Thursday, 31 May 2007

running hot

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 31, 2007 with 5 comments
Last night's minimum here in Brisbane was 17.7 degrees. But it was more than that inside, it was a one-sheet-no-blankets night. Winter starts tomorrow. I see the cold and wild and wintry weather has hit Canberra. Some rain there would be good. Here too, it is still very dry. I will jog up at Redcliffe today, maybe, just for a change.
Sunday's half marathon may be a little warm, at this rate. Some of my coolrunning peers are still considering whether to start on Sunday, so it may just turn into an old crocs' two hour jog for all of us. But let's hope I feel OK by the time the gun goes off.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

one fine day

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 with No comments
...and another 17k. Feeling a little more like running but it is a struggle.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

The Lame Goose Hobble

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 with No comments
I shuffled 14k around Sandgate this morning. The good news is, the shuffle was 5min or so per k, and the time seemed to pass really quickly. Malhereusement, the legs were sore and refused to loosen up.

Brisvegas weather - 26 today, occasional shower. It rained for one minute on the run.

Sunday, 27 May 2007

While speedygeoff flies north...

Posted by Ewen on Sunday, May 27, 2007 with 4 comments
I get to play. No, I didn't get out to the Vets Handicap today. I went for an easy run through the bush close to home. I was so slow! I wonder if it was due to the extra effort I put in yesterday to beat Aki and KC, not to mention the sprint finish with Garry. Anyway, I went for a slow plod through the bush for 75 minutes, chatting to my kangaroo mates. I'll leave it to Geoff to update the Vets Results after he settles in north of the border. Geoff, don't forget to tell Tesso I still think Connie's a bitch.

Saturday cross country results - Carillon 6k (it was really longer than 6k - somewhere between 6.3 and 6.6k).
Female: 8. Thea Zimpel 30:16. Male: 31. Ewen Thompson 29:48, 35. Geoff Barker 31:13.

Run yourself ugly - A photo of one of the speedygeese racing a middle distance event at one of the very enjoyable combined Interclub/Vets meetings earlier in the year. Who is it? Hint... the ugly one is not #166.

Friday, 25 May 2007

Moving is Freedom

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, May 25, 2007 with 3 comments
- Graeme Hush, "Move"

Winter looms
I never do much running in June and July in Canberra, it is too cold, it is simply too difficult to get out the door when there are plus-or-minus single digit degrees on the thermometer. So the choices we have are to hibernate, or to fly north. I choose to fly north for the next two weeks.

Where Is The Love (1987)
The cry of the city, the mourning in the streets. Have we run out of pity? Do the hurting ones we meet? Do we care anymore? Do we feel anymore? Where is the love? When the neon has faded from the sky. When the glitter's gone, and you're on your own, where is the love? In the still cold of the night (still cold). In the hearts of the few. There's a secret (a secret). There's a doorway. A passage to the other side. Do we care anymore? Do we need to any more? Where is the love? When the neon has faded from the sky. When the glitter's gone, and you're on your own, where is the love? Where is the love? Where is the love? Can you show me the love?

Last night's CD launch was awesome, a group of close friends listening to Graeme Hush and the band playing songs from the new double album "Home: Songs from the journey: 1982-2006". 35 tracks. Powerful stuff. And surprise, Mon was on keys/backing vocals at the launch. Just like old times.

Last night at the track
Only nine of us braving the cold, with me holding the watch, Adam, Annette, Colin, Ken, Maria, Matthew, Neil and Tony ran 20 x 20 seconds on each minute.

ABS Fun Run
From where I was running in the field, I could see Ken & Katie run about 30 minutes, I ran 31 minutes, and Amanda 32. The distance is about 7.3k but seems longer. It (30.57) was all I could do; I think I need a holiday.

So it's CDs into the car and off to Brisbane for a fortnight. Yay!

"In from the storm. Sheltered and warm" - Graeme Hush, "Away"

We have learned that Katie has won the 'Seasonally Adjusted Runner' prize in yesterday's ABS Fun Run. Maths may not be pointless after all!

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Maths is Pointless

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 24, 2007 with No comments
Oh, and happy birthday to Strewth, who is not known for her mathematical savvy, and to Queen Victoria, who is not a museum.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

How many halves makes one?

