I have raced there on five occasions, in 1962 thru 1965.
The oval has changed a bit since then. Except, the old score board is still there, and so are the Victor Richardson gates although the gates have been moved, having been returned to the ground in 2014, but in a new location.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 with No comments
Thursday 20 October at Parliament House: the session was 30 minutes running around a 600m figure eight loop. Runners were invited to jog the first 200m, which included a 100m uphill, then run 400m which mostly gentle downhill. Jen, Kylie, Kym, Liz, Nicole, and Sandeep participated but some found this a hard session and had to bail out.
On Monday 24 October again at Parliament House we ran from the tennis courts 7&8 a repeat of the course of two weeks earlier, but this time a 2 and 3 person relay making some team changes halfway through the 30 minutes. Running were Andy, Caroline, Colin, Dave, Ewen, Garry, Isaac, Jen, Joel, Pieta, Ruth, Sandeep, Warrick with me watching. Dinner at the Yacht Club followed.
I am finding running tricky in my old age, so where I will do most of my training as soon as this opens:
The venue for this new gym is at Lake Ginninderra past the restaurants near the footbridge, at the Belconnen Arts Centre end. I can run around the lake before/after sessions. The two owner/managers are good friends of mine and I have trained with them before, many times. The sessions times when I plan to attend are weekdays 9:30am thru 11:30am, and Saturdays 9:30am thru 10:30am after Ginninderra parkrun.
So I might get fit again without having to run too much for a while.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, October 21, 2016 with No comments
Spring, specifically October, is my allergy time. Not only
p-platers, but also
One run through the fluff = 3 days of headaches. The only airborn material I am really allergic to.
Cottonwood fluff is just starting to appear, it has arrived late this year.
Here's how it looked at the ANU a few years ago
Fortunately Parliament House, where I mainly train, and Stromlo, is relatively free of it.
But it is all over Canberra, particularly around the lakes and rivers.
Here's to a headache-free spring.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 with No comments
Thursday 13 OctoberJen, Lauren and Sandeep ran 4 x 1k on 8 minutes while I jogged around feeling fatigued;
Monday 17 October … we ran in teams of 3 x 250m on the SE Rose Garden loop, participating were Dave, Christopher, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Nicole, Joel, Pieta, Rae, Ruth, Sandeep & Warrick, while I jogged around encouraging.
Next Monday 24 October we will meet at the Yacht Club after training for an informal dinner and drinks.
Run With The Wind 10k 16 October
18 Jen Bright 48:43 **1st Female 40-49; 2nd Female over all**
19 Isaac Muscat 49:00 **1st Male 12-14**
22 David Clarke 49:24 **1st Male 50-59**
145 Vanessa Palmer 69:48
169 Ruth Baussmann 76:26
192 Margaret McSpadden 88:41
Run With The Wind 5k 16 October
77 Rae Palmer 34:41 **1st Female 60-69**
Melbourne Marathon Festival 10k 16 October
837 Maria O’Reilly 49:53
1245 Ewen Thompson 52:27
Running with the wind gale
Every player wins a prize
Canberra's speedygeese and friends who were placegetters.
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with No comments
Favourite Runner: Andy Lloyd Favourite Coach: Arthur Lydiard Favourite City: Canberra Favourite Author: China Miéville Favourite Book: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman Favourite Actor: George Clooney Favourite Movie: Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray Favourite Director(s): Joel & Ethan Coen Favourite Recording Artist: Foals Favourite Album: Antidotes, by Foals Favourite Single: August 30th, by Delirious
Favourite sports moment: Andy Lloyd 1990 Commonwealth Games 5000m gold medallist
I don't think I have to convince any of the speedygeese to take a day off for recovery purposes as most take more days off than that.
But as I approach the age of 70, maybe a week with four rest days is called for.
Or better; make three of those four days a jog/walk/jog day. Essentially, keep moving even on rest days.
Like everything, it takes discipline, but a new kind of discipline. On typically cold Canberra mornings I actually find it harder to get out for a walk than for a run. But I have to, therefore it will be so.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 with No comments
I can't wait for spring to return.
