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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jul 28:

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  Pilates1 40:00
  Cycling1 37:00 8.08(4:35) 13.0(2:51)
  Total2 1:17:00 8.08 13.0

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Sunday Jul 28 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Got as far as contemplating going out in the Bendigo ORingen, but still felt too painful on the warm-up to run. Don't think I'm too far away. Picked up a map and went out for a walk on one of the courses, which was OK for the most part although still feeling a bit uncomfortable on rougher ground and significant downhills.

Saturday Jul 27 #

10 AM

Cycling 37:00 [3] 13.0 km (2:51 / km)
(sick)

This was intended as a short session to see what I could (and couldn't do). The answer is that I'm perfectly fine to ride, but getting the foot on the ground at traffic lights is a bit of a challenge if there isn't a gutter to help (so it's just as well there weren't that many lights). Good to get out, although I had a sense that a certain amount of fitness has gone in the couple of weeks that I've been sidelined.

I can now walk reasonably freely (although still with some discomfort), and am at least contemplating going out tomorrow. It still looks horrible.

Friday Jul 26 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Small increments count for something here - today it was managing the full walk to the station (in only 10% more time than it usually takes me). Probably could have down without the return trip at full crush capacity, thanks to an earlier cancellation. At least I'm being productive at work today - one paper finalised for submission, and a second well on the way.

Thursday Jul 25 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Finally did something! (and definitely felt better for having done it). Fronted up to a pre-existing Pilates appointment, thinking I might be able to get through perhaps two-thirds of my usual set, but was in fact able to manage all of it - the exercises which involved the ankle put it through a vertical range of movement which it seemed OK with. That might encourage me to give it a try on the bike in the not overly distant future. Still limping, but perhaps not quite as badly?

Wednesday Jul 24 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Last day of the SA trip, in Clare in the morning and then back home in the afternoon and evening. Didn't feel as if I'd improved that much, although driving did seem a bit easier (and something I'd been a bit apprehensive about, getting my manual car back from the airport, proved to be no problem).

Tuesday Jul 23 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Continuing to look for signs of slow improvement, and today's was being able to drive for 90 minutes straight. Hard to notice otherwise. The workshop was worthwhile though, giving me more perspective on things like what a big rain does for outback pastoralists (a fall of 50-100mm can set them up for a year), whether it matters what time of year it happens at (basically no), and how sensitive they are to extreme high temperatures (not terribly).

The local paper in Port Augusta had headlines about skyrocketing local house prices. It's a relative term (the average has gone from $200,000 to $272,000), but the local economy does seem to be travelling pretty well, thanks to a large extent to all the renewable energy developments happening in the area.

In Clare tonight, for another workshop tomorrow. Would have liked to have joined Simon on his late afternoon run but that isn't an option yet.

The good old days weren't always so good (an occasional series):

"Australian Rules football in Melbourne is being ruined by a small minority of hooligans who made themselves a nuisance every Saturday. These hooligans come to the grounds with the deliberate intention of making themselves objectionable, pay little attention to the game, of which they are most profoundly ignorant, and spend the time shouting insults at the players and creating disturbances. Football enthusiasts generally are sick and tired of being pushed around and annoyed by these beer-sparring blatherskites".

These words were uttered by the commentator Norman Banks, in 1952.

Monday Jul 22 #

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(sick) (rest day)

Another day of incremental improvement; I can now walk without significant pain (although still with a noticeable limp) and the actual appearance of the area has transitioned from ugliness type A to ugliness type B in the way it's supposed to.

I thought driving up to Port Augusta in an automatic would be fairly straightforward, but my foot did not like not being flat on the ground (something which wasn't possible with the seat and steering wheel configuration) and 40 continuous minutes was about as much as I could tolerate, which made it a pretty slow trip (we were also hours late because my Hobart-based CSIRO colleague - Simon Allen, who will be known to Tasmanian orienteers - missed his connection in Melbourne). This did give us the opportunity to try out the Crystal Brook pub (not the worst of its type I've seen). Definitely glad to make it in around 8.30.

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