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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jun 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 1:52:00 11.81(9:29) 19.0(5:54)
  Pool running2 1:30:00 0.87(1:43:27) 1.4(1:04:17)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Swimming1 37:00 0.62(59:33) 1.0(37:00)
  Total8 4:39:00 13.3 21.4

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Sunday Jun 2 #

10 AM

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

Back probably as tight overnight and in the morning as I can remember. Didn't even consider running, on a day (first Sunday in June) which has featured more than a few memorable long runs over the years. Going into the water did loosen it up, a bit.

Spent the afternoon at the football. Essendon were mediocre but that was more than enough to see off Carlton. (Carlton don't even have the prospect of the number 1 draft pick to look forward to - they traded that to Adelaide).

Saturday Jun 1 #

1 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 5:00 [3] 0.7 km (7:09 / km)

Thought Smiths Reef, an area I haven't been on for about 15 years, might have been a sufficiently gentle reintroduction to terrain, but it was evident from the first downhill that I wasn't ready to go back into terrain yet (that said, the way my back felt on the drive back suggested that I might have struggled even with a flat road/track run today).

At least it was a semi-wasted trip to Maldon and not a semi-wasted trip to New Zealand (and it was a nice day to be out, and some quality time was spent with the lentil soup at a Castlemaine cafe and inside a nearby bookshop).

Friday May 31 #

7 AM

Run 38:00 [3] 6.3 km (6:02 / km)

Places I never really expected to be: staying in an airport hotel in Canberra. (I was up here for a workshop today at ADFA, flew in last night because flying in in the morning in Canberra at this time of year is asking for trouble, and the airport is as convenient to ADFA as anywhere).

I thought I'd take the opportunity to explore a bit of Canberra I've never been to: Pialligo. This is a strip of orchards, nurseries and market gardens (and these days a vineyard) which pre-dates modern Canberra; surprised we never got dragged out here as kids but I guess the garden centre at Jamison (now defunct, I think) was sufficient for our family's needs. (Trips to the garden centre were a 1970s/1980s ritual for many a Canberra family, along with weekend hauls with a trailer out to the West Belconnen tip; I'm just old enough to remember when the tip was instead on what's now the northeast part of the Bruce Ridge map). Had hoped to get down to the river but that part was private property, and needed a bit more to get the time up close to 40 minutes, so ventured into part of Duntroon too.

Felt pretty flat on the run despite the invigorating running conditions - one of those brilliantly clear but cold (-3) mornings that Canberra specialises in. (The -9.8 at Glen Innes - or the Queensland May record -6.9 at Stanthorpe - may have been too much of a good thing). Hamstring a bit tight early but OK thereafter.

Thursday May 30 #

7 AM

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

The forecast for the morning was pretty grim and I got woken up by a loud (hail?) shower around 3am, so I was thinking that an outdoor pool session would be interesting, but in the end it had mostly cleared by dawn and the main issue was the very cold and wet concrete on the pool deck (seldom have I been so glad to get into the water). Seemed to be working pretty well once I was actually in the water.

News of the day is that a US Department of Energy media release has branded fossil fuels as "molecules of freedom".

Wednesday May 29 #

7 AM

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

Down on the Darebin Bridge trail, on the way back checking the progress on building the new bike ramp under the new bridge (bypassing the stairs which have been a bane of riders there for many years) - getting close to being finished. A bit of an improvement on yesterday (which wouldn't be hard) but still found the modest climb back out of the Yarra hard going. Had a bit of hamstring discomfort in the middle, which eased again, but was enough to remind me that I need to take at least some care with this return.

I didn't get to see the aftermath of one piece of construction action yesterday; the builders on Monday had built a road sign right in the middle of the bike path on the other side of Chandler Highway. Someone tweeted to the Minister for Roads about it on Tuesday morning; clearly words were had because the sign was gone by Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday May 28 #

8 AM

Run 29:00 [3] 5.0 km (5:48 / km)

Setting out on the comeback trail and did so successfully, in the sense that I didn't really have any injury concerns - hamstring just fatigued a bit in the later stages. That's not to say that it was a good run though - often the first run back after a layoff is pretty ordinary, but this was worse than ordinary, perhaps just about getting into the ordinary range towards the end. Felt weak throughout, and also rather sleepy.

Took the chance to check out the newly-opened Bunnings in Darebin Road, as well as trying to work out what the crane was doing in the middle of Separation Street on Sunday.

Something I've been tracking is the race to 100mm of rain for the year between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart - none had made it before today (there is no previous occasion when all four had been under 100 this far into the year, although it isn't a record low at any of the individual locations). As of yesterday, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart were all in the 90s, but it's Hobart which got across the line first, reaching the ton this afternoon. Adelaide's currently sitting on 99.2 and, depending on whether any showers produce tomorrow (the last forecast moisture for a while), might get stuck in the 99s for a bit, while Melbourne's on 94 and should get the necessary tomorrow night.

Monday May 27 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Fairly straightforward session - the instructor has clearly noticed that I found it straightforward because she's said she's going to increase the difficulty of my program next week (probably no bad thing). Hamstring feels OK today which will hopefully mean a more successful attempt at running tomorrow than the weekend ones.
8 AM

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

Winter arrived with a certain panache overnight, which made for the sort of morning where I was keen to get into the water as quickly as possible because it was a lot warmer than the air. Clear when I started out, as it often is just after sunrise on cold-outbreak days, but I could see it getting dark to the south and so wasn't all that surprised when in the closing laps, the 27-degree water below was supplemented with 8-degree water above. (That said, my goggles make the black clouds look darker than they actually are - it didn't actually rain that much).

The swim was OK, and a little less slow than last week.

The ride in was hard work into the wind, which meant that the ride home was quite nice with the tail wind. My advice to one other rider is that riding down Heidelberg Road wearing black and with no rear light has the potential to seriously endanger your health.

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