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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending May 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Pool running2 1:30:00 0.87(1:43:27) 1.4(1:04:17)
  Cycling1 1:08:00 14.98(4:32) 24.1(2:49)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Swimming1 38:00 0.62(1:01:09) 1.0(38:00)
  Total5 3:56:00 16.47 26.5

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Sunday May 26 #

10 AM

Cycling 1:08:00 [3] 24.1 km (2:49 / km)

Failed a late fitness test to make the trip out to orienteering, so instead took to the bike - out through Ivanhoe and Macleod as far as Bundoora. A reasonable amount of climbing in the first 20 minutes (much of which was part of my regular commute pre-2015), and also a headwind which made it solid work at times, but definitely easier coming back. Didn't feel too bad though a little sore later on; seemed to handle the climbs OK.

A return to once familiar territory revealed that there is no apparent sign of anything happening (even the demolition of the ruins) at the Ivanhoe RSL, which was destroyed by fire two years ago. There were also a couple of reminders that hostility to cyclists (possibly emboldened by last weekend's result) tends to increase as one gets further from the CBD.

Saturday May 25 #


Opening part of today's Crikey e-mail - at least they know about us...

"A map of Australia with Queensland wiped out was shared and re-shared on social media this week. It was a hasty, stupid response to the election and managed to be disrespectful to traditional owners, Queenslanders, and people around the world who are actually losing land to climate change.

But the revisiting of maps is a fine idea at this juncture, with the country re-adjusting after a surprise Coalition win. In orienteering, which you might remember from school, the quality and richness of information on maps is what leads the victor to her spoils. From fake news in polling to shifting sands between city and country, plenty of new maps need to be drawn on all sides of politics and media. "
11 AM

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

Had a short go at running this morning but it wasn't quite ready (haven't completely written tomorrow off yet), so instead took to the pool, where as usual on a Saturday morning I was definitely in the upper decile of the age distribution (with the median probably being about 7). Had a last-day of autumn feel to it with a relatively warm wind. A fairly mundane session, although the hamstring didn't fatigue in the last 10 minutes the way it did on Thursday, which I take to be a good sign. (It, however, didn't feel quite so good after sitting at the football, which I attribute to the seats and not to my team's performance for the first three quarters).

Friday May 24 #

8 AM

Swimming 38:00 [2] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Back to Fitzroy for the second day in a row. Not a bad session but drifted out of it a bit in the later part of the swim. Hamstring still feels reasonable, and I think I'm at the stage where I'll try out running on it tomorrow.

The OV AGM tonight was pretty drawn out (despite the lack of particularly contentious business) - a second successive three-hour evening meeting is stretching things a bit, especially as I'd had another meeting run overtime beforehand and thus didn't get the chance to have dinner until 10.45. (Unsurprisingly, the options at such an hour run roughly to pizza, kebabs or Maccas; I went for pizza).

Thursday May 23 #

8 AM

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

Back into doing some exercise, at Fitzroy. Sometimes by this time of year it's very much "it's nice once you're in" territory but not this year - today and yesterday were within a degree or so of the warmest on record this late in autumn (it will be a different story next week). Hamstring wasn't too bad, although fatiguing a bit later on, and it came up fine during the day, to the point that I'm no longer as pessimistic as I was a couple of days ago about my prospects of doing some orienteering this weekend.

The long-running water main works near the pool look like they're just about done, and hopefully will be by the time I get back from my next trip. Also diverted around what I thought was another lot of works on the ride in to the office, but it turns out only the eastbound lanes of La Trobe are being dug up so I needn't have bothered.

The evenings have been pretty full this week: a Labor meeting/wake on Tuesday, an OA Board meeting tonight and the OV AGM tomorrow (plus going to see a friend/colleague perform in a 'science in the pub' night last night).
10 PM


This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week (lots of appreciation to be done in orienteering). Yesterday was also the International Day of Biodiversity, World Goth Day and Flexible Working Day. I guess you could have best marked all of these by leaving work early to go and count endangered species while wearing black.

Wednesday May 22 #

(injured) (rest day)

Improved somewhat today but decided to leave it another day before doing anything more challenging than a walk (which I haven't gone as far as logging). Nice morning to be out doing that, at least - it's about as warm as it gets in autumn this far into autumn in Melbourne.

Tuesday May 21 #

(injured) (rest day)

Hamstring a bit better this morning than it was last night, but still distinctly sore. Think it will be at least a few days before I'm running; hopefully I'll at least be up to doing something else over the next day or two.

Monday May 20 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Monday morning pilates session. Hamstring seemed OK for this (but flared again after a day sitting at work). Still learning how to position myself for a new set of exercises.

As you'd expect, there was a lot of shell-shockedness in the office today (and in the climate science community more generally - some have taken it pretty hard and we'll need to do some looking after each other in the coming days). I was perhaps taking it a bit better than some, partly because I remember what happened the last time a government won one more term by running a successful negative campaign against an opposition with an ambitious policy agenda. (It was 1993, and they got smashed the next time).

Found it hard to concentrate on getting much done, at least until the afternoon when the time came to dig out some interesting Sydney numbers which I'll be deploying on the ABC at 6.40 tomorrow morning (unless the ABC has been abolished in the interim).

At least the assorted mix of warning lights in the car proved to be indicative of a cheap-to-fix problem and not an expensive one.
12 PM


Got an e-mail this morning headed "Greenpeace Australia statement on the 2019 election result" (I seem to be on the mailing list for various random media releases). They could be well justified if the statement consisted of a single word, beginning with F, but it actually ran to several paragraphs. (Anthony Albanese, famously, did actually once issue a single-word media release).

Also in my in-box this morning was an overseas job offer. Not planning to take it up unless things go pear-shaped here, but there's some comfort in knowing the existence of options for a plan B should one be required.

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