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 with No comments
Listening to: Signal Fire, by Snow Patrol. Apparently it's from Spiderman 3 (pity about the movie).

Today at BBQ Stakes
Helen 26.21
Me 26.22
Charlie 27.07
No, I did not run with Helen. Anyway she would have out-sprinted me by more than a second if I had. I gave Helen the obligatory 90 seconds start. I thought I was moving along quite well in the windy conditions. Helen's run was her third fastest in 66 starts. Charlie's run was a near pb; and watch out, I spied her buying skins afterwards.

Half Marathons
On the same weekend as the ACTVAC Half Marathon are two other excellent races, the Sutherland Half on Saturday 25 August, and the Adelaide Half on Sunday 26th. I am very tempted to run Sutherland; it is decades since I ran that one, and it is where I ran my lifetime pb of 70.06 (when I was second to John Andrews in a big field). And now there is an added bonus; I can visit grandchildren on the way home.

The plan is to run five halves this year, so it's two down; three to go: Doomben, Sutherland or ACTVAC, and Australasian Masters. Even if all three are "slow" I will have had a good year after my times at Weston Creek and Canberra. So, nothing to lose!

Charlie running the marathon

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Vote <1> Goose

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 with 4 comments
I was interested as usual to see how many of the speedy geese training group (ie us), and how many very good friends of the geese, became members of the new committee to run Veterans Athletics in the ACT for the next twelve months.

There was a very good turnout of Vets at the AGM. Although, only about four members of our training group were there.

Nevertheless, on the committee we are well represented again!

Geese: (ie those with their names on my current roll)
President Chris Lang
Secretary Rod Lynch
Committee Roger Pilkington, Geoff Sims

Very good friends of the Geese (ie have run with us in the past)
Committee Peter Cullen, Marion Blake

Potential Geese (ie haven't run with us but could! Any time, you're welcome!)
Vice President Rosemary Parker
Committee Craig Wisdom, Jack Thackray

Non-geese (ie would steer clear of us) - no-one!

There is however a vacancy for Treasurer which will have to filled within the next month. So if you (a) have the motivation and heart for the job, and (b) have the capacity and ability to fulfil the functions of the job, please apply now to a committee member! Finances have been left in an excellent state by Will Foster, but it will still need a big commitment and some hard work by whoever takes it on.

I deflected several (well meaning) requests to rejoin the committee, as my sub-committee role is more important to the club, and my time is taken up coaching anyway.

How we trained
Last night saw Adam, Alan, Amanda, Ewen, Geoff B, me, Helen, Katie, Ken, Maria, Mick C, Ruth and Sonia run ten intervals of 40 seconds each two minutes on a darkish track through the Parliament House gardens.

Song of the week Chocolate, by Snow Patrol
This could be the very minute
I'm aware I'm alive
All these places feel like home.......

Monday, 21 May 2007

Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 21, 2007 with 1 comment
My training progress
last week's target: 120k
achieved: 82k
year total to date: 2,065k in 20 weeks
this week’s target: 90k: will be on holidays at end of week.
weight: 64kg ►◄

Monday was a day off after the half marathon; Friday I didn't run, not feeling too well. Hopefully in two weeks and with more rest I will be OK to run Doomben. Still, there is nothing wrong with an 80k+ week, and even if that's "all" I do for the rest of 2007, I will still be way ahead of the year's target.

Saturday cross country results - Mawson 3.7k (short course)
Women 11. Annette Sugden W40 17:34
No other goose ran. The course wasn't all that inspiring, I hear.

Brett Cartwright wins SMH Half
I came across Brett last month training on Drake Brockman Drive just 100m from where I live. And spoke to him briefly about marathons, as you do. Apparently he lives not far away from me. And trains by himself? But that was the first time I had seen him.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Mother Goose Freezes Butt

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 20, 2007 with No comments
BUT first, Chelsea won.

BUTT second, I heard a very funny story at Karen's 50th birthday party last week. A salutary lesson, it reminded me of the time my nephew's tongue was stuck in the freezer compartment of our fridge and we had to use warm water to free him. BUT this time it was a story about Karen, her butt, and a car's bumper bar.

The END of the story is not for publication.

