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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Apr 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run6 3:56:45 19.14(12:22) 30.8(7:41) 53579 /84c94%
  Pool running1 45:00 0.43(1:43:27) 0.7(1:04:17)
  Total7 4:41:45 19.57(14:24) 31.5(8:57) 53579 /84c94%

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Friday Apr 26 #

1 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 20:16 [3] *** 3.1 km (6:32 / km) +35m 6:11 / km
spiked:20/20c

Australian Sprint Championships at Narrogin, 7th. Didn't really have it together on the running side today (even by recent standards) and started to feel some left quad tightness later on which slowed me a bit, although nothing's come of it post-run. Reasonably clean technically; 5 (the first bush one) wasn't quite where I expected it to be but I think that's because the goalpost which was my attack point wasn't quite in the place the map said it was. Didn't lose any meaningful time there. Target for the day was to defend 4 minutes on Bruce but I didn't really expect to; he ended up blasting through on the way to 17. Teemu wasn't much slower but missed a control. Splits suggest I slowed a bit through the run, which is consistent with how I felt.

The event went well, but one disappointment was seeing quite a few people who are old enough to know better going through olive green and over forbidden walls. Perhaps there could have been more taping on the ground, but really it's up to the participants to do the right thing. Decided not to name names officially this time, but I may do in future.

Thursday Apr 25 #

10 AM

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

Headed down to Bunbury after work last night with a view to spending most of the day in that general part of the world. One of the targets was Cape Naturaliste, which I think I last visited on the 1998 Victorian schools team trip. This was a tourist run, taking in most of the walking tracks in the area (the lighthouse itself is shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulins and not very photogenic at present) - sometimes sandy or rocky but still nice to be out. Plenty of photo stops, as well as one to chat to Steve Craig and family who were walking in the opposite direction (not surprised I saw other orienteers there).

Other destinations on the day included Eagle Bay and Yallingup, before settling in for an afternoon at the Dunsborough pub in an ultimately frustrating football-watching session. Ended the day in Collie, a fast-declining coal-mining town: I felt as out of place having dinner in a pub here as I did as guest of honour at a Chinese pineapple harvest festival this time last year. (I avoided the pub which was advertising "skimpies", but the one I went to had them too).

Regional papers are normally pretty conservative, so I was a bit surprised to see the local Bunbury paper saying, in an article about the Busselton MP criticising the new(ish) WA government for failing to duplicate the road there yet, that she'd done sweet Fanny Adams about it during the eight years her lot were in charge (or words to that effect). Still, today was the day when, due to an unfortunate production error, some news was published in the Daily Telegraph.

Wednesday Apr 24 #

7 AM

Run 46:00 [3] 8.0 km (5:45 / km)

Given I was staying just across the road from Kings Park (noted for future reference: decent place, within 10 minutes' walk of our Perth office and only about $100 a night), I could hardly do anything other than do a circuit of Kings Park (or an approximation thereof). Slow start but got into some sort of groove, and handled the long steady climb back from the bottom of the park without too many dramas - I haven't been doing many hills in training so this is a positive sign. Wouldn't have been wanting to do this tomorrow; the Anzac preparations are in full swing.

This was quite an interesting run for micrometeorology; there were still some quite pronounced cool air pockets in the gullies. I'd say it was probably below 10 in places, particularly around the bottom of May Drive, but in the mid- to high teens on the higher ground.

Tuesday Apr 23 #

7 AM

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

Working out of Perth for a couple of days and staying near Kings Park. I was always thinking that Claremont might be the most accessible pool for a session today; had initially been thinking after work before going to Freo for dinner, but changed my plans after discovering that it was going to cost me $40 to park near where I was staying for the day (instead I left the car near the pool and got the train in). Not a bad session, and a bit of additional interest provided at times by the aqua aerobics instructor who seemed as keen on running through her life story as her playlist.

