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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jun 13, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 6:05:06 37.22(9:49) 59.9(6:06) 44058 /63c92%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Swimming1 20:00 0.31(1:04:22) 0.5(40:00)
  Total8 7:10:06 37.97(11:20) 61.1(7:02) 44058 /63c92%

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Monday Jun 13, 2016 #

9 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 20:09 [4] *** 3.3 km (6:06 / km) +80m 5:27 / km

QB3 sprint. Felt much as I did last Monday - clearly coming up on the third day after a long race on the second is a bit of a problem for me at the moment (even if yesterday was a fair bit shorter than the previous weekend). Today was a fair bit shorter than last Monday, though, and although I wasn't exactly enjoying my running, I did get through it this time (albeit with a fairly dismal placing).

Didn't get off to the best of starts when I realised I'd forgotten to clear my stick and had to dash back from the start line (punching start fortunately). Only glitch otherwise was a few seconds in a dead end on the way to 9, although I would have done better to take a few more stair-avoiding route choices, I think. Needed all the strength I had today for the king-of-the-mountain 14 (and a bit of agility to avoid the swooping birds around 7 and 8).

Most of the others (including those I might have hoped to stay in front of) seemed to be in the 16s (though Andrew Barnett was just over 15). Not sure what Josh was doing but he stopped me from coming last.

Hopefully this was a successful weekend in building the profile of the sport in this part of the world. The local club (with a certain amount of outside support) did a great job of making things happen. Would be a nice spot for a Christmas 5-Days, although accommodation might be a problem at that time of year.

Saw my first bit of political advertising for the weekend on a campus noticeboard - a flyer for the Health Australia Party. (Just in case you might be tempted to vote for them, they're anti-vaxers with a bit of homeopathy thrown in). Looks like Rob Oakeshott's last-minute nomination might have caught a complacent local National campaign by surprise - I'll be surprised if he wins (the redistribution has cut his old territory in half and he has no history at the Coffs Harbour end of Cowper), but he's at least a bit of a wildcard.
6 PM


War by other means - the Russian state news service's take on the weekend's altercations in Marseille:

“Two hundred and fifty Russian fans repulsed an attack by several thousand English and forced them to flee. English fans started the fight by attacking our fans, but 250 Russians from different corners of our country did not flinch and repulsed the attack of the heavily drunken islanders.”

(General consensus seems to be that it was the Russians, in conjunction with the local ultras, who started it, although the English weren't exactly unwilling to engage).

Sunday Jun 12, 2016 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 1:28:33 [4] *** 13.2 km (6:43 / km) +245m 6:08 / km

Long day of QB3, in the Bom Bom State Forest just south of Grafton. I ran on an area north of Grafton at a junior squad challenge a long time ago (sufficiently long that I think at least four of my opponents today hadn't been born yet) and recalled it as being one where the number of controls on the course approximately equalled the number of features on the map. The course stats today suggested that it might be similarly bland, but it was a bit more interesting that that - probably similar to some of the Maryborough terrain, with a bit of detail in the gullies and some watercourses on the sides of slopes. Nevertheless, in most cases, the objective was to stay as close as possible to the straight line.

I felt pretty sluggish at the start, and given the way I was feeling on small hills, was glad that this area doesn't have any big ones. Never really running that well, but made a reasonable fist of staying close to straight lines (although one where I didn't, 11 where I went to the track, seems to have paid off from the splits). Only miss of any size was at 14 where I came in a bit low, but only 20 seconds or so. Seemed to pick up a bit in the last 20 minutes, and that showed in the splits too.

Shep did 71, a bit longer than I thought he would, and there was a cluster around 80, much of it comprising people who'd made mistakes yesterday but could run faster today. I'll be defending a 38-second gap on Andy Hill in the sprint tomorrow (not something I'll be confident of doing) after two narrow wins.

Might not be the world's most technical area, but it will be excellent for establishing a local base in Grafton (especially as it looks like there's enough area for two more maps), and is more runnable than I expected in a coastal climate.

Hugs score for Hug A Climate Scientist Day was five - four at orienteering and one from the person at the general store at Wooli, a place which saw a fairly spectacular climate extreme of its own this time last week. Whilst today saw about 459 millimetres less rain than last Sunday there (something of which there was surprisingly little evidence), it had still become not great for the beach by the time I got there.

Saturday Jun 11, 2016 #

2 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 43:24 [4] *** 4.8 km (9:02 / km) +115m 8:04 / km

Day 1 of QB3 at Coffs Harbour. This sounds like (and is) a fair way to come (especially with Kooyoora as a rival attraction), but it's the first major event to be staged by any of our new post-2012 clubs and I thought I should put in an appearance.