Karen joined my training group in 1981 or 1982, in fact she was the first ADULT to do so. Before that there was "only" a group of four or five lads of ten or eleven tender years who were jogging with me, training for the 1500m. Nathan Moore; Tony Brown; Justin Harrison; the other names escape me but I am sure they are just as famous now as the ones I recall.

Soon after, Karen invited Carol to join, and the rest is history. Or possibly archaeology.

Without Karen, it is most unlikely the Speedygeese would ever have come about. That makes Karen the original goose, and given Karen's propensity for writing adolescent literature, I would like to think she will be known from here on as "Mother Goose".

Happy Birthday, Mother Goose!

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Running Mates

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, May 19, 2007 with No comments
France's new President names jogging partner as Prime Minister. Story here. Now that's the sort of news trivia I like to see! Perhaps some of my Canberra friends could follow suit? I'm free.

Go You Mighty Blues!
The English FA Cup Final is here! Tonight, our time. The two best teams of recent years are fighting it out. I have been a Chelsea supporter all my life ... which none of you will know as I don't ever mention it (until now!!!.) Here are their recent goals:

But Man Utd have taken the League trophy from Chelsea this year. Let's hope Chelsea flogs them tonight. Go you Mighty Blues!

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Brooke Fraser: Deciphering Me

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 17, 2007 with 2 comments

Thursday training report
At Dickson last night, Adam, Annette, Colin, Geoff B, Geoff S, Joel, Kathy, Matthew, Neil, Rod, Ruth, Tony and Yelena ran a pyramid - 400, 600, 800, 600, 400 on 5mins - in conditions which were mild, after clouds starting building up during the day, working towards some light overnight rain.

We shared the track with some sprinters who usually train at the AIS, but who have had to relocate while the AIS track is being replaced.

Next week: The ABS Fun Run
From Ian Clout, 6252 6737: The ABS Fun Run will be held on Thursday 24 May starting at 12.30pm, at John Knight Park, Lake Ginninderra. It's not too late to enter, and entry forms can be downloaded from the website. Team entry forms should ideally be received at the ABS by today Friday 18 May so that chest numbers can be allocated and returned to you for distribution before the race. Individual entries (but not team entries) will also be taken on race day. If you would prefer to deliver your entry form/money by hand to me at ABS House Belconnen, please ring or email me to arrange a suitable time. If you can't contact me, please contact Mick Atkinson on 6252 5131.

I will be there: of course, I was employed by the ABS for 34 years and launched (with John Harding) the first ABS Fun Runs back in the 1970s. And I am having a good run with chest numbers; marathon (6) as a result of seeding, Half Marathon (3) as a result of being a life member of the CCC, and now the ABS Fun Run (5) for what reason I have yet to determine, but which could be friendly race organisers.

A game!
Also a simple test of your reasoning ability. Fields of Logic.

BBQ Stakes

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 17, 2007 with 4 comments
One of the popular lunchtime runs is the BBQ Stakes, an undulating 6k run every Wednesday lunchtime, starting and finishing at Woden town centre.

It has the best handicap system I have encountered. (Although you cannot eliminate “burglars” altogether; one of the very well known burglars in Vets runs it regularly.)

It runs in reverse on the first Wednesday of the month (see profile below), which is also Team Challenge day, and the normal (clockwise) direction on other Wednesdays.

Course profile. Reverse is my favourite direction, although some runners feel it is harder that way.

The BBQ Stakes website is at

The course map.

Some of the geese are regulars, including myself. For the record, this year’s results include:

date-run number-time
10/01/07 48 28:57
17/01/07 49 29:26
24/01/07 50 28:14
07/02/07 51 28:23
14/02/07 52 26:31
21/02/07 53 26:46
28/02/07 54 26:30
07/03/07 55 26:18 **pb
14/03/07 56 30:33
21/03/07 57 27:45
28/03/07 58 26:51
04/04/07 59 32:07
11/04/07 60 26:12 **pb
18/04/07 61 28:11
26/04/07 62 26:38
02/05/07 63 26:39
09/05/07 64 27:24
16/05/07 65 ~26:57

