miserable first half which only picked up gradually thereafter. On the positive side, the Achilles was the least troublesome it's been in the last week (although I did deliberately choose a relatively flat route).

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017 #

7 PM

Run ((street-O)) 47:15 [3] * 8.56 km (5:31 / km) +100m 5:13 / km

Went out at Blind Creek not really sure whether my body was going to hold up. It was quickly apparent that finishing was the only real objective tonight - a sharp twinge in the Achilles on a steep slope in the first few hundred metres made me consider pulling out, but that was a bad as it got. Didn't go too badly as a salvage operation; it helped that I seemed to get the route right.

There were thunderstorms about beforehand (although no significant rain during the run itself). This is an area where we should know exactly how much rain affected the event - it's the only Melbourne park-street map which has an official observation site (Scoresby) on it.

After results were announced this morning, needless to say I was immediately looking for geographic patterns in them. As has been remarked on a fair bit, the areas that voted 'no' were largely areas with large Asian and/or Islamic populations. (That was certainly true in Melbourne - the two seats which voted no were Bruce (out Clayton/Noble Park way with a big Indian/Sri Lankan population) and Calwell (based on Broadmeadows and with a large Islamic population). More subtly, areas with a large percentage of their population under 15 tended to have high 'no' votes; perhaps the nonsense the No campaign were pumping out about Safe Schools had some bite with parents of young children?

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 #

8 AM

Run 5:00 [3] 1.0 km (5:00 / km)

The length of time that it took me to work out that I wasn't yet up to an intervals session was too short even to encompass a Jacqui Lambie resignation, and with an awkwardly timed interview beforehand I didn't have time to switch to a plan B.

(Was nice to be able to merge the local and the global, though - it was an interview with ABC Gippsland about the global climate statement, but I was able to mention that Sale was one of only a handful of places in the world (along with Bariloche, Argentina and a few spots in Qatar and the UAE) which had their coldest temperature on record during 2017).

Monday Nov 13, 2017 #

8 AM

Swimming 36:00 [2] 1.0 km (36:00 / km)

Monday morning swim, in a more heavily populated Fitzroy pool than is the norm for this time of day (although not as heavily populated as it would have been later in the day with the temperature into the 30s). Steady most of the way but drifted out of it a bit towards the end.
12 PM

Run 39:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:34 / km)

Mission accomplished, as it often hasn't been for attempted lunchtime runs of late - the only real benchmark here was to get through without anything hurting too much. This was achieved (although the Achilles did twinge a bit on one ramp). Also got through the first hot-weather run of the season, with it sitting on 30 degrees on heading out (I was out of town for the other 30-degree days we've had to date); a bit of a seabreeze in the places where it wasn't blocked by buildings, which wasn't very often. (40 minutes isn't really enough to get to anywhere nice to run for more than a few minutes, so Fishermans Bend is my usual destination for a 40-minute loop: unexciting and industrial, but not much in the way of road crossings).

Somewhat to my surprise, there were no fresh political resignations when I got back.

Sunday Nov 12, 2017 #

9 AM

Run 1:13:00 [3] 13.0 km (5:37 / km)

Set out with an original plan of an hour and see how my various injuries felt. It turned out to be a reasonably positive day, although there were just enough twinges in the Achilles (and it is localised to the Achilles today) on or after hills to make me think that going out much further wouldn't have been a great idea. Still a reasonably encouraging session and felt like I was moving OK in a running sense. Back fine. Appreciated the cloud not breaking up until after I was done.

Will hope to do a proper long run next weekend, although from past experience, election-night nutrition (or the absence thereof) may not be a hugely favourable prelude to this.

Spent a bit of time on this run thinking about yesterday's events at North Sydney in general, and in particular pondering the question of whether Ellyse Perry could hold down a place in a men's team at Shield level. In effect the question you're asking here is whether the world's number 1 ranked woman can perform at a level to be in a country's top 66 men, and the evidence from those sports where we can measure that objectively would suggest that the answer is probably yes (can't imagine there are too many countries which have 66 men who can go under 2.17 for the marathon, for instance).

