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Training Log: blairtrewin

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run5 4:39:00 28.71(9:43) 46.2(6:02)
  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 6:47:00 29.76 47.9
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Friday Jun 21 #

7 AM

Run 31:00 [3] 5.0 km (6:12 / km)

This morning's mission was the completion of Collingwood. Collingwood as a suburb has a somewhat colourful reputation (albeit one which was more accurate a century ago than it is now), so it was perhaps fitting that this run involved the police. Specifically, it involved someone pranging into a police car (I heard the crash but didn't see it), something which I suspect isn't going to end well for the driver. The driver evidently reached a similar conclusion and didn't seem too keen to remain on the scene, but with half its front end dragging on the ground their getaway ambitions were considerably in excess of their vehicle's capabilities and they only made it 100 metres down the road. I moved on with the long arm of the law in the process of walking up to them.

(It wasn't to be the last I saw of the police this morning - they were also gathered next to the Rathdowne Street bike lane, looking like they were doing a blitz on something, hopefully scooters but probably helmets).

The run never really got going, and hip soreness was a nuisance at times. Perhaps there were bad vibes from before leaving home, when I spent a few minutes in a fruitless search for an annoying prickle in my sock, gave up and changed socks, had the same sensation in the same place and then realised that the prickle in the sock was actually a splinter in my foot.

With this on the board, I've also completed everything in Yarra north of Victoria Parade/Street.
8 AM

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

Moved on to the water, not as smooth a session as it sometimes can be - back felt tight through the first 10 minutes or so, which was a bit surprising because that wasn't a feature of the run. Eventually got going better in the second half. Pool busier than I would have expected for a winter morning.

Thursday Jun 20 #

7 AM

Run 1:20:00 [3] 13.4 km (5:58 / km)

Longer run this morning up into the northeast end of Preston, on a slightly warmer morning than yesterday (there must have even been a bit of a shower about somewhere because there was a prominent rainbow at one point). Slow early but gradually built into it. The last 4k after the Bell Street crossing coming from this direction is usually pretty good (if helps that much of it is slightly downhill) and today was no exception; felt like I had plenty left in the last 10 minutes. A little hip soreness after the steeper hills (a relative term here), both up and down. Managed to successfully dodge the traffic coming out of the drive-through coffee place on Bell Street (driving and coffee seems to me like a potentially dangerous combination).

In the light of certain announcements yesterday, I was amused to see that today in Race 3 at Kempsey, Solar Power was a close second, while Atomic Surprise was a distant second-last. Lockup the Kittens was a scratching (kittens can do quite a bit of scratching so that was pretty appropriate too).

Wednesday Jun 19 #

8 AM

Run 46:00 [3] 7.5 km (6:08 / km)

One of Melbourne's few frosty mornings of the year - enough for me to pull the gloves out for the first time this winter (though not the long sleeves) for a session starting from Harp Junction and into the Belmore map (now completed west of Buchanan). Feeling a bit off this morning, probably due to vaccination side-effects (not least a patchy night's sleep through intermittently rolling onto my sore shoulder), but managed to keep plodding away. (It was plodding, didn't get a sub-6 kilometre until the sixth).

One of this morning's more impressive numbers was a bit disappointing in terms of removing a quirky record: today's -5.7 at Westmere (near Lake Bolac) means it no longer has the rare distinction of having a record low temperature which was set in October.

Tuesday Jun 18 #

8 AM

Run 31:00 [3] 5.1 km (6:05 / km)

One of those mornings when I wasn't functional, at least to attempt anything fast (won't blame the cold for this, the back felt stiff before I stepped out the door). Normally in such situations my plan B would be lunchtime (and my plan C after work) but with other things on both at lunchtime and in the evening that wasn't an option, so instead I got on the train and hoped that an extra hour would be enough to sort things out. It wasn't enough to be loose enough for an intervals session, but I did at least manage to get something on the board even if it was squarely in minimum-viable-session territory.

Had both Covid and flu injections today, but no sign of any side-effects (other than a slightly sore shoulder) to date - I'd had none any of the other times either so that doesn't surprise me.
6 PM

Note

If anyone wants to hear what I have to say about how global temperature measurements are collated, I'm doing an online talk tomorrow (for the SA branch of the Statistical Society of Australia) - 6.30pm Melbourne time, do your own conversions for other places.

Monday Jun 17 #

7 AM

Pilates 45:00 [3]

Monday morning Pilates, with a few tweaks to incrementally increase the degree of difficulty on some things. Feeling fairly stiff this morning before getting into to it a bit more, felt a little hamstring tightness at the end but don't think it's anything to worry about too much.
8 AM

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

Onwards to the pool. Somewhat to my surprise, felt like I was moving pretty well and a consistent session. It wasn't even that cold, although the pool was pretty quiet anyway (a quietness which extended to the inner city's roads, even by usual Monday standards).

Sunday Jun 16 #

10 AM

Run 1:31:00 [3] 15.2 km (5:59 / km)

Longest run for a while although not quite what I hoped for. Started out with the ambition of testing the longest-since-2017 benchmark if things were going well, but there were just enough issues (like a bit of hamstring tightness from time to time) not to commit to that. Still managed to grind out 90 minutes-plus on a day when things weren't going smoothly, so was satisfied with that (but some hip flexor soreness triggered by the last downhill discouraged me from going much past the 90). Biggest week for a while, too.

This took me out through Wilson Reserve - spotted a plaque which said who Wilson was, a long-serving Scout leader in the first half of the 20th century - for the first time in a few months, and out into North Balwyn, at one point alongside the Koonung path route which was a familiar route in my Heidelberg days (and which I'll never see again in its pre-2015 form because it's disappearing under the freeway expansion). Climbed up through the middle of North Balwyn and then cleared a few streets (including Ricky's) on the north side of the Belmore map before heading for home.

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