03/01/07 33 25:46
17/01/07 34 28:25
24/01/07 35 25:58
31/01/07 36 29:11
07/02/07 37 24:47 **pb
28/02/07 38 25:02
14/03/07 39 28:58
21/03/07 40 26:05
28/03/07 41 25:16
04/04/07 42 25:31
11/04/07 43 29:25
18/04/07 44 26:55
26/04/07 45 26:15
02/05/07 46 25:15
09/05/07 47 26:29
16/05/07 48 ~25:20

03/01/07 701 25:52
10/01/07 702 26:24
17/01/07 703 27:15
24/01/07 704 27:15
31/01/07 705 27:04
07/02/07 706 26:46
14/02/07 707 26:21
21/02/07 708 26:15
28/02/07 709 26:23
07/03/07 710 26:09
14/03/07 711 41:23
21/03/07 712 29:37
28/03/07 713 28:41
04/04/07 714 28:05
11/04/07 715 28:52
18/04/07 716 28:46
26/04/07 717 27:38
(Roger's pb is 22:21, in 1990 & 1991)

16/05/07 12 ~27:56
(Charlie's pb is 27:01, last year)

07/02/07 1 28:57 **pb
14/02/07 2 29:40
28/02/07 3 29:36
16/05/07 4 ~30:18

24/01/07 347 26:42
(Bob's pb is 21:30 in 1987)

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Preliminary Results Canberra Half Marathon

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 with No comments
Speedy Geese, Goslings, and a couple of Goose Impersonators (very good friends of this goose) in the Canberra Half Marathon:
43. Richard Faulks ACT 47 M45 1:24:58 4:01
70. Geoff Moore ACT 59 M55 1:28:52 4:12
127. Gary Bowen ACT 50 M50 1:34:19 4:28
138. David Webster ACT 55 M55 1:35:24 4:31
142. Helen Larmour F ACT 47 W45 1:35:35 4:31
149. Emma Adams F ACT 38 W35 1:36:06 4:33 gosling
185. Zel Bodulovic ACT 51 M50 1:39:34 4:43
202. Jeni Greenland F NSW 33 1:40:37 4:46 gosling
216. Carol Ey F ACT 47 W45 1:41:37 4:49 vgf
218. David Baussmann ACT 56 M55 1:41:55 4:49
224. Michelle Wells F ACT 35 W35 1:42:19 4:51 vgf
225. Thea Zimpel F ACT 24 1:42:22 4:51 gosling
237. Alan Duus ACT 61 M60 1:43:42 4:55
238. Annette Sugden F ACT 44 W40 1:43:44 4:55
276. John Alcock ACT 61 M60 1:47:00 5:04
306. Geoff Barker ACT 62 M60 1:49:12 5:10
357. Mick Charlton ACT 55 M55 1:53:10 5:21
360. Peter Hogan ACT 60 M60 1:53:18 5:22
416. Ruth Baussmann F ACT 56 W55 1:57:20 5:33
441. Cate Winning F ACT 44 W40 2:00:26 5:42 vgf
450. Michael Freer ACT 77 M75 2:00:48 5:43
453. Barbara Tucker F ACT 58 W55 2:00:56 5:44
459. Adam Robinson ACT 34 2:01:27 5:45 gosling
470. Margaret McSpadden F ACT 60 W60 2:02:52 5:49
569 finishers

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Put right from the cold one

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 with 2 comments
Song of the week: The Unwinding Cable Car - Anberlin, from "Cities". Contains the line "Don't drop your arms" --which I think is code for "keep the intercession going". Here here.

Speedy Geese Awards at last night's dinner:
1. The most improved goose over the summer track season - Amanda Walker
2. A special prize, the Perfect Running Buddy award for supporting encouraging and generally being friendly with others far beyond the call of duty - Peter Hogan.

Two Way Translation
Have you ever tried the on-line translators? Some, like provide a word by word translation to give you a very rough idea of the meaning. I translated the following (from my blog a few days ago) from English to Italian to English again:

"There is good news on my "weight" - I tried on a pair of trousers I haven't worn since the early 1990s because they became too small, and they fit me again. Snug, but wearable."

and got

"There it is some good news on the mine "the weight '- I experienced a couple of pants I did not put on since the first 1990 because became too small, and go me well still. Put right from the cold one, but indossabile."

