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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Apr 1:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 4:32:38 23.61(11:33) 38.0(7:10) 61052 /55c94%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total7 5:17:38 24.05(13:13) 38.7(8:12) 61052 /55c94%

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Sunday Apr 1 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:00:02 [4] *** 6.3 km (9:32 / km) +215m 8:08 / km

Didn't really feel at my best today - pretty sluggish most of the way (especially when any hills were involved). Again got through without major error, just small time losses through going in a bit early on 9 and 12, but felt slow even on the flat and downright weak elsewhere. The leg which actually shows up as an error, 4, just demonstrates that I'm not very good at rockclimbing - don't think too many other courses had this one (the longer ones went further up the valley, the shorter ones didn't get to that part of the map). A minute further back than yesterday on Scott, which is about what this run deserved, and the same top three as yesterday so it looks like fourth's where I'm headed unless something unexpected happens. (Jon blew us all away today, but didn't run yesterday).

Didn't quite manage to break the hour for my course, and didn't quite manage to break the hour for the OA AGM either (although both were within 60 seconds of that objective).

It's a potentially interesting chasing start for the elite and junior women tomorrow (less so for the men, with Simon and Aston in possession of large leads), which took minds back to the famous 1987 M21 sprint finish. For those who haven't been around for that long, this involved a sprint finish between Rob Vincent and Rob Plowright (including someone's pants falling down - have forgotten whose) - which turned out to be a sprint finish for last place because both punched the wrong last control. Recounting this story on the way back, I realised that no-one else in the car I was in was born at the time of this event (although Simon goes close).

Saturday Mar 31 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:02:27 [4] *** 6.7 km (9:19 / km) +290m 7:40 / km

First day of Easter proper. Thought I'd had a reasonable run, and technically I had, but further off the pace than I would have expected, especially with Jon not starting - 4th place, 6 minutes down on Scott. This isn't an irretrievable position, but from the splits Scott (and probably Greg Morcom) are faster than me at the moment, and I'll probably need some help from them to catch that gap.

A few big climbs (two of them beyond my capacity to run at the moment, but I suspect I'm not alone). Pretty clean navigationally with only a 10-15 second wobble at 2 (still one of my better splits); my biggest time loss was going out to the track of 4, which cost me perhaps 30-60 seconds compared with Scott.

Anthony Stoner caught me 2 minutes at 7. I hadn't previously heard of him before this weekend but noticed he ran a good time yesterday. He was clearly much too fast for me, but also somewhat wayward in his navigation, which meant that he passed me five times during the remaining eight controls of the course. He's definitely one to watch with a bit more experience.

Friday Mar 30 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 24:09 [4] *** 3.4 km (7:06 / km) +105m 6:09 / km

Easter prologue, this time running the public prologue. At the University of Tasmania, with the usual mix of university buildings and an element you don't often find in university sprints - reasonably serious hills. Never really got out of second gear on this one, although perhaps a bit better in the second half. Navigation clean, although I think I might have lost a little on some route choices (16, 20, perhaps 14). OK on the injury front.

Perhaps I should attribute my indifferent run to being offended by seeing a decrepit and appallingly-sited Stevenson screen in the vicinity of control 12 (not one of ours - must have been something to do with the university botany department as the area was full of greenhouses).
6 PM


The recent expulsion of Russian diplomats from Canberra was a reminder of some of the incidents that happened in the Cold War days - something we saw a bit of because the ambassador of the (then) USSR's residence was across the road from our school. (I'm not aware that ASIO used our premises, but the worst-kept secret in Canberra was that they occupied the top floor of the funeral directors across the road from the Soviet/Russian embassy). Possibly the most notorious episode was when a carload of diplomats (presumably with vodka involved) found out in the most tragic way possible that diplomatic immunity doesn't apply to the laws of physics (specifically those which pertain to collisions between stationary objects and those moving at a speed well into three figures). There was also a near-miss in one of our school cricket games when someone almost hit a six into the passing motorcade of the Soviet foreign minister; I've occasionally thought that this might have been an interesting one for fans of alternate history...

Thursday Mar 29 #

7 AM

Run 42:00 [3] 7.3 km (5:45 / km)

Quite a promising run - slow to start with but once through the first couple of kilometres, the best I've felt running for a few weeks. Not the worst of days for it to happen with Easter getting under way tomorrow. I feel rather underdone for this, although probably no worse than last year.

Put the replacement buses on the Hurstbridge line to the test this morning. Worked pretty smoothly actually - probably only 5-10 minutes slower than the train - but the connections were as good as you could expect and the traffic seemed lighter than it has been for most of the last couple of weeks. One advantage of travelling with parents is that they took my bag to the airport, saving me from hauling it to work and onwards. (Hauling my bag to work en route to/from the airport is not an unusual experience for me - my colleagues are certainly quite used to seeing me turn up with a sprawling pack).

Headed down to Tasmania this afternoon. The Sandy Bay Coles (and more specifically its car park) gave one the impression that the locals thought it was going to be closed for the next 24 days and not the next 24 hours.

Wednesday Mar 28 #

7 AM

Run 51:00 [3] 8.7 km (5:52 / km)

A bit of an infrastructure-themed run today - starting by going past the Grange Road construction site, then having my first experience of the new Darebin bridge path, then past the newly-installed beams at the Chandler Highway bridge. As those who've been around for a while will know, the Darebin path has faced a very long gestation (more than 20 years, I think), and trenchant opposition from local interests on both sides of the river who would rather keep their pockets of Melbourne to themselves, but it's here now. It was nice to explore new territory (and discover that there's a set of rapids on the Yarra that I didn't previously know about). Reasonable run, and no injury hassles on the longest run since returning.

Poll of the day: one which asked "do you believe that multinational companies should be required to pay their fair share of tax?". Remarkably enough, 5% of those surveyed answered "no" to this. (84% yes, 11% don't know), but you can get 5% or so of the population to answer anything on a poll, as evidenced by the Herald-Sun some years ago getting a 4% yes to "Do you believe convicted child rapist Mr. Baldy should be released early from prison?".

Tuesday Mar 27 #

7 AM

Run 33:00 [3] 5.6 km (5:54 / km)

Quads still pretty ugly today but decided to head out, taking advantage of (a) the first sub-10 morning of the autumn and (b) the rare opportunity to cross Grange Road at 7.30 on a weekday morning without any traffic. Wasn't actually too bad while I was running - certainly easier than walking (and much easier than going down stairs), except on downhills which this run didn't have too many of. Slow, but that's fine for this sort of run. Quads did improve a bit during the day so hopefully back in action tomorrow.

It was reported today that the Government is considering an Australian boycott of the World Cup in Russia to save us the embarrassment of losing so badly as a gesture of solidarity with the UK over the chemical attack there. (I'm surprised none of my Norwegian relatives or friends have yet seen fit to sledge me over Friday night's result).

Monday Mar 26 #

8 AM

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

In two minds before today as to whether I'd run or take to the water (not yet up to trying to do both), but woke up this morning to discover that yesterday's steep downhills did to my quads what downhills sometimes do (something which came as about as much of a surprise as Australia's batting collapse), so it was the water. Felt like the time in the water had loosened me up, but given the way I felt during the day every time I got up from my desk, perhaps not. Should blow over quickly enough.

Today definitely had a first-day-of-autumn sense to it. Some seemed to be perturbed that the pool temperature was outside the range of 26.8 to 27.2 (it was 26.0), but it didn't bother me in the least.

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