Bike Ride

Apr. 25th, 2009 02:36 pm
chickenfeet: (bull)
Just back from a longish bike ride. It was a bit of an experiment as I didn't want to go out and back the same way and I wanted a route with more hills than, say, going out to Port Credit. I went north up Sherbourne and continued generallynorth through Rosedale, over the Summerhill pedestrian bridge to Moore Avenue and the south side of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. From there WNW to the Beltway trail and along that to its terminus just over the Allen Expressway north of Eglinton. Very pleasant so far. Not so pleaant for the next few mile continuing the general line WNW along Castlefield and Trethewey to Weston Road. The section along Trethewey is particularly unpleasant with very fast, inconsiderate, traffic. From Weston Road I dropped down to the Humber Valley trail just south of Lawrence and so south to the Lake. This section is mostly lovely. From the mouth of the Humber to home via the Martin Goodman trail and Queen's Quay. Pleasant enough despite the usual small hassles along Queen's Quay W. There was a crowd watching police operations at Dunn and Lakeshore. I don't know what has happened but there were numerous police cars, an ambulance and a SWAT team there and the Gardner was closed in both directions.

It's warming up. Definitely time to think about taking the hydration pack rather than just a water bottle on a ride of this length.
chickenfeet: (rugby)
The weekend before last I went to nomads indoor training and rather overdid with the result that i was pretty much crippled for two days afterwards. This Sunday I paced myself better. Even during the warm up I was feeling tight through the groin area and so stopped and took some time out to thoroughly stretch the tight area. I probably did about half the session, avoiding anything that even sniffed of contact. It wasn't too bad. After I got home and got cleaned up etc I spent a lot of time stretching (while watching Act 3 of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream). It seems to have worked. I exercised for half an hour this morning without ill effects. I'll be a lot happier though when I get outside on a consistent basis. A weekend of snow followed by -15 windchill doesn't make for great running conditions.
chickenfeet: (toe)
Today was the first day of Nomads' pre season training under the dome at UCC. The turnout was mixed. The U18s (including many of my squad from last year) and the U16s were out in force. The girls were there in numbers too but where were the senior men? There may have been more junior coaches than senior players there. I joined in most of the drills that didn't involve contact or lifting so I probably got around a 90 minute work out. I got through it better than I expected but I suspect I will be very sore tomorrow.

In other news, Miss Grey Kitten appears to be in serious training for the World Snuggling Championships. She hardly leaves me alone for more than a few minutes at a time. Serious nose bonking is involved.
chickenfeet: (toe)
Yesterday my physio cleared me to start exercising again. I was to start with ten minutes of something running related, like running on a treadmill or stairclimbing but stop if the pain reached 3/10. If OK then I was to increase the amount by a couple of minutes each day. I've just done ten minutes of stair climbing. I'd put the pain at 1.5-2/10 so OK but not fantastic. Now I have to see how it bears up for the rest of the day.
chickenfeet: (penalty)
I'm starting to think about next rugby season. I am going to be refereeing. That means job one is to be match fit by the start of May. I'm thinking that if I keep running four to five times/week, do a bit of skiing and maybe do some 'staircase' workouts, maybe twice per week, I should be in good shape to start getting in shape around the middle of March. I'll need to ensure that my weight stays below 215, preferably 210#. I'll also do indoor training with the Nomads once that starts.

Some time in March I'll hit the serious training schedule. As well as regular running. I'll work in fartleks and sprint drills. I want to get my 2.4km time below 11 minutes by the time fitness testing comes around. I'd also like to be inside 6s for 40m. (Yeah, I know, neither of these is very fast but I'm no spring chicken).

Philosophically, I think I'm going to be a less lenient referee. Reflecting on the games I reffed last year, watching higher level games and talking to other refs I have come to the conclusion that not much in the tackle zone happens by accident. Players on the wrong side of the ball can get out of there 95% plus of the time if they want to. Players can stay on there feet unless contact is involved. I think I'm going to go with close to zero tolerance in the tackle area.

I'm not sure what will happen with the coaching. I guess I'll do it if I can though I'm not sure it will be at all easy to fit in with work. Wed'll see I guess.