At least we can see at Parliament House now that Daylight Saving is here.
On Thursday 6 OctoberSandeep, Nicole, Jen, Giles & I ran a set of 4 x 1k on 8 minutes, jogging on the small PH western oval after each km.
While on Monday 10 OctoberDave, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Pieta, Rae, Ruth and I enjoyed up to 12 x 200m “tennis court” intervals at Parliament house. Weather conditions for training were really good again despite terrible weather earlier in the day.
The threat of possible bad weather may be keeping some people away but we are enjoying good conditions at 5:30pm so far.
I did get out to Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday morning at about 8:30am to run 15k. My first long run in ages. I had to walk up a few of the hills though.
Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, October 09, 2016 with No comments
With the ACT elections on Saturday 15th, with five seats, and five to be elected in each seat, I thought I would mention a couple of candidates worth voting for in my seat of Ginninderra.
Firstly you cannot go past Gordon Ramsay, a friend of mine who will make an excellent MLA in the next ACT government. His community activities and his strong moral principles are exactly what the Assembly needs.
A little more info and quite an amusing article at http://the-riotact.com/act-election-candidate-bake-off-gordon-ramsay/184246
Secondly if you want to put an independent ahead of party representatives you cannot beat Kim Huynh. Not only is he a hard working politics expert and a great family man, he is a good runner and the brother of speedygeese member Thach Huynh. Anyway, this is Kim, who looks a little like his brother.
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, October 08, 2016 with No comments
Good timing with everyone returning to Canberra from the coast at the end of the school holidays! Or north to Sydney for that matter. No traffic could cross the bridge between 12:30pm and 3:00pm today.
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, October 07, 2016 with No comments
I retired 13 years ago, so: Today was another good day ... even though last night's training left me quite stressed ... today Jenny and I met up with three old high school friends of mine, and their wives, for a very relaxing lunch.
Tomorrow is parkrun day. An easy tempo run is scheduled.
Sunday if I have survived parkrun I will do a slow recovery jog at Stromlo. I haven't been advertising Stromlo, because I can't really train there; I save myself for a quality session on Monday at Parliament House. Recovery from Monday and Thursday sessions is generally taking me two or three days at present. Hopefully the fitness will return soon and I can start building up again. No chance of returning to racing anytime soon, but at least I am doing something.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 with 1 comment
On Thursday 29 September there was much wind and rain but Giles, Lauren and myself ran 4 mins fast/3 mins slow by 4; Peter ran two of them, Ruth, Sandeep, Jen and Isaac ran 10 x Rose Garden loops on 3 minutes, and Dave ran 400s and 200s. It was that sort of day where you just did what you could.
Monday 03 October saw much better conditions – dry underfoot, no rain squalls, and sheltered from the wind. Dave jogged around, Ewen ran early, three teams of three ran 300m intervals with 200m jog on a 400m circuit; balanced teams today, Bron, Damian, Ewen, Me, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Ruth and Sandeep participating.
In May 1964 just before my 16th birthday I raced, and just lost, the under 16 combined sports 800m, to David Looker of St Peters college. David has kindly sent me his photos; the first appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper. That day I improved my PB to 2:05, but the pained look is loss of consciousness after a 90 second first 600m; a tad fast when my previous PB was 2:08 and I was running with a cold. His was a massive PB too. The following year in the open mile I managed to reverse the result pipping him by 0.02 and having to run a 62 second 4th lap to achieve that. His 4th lap was under 60 seconds that day and we both smashed our PBs (I ran 4:32 and my best had been 4:39) The Combined Sports day was held once a year at the Adelaide Oval with boys from my school (Adelaide Boys High School) and six colleges having one representative in each race (4 in the 4x100m relays) in the U14, U15, U16 and open divisions. Competition was intense and the mile was the feature event.
If you find my year 11 physique too shocking, for balance here is someone who is much better built. It's our Kym! who starred this year when she competed in her first body building contest.