Run, run, run, gym, swim – navigational errors and cold water

Part of Lake 32 – the triangle with the yellow buoys is 200m and with the
blue buoys (far right and far left) is 400m

After a very wet week, Monday dawned cool, but dry and bright. I got out for a run – 7.6km (4.7miles) – and even found the motivation to add on a sizeable hill at the end.

I’m not over the exercise slump, but the fact that I was up for the hill must mean something. Tuesday was another nice early autumn day (but blowy) and I ran with my wife – a bit over 7.2km (4.5 miles).

My sister and brother-in-law called in on Wednesday as they passed by – we don’t get together very often so it was good to see them. After that we went in to Oxford to watch the new Bond film which was excellent escapist entertainment.

On Thursday I took a train to London, checked on our flat and then ran to our older son’s place in Kingston-upon-Thames to pick up the car he’d borrowed.

The start of the run was great, alongside the Thames, and even Putney High Street (usually a bit of a nightmare) was OK. That was followed by a long haul up to Putney Common, before the route runs up to a large roundabout where you join the A3.

As I approached the roundabout I spotted some running/cycle tracks so I used those to miss out the junction itself. It was a good idea but poorly executed. I joined the wrong road and ran on at 90 degrees to the correct route.

I realised I’d gone wrong after a few minutes of running downhill but I didn’t have the heart to retrace my steps so I decided to wing it – which had me running through Roehampton. It also meant more running through Richmond Park than I had intended (which was, admittedly, a bonus) but it added about 3.5km to the distance.

In all, over 15.5km (9.6 miles). It didn’t meet my ‘get back to running by doing shorter distances’ plan but it was most certainly a ‘useful’ run and I really enjoyed it – another example of how running a ‘journey’ from A to B so easily beats running circular routes.

I will admit to being a bit of a ‘weight weenie’ when it comes to running and cycling, so I didn’t take a rucksack or a change of clothes with me. Luckily, I drove back to Oxfordshire alone, gently steaming in the running kit.

Friday was the usual session at the gym followed by a stint taking care of the charity bike shop. When I got back I received an invitation to get a flu jab so I signed up and went to get it on Saturday morning. I’m not very worried about influenza but I wouldn’t want to be a burden on the health service if I did get it.

On Sunday I managed to surprise myself. It’s getting harder to do that after 66 years but the friend I did the triathlon with had suggested that we try out a different lake at the water park we have been going to this summer. Despite the fact that I’d mentally put away all thoughts of outdoor swimming for the year, I agreed and we drove over on Sunday morning.

Considering that the two lakes are within 2 miles of each other and look much the same from their websites, this one felt quite different from the one we’ve used before. Lake 86 felt more like somewhere people go to train for open water swimming events – this one was more like a place to go for some sociable open water swimming. I guess there were 100 people in the water during the hour we were there, most of them women and mostly – to their credit and my (wetsuited) shame – just in swimsuits.

The water was around 16℃ (60℉) – as cold as we’ve had for any swim this year. We swam 1km – I don’t know if it was simply the cold or not having swum for over 3 weeks, but I found it pretty hard going. Despite that, the sense of satisfaction for having done it was huge, and the restorative powers of coffee and a bacon roll were magnificent.

100k corner (an occasional place for ultra worries and plans)

I could feel Thursday’s run in my Achilles tendons and left knee on Friday. Even though the ultra is 9 months away, I suspect that it’s going to be a balance between doing enough training to get through it, and not so much that I injure myself. ‘Twas ever thus.

One thing to remember is that, if I’m going to injure myself – like I did before this year’s 50km race – I should do it early enough to have the necessary break and still have time to get back to a bit of training before the run.

Interesting stuff this week

!. African wise words: Examine what is said, not who is speaking

I agree with this but, although I don’t want to question African wise words, I could also make a case for ‘Examine who is speaking, not what is said’

2. BBC News website: UK start-up makes one of the world’s smallest quantum computers

Most of the major players in this field use an approach involving freezing qubits down to near absolute zero which means large machines with costly infrastructure around them. The new computer is not cryogenically cooled and uses single photons – single units of light – which don’t interfere with the outside environment.

The new four-qubit machine has about the same power as a thermostat or an Apple watch and scaling up is likely to be a major challenge.

One of those cases where (qubits aside) I understand all the words individually but start to flounder when they are put into sentences

3. BBC News website: Nails, screws and knives removed from man’s stomach

A Lithuanian man has had more than a kilogram of nails, screws, nuts and knives removed from his stomach by doctors, local media report. Some of the objects retrieved during surgery were 10cm (4in) long.

He had been swallowing metal objects for a month after quitting alcohol, doctors said.

4. BBC News website: 26 Korean words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Through shows like Squid Game or listening to BTS hits many have had some kind of Korean influence in their life. That South Korean influence has reached the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as the “accepted authority on the English language” has added 26 new words of Korean origin to its latest edition.

They include banchan, bulgogi, kimbap, hallyu, K-drama, manhwa, and mukbang.

and, no, I have not seen the Squid Game, have only heard of BTS in passing and don’t know any of the new words

5. BBC News website: Daniel Craig gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Daniel Craig has capped the launch week of his final James Bond movie by becoming the 2,704th celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. It was unveiled outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, in honour of the fictional British spy’s code number.

Stars on the Walk of Fame are awarded each year by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, chosen from hundreds of applications. Recipients pay a sponsorship fee of $50,000, which covers the creation and installation of their star, and the maintenance of the entire attraction.

I suppose if you’ve ‘made it’ sufficiently to get the star, the $50,000 is not much of an issue

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