Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Have Internet Connection! ~~~~~

No thanks to Telstra!  I waited 2 hours in the local Telstra shop yesterday!  At the end of that time I sat down with one of the assistants - and I use that term loosely - and explained that I had no connection with the Netgear modem I was using and, to kill two birds with the one stone - and I use that even more loosely - I wanted to switch to NBN right there, instead of getting a new modem now and another when switching to NBN in the future, having first checked at home that NBN was definitely available now at my address.

Sounds easy?  A straightforward request, researched at home first?  I thought so!  Silly me, foolish wisdom! I'd overlooked that this was Telstra I was dealing with!  Oh no, no deal; NBN not available at my address at all; should have been in December last year; no idea when; suggest you call Telstra and see if they'll send out a new modem for which you'll have to pay, of course.  I DO NOT LIE when I say I was in that chair for no longer than ONE MINUTE and out the door!  What really got my knickers in a knot though was the fact that I'd already, the previous day, spent hours on the phone talking to someone, somewhere in Asia I'm guessing, whose high pitched accent sounded like the hysterical screams of someone being strangled!  Seriously funny, except for the fact that not a word could I make sense of anything he said and so that's why I headed off to the Telstra shop where I could hopefully understand the lingo;  waited 2 hours and much good  it did me! A tragic comedy if ever there was one!

Not to be outdone and demoralised by these Telstra cretins, I went across to Big W and invested the sum of $14:50 (yes, that's 14 AUD dollars and 50 AUD cents!)in a Huawei E3372 LTE US Stick and it is this nitty gritty little thingy that now has me up...up... and away, connected to the world again, back in blogger land and ready to account for today's run!  And what a pretty mess that turned out to be!  Can't blame Telstra (but would if I could!)  My fault; out far too late; already stinking hot!

Tempo Run at MT pace (for me that is 8:20m/k)

1.5km warm up .....I did this on our parkrun grassy hill; 500m down hill, 500m up; 500m down hill!

6km on cycle path .....nearly died with the heat; late start; walk breaks in any shade I could find beneath trees; wonder I didn't finish up in hospital again!

500m cool-down, uphill!

AHR 114bpm; MHR 149bpm
79% - 103% of max. (?)
AVG pace 8:49m/k

1km splits:  8:03m/k;   8:23m/k;  8:55m/k;   8:23m/k;   9:11m/k;   9:53m/k

In spite of all that....TE  2.4  Maintaining!!

Made it back to Briars!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This is beyond me!

Not having an Internet connection is full of woe and looks like continuing till I don't know when! By which time I'll be driven insane having to use my phone, not being able to use my Garmin and the zillion other things for which I need internet connection.

Seems my router is at fault having been outdated by changes made by Telstra, and of course, without letting me know. So tomorrow I'm forced to go to the local Telstra shop which is like going straight to hell!  I dread that shop having never had anything but awful experiences on the couple of times I've been there.  More on that tomorrow!

Today I did my track session at Chev College having found an app (Nike) that could time me over certain distances. I doubt its accuracy though. My times were much faster than either I or VP would have expected! Anyhow  I'll take them for now!

PROGRAM  400m/3:03; 600m/4:37;  800m/6:10, 800m;  600m,  400m

MY TIMES:  2:53;  4:07;  5:20;  5:19;  3:46;  2:37

Can't stand typing with mobile. FINISHED!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Good Week Finished

By 'good' I simply mean that I did all 3 important sessions : track, tempo run and long run and did them pretty much as per my 5km program said to do them!  Parkrun was the icing on the cake and where I can guage if/when I'm starting to improve.

I've had no internet all weekend, unable to charge the Garmin, no stats of either parkrun yesterday or long run today and it's a real pain having to rely on my mobile.  I keep pressing all the wrong get keys!  So briefly....

Bowral parkrun 41:20 (81.17%) an improvement on  42 minutes last run.

Today's long run:  8km from school  Diamond Fields Road, Buckmans Lane and back.  To add some variety I ran some short sprints up hills and strides on the flat. Lovely morning, sunny, some clouds and a pleasant breeze.

Hoping for another good week ahead....with internet connection!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tempo Run on Parkrun course ~~~

Weather warming up again so a bit of  struggle this morning for the 2 x 3km sections of 9km. 
Always happy to run our parkrun course where there are shaded areas further along past Saturday's turnaround.  I took a couple of detours off the path where the shade becomes quite dense.

I had Garmin set for 500m splits and VP at 8:10m/k, pace based on recent 5k finish time of 40 minutes.  All splits were OK and fairly even; not too difficult but hard enough on a very warm morning!

1.5km easy
3km @ 8:10m/k
1.5km easy
3km @ 8:10m/k
Short cool-down.

2 x 3km (500m splits):
4:16;   4:00;   4:06;   4:10;   4:25;   4:10
4:07;   4:07;   4:05;   4:05;   4:05;   4:10 

TE  2.3   Maintaining!

Garmin showed I was ahead of VP for these splits, so I'm happy with that!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Just a Jog ~~~~~ and a few drills!

15minutes easy jog along Scarlet Street to its end; 15 minutes return jog including some drills; and that's it for today ahead of a longer tempo run tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Back to Chev Track ~~~~

After a long absence, I drove across to Chevalier College this morning and, surprisingly, found the oval mowed and a 400m and 200m lane available!  Cool, overcast morning, perfect for my very long and overdue return to some running on the track.  Pity VP enjoyed it more than I did!  He just raced ahead of me for the two 1600m repeats but, with much huffing and puffing and even a couple of stops, I almost caught up on the 800m.  It wasn't easy by any means, but it's a start and I'll claw my way back to fitness bit by bit, inch by inch, if that's what it takes!

12 minutes warmup
2 x 1600m in 12:36 ....based on my 40min 5km finish time recently.
400m RI
1 x 800 in 6:10 .. also based on recent 5km finish.
400m RI

1600m :     12:44 AHR 81-91% of max.  TE 2.1
                   13:06 AHR 81-91% of max.  TE 2.2

800m  :      6:23  AHR 81-91% of max.  TE 1.8

Short cool-down and few stretches before the rain started.

Chevalier College track

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Day Off ~~~~~

Well, not off everything!  Being much cooler today, I did 30 minutes stationary bike with low heart rate in the shade on the wisteria covered back patio. 

Tomorrow, I think I'll make a long overdue return to Chevalier College track ... unless the heat wave conditions have returned!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Low HR Jog/walk ~~~~

Slightly cooler this morning at 30 degrees!  Cool enough for a hour's low heart rate jog/walk.  Low battery so turned Garmin off after 60 minutes and walked another 1.5km back to the school from where I started.  Carried (and drank!) a bottle of frozen water along the way.  It was good to get out at last after 2 days hiding from the heat!

60 minutes

AHR 117 (81% of max.)

TE  2.4  =  Maintaining!