Running

Aug. 3rd, 2008 08:08 am
chickenfeet: (toe)
I've been having a hard time with the running for the past couple of weeks. It's mostly been mental but a slight hamstring strain hasn't helped. Today was good though. 3.2km in 15m58s so not great but at least it felt like running again.
chickenfeet: (penguin)
3.2km in 15m05s this morning (4m43s/km). That's a pretty big improvement. The not so great news is that I appear to have the Yeomen 2nds again on Saturday. It's a measure of how far my mood has improved since Sunday that I feel relatively unbothered by it.
chickenfeet: (Default)
3.2km in 16m10s this morning. That's 5m3s/km which is pretty much what I was hoping for and 1m20s faster than six weeks ago.
chickenfeet: (rugby)
Now that my aerobic fitness and endurance is getting back to something better than awful aerobic fitness i decided it was time to start work again on lactic endurance. So this morning's work out:

Jog to baseball diamond (2 minutes)

Dynamic stretching (2 minutes)

Sprint recovery - 20 secs flat out sprint, 1 minute walk, 1 minute jog - x5

Walk 1 minute, Jog 1 minute, Walk 1 minute, Jog 1 minute, Walk 1 minute

Sprint recovery - 20 secs flat out sprint, 1 minute walk, 1 minute jog - x5

Jog home

Static stretching (2 minutes)

It didn't feel too bad though I've definitely got some muscle burn happening (especially quads).

I had Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy on the iPod which seems particularly apt given the state of my ankle.
chickenfeet: (toe)
I went running this morning. It's damp and a bit blustery so not ideal conditions but I did 3.2km in 18m10s. That works out at 5.7mins/km which isn't too bad. Lets put it this way, if I could run 5km in 25 minutes I would be delighted at this point. The bad news is that I am doing it in almost continual pain. It became very noticeable around the 8 minute mark and was bad enough to get me very close to giving up. As it was i decided to keep going and it didn't get any worse so I guess I just have to accept that that is the price of staying in reasonable shape.
chickenfeet: (rugby)
A month ago the Nomads started inside training under the dome at St. Michael's College School. I missed the first three sessions; two due to illness and one due to opera, so I made the effort today. The damn thing had been double booked and we got bumped by a marching band, of all the unlikely things. We had the place for about half an hour so i got a warm up and some touch in but that was about it. I guess I'll have to wait until next week to see just how bad a shape I'm in.

There were lots of the juniors there which bodes well for later in the year.
chickenfeet: (rugby)
I've got my first official referees' meeting tonight.  I'm not sure what that's all about but we shall see.  I'm also back on track at trying to build up my fitness.  I was making good progress when the first round of lurgy struck ten days ago.  I wasn't well all last week and I still have a cough and other assorted problems but I forced myself back into the staricase on Sunday.  Sunday and yesterday I made some progress before hacking my lungs up halted proceedings.  This morning I made it through my full planned work out which is good.  I think I need to work some weights into the mix though.  The acid test will be when I start trying to run outside again.  With temperatures at the moment looking respectable only in Kelvin that isn't going to happen any time soon.
chickenfeet: (rugby)
Partly because of the recurrent ankle problem and partly because of some interesting material about interval training that [livejournal.com profile] krustukles posted yesterday I decided to go back to a staircase routine for a bit. So, today 45 floors (mostly at a run) with each set punctuated with one of my shoulder exercises and twenty crunches. After the last set of stairs I did ten push ups too. That's the bit I'm most pleased about. Ten, full, fully controlled push ups for the first time since the shoulder separation. That's the real proof that I have the muscular strength back.

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] vgym_buddies

All clear

Aug. 17th, 2006 10:35 am
chickenfeet: (rugby)
My shoulder is officially healed and I'm cleared to pay rugby again. Lorraine (my physio) made me put it through all kinds of range of motion both against resistance and while she applied as much pressure as she could to the joint. It's actually quite funny because although Lorraine is quite tall she is slight and probably doesn't weigh much more than half as much as I do so she was really having to work quite hard! Apparently I have really good strength back in the supporting muscles and everything else is back in the right place. I think I'll target the XL's open invite game on September 10th for a run out.

w00t!

Aug. 11th, 2005 08:42 am
chickenfeet: (rugby)
Weight now below 215 pounds for the first time in a year. That's roughly 20 pounds off since Thailand.

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