It turned out to be a pretty interesting bit of terrain - a strip of sand dunes 200-300m wide between the railway line and the beach, with a real mix of vegetation and enough yellow patches to make it reasonably runnable if you chose your routes carefully. After the first couple I also got into reading the vegetation, and once I could read that I always felt reasonably in touch with the navigation - a couple of wobbles but not more than 15 seconds (certainly a vast improvement on last weekend). Didn't feel very aggressive with the running, especially when there was lantana about. Shep blew us all away, but I wasn't too far away from the rest, without claiming many notable scalps (Andy Hill being the most notable). Fairly happy with this.

One thing you certainly wouldn't have had at Kooyoora - seeing dolphins on the warm-down.

Having a direct flight certainly made the trip easier. First time I've flown Tiger - didn't expect any frills and didn't get any (the Melbourne terminal 4 certainly has "cheap" written all over it), but they got me from A to B when they said they would, which is the main thing.

Friday Jun 10, 2016 #

7 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.2 km (5:33 / km)

First stage of a Friday morning double from Fitzroy Pool. Managed to find a route which didn't involve crossing any really major roads and didn't have any crossovers, although it involved a bit of convoluted stuff around the Exhibition Gardens. Stiff early, but going along reasonably well after the first 10 minutes or so.

Spotted the first defaced poster of the election campaign (someone had added "AND GUNS" to the Liberal Democrats "Tax Cuts For All"). They're a bit slow off the mark this year - usually by this stage at least a few candidate posters are sporting Hitler moustaches. There was a poster sighted in my part of town yesterday "Bruce Wayne for Batman", but sadly, when the list of nominations was announced today, Mr. Wayne was not amongst them.
8 AM

Swimming 20:00 [2] 0.5 km (40:00 / km)

The swim didn't go so well. Was having trouble with foot cramps almost from the beginning, and when I started to get calf cramps as well it was a worry - one particularly sharp one was enough to convince me enough was enough. Not sure what the problem was - there was no sign of trouble on the run, I don't think my diet this week has been unusually salt-deficient, and lack of hydration certainly hasn't been an issue. To add to the mystery, no sign of feeling untoward through the rest of the day, either.

Thursday Jun 9, 2016 #

6 AM

Run 1:52:00 [3] 20.4 km (5:29 / km)

It may not have been exactly as scenic a setting as this time last week, but this was also a pretty good run. Settled down nicely within a couple of kilometres, and flowing pretty well through the first half, including up some some reasonably solid climbs in Balwyn. Tired somewhat in the second half but still moving OK, and had a nice sharp finish. This was a bit longer than planned (I'd been aiming for 1.45), but not too upset about that - thought the only consequence of the longer time might have been having to get a slightly later train, but my normal train was running a bit late so I didn't even have to do that.

Not terribly fast, but darkness in the first half and mud at times along the river in the later stages may have contributed to that. (Something I've noted here is that if you're not running with a light, there are limited options for getting across the river and associated parklands in the dark, as one has to do to get to the south or southeast at this time of day at this time of year).

One interesting piece I encountered today was on the rise of Icelandic football (Iceland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time, having just missed out on the last World Cup). They've invested very heavily in coaching infrastructure, to the extent that even under-10 coaches are expected to have a UEFA B accreditation (which I think roughly equates to a Level 2 in the Australian system). Something to think about, even if we don't have the financial resources that they do (EUR 11 million, their cut of UEFA's TV income, goes a long way in a country the size of Iceland).

Wednesday Jun 8, 2016 #

7 AM

Run 1:01:00 [3] 11.0 km (5:33 / km)

Not a great start, but settled into it and was enjoying myself by the second half. Noticeably more mud and general slipperiness than there had been the last time I was in these parts, particularly in Darebin Parklands (but probably not as much as there would be had I been attempting to do this run in northern Tasmania, eastern NSW or the ACT). No injury issues once warmed up.

Not for the first time, some of this run involved dropping something off to Hall Street which was delivered to Rushall (they're three blocks apart). Hopefully not too much is going astray in the reverse direction.

Tuesday Jun 7, 2016 #

7 AM

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

At Fitzroy in preparation for a day which I expected to be (and was) largely devoted to crunching numbers on the last few days' meteorological excitement (among other things, the 2015 World Cup sprint prologue arena at Cataract Gorge is currently under a couple of metres of water). Fairly standard session - felt a bit odd to be starting it in something resembling darkness (although that was partly a result of being a little earlier than usual).

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