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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 3:11:00 19.2(9:57) 30.9(6:11) 704 /6c66%
  Pilates1 45:00
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 38:00 0.62(1:01:09) 1.0(38:00)
  Total8 5:19:00 20.26 32.6 704 /6c66%

Friday May 14 #

7 AM

Run 34:00 [3] 5.6 km (6:04 / km)

This week has been poor compared to the last couple (though not bad relative to two or three months ago), and today was another indifferent session - in the end decided it wasn't worth trying to push much further before a race weekend.

Headed north this time, originally thinking of Bellfield but when it became apparent I wouldn't be doing 45-50 minutes, instead picked up a couple of streets in the industrial area and headed back down Jones Street, which is a quiet residential street now but was once much busier - I was somewhat surprised to discover on seeing the 1966 Melway that in those days Station Street didn't go through to Bell but ended at a T-intersection where the Rossmoyne shops are now, and if you wanted to get to where Albert Street ended at Dundas, you had to zig-zag through Jones, the most readily available back street. They must have had to flatten quite a few buildings to connect the two (but then in those days the Board of Works did pretty much what it liked).

On the way to Canberra now, for the NOL events (with a slight detour).

Thursday May 13 #

6 PM

Swimming 38:00 [2] 1.0 km (38:00 / km)

Seem to have trouble at the moment coming up the morning after a physio session (possibly something to do with the amount of needlework it involves these days - short-term pain for long-term gain), so did an evening swim instead. The price of this was that the evening weather was a fair bit worse than the morning, although at least the rain had stopped. (As expected at this time of night, the indoor pool was fully occupied with swimming lessons - I'm assuming that, like quite a few of the places in the outback where I was thinking of staying next month, two years of demand is being squashed into one). Swim was OK after all of that, and definitely improved on last time.

I'm dealing with a few travel logistical issues at the moment, and have finally bitten the bullet and organised to get a rack fitted which will allow me to carry fuel containers on the roof, having ascertained that carrying them in the car is dangerous and not just unpleasant (somebody should probably tell the panic-buyers in the US - I even saw reports of someone pumping fuel into a plastic bag).

Wednesday May 12 #

7 AM

Run 35:00 [3] 6.0 km (5:50 / km)

This week hasn't been quite as good as the last two and today was consistent with that; an early short rise set the back off a little and from there I was battling against the current. A little bit of left hamstring discomfort on downhills which was a bit concerning (although the physio didn't seem too alarmed in our session tonight). Decided to cut it a bit shorter than I might have given that. I did, however, get through today's primary mission - running the last handful of streets necessary to complete Northcote.

Very nice morning to be out which turned into a nice day to be out - pleasant at lunchtime (at this time of year you're conscious that sunny lunchtimes are getting rarer).

Tuesday May 11 #

1 PM

Run intervals 12:00 [4] 2.0 km (6:00 / km)

South Wharf intervals, having decided on lunchtime rather than morning (a) because I was feeling rather sleepy this morning and (b) because it was rather dismal this morning. Once running, this session was best characterised as better than last week but not as good as the week before; started to fade away on the last couple so didn't extend the set any further than last time.

Run warm up/down 22:00 [3] 3.5 km (6:17 / km)

Warm-up and down. Not super-convincing but OK. Back was fine today.

Regular readers will be aware of Northcote Plaza and its two Coles supermarkets, one at each end (one used to be a Bi-Lo but when Coles took them over they kept it going rather than risk the site falling into the hands of a competitor). These are fairly universally referred to locally as "good Coles" and "sh*t Coles", but I certainly didn't expect the previous Mayor to refer to the latter in those terms in the middle of an ABC interview this morning...

Monday May 10 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Slowly learning the ropes of the new routine - it's longer than previous ones so I suspect I'm going to struggle to get it done in a 40-minute slot (and probably shouldn't be trying to - doing things fast isn't the point of this). Body seemed to be functioning OK despite feeling as if I'd strained something in my side last night.
8 AM

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

Moved on to Fitzroy, reacquainting myself with one of the regulars who I hadn't seen for a while (best known as a vocal Melbourne supporter, which means he's having a good year) - turns out he'd retired and moved to South Australia and was back on a visit. Once we'd caught up, settled into the rest of the session, and felt pretty good through it - seemed to be working well. Rain started just after I got out.

Sunday May 9 #

10 AM

Run 50:00 [3] 8.1 km (6:10 / km)

Was hoping to stretch the distance out a bit further from Friday, on a Mother's Day visit to Blairgowrie, but realised fairly early on that it was going to be a struggle today; none of the sand dunes here are particularly big, but you don't get much of a break and with my back a bit below par today it was pretty hard work. Decided that I would be happy to get something respectable on the board and just about managed that (and given that I went months without getting this far, to do this on a difficult day can be taken as another sign of progress).

Saturday May 8 #

10 AM

Run ((orienteering)) 38:00 [3] *** 5.7 km (6:40 / km) +70m 6:17 / km

Finishing long-running projects is a bit of a theme at the moment, and today involved getting the last few permanent course controls I hadn't got at Westerfolds - I do these in numerical order so it can mean a lot of back-and-forth across the map, but not a bad thing having an excuse for some long legs. Thought this one might be over almost before it started when I took a heavy fall in the first 30 seconds (tripped over a bit of pipe I didn't see), but there seemed to be no lasting damage, and in general I was running significantly better than last time - running all the hills, for a start (there weren't a lot of hills, but even taking on two- or three-contour climbs in terrain has been more than I've been able to manage for most of the year). Didn't take a compass and lost direction a bit across a flat spur on the west side, which in turn took me into somewhat unexpected territory looking for 28, but picked myself up soon enough.

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