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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jul 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Pool running1 42:00 0.37(1:52:39) 0.6(1:10:00)
  Total1 42:00 0.37(1:52:39) 0.6(1:10:00)

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Sunday Jul 21 #

(sick) (rest day)

Somewhat improved today, a relative term which means that (a) I had probably 40% vertical mobility in my ankle rather than almost nothing yesterday (b) I felt up to walking slightly awkwardly around a supermarket (c) I didn't feel the need to prop myself up against the wall whilst peeing (d) I didn't feel like I needed to lie down at any stage and (e) my appetite has returned to reasonably normal levels. The latter was tested, among other thing, by the cake at afternoon tea, produced for the visit of Fern, Amber and families; Patrick insisted that we have candles and birthday singing so we sang happy birthday to the moon landing (sorry Aislinn).

Following some of the links related to the moon landing revealed that Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary were part of an expedition which reached the North Pole in 1985. There must have been some interesting conversations on that trip.

At least things have improved to the point that I'm reasonably confident I'll be able to fulfill my work engagements (and the travel between them) this week, although I'll be pretty cautious about resuming running, partly because I'm not sure what other damage the swelling might do whilst it's in progress. At this stage I'll consider it a bonus if I make it back in time for Bendigo next weekend.

Saturday Jul 20 #

(sick) (rest day)

Another difficult day, although perhaps with some slight signs of improvement by the end. Definitely an inactive day; I doubt that I covered more than a couple of hundred metres today (most of it between rooms in the house).

Discovery of the day was that in 1989, strapped for hard currency, the Soviet Union paid for a shipment of Pepsi in (presumably redundant) submarines. This in turn made Pepsi briefly the possessor of the world's sixth-largest naval fleet before they onsold it all for scrap metal.

Friday Jul 19 #

(sick) (rest day)

The second round of this, but this time the rash and swelling is in my ankle rather than shins (at least that meant the decision not to rogaine was very straightforward). Swollen ankles are something a lot of orienteering will have a fair bit of experience with, not so much me (the last time I did an ankle was in 2004). It was as much as I could manage to negotiate a work day in Adelaide following by getting to the football - the first time I've been to a football game at Adelaide Oval (and I certainly can't complain about the result).

Thursday Jul 18 #

8 AM

Pool running 42:00 [3] 0.6 km (1:10:00 / km)

Still a bit too much swelling to try running but felt up to doing something in the water. Felt a little awkward at first but moving OK after the first few minutes. Ended up pulling a little early after getting a cramp, a reminder that I'm not quite in balance properly yet.

The good news is that the swelling is steadily declining, the bad news (for now) is that it's localised in a painful spot around the side of the ankle. Hopefully that disappears quickly. I'm off to Adelaide for a diverse range of activities (meaning an even larger than usual bag); seeing Essendon play at Adelaide Oval for the first time tomorrow night, doing the rogaine on the weekend with Jenny (providing I get through a fitness test tomorrow morning), then hitting the road in the first half of the next week for a couple of agricultural workshops.

Wednesday Jul 17 #

(sick) (rest day)

Felt much better in a general sense today after a reasonable night's sleep (first since Saturday) and was able to get back to work without any difficulty, but the lower leg swelling is causing me more trouble than last time, presumably because of its exact position rather than that there's more of it - I can't put weight on my left leg standing for any extended period of time, although walking is manageable. Hopefully the swelling will disappear as quickly as it did last time (or I'll have the opportunity to get through plenty of reading in a pleasant bush location this weekend).

This log entry from 2010 is relevant in light of receiving an ad today that a-ha are doing a tour of Australia in early 2020.

Tuesday Jul 16 #

(sick) (rest day)

Had a pretty rough night last night - felt as if I didn't get to sleep until about 4am, although I probably was getting small bits and pieces of it. Improved somewhat through the day; hopeful of being back at work tomorrow, although it might be a day or two beyond that before I feel up to doing much exercise. (My appetite still hasn't really come back, though that may just be a response to using less energy than I usually do).

Monday Jul 15 #

(sick) (rest day)

Improved somewhat through the day, but felt sufficiently bad at the start of the day that I actually stayed home from work (the last time I did this for any illness/injury which didn't involve time in hospital was in 1983) - at least there was plenty of distraction for a morning on the couch, even if the recording of the Wimbledon final cut out at match-point. The symptoms continue to match the July 2016 issue so hopefully the recovery will too.

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