Saturday Nov 11, 2017 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 19:55 [4] *** 3.4 km (5:51 / km) +30m 5:37 / km

Sprint into Spring, RMIT Bundoora. My ankle was no better this morning than it was yesterday and I wasn't at all sure whether I'd be able to run, but I loosened it up by a somewhat unorthodox method - spending a couple of hours walking the streets of Thornbury in the name of democracy. (Hard work for limited return - I suspect at best I might have converted two votes - but it all counts).

The ankle may have been OK on the run but the rest of me wasn't feeling too flash (possibly something to do with the aforementioned doorknock) - felt tight whenever I tried to speed up on the first half, so I wasn't all that surprised when Asha was through me by 8. The second half was somewhat better and the splits started to improve, even though there were quite a few straight running legs in that second half in what was generally a runner's course, and the result was a bit less awful than it was at Edgewater (i.e. Clara only beat me by two minutes this week). Quite a hot day.

Friday Nov 10, 2017 #

(injured) (rest day)

Achilles soreness seems to have evolved into more general left ankle soreness/stiffness. Not good to run on this morning (in fact not even particularly comfortable to walk on), but did seem to loosen up a bit during the course of the day so we'll see how it is tomorrow. This week has ended up being a bit of a write-off.

Spotted a couple of familiar names in the news today from my school maths competition days. One (who went into law) was giving an opinion on whether the fact that any Jew has the right to immigrate to Israel and become a citizen makes them ineligible for Parliament (answer: probably not, which is just as well because it wouldn't be a good look for Australia if we booted all Jews out of Parliament). The other became a Silicon Valley start-up investor and made bucketloads out of (among other things) being an early backer of Snapchat. From some of the numbers quoted in the article, I wouldn't be surprised if his worth (on paper at least) starts with a B rather than an M.

Thursday Nov 9, 2017 #

7 AM

Pool running 45:00 [3] 0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)

Took me a long time to feel as if I was working, but eventually managed it. Sun was quite blinding on the return legs for the first 20 minutes or so (this is the transition day from cool spring to warm spring).

Went to a by-election candidates' forum tonight, which as you might expect, included numerous audience statements disguised as questions, some candidate answers which bore only a passing connection to the questions they were responding to, a certain amount of heckling, and some outlandish promises by independent candidates who know they'll never have to deliver on them (the most extravagant of these was the candidate who promised to spend the $6 billion Victoria receives in stamp duty on public housing, leaving unsaid how he proposed to fund the $6 billion worth of activities that stamp duty pays for now).

Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 #

7 PM


Thought I'd struggle to come up for tonight after my back felt tight on the bike this morning (the first time I can remember that happening), especially given that it was a pretty hilly area (Ruffey Lake). I was right...

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017 #


One-sided cricket match of the season (so far): was browsing NZ domestic scores today and spotted the Auckland-Wellington match, where Auckland were bowled out for 62 (having been 7/12), then Wellington put on 0/432 in response. They eventually declared at 550-odd and won by an innings and plenty.
7 PM

Run 51:45 [3] *** 9.2 km (5:38 / km) +40m 5:30 / km

Dad was keen on going for a walk around the Brunswick West event tonight (his knees aren't currently up to running) so I was quite happy to join in. The original plan was to use it for a fartlek session (hard on alternate legs), but my back wasn't great and I settled for a jog. Started to feel a bit better in the second half. Overshot an early control - the map was right but the description was wrong and I ran to the description rather than the centre of the circle...

A pretty busy media day today, including ABC and SBS TV.

