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Training Log: jennycas

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  rogaining2 3:30:00 7.46(28:10) 12.0(17:30)
  running4 2:56:00 8.08 13.0
  swimming1 36:00 0.62(57:56) 1.0(36:00)
  Total6 7:02:00 16.16 26.0
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Tuesday May 28 #

6 PM

running hills (North Adelaide) 42:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 28 purple

I thought I'd done nothing but eat on the weekend - the hash house catering was very good - but apparently also my legs did do nearly 50km of exercise and so they found half a dozen ascents of Montefiore Hill to be hard work (got a decent break between intervals because the junior boys walked rather than jogged back down each time) tonight. My lord, I'm out of practice at running hard - but I don't think I'm starting *much* higher up the hill than I did a year or two ago?

Monday May 27 #

9 AM

rogaining (Parna-roo-gaine) 30:00 [2] 3.0 km (10:00 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 23 black/pink

Scored 4 more controls to collect this morning; it was cold enough at daybreak that I didn't want to get out of bed, but the temperature basically rose with the sun and so by the time G dropped me off near the railway line to follow a line of controls south to where he would wait for me on the road, I didn't need a second layer of clothing and the farmland was so open that I could jog between control sites.

running (Parna-roo-gaine) 25:00 [3] 4.0 km (6:15 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 23 black/pink

Plodded along the road to the Hash House after I'd handed the controls and Navlights over to Geoff; had thought I needed a bit more exercise but by now my knees had also had enough.

Took a while to pack up camp and farewell the organisers but we were still turning off the Barrier Highway at Yunta by midday with the plan of driving back dirt roads through to Burra via Faraway Hill which is on Braemar Station and is marked on my 1927 Tourists' Road Guide For South Australia. Also identified on a few newer maps, and in fact I was surprised to see that someone is still living at Faraway Hill outstation, as it is truly in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a saltbush-and-sheoak plain and is the only hill for 20-30km in all directions. Unfenced roads out that way of course and it was necessary to be on the lookout for sheep, goats, kangaroos and emus, all of which have no road sense whatsoever.

Further north, some of the station homesteads we passed were quite big establishments, almost villages (although definitely some of the sheep stations' buildings are now abandoned, the farmers and their families would have needed to be completely self-sufficient 100 years ago) perched along the banks of redgum-lined watercourses which become impassable if/when they flooded on a summer storm. Further south, optimistic farmers are dry-seeding in the hope that it will rain soon, and the dust clouds from their ploughing rises hundreds of metres into the air...

Sunday May 26 #

2 PM

rogaining (Parna-roo-gaine) 3:00:00 [1] 9.0 km (20:00 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 23 black/pink

It was a sociable evening around the campfire last night, with basically all teams coming in for dinner at the HH (except Des and Paul who decided that their 15 hours would finish at 3am) and not too cold in the morning but cheese toasties were still a popular way to warm up and I found myself briefly responsible for toasting them for the masses (approx 150 people at this event) while waiting for my teammate to surface. We headed out about 8am and since I knew his limits fairly well I'd chosen a loop of 8km/5 controls/270 points, eschewing additional gains (I did suggest some add-ons which were declined, citing painful knees) in favour of coming in with nearly an hour to spare, and this left me plenty of energy for control collecting in the afternoon.

First though, the presentations at which it turned out that Zara and Steve had been the only team to clean up the entire 2690 point 15-hour course, in an elapsed time of about 14.5 hours! And the winners of the 8-hour got over 2000 points as theirs was all in daylight...I think if we'd actually been out for the entire 8 hours ourselves we might have just cracked over 800?

The afternoon's loop was collecting 290 points worth of controls with G dropping me off in the SW corner of the map then collecting the water drop at the Parnaroo Hall (established as a woolshed in 1875) and waiting there until I arrived - moved a bit faster on my own so this is worth logging and it it was such a lovely afternoon to be navigating over the ranges by myself. Not that I hadn't been doing this anyway during the event, as someone else didn't bother to take their map out of their pack :)

Another lovely evening for camping at the HH and watching the stars, although there were only 10 of us camped there tonight. Took a while to get cold overnight, and no dew at all with the dewpoint being well below freezing, which wasn't reached at ground level (Yunta 0.6 overnight) so it didn't frost although there was ice on the roof of the car in the morning.

Saturday May 25 #

5 PM

running (Parna-roo-gaine) 54:00 [3] 9.0 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Asics Nimbus 24 black/green

I convinced Geoff to come rogaining with me!

Actually this didn't require too much arm-twisting as it involved camping @Parnaroo near Peterborough, in the sort of country we both love, where mallee meets native pine. As I remembered from the 2015 12-hour with Zara in this area, some of the hills have low scrub and others are quite open, but I'd forgotten about the prevalence of wheel cactus in some parts - the rogainers have been assisting with cactus culls for some years now on the farm which hosted the Hash House (same location as in 2015, and possibly I even camped between the same pair of Callitris as last time).

Anyway, this was a roving 8-or-15-hours across a 24 hour period and I was under no illusions about how much walking G would want to do, so 8 was going to be plenty for him wearing jeans and steel-capped boots. Nearly thought I was going to have mutiny at the 2-hour mark on Sat which was a bit awkward as a 5-hour loop had been planned, but I wisely said nothing and agreed to head towards the HH already - and at the next control pointed out a more interesting/lucrative route than just marching back along the road - so in the end we had 460 points from 10 controls in 13km which was nearly 4 hours on our feet although not at a pace to be worth logging, and so I still had the energy to go for a run along the road to the junction and back again by myself while the sun was setting and my co-conspirator put his feet up/drank a beer!

Friday May 24 #

7 AM

swimming 36:00 [3] 1.0 km (36:00 / km)

Slightly more fluent today, possibly because I wasn't wearing socks.

Thursday May 23 #

6 PM

running (Belair night) 55:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 28 purple

Tuesday's enthusiasm had definitely worn off and it was an effort to follow the rising full moon towards the redwoods in pursuit of the group. Tried to run a bit harder on the way back along the valley because my hands were uncomfortably colder than anticipated.

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