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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending May 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling4 3:41:00 50.14(4:24) 80.7(2:44)
  Run2 56:00 5.1(10:59) 8.2(6:50) 1305 /6c83%
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total7 5:17:00 55.24 88.9 1305 /6c83%

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Sunday May 24 #

12 PM

Cycling 1:09:00 [3] 25.0 km (2:46 / km)

Hamstring pulled up not so well after yesterday and was still a bit sore this morning, so took to the bike instead - again a northeastern loop but this time dropped down into Heidelberg (the old place hasn't changed much but several new apartments are under construction further up the street), so a hillier loop than sometimes the case here. Felt a bit sluggish for a lot of it.

First time I've been past the new Rosanna station since all the follow-up works from the level crossing removal were finished - the bike path crossing is good and the path itself is also good, although as you'd expect on a weekend it was perhaps a bit too well populated with other humans (particularly small ones whose "traffic" sense may be somewhat underdeveloped).

Saturday May 23 #

11 AM

Run ((orienteering)) 35:00 [3] *** 4.6 km (7:37 / km) +130m 6:40 / km

Did some orienteering! In an actual forest! With even a few tapes to find! Headed up to Eppalock South where Tash had organised some maps and Bruce went ahead to put out tapes. Hamstring wasn't great this morning and I had second thoughts about going out at all, but figured I'd enjoy being out in the bush even if I couldn't run much.

Turned out the hamstring held out for 25 minutes, which is 15 minutes longer than it did on Thursday so I'll take that as progress. Various other bits of the body were not functioning at full capacity and I wasn't running many hills, but there were enough non-up moments to be enjoyable. Things seemed to be coming up quite quickly, which reflects how open and fast an area this is - back in the day, the Eppalock areas were ones where I would shoot for sub-5, and my last trip to this part of the map in 2015 was, I think, the last time I went sub-6s on a bush area. I still hope, somewhat forlornly, that it won't be the last time for that, but something which happened that day which certainly won't be happening again is an extended head-to-head battle with Aston in a mass-start race.

The drizzle petered out between Woodend and Kyneton, as I expected, but there was plenty of evidence of recent rain; the Coliban was flowing strongly and there was quite a bit of surface water on some of the paddocks.

Friday May 22 #

1 PM

Cycling 1:01:00 [3] 23.0 km (2:39 / km)

Hamstring still not quite right so took to the bike (want to get into the bush tomorrow, so hoping to settle things down by then). Lunchtime session on the La Trobe loop - was a pretty solid one, notwithstanding the bike not quite working at its best. Hamstring was a little sore early on but settled within 10 minutes or so.

Anyone who's spent much time on the ABC is likely to have been the subject of a complaint to the ABC (I reached this particular career milestone more than a decade ago). The latest one I read of was one against the hosts of ABC News Breakfast for blasphemously taking the Lord's name in vain by saying "Jeez". As someone on Twitter pointed out, if blasphemy is the problem, there is a completely secular alternative which begins with F.

Thursday May 21 #

8 AM

Run 21:00 [3] 3.6 km (5:50 / km)

Hamstring had settled enough by the morning that I thought it was worth a try. Started out OK, but it was definitely fatiguing after being out for 15 minutes or so and it seemed best not to push it too hard. Not too far away from being able to do something more substantial, hopefully.

Wednesday May 20 #

11 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Hamstring still giving trouble this morning. Most of what I do in Pilates doesn't stress it too much, so did most of the usual session, just skipping a couple of exercises. Seemed to work OK. They're going back to classes next week.

Like most of the rest of Melbourne, I got woken up by a 2am thunderstorm (naturally my first reaction was to reach for my phone and look up the radar). The five-year-old down the street was very excited about the storm, although she might have been a bit too excited had she been in Waurn Ponds (scene of a suspected tornado).
5 PM

Cycling 45:00 [3] 16.2 km (2:47 / km)

Thought I should try to do something aerobic today so headed out for a late afternoon ride after sending a couple of documents off to others for review (one of the pluses of working from home is that you can put the time you're waiting for responses from others to good use, although it's not as if I'm completely lacking in other work things I can do either). The Darebin bike path is no less populated in late afternoon on a weekday than it is on weekends, but once through that it was a reasonable ride. Some making-it-up-as-I-went-along route choice at the end taking advantage of paralleling a train (which in turn makes it easier to cross roads adjacent to the level crossings).

Hamstring seems a little better after this.
7 PM


It's been a wet year and the ground is becoming increasingly muddy, something demonstrated by the electricity company ute which was bogged up to its axles in Yarra Bend Park this afternoon.

Tuesday May 19 #

(injured) (rest day)

Woke up with soreness in the right hamstring - not obvious why this developed overnight but my body sometimes moves (or doesn't move) in mysterious ways. Had hoped that walking around during the day might settle it down but it didn't really.

Poll results of the day: 13% of Australians surveyed believe that Bill Gates was involved in creating and spreading Covid-19, and 12% believe that the virus spreads through 5G. I would speculate that there is a fairly large overlap between the 12% and the 13%. (I'd also speculate that One Nation voters are severely overrepresented in this group, but disappointingly the pollster didn't publish results broken down by voting intention).

And NZ Opposition Leader Simon Bridges' rating as preferred Prime Minister is 4.5% (that's not a typo). I recall back in 1993 that a poll in Canada found that more Canadians thought Elvis was still alive than thought that then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was doing a good job; he resigned shortly afterwards (possibly out of embarrassment).

Monday May 18 #

8 AM

Cycling 46:00 [3] 16.5 km (2:47 / km)

Boulevard loop. Bike still making some strange noises and I think a brake is rubbing a bit (getting it looked at, but not until next week), so not surprised to be a bit slower than last time, but quads were functioning OK which is an improvement on recent Mondays. Got the gloves out for the first time this year, although probably didn't really need them. A bit more traffic around than lately, but certainly not remotely close to a normal peak hour.

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