Monday Nov 6, 2017 #

(rest day)

A very early wake-up call for a 6.35 flight out of Launceston's sparsely-populated airport - with today being a public holiday in northern Tasmania and a de facto one in Melbourne, there weren't a lot of business travellers around. (In case you're wondering, the public holiday was for "Recreation Day" - as far as I can tell, this is the day that northern Tasmanians get because they don't get Hobart Regatta Day, the principal function of which appears to be to find a vantage point over the Derwent and get drunk whilst pretending to watch yachts, on the evidence of the copious quantities of relevant rubbish I found at said vantage points when I rocked up in Hobart the day after Regatta Day a few years back).

Was hoping to get out at lunchtime but various parts weren't playing ball - in particular, Achilles was pretty sore today. A long day in other respects, with the report I worked on in Geneva coming out at 10pm (and that was after an 8pm remote presentation to a workshop in Tarragona - which I presume is still in Spain, although I haven't checked the news in the last couple of hours).

Sunday Nov 5, 2017 #

9 AM

Run 1:00:00 [3] 10.0 km (6:00 / km)

After a certain amount of dithering in the days leading up, I settled yesterday on a plan of heading for Montezuma Falls (near Rosebery), then doing something extra to take it up to the time that I was looking for.

As it turned out, I had a somewhat rough night with a mild dose of the Tasmanian equivalent of Montezuma's Revenge, so scaled my ambitions back to just getting to the falls and back from the car park. I'd been out this way before (starting from Rosebery) back in 2006 when crewing for AJ in the Wildside MTB race, but on that occasion hadn't quite got to the falls (had a firm deadline to make). It's an old tramway, so the slopes are never steep but they are quite long. The falls were suitably attractive, although I was barely game to take my camera out on the suspension bridge above the river. As for the run, as has happened before in such a situation, I started out reasonably well but was definitely running low on energy from 45 minutes onwards (no doubt dehydration comes into play, although not as much as it would have done had the temperature been higher than 3).

The rest of the day was spent making my way back, very scenically, to Launceston via Queenstown, Lake St. Clair and Great Lake, with a few short walks en route. Plenty of snow-covered peaks to admire (the snowline is around 1100m at the moment), although also some jarring notes from the remnants of various fires of 2015-16 summer, with little recovery yet in evidence.

Saturday Nov 4, 2017 #


One of the features of Bruce that I (and several others) mentioned was that he gave people the space and the confidence to extend themselves beyond what they might have thought themselves was possible. One example I mentioned was my first foray into journalism, aged 13 - Bruce at the time wrote the orienteering articles for the Canberra Times (he was Orienteering ACT publicity officer) but was unable to make it one weekend and asked me to stand in. In my somewhat biased view, it still reads reasonably well, even if I did give a few too many plugs to relatives and friends (and spelt Darryl Erbacher's name incorrectly).
8 AM

Run 41:00 [3] 7.1 km (5:46 / km)

It was a long day yesterday and I didn't have the energy to get up early enough to join Louise's planned 6.15 start (I'm not sure how she found the energy to do it either), but set out myself an hour and a half later or thereabouts. It's the first time I've really explored the Launceston waterfront, which has its attractive parts and its less attractive parts (being low tide, the river itself was in its less attractive mode - lots of slimy mud); the climatological pedant in me was somewhat offended by the fact that the positions of the years painted on the flood wall had no evident connection to the highest flood levels in the years concerned (1929 should be easily the highest). Achilles a bit touchy early and a somewhat sluggish run in general.

Set out westwards after dropping my parents off at the airport for a weekend touring some of the more accessible wild bits of Tasmania. Got the timing right for Cradle Mountain, arriving just in time to see the mountain (with fresh snow down to 50-100m above lake level) before it disappeared in a fresh round of snow/sleet showers. Was rushing a bit after that because my route was Waratah-Savage River-Corinna-Zeehan and I had conflicting information about whether the Corinna ferry shut down at 5 or 7, but more relaxed after crossing the river. In Zeehan tonight.

