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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Nov 5, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 5:46:49 36.99(9:23) 59.53(5:50) 15018 /18c100%
  Swimming1 34:00 0.62(54:43) 1.0(34:00)
  Total7 6:20:49 37.61(10:07) 60.53(6:17) 15018 /18c100%

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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.

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017 #


I've finally finished updating, and getting onto the OA website, my file of all Australian (long) Championship results from 1971-2017, sorted by name (but if you download it you can sort it other ways), all the way from Hans Aamodt (25th, M65A, 2002) to James Zuijdveld (7th, M21C, 1983). You can find it here.
7 AM

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

Another nice morning - would be difficult to have a bad run on a morning like this, sunny and crisp - and a decent session, noticeably faster than my last few interval sets here. Felt like I was going a little lactic on the last couple, which is an indication that I was trying respectably hard. No sign of Achilles soreness today.

Only drawback of the conditions is that it drew all the dogs (and their owners) out, but at least none got in the way.

Run warm up/down 23:00 [3] 4.0 km (5:45 / km)

Going to/from All Nations. One of life's little mysteries - the traffic on Station Street is typically banked back further at 7.20ish than it is at 8ish, and definitely was today. (From the perspective of this run, being banked back is a good thing because it's easier to cross stopped traffic than moving traffic).

It seems the local real estate agents are promoting (via signs) one of the independent candidates for the by-election - I'm assuming this is payback for the Labor candidate making renters' rights a big centrepiece of her campaign.

Monday Oct 30, 2017 #

7 AM

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

Ended up as a pretty decent run in the end, on one of those wonderfully fresh-feeling mornings you sometimes get in the wake of a cold front and rainband (typically mornings like this stay clear for 2-3 hours after sunrise and then become progressively more cloudy and showery during the day). Settled down within a couple of kilometres and pretty solid the rest of the way, including the substantial climb over the core of Eaglemont. A few sharpish Achilles twinges on the sharper uphills - enough to make me thing that committing myself to 2 hours yesterday might not have been a great idea. Will need to keep an eye on this.

Perhaps I was a bit more awake than usual for a morning run because I'd got up early for the F1 - did think it was a bit strange that Fox Sports said it was starting at 5.30, and indeed it started at 6.

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