Thursday, 27 August 2015
Legs were sore after a few strength exercises yesterday so I plodded up the hill to the start. Met a new guy John who looks about my vintage. Straight into a very long warm up starting at the Art Gallery and running down the power station stairs and around the wharf to the PP stairs. 25 pushups, 3 sets of singles, run to cliff top, 20 pushups, 3 sets of singles, run to butler 15 pushups, 3 sets of singles run to cliff, 10 pushups 3 sets, run to PP stairs, 5 pushups, 5 sets of singles finish at the wall of death. Finished 4th overall but 3rd amongst those who were doing it properly (maybe even 2nd) By the end of that it was 1:17 so we did 50 dips and 50 decline pushups and ran around the block before I plodded home.
1 minute on 30 seconds off for 45 mins sounded too hard. Forgot my watch which made it impossible. Ran with Tom (injured) and Erika (tired) and a steady pace. Tom pulled out at CQ (which wasn't a good sign) and Erika and I continued on until surprisingly the Bridge (5.2k). Turned and picked up the pace a bit with Sonja but she dropped my by CQ. Continued on my own contemplating dropping for the next 4 k until it just became easier to finish. Finished right on 45 mins which was not too bad considering my fitness. Jono pushed me to do the warm-down but I couldn't manage it. Managed some token strength work instead. 10.4k in 45 mins 12.8k all up.
Monday, 24 August 2015
Out with Hoey, Sam and Sir Michael Conway (knighted post his HuRTS retirement for outstanding service to athletics) for a easy 11k which included the newly opened Barangaroo parkland section. Very flat and pulled out at the Opera House to save the legs a bit. Felt a bit tight after only 8k. Weather opened up which was great fun. Belting down rain is my favourite running condition. 11k in 56 mins
Friday, 21 August 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Ran harder than I thought I would. Felt reasonably strong and rolled around in 26:03 which is not good but not bad either. Felt pretty buggered afterwards but did a few dips and pull-ups on the monkey bars. Managed to play tennis in the evening. Celebrity appearance by Scotty who combined well with Andrew and we shared a set each 6-4 1-6
Monday, 17 August 2015
Ok my legs felt shot but the rest of me was fine so I decided to try a very easy warrior session. Barely made it up the hill to the start and then wallowed at the back for the first half of the workout. At one stage everyone was standing around finished the 4 x figure 8s and I still had a whole loop left to run, never been more embarrassed. Finally started to feel stronger and stronger and got faster and faster. Came 4th in the long run over to the matchsticks and all my fatigue had gone. Even ran well in a few hill sprints. Was on top of the world when I arrived back at the office. Great photo of the Warrior in 1976 with Western Suburbs league team:
Another ordinary week where I had a weekend in bed and then a couple of half days off work. This flu virus really takes plenty of time to leave the body. Missing City2Surf was depressing, especially since I couldn't muster the energy to get up and watch it on TV! Took all last week off any physical activity including tennis and just dosed up in the vitamins and water. Dr Skins put the call out for a run around Manly Dam with Damo on Sunday afternoon so I thought that would be a nice easy 7k or so and a reasonable tester for me. Turned out to be 12.5k after Dr Skins added on a run from his new house up to the Dam. Felt pretty good after a K or so but could not go with Damo when he upped the pace at all. Pretty hilly run but a great trail and the time flew by. Was pretty stuffed by the end especially since it took us 75 minutes. Legs are shot today but otherwise I am feeling fine.