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Posted: Yesterday at 22:25

It is a pleasant task, though. Especially dead-heading the Cupani sweet peas, which smell quite heavenly.

Did the 10k time trial. Left off the HRM, didn't think I needed to know. 1 hour 14 mins. Was decidedly hot, but fortunately a fair bit of it was under tree cover. 

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Posted: Yesterday at 22:20

Graham - not sure you could run it without racing it? Or, not sure you could enjoy it? Today's version - in unclouded sunshine and no shade - sounded grim.

Ceal - coming back fast. And you seem to be running nearly every day, without fatigue - I don't think I could do that, in fact I know I can't!

Mick / TS - apart from the latitude, being stuck in the middle of a continental mass will affect the temperatures, as opposed to being on an island lapped by the temperate Gulf Stream.

10k "time trial" today; was not sorry to abandon the HRM. Took me 1 hour 14; about 2 miles were flattish, the rest undulating but not extreme. My, was it hot! Fortunately a fair bit of it was under tree cover. 

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Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:20

Oh dear, - cooking chips in this heat, even in the evening!

My schedule specified a 10k race, or failing that a 10k "time trial" today. No races anywhere nearby, and decided to postpone it until tomorrow anyway. Did a lot of gardening instead.

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Posted: 19/07/2014 at 21:46

Red - was it widespread, that power failure? And is it back now?

Cooler here, with rain on-and-off and thunder in the late afternoon (I was trying to tidy up the front garden a bit, and had to keep taking refuge in the porch when the rain got really heavy).

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Posted: 19/07/2014 at 21:41

Graham - that does indeed sound lovely. Just a tiny step up from a half mara.

Chris - I'm always afraid of tripping when running through woods. Consequently I tend to go very slowly. I have fallen on occasion, but without doing much damage. Hope you heal up quickly.

Your description of breast stroke with head out of water applies exactly to me when I decided to start on this front crawl lark. The first step was to get some really good goggles, as advised by our lovely Ceal. With these, over a few months, I learned to put my face into the water. Then I started going to swimming lessons. I didn't get a lot of instruction, because they were really intended for complete beginners, and that was who the teacher concentrated on, but I did get some, and mostly it's practice. But it has taken me a good 18 months to go from no-front-crawl to one width of splashy and uncoordinated front crawl. You might be quicker.

Aws - a disc - you mean a filled-up circle (which is what I had in mind when I said "a circle") as opposed to a perimeter-only circle?

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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:57

Aws - that was an early run, more night than morning. Glad the lightning missed you even though the rain clearly scored a direct hit. There was a storm here in the early hours, but I don't know when, - I make a point of not looking at the clock if I wake in the night, as I'm more likely to get back to sleep if I don't become too conscious of my surroundings.

A disc? As in, CD?

TS - will the 1 kg weight be followed by a 2 kg weight and so on up?

So, to tap this "latent aerobic talent" I just need to do more LSRs? - I shall stick to my schedule until after the half mara, but thereafter may focus on longer runs. Today was supposed to be a "recovery run", - again, HR went higher than it was supposed to in conjunction with any uphills, but on level ground I kept it at a steady 130, which was within the required range. Absolutely dripping on my return home, though. 

I shall carry on swimming at the local pool throughout the summer holiday, and probably not go back for more lessons when they restart in the autumn, - it means going to a more distant pool, and I get very little direct instruction as the instructor (-ess) focuses mainly on the Complete Beginners. And now I can cope without floats, don't need the facilities.

TS - many many years ago in my student days I had a boyfriend who was unable to float; he demonstrated this to me in the deep end of a swimming pool. He was indeed very skin-and-boney.

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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:17

Congratulations Jessica!

Not as hot here as in the sarf'east, but still too hot for comfortable running. Went out for 4 miles gentle ("recovery") at 9.00 a.m., and was absolutely dripping.

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 14:57

Feeling chuffed. Just back from the last swimming lesson of the summer term, and I managed to swim a complete width of front crawl with no float of any kind. Did it more than once, too, so not a fluke. (Though also failed to do it a few times, thanks to losing co-ordination and getting water up my nose). Tried a half-length, but that proved to be a bit too much. I still get very out of breath.

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 14:54

25 degrees, lovely but not for running in!

No running today, been swimming. Last lesson of the summer term, and I managed to swim a complete width of front crawl with no float of any kind. Did it more than once, too, so not a fluke. (Though also failed to do it a few times, thanks to losing co-ordination and getting water up my nose). Tried a half-length, but that proved to be a bit too much.

I also began to get a faint inkling, just for a second or two, of what BIW may mean when she talks about water being "a friend", and a refuge from the noisy world above the surface.

BIW, my youngest son reacts like that, at least to wasp stings. One night when he was about 12 or so, he woke me up having found his lips and face were puffy and swelling. Off we went to the hospital. No idea what had done it that time.

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 10:58

That's lovely.

Did you mask out a white circle for the moon, then paint the sky, then remove the masking and paint the tree?

Ceal - that's an interesting thought. I'll keep noting what the HR drops to during recoveries.

Air conditioning, why didn't I think of that?

When I was about 14 my family moved into a house with central heating, which was quite a novelty at the time. That would be late 50s.

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