Good thing I used clear language for a change!

Sunday's Half Marathon Results - still not available

Amanda - most improved

Monday, 14 May 2007

Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 14, 2007 with No comments
My training progress
last week's target: 100k
achieved: 114k
year total to date: 1,983k in 19 weeks
this week’s target: 120k
weight: 64kg ▲

Women’s 6k Jogalong result 6 May
1. Helen Larmour W45 27:10 (started early)
102. Barbara Tucker W55 32:45
103. Charmaine Knobel W55 29:18
121. Margaret McSpadden W60 33:12
127. Caroline Campbell W60 32:24
189 finishers

Sunday, 13 May 2007

half good half marathon

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 13, 2007 with 7 comments
What was really good was the pace I ran with to the half marathon mark today. What was even better was - that was the finish line! So my raft of excuses can be shelved for another time. I ran about 88.50. More goals achieved! This will be a GOOD year! The time beats my M50 and M55 pbs, in fact is my fastest since May 1994 when I had just turned 46. And now I'm 59. I will publish official results when they come out - there were many very good times run by the geese and goslings.

But First Saturday's 5k results: (approximate) Katie 20.38, Sonia 21.09, Amanda 21.23, Trevor 22.23, Ewen 22.33, Neil 22.49, Thea 23.52.

And Reversing the reverse chauvinism of yesterday

Hazardous materials data sheet - click to enlarge

Saturday, 12 May 2007

wicoe press release

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, May 12, 2007 with 4 comments
What's on at the half marathon venue
Today 2.00pm 1k
Today 2:30pm 5k
Tomorrow 9am 21.1k
As the half marathon approaches, my sore throat has turned into a cold...

(Women In Charge Of Everything)

is proud to announce the opening of its



Note: due to the complexity and level of difficulty, each course will accept a maximum of eight participants

The course covers two days, and topics covered in this course include:



Step by step guide with slide presentation


Roundtable discussion


Practicing with hamper (Pictures and graphics)

Debate among a panel of experts.


Losing the remote control - Help line and support groups


Starting with looking in the right place
instead of turning the house upside down while screaming - Open forum



Group discussion and role play


PowerPoint presentation


Real life testimonial from the one man who did


Driving simulation

Online class and role playing


Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques

Bring your calendar or PDA to class


Individual counsellors available

Friday, 11 May 2007

What I like about you

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, May 11, 2007 with 6 comments
I read your blog because
(a) it is a dialogue, not a monologue
(b) the writer writes for the audience

I don't read the blogs which I don't read because
(a) they contain politics

Simple, really.

All the blogs I read are good, but here are two I particularly like (and I record this knowing there is a low probability the authors would ever read what I am keying* in) because they are a husband-and-wife effort where there is plenty of cross-comment and humourous interchange between the two:
the man: iliketoast: his posts appear on the sidebar under "more runners"
the woman: ihatetoast: her posts appear in the sidebar under "running writing"
the difference: I will leave that to you to decide if my categories are apt.

*note use of word "keying" instead of "typing", though I still don't understand why "typing" is now passé, because after all, that is what I am doing. Except for the mousey bits. And would that be "mousing", not "keying"? OK, sorry, "I record this knowing there is a low probability the authors would ever read what I am composing". Better, oh pedant?

Thursday training saw Adam, Charlie, Geoff B, Joel, Kathy, Ken, Margaret, Matthew, Neil, Rod, Ruth, Tony and Yelena run 5 x 700m on 5 minutes. Me too.

Another good point-and-click game - Zoo - quite fun, in French but you soon get the hang of it. I soon discovered you could revert to any previous screen via "View History". Although such a move is not essential. But it's different.

Enough rambling; see you tomorrow, same time, same URL.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

icy intellect

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 10, 2007 with 2 comments
Banana Leaf this Monday 6:30pm licensed/byo
So far I have ten names. Kathy, Geoff, Katie, Ken, me, Neil, Ruth, Helen, Ewen, Peter H. More?

Why I ran bad yesterday
Sore throat today. Most agonising. May put paid to fast half, again.

Physics Joke.
Subatomic particle shop SALE
Electrons: 50 cents
Protons: $1
Neutrons: no charge.

