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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jun 14:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 2:35:00 16.4(9:27) 26.4(5:52)
  Cycling2 1:43:00 23.18(4:27) 37.3(2:46)
  Pilates1 40:00
  Total7 4:58:00 39.58 63.7

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Sunday Jun 14 #

11 AM

Run 44:00 [3] 7.4 km (5:57 / km)

A run in the Little Desert NP while my parents (who are travelling with me) did a nature trail walk; the first 10 minutes along the Nhill-Harrow road and then onto a track into the park. This was quite sandy (and muddy or slippery in low-lying places) and quite hard work; my back and hamstring were basically OK to start but were starting to tire, so decided to cut short initial ambitions of an hour; still my longest since the hamstring issues (and first back-to-back days).

Also featuring today were Mount Arapiles (looking magnificent from below in the morning light, although a bit too misty for expansive views from the top), and a number of well-decorated silos, notably at Sheep Hills (which has no hills and, at least at present, no sheep). Also lots of very quiet small to mid-sized towns on a Sunday, with Nhill without most of its usual highway traffic given that it's just about the end of the practical road at the moment, unless you're a truck.

(Central Nhill, like central Innisfail and central Napier, has lots of buildings of about the same age - circa 1900 in Nhill's case - and for the same reason of having been flattened by a natural disaster. For Nhill it was being the most prominent victim of probably Australia's most significant tornado outbreak, in November 1897).

Saturday Jun 13 #

8 AM

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

Felt like a struggle for most of the way - perhaps a bit better in the last 10 minutes - but not too bad in the injury department after a bit of early back stiffness, so that's progress. Earlier than I'd normally do on a Saturday before hitting the road for an extended weekend in western Victoria - doing a bit more exploring than I'd normally do between Melbourne and Horsham (including the wet forests and waterfalls of the Mount Buangor State Park). The hot chocolate at the Vines in Ararat is still as good as I remember, too.

Friday Jun 12 #

8 AM

Cycling 1:00:00 [3] 21.2 km (2:50 / km)

Morning ride up the Eastern Freeway/Koonung path. Felt pretty sluggish and struggling on the few climbs (which on this route are short but sharp). Cold morning, especially close to the river - I might eschew the gloves in near-zero temperatures when running but they're definitely needed on the bike. (Perhaps I should have worn some better socks, too, as my toes took a while to thaw out afterwards). Strangely, not many people out on the path at this time of day and in this weather.

Note to self: now that school's back, riding along the streets that are logical exit routes from Fairfield Primary at 9am is not a very good idea.

Thursday Jun 11 #

8 AM

Run 41:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:51 / km)

Getting a bit closer to normality; a bit iffy in the first 10 minutes but otherwise steady if not sparkling on a morning with a hint of frost. Hamstring fatigued a little in the last 10 minutes but not to the extent of the last couple of runs (though it's pulled up a little sore afterwards). Moving OK through the second half. Nice to get a normal(ish) run done in the morning before the start of a working day - something there's been too little of lately.

Wednesday Jun 10 #

7 AM

Pilates 40:00 [3]

Back to doing this in the early morning (although not yet to accommodate a commute which doesn't yet exist). 6.15 is earlier than I've generally been getting up lately (the day with the 5am teleconference aside), and starting a session in the dark is also something of a novelty, as is having other people there. Hamstring was a bit iffy for running today - something tested after this - but was OK for the Pilates session. This generally felt fairly straightforward, although I always worry whether feeling straightforward means I'm doing it wrong.

It was rather disturbing to learn that there was, and apparently still is, such a thing as a Miss Hitler competition, although thanks to the British courts the number of potential participants has been reduced by one for the next three years.

Tuesday Jun 9 #

12 PM

Cycling 43:00 [3] 16.1 km (2:40 / km)

Lunchtime ride on the Upper Heidelberg loop, slightly earlier than planned because of a system crash which made me think it was a good time to head out and hope that it would be sorted out while I was out (it was). Fairly straightforward and felt reasonably comfortable on the climb. One somewhat uncomfortable close call with a tradie ute (these have been on the roads throughout, but perhaps are behaving closer to the norm again).

Monday Jun 8 #

9 AM

Run 30:00 [3] 5.0 km (6:00 / km)

A bit more of a step up - no longer than the last couple of runs but in tougher terrain with all the ups and downs of the Mornington Peninsula sand dunes. Did something a bit different and went out to Spray Point for the first time in my many visits here (impressive views along the coast to the southeast), then onto Koonya beach, although most of the beach was too soft to be runnable in my current condition. Hamstring started to fatigue a bit and I decided to pull up at 30 minutes, but still progress at a certain level, and seem to have pulled up fine afterwards.

Certainly no shortage of people out and about today - I think there were at least as many people at Cape Schanck as there are on Two Bays day. Decided that staying until the evening was the best option given what the traffic was likely to be like in the afternoon.

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