Lunchtime reading was a couple-of-weeks-old copy of the local paper, the Subiaco Post. I wasn't surprised to find a fair bit of content devoted to NIMBY complaints (and the large number of local councils in the western suburbs means plenty of local council news to print), but was still impressed by the sheer bloody-mindedness of the Nedlands man who objected to the noise coming from the local Mr. Whippy van. (There is a website - British, but with Australian content from time to time - devoted to Angry People In Local Newspapers).

Monday Apr 22 #

Run ((orienteering)) 41:35 [3] *** 4.3 km (9:40 / km) +160m 8:09 / km
spiked:16/18c

Day 3 of Easter at Umuna. A generally better run than yesterday but spoiled by a particularly brainless mistake on one of the course's easiest controls, the drinks control #10 on top of a hill. I even managed to run across a track without noticing it. 2 1/2 minutes were lost there; without that I would have been in the mix for third today (though it made no difference to my overall result, 6th). Somewhat to my surprise, the delay in the SI unit's response at #11 revealed that I'd gone through Matt Stocks and hadn't yet been caught by Jon, but both got onto me over the closing controls and eventually finished ahead of me on the ground (though not by much). The other wobble was 30 seconds or so in the circle at 2, but definitely felt stronger than yesterday (which isn't saying much). Bruce blew us all away again, with 28.

Overall I think I'm about where I expected to be after a poor six months of training, but it's still a bit disconcerting to have that proven to the world. At least I've managed to put together four days of running for the first time in a while, and am hoping that a reasonably trouble-free (injury-wise) couple of weeks might be a springboard to a winter that's better than the summer has been.

Sunday Apr 21 #

10 AM

Run ((orienteering)) 1:19:31 [3] *** 7.7 km (10:20 / km) +270m 8:47 / km
spiked:14/17c

Not such a good day today. I shouldn't really be that surprised that after not having run more than 70 minutes all summer I wouldn't really be up to the job today, but in truth it was a struggle from the start, initially with the back causing trouble up hills in the first 20 minutes before settling down, then just not having very much strength on any of the hills (and not too much speed on the flat bits). Recognised early on that I should be looking to minimise climb and went wide on both long legs (which I think would have worked OK on 10 except that I then lost a minute or so climbing into the control from below, going up the wrong gully in rock as I did at Pewsey Vale last week). That was my only major mistake, although I was a bit hesitant on a few others.

A fair bit further back than I would have hoped for; low 70s would have been more like it. Dropped back to 6th and the gap to the placings is probably unbridgeable. Bruce blew through me at 5 on the way to a time of 55; Jon was somewhat less commanding in passing me on the way to 6 (we made a pretty unconvincing pair on the climb through the saddle there).

Not too upset I didn't have any meetings to go to this afternoon (we got them all out of the way yesterday). In the days when I was still running M21E, chairing the OA AGM after coming off an elite long-distance race was not really anyone's idea of fun.

For those who thought it was chilly this morning, York (2.0) had its coldest April night since 1960 (Beverley's 1.6 on Saturday was its coldest since 1971, and today wasn't much warmer). Nice running weather though.

Saturday Apr 20 #

1 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 19:23 [3] *** 2.7 km (7:11 / km) +70m 6:21 / km
spiked:29/29c

Unusual to open up Easter proper with a sprint but this is a slightly unconventional Easter. The word was out that it was a pretty technical sprint, and it certainly required concentration, although I always felt as if I was in control (possibly an indication that I wasn't running fast enough). Didn't feel quite as good running as yesterday with a bit of tightness after climbs, but didn't really put a foot wrong technically.

I'd been thinking 4 minutes behind Bruce would be a decent result. I knew when he went through me (3 minutes) at 18 that I probably wouldn't quite achieve this, and so it proved. Still within touch of the others, and with a sprint start (even more than a middle start) an apparently large margin after day 1 can very quickly become a modest one after the long day - you can't win Easter on Saturday but you can certainly lose it (particularly if you were one of the day's numerous mispunches or disqualifications).

OA meetings were relatively painless (and we got all of them out of the way today so tomorrow will be a rare Easter Sunday afternoon off). I don't intend to stand for re-election next year - eight years is plenty - but we haven't yet had any feelers about possible successors.

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