Brain frozen, so stop here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

The kilometers are looking bigger

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 with No comments
Monthly Women's Jogalong Result (last Sunday) included
Helen Larmour W45 27:10
Charmaine Knobel W55 29:18
Margaret McSpadden W60 33:12
Caroline Campbell W60 32:24
189 finishers

BBQ Stakes
I ran a slower 26:30 today after a 25:15 last week. It didn't feel any slower! It is just the body refusing to run fast knowing there is a half marathon coming up. Helen ran a minute slower than me, also preparing for the half marathon.

Half marathon focus
In 2005 my times were:
Weston Creek 1:39.12
Canberra 1:59.51 (2 hour pacer, no recognition)
ACTVAC 1:30.48

In 2006 (mostly better):
Weston Creek 1:33.40
Canberra 1:34.20
Queensland 1:29.55
ACTVAC 1:32.51

And in 2007 so far:
Weston Creek 1:29.35

So in Canberra this Sunday my primary target is to beat last year’s 1:34.20 for the same race. The secondary target is to break 1:30, and the ultimate target is to get in under 1:28. Therefore I will attempt to start off at 4:10 per km, and if I maintain that pace to the very end, achieve a 1:27.50. However today in the 6k my first k was 4:35, so it will be very hard for me, I fear.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Team Members Needed

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 with No comments
We the speedygeese will be fielding a team in the ABS Fun Run on Thu 24 May at 12:30pm. Team entries close 18 May. So to all training group members, if you are running in the Fun Run, please add to your entry the Team Name "speedygeese" and organisation "ACTVAC". For details of the run, see

You will notice the entry form says "Individual entrants should enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope so their chest number can be posted to them." This will apply to us as well, as there is no opportunity to distribute numbers were they to all be sent to one place.

There are many donated prizes - plan a long lunch that day. Proceeds from the ABS Fun Run will go to the ACT Cancer Council.

song of the week: Deciphering Me - Brooke Fraser, from "Albertine". For many years I have favoured almost exclusively men's voices. Now at last a female performer whom I like as much. Not only a great voice, an unselfconscious style, and superb arrangements, but very good lyrics as well. Her album Albertine is currently in the album charts.

Friend, it's getting late, we should be going
We've been sat here beneath these flickering neons for hours
Well I am cracking their code
You are deciphering me
For I am a mystery
I am a locked room in a tall tower

Oh can you feel the gravity falling
Calling us home
Oh did you see the stars colliding
Shining just to show we belong
We belong

Your telescope eyes see everything clearly
My vision is blurred but I know what I heard echoing all around
Well I am tuning you in
You are deciphering me
Not such a mystery
Not such a faint and far away sound

Oh can you feel the gravity falling
Calling us home
Oh did you see the stars colliding
Shining just to show we belong
We belong

It's love, it's love that holds us
We will be alright
It's truth, it's truth that shows us
If we'll walk in its light
It's love, it's love that holds us
We will be alright
It's truth, it's truth that shows us
If we'll walk in His light

Oh can you feel the gravity falling
Calling us home
Oh did you see the stars colliding
Shining just to show we belong

Monday, 7 May 2007

Monday Morning Monitor

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 07, 2007 with 2 comments
My training progress
last week's target: 120k
achieved: 120k
year total to date: 1,869k in 18 weeks
this week’s target: 100k or so
weight: 63kg ►◄

A report has come through that at the Jogalong yesterday morning Katie ran the minijog with speedyMeg, speedyJackson sped away too, and Helen ran with speedyJack. Much more fun than racing the 6k.

The local half marathon is only six days away. I will only ease off the last couple of days. I plan to set out "too fast" and see what happens. Some speedygeese are running the half marathon eve 5k on Saturday so I will go and cheer them on.

Otherwise, a normal week looms, with BBQ Stakes on Wednesday, speed work Monday and Thursday, and a long run at Vets on Tuesday followed by birthday champagne.

There is good news on my "weight' - I tried on a pair of trousers I haven't worn since the early 1990s because they became too small, and they fit me again. Snug, but wearable.

OK, who's going to the "Banana Leaf" next Monday?

