Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Marathon Training

Here is my last month of running training. I am fighting a couple of irritating muscles (Hip Flexor is the latest) that are not stopping me from running, but are making me do less distance than I would like. I am trying very hard to be patient (not easy) and keep my fitness continually improving and the injury to a minimum. I did my first Rogaine on the weekend, boy was that fun. Looking forward to the next one now!

My resting heart rate is now well below 60bpm and I can run at a reasonable pace and my heart rate stays below 160bpm, both unthinkable just 3 months ago!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Year So Far

Some runs that i did without a GPS are missing, but you get the general Idea!

Run Baby Run!

Ok , on the weekend I was at a training camp in the hills that had Steve
/Moneghetti/ as the guest speaker, he is an Olympic grade marathon
runner and quite an inspirational speaker. I learnt a fair bit and
managed to run 43km over the weekend, despite injuring myself on the
first day.

So far this month I have run over 160Km at an average pace of just over
10kph. I have got my resting heart rate down to 54bpm. I am on track for
completing my first ever marathon in a reasonable time.

Running is keeping me sane whilst i wait for CASA to approve my AOC so
that I can start earning money again.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Marathon Crazyness

Well it seems to be the year for people to do crazy things and rather than get left behind I have decided to run my first ever marathon in July in Switzerland.
I've been contemplating it for a while but have avoided actually commiting to anything, but I guess the time has come to make it public knowledge and stop me changing my mind.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Words and such

Virga dammit! After months of lamenting the lack of a spell checker on my phone I discover an auto correct feature that sneakingly changes words on me when I least expect it. I will have to edit these posts later! (Now)
Anyway even though I was earlier than yesterday, by the time I was ready to take off it was south west. As I walked to take off the wind swung due west and picked up a few knots, it also started to rain gently. Thinking I was in luck I launched but within a minute the rain stopped together with the wind and I found myself scraping over the trees to a rather quick bottom landing. I even had to carry my glider most of the way across the field, that's how unplanned it was.
Oh well a great take off and nice landing and I got my exercise walking back up the hill too.

Later Bernadette and I went for an 18km run over the hills, most of it at night with head lamps, I survived and really enjoyed most of it!

Heading back to Perth this afternoon, forecast suggests 20knot tail winds for a change.
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City view Again

I tried for a flight from city view again on Saturday afternoon. I was earlier this time but the wind was lighter and there was solid overcast high level cloud with Virgo falling on the horizon.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Safe back on the ground!

When I started to setup it was WSW. By the time I was ready to fly it was SSW. I decided to have a go anyway. Just as I went to take off a thermal came through and I came within a second of visiting my mate Mick at work.
Somehow with an adrenaline fueled spurt of strength I managed to abort the takeoff and get the wing back under control. A few seconds later I took off safely and the had several exiting minutes working the unpredictable lift. I managed to get above launch for a while but decided that discretion being the better part of valour It would be smarter to land safely in the padlock at the base of the hill.
I got good exercise climbing back up the hill to get the car.

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Double Gees

Particularly viscous near take off where I setup. I quickly learn not to kneel down!

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City view

Today I took the Perfex up to city view just after 2pm.
It was very thermic with a light westerly blowing. I figured I was probably in for a short flight, but it was going to get me outdoors and give me some exercise.

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Off to Geraldton...

I always dreamed of being able to fit my hang glider into my aeroplane. Imagine the possibilities!
Well this week my dream came true when I managed to jam the Perfex into my Cessna 172 and fly it up to Geraldton.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010


Karl and I had another great day at Bakewell. It was strong at times and quite thermic. We had dinner at the york pub afterwards.

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