Sunday, July 08, 2007


Great week for running; lousy week for cycling.

75k in 6 runs, with two 18k efforts along the M7. Last Sunday, I did the 18k home/work route, followed by a lift back from Mrs BB. The weather actually turned out okay, after a few lousy days on and off.
Monday 8k M7 lunchtime, Tuesday 9k lunchtime but through Nurragingi Reserve, Wednesday scheduled day off (lucky, I had a full day in Melbourne - one of those early/late flight days).
Thursday was an annual leave day, so I managed 12k home to Castle Hill Showground, followed by a lift from Mrs BB and YD, then shopping at The Towers.

Friday ramped up, with 18k late afternoon, in a loop run : home/M7/Quakers Hill/home.
Sunday was an easy 10k. Oh, and weights on Thursday & Saturday.

"What about Saturday?" I hear you ask, as you clamour for clarification.

Saturday was the first planned bike ride since March. Plan: easy 25k up Windsor Rd to Vineyard and back. Even had the new cycle shorts and wind jacket off eBay to wear.

First part went well - turned around in 42 min. After that, well, it was fortunate I had my mobile. About 47 min, I was horrified to see a 16 inch long piece of thin wire twirling around my front tyre. I must have picked it up off the bike path; there's still flotsam and jetsam floating in the puddles left from the rain (probably technically flotsam). I stopped, removed the offending and offensive object and pressed on, hoping for the best. The best turned out to be 3 min, and I found myself at BP Vineyard. From there I phoned Mrs BB, and started walking south. About 20 minutes later, the two of them arrived, delayed by roadworks on Windsor Rd closer to home. I realised then how fate had conspired against me, and resigned myself to a light workout day.
Possibly the most entertaining part of the recovery exercise was seeing me squashed in the backseat, hidden behind the bike wheel.

The bike remains silently at ease against the side of the house. I imagine I'll need a new inner tube...

This week will see another work trip to Melbourne, but unfortunately I'll be staying closer to Head Office, so will be running around Glen Waverley, probably the Scotchman's Creek Trail early in the morning.

I may even have to run early in the morning at home for the first few days this week, given my workload around lunchtimes ( I mean meetings booked by others).

Still, come the weekend I'll have the opportunity to try a couple of different courses Sat/Sun as I wait for Son's U9/6 soccer team to get hammered. Crestwood and Rydalmere, and the trails there are pretty darn good.

Only a few weeks until the Cities Marathon on the M7. I hope to get a good vantage point and cheer on a few CR's, like NTR. Might head to Woodley Cres to see runners coming and going. Maybe then head to the finish at the Olympic Stadium. Perhaps I'll be inspired to do a long run afterwards...

With all the concern about Australia's Health System and not having enough qualified GPs, and having to turn to overseas for them (and who knows if they have terrorist sympathies?), I've found a new superstar. A little green, but then what were you like at your first appendectomy in high school?

Omne initium est difficile.

"exit, stage left"


  • At 9:43 pm, Blogger Tesso said…

    Gee, and we only got to cut open rats and toads when I was at school.

  • At 9:17 pm, Blogger miners said…

    that's a shame mate - and if memory serves, I don't think that's the first time you've thumbed a lift back home after an aborted ride?

    Best just sticking with the running - shocking winter to be out riding anyway :)


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