Amanda & Helen at Mt Majura

Sunday, 6 May 2007

How to run faster

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 06, 2007 with 2 comments
speedygeese at Saturday’s cross country race
Campbell Park women 6k
9. Kathy Sims W55 29:05
11. Caroline Campbell W60 31:49
14 finishers

Campbell Park men 6k
13. Geoff Moore M55 25:38
23. Trevor Cobbold M55 27:52
29. Ewen Thompson M50 28:55
33. Geoff Sims M55 30:15
42 finishers

how to run faster
If you're older, and getting slower, and want to run faster over long distances, train longer! Anti-intuitive, but true.
Of course, you will need to continue, or at some early stage resume, your tempo running, speed work, and racing as well.

Maths test part five

click to enlarge

Saturday, 5 May 2007

A day over 59

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, May 05, 2007 with No comments
quote of the day: "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit." - Dawna Markova

A brilliant game samorost1 and its followup, even better, you can play the first half for free, samorost2

Amazing Guitar

Thursday training
The first of four four-weekly 2k time trials was held in windy conditions on a rough grass track at Dickson. After the time trial, we ran 12 x 50m sprints with a 40m jog between, in relay teams of three. For the record, the 2k times were Colin 7:09, Rod 7:28. Ken 7.46, Matthew 8.16, Maria 8.32, Roger 8.47, Geoff S 8.49, Neil 8.52, Kathy 9.25. Adam 9.38, Caroline 9.50, Ruth 10.30, and Margaret 10.45.

Banana Leaf.
I have booked the Banana Leaf Restaurant for Monday 14 May at 6.30pm and will take names next week.

Friday, 4 May 2007

May the fourth be with you

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, May 04, 2007 with 5 comments
Today is significant for the fact that May the fourth is the date in which "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" takes place, being also the date of birth of Alice Liddell, to whom the author Charles Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll") told the story, and is also the date of the birth of speedymoi, whose middle name is by coincidence, Lewis.

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
- JABBERWOCKY (Lewis Carroll)

Only one year before I join the M60s
And when I am sixty! As speedy as Trevor!
And I think I'll stay speedier then for ever and ever!
- a really bad rewrite of "Now I am Six" by A A Milne

Why are you standing around in uffish thought?

Thursday, 3 May 2007

History Makers

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 03, 2007 with 1 comment
From Vetrunner magazine, the ACT Veteran Athletic Club members who ran in the Canberra Marathon. Click to enlarge.

Photos/montage by John Kennedy

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

At the races

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 with No comments
Speedy geese at Cooleman Ridge
women 8k
1. Kathy Southgate W50 33:34

men 8k
27. Mick Charlton M55 44:23
28. Geoff Barker M60 44:48

BBQ Stakes *reverse course* today
me about 25:15
Helen about 26:49
Roger ran 27 something I think.
(yes I was a whole minute faster than last week, & Helen about the same as she ran last week)

* so should we be naming it the QBB sekatS?

Maths test part five

Tuesday, 1 May 2007


Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 with 2 comments
Training Monday night
"Highlight" was Ewen leaving before we could celebrate his birthday. Darn, what to do with all that champagne?

Alan, Amanda, Charmaine, Ewen for a while, me, Helen, Joel, Kathy, Katie, Ken, Maria, Mick, Neil, Richard, Ruth, Sonia & Yelena ran 6x2mins on, 2mins off, starting up a hill on a loop so that the faster runners would get the uphill bit each surge.

Song of the week "And it rained all night" - Thom Yorke.
Any song that can fit in the six syllable word "indefatigable" must be good!

And it rained all night and washed the filth away
Down New York airconditioned drains
The click click clack of the heavy black trains
A million engines in neutral

The tick tock tick of a ticking timebomb
Fifty feet of concrete underground
One little leak becomes a lake
Says the tiny voice in my earpiece
So I give in to the rhythm
The click click clack
I'm too wasted to fight back
Tick tack goes the pendulum on the old grandfather clock

I can see you. But I can never reach you

And it rained all night and then all day
The drops were the size of your hands and face
The worms come out to see what's up
We pull the cars up from the river

It's relentless Invisible Indefatigable Indisputable Undeniable

So how come it looks so beautiful?
How come the moon falls from the sky?

I can see you. But I can never reach you
I can see you. But I can never reach you

Maths test (part four)