Friday Nov 3, 2017 #

7 AM

Run 1:30:00 [3] 14.2 km (6:20 / km)

Headed down from where we're staying (a very 1970s establishment on the hill in South Launceston) to link up with Louise, Kirsten and John (Yelena's partner) at the Cataract Gorge. I think this is the first time I've been up the gorge as far as Duck Reach - a bit up and down and a bit rough at times but a nice spot to run (would be fun to see it in flood). Louise still runs well - I certainly didn't feel as if she was holding me back. Achilles a bit sore on a couple of the sharper climbs, but OK on the grind back up at the end (and had the energy for a lap of the motel to get up to 90).

As we expected, the service was an impressive celebration of Bruce's life - went on for two hours but I don't think anyone really noticed. Quite a number of familiar faces spotted in person, and quite a lot of familiar names in the hall under 'Orienteering' on the board listing sport captains (for different reasons, there were also a few I recognised under 'Cricket', although none under 'Football').

Thursday Nov 2, 2017 #

12 PM

Swimming 34:00 [2] 1.0 km (34:00 / km)

Plans for this end of the week have been somewhat fluid. Plan A was that I was going to be flying down to Launceston tonight (for Bruce Fairfax's memorial tomorrow), and would take advantage of a free Friday morning to do a reasonably long run then. I then discovered (thanks to a flight reminder e-mail on Tuesday night) that I'd somehow booked a morning flight by mistake. Plan B was to pick up the car early (my parents were flying in at 1pm and had booked a rental car), drop my gear in it and go for a run from somewhere like Evandale, but I couldn't pick up the car without them being present because the booking was in Dad's name. (Plan B2, doing a run from the airport, was also scuttled because there are no luggage lockers). That meant plan C, which consisted of switching the run back to tomorrow, heading into town from the airport and filling some of the time by going for a swim.

(Strangely enough, 10 years ago I had a swim session in Launceston under similar circumstances, although on that occasion the stuff-up was the airline's rather than mine).

The session itself was fine, even if my goggles weren't quite behaving. Got into it more as it went on. As you'd expect at this time on a weekday, my arrival increased the percentage of pool patrons in the 10-60 age range substantially.

Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 #


A slightly oddball idea for a run course: there's a 5k in Asheville, North Carolina (at least vaguely familiar territory for me) this weekend, whose purpose is to draw attention to a particularly egregious Congressional gerrymander. The run follows one of the more convoluted sections of the electoral boundary which splits Asheville in half.

If you're wondering why the boundary-drawers might want to do such a thing, Asheville is, I believe, the only place in the entire Appalachian region which voted for Clinton over Trump, and the idea is to split it into two so the two halves are each swamped by Republican votes in the boondocks.

(Quite a few of my runs follow electoral boundaries, but that's because the Yarra River and Merri and Darebin Creeks have both good places to run and form boundaries of electoral districts).
7 PM

Run race ((street-O)) 51:49 [4] * 10.03 km (5:10 / km) +150m 4:48 / km

Street-O at Blackburn North. After last week's encouraging outing I decided to give it more of a crack tonight, with a view to hopefully getting under 5 min/km. Started well but in the end couldn't quite sustain the pace, and struggled a little on the (modest) hills - given this is the first time for two seasons I've tried to run hard through a 10km course, it's not surprising that I didn't get my pacing quite right. Still managed to finish it off, more or less - definitely something to build on (although probably not next week, at least in terms of numbers - it's pretty hilly).

Back wasn't feeling brilliant through the working day but ended up all right on the run, just a couple of brief slight twinges.

Some interesting route choice tonight created by some nasty-to-get controls. Could realistically have left out any two of 1, 2, 6 and 14 - for me it was 1 and 2 - and there were different ways to start and finish the main loop (and a few interesting route choices on individual legs, too). Definitely a more competitive crowd this week - you certainly wouldn't have got fourth with 5.3 min/km here.

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