AIS under lights

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It's been a busy couple of days, with attempts at exercise of varying success. Blood tests on Thursday morning to check on further elevated IgM levels, and racing to the other side of town for extended consultation with my dietitian. I have this habit of being overly cheerful and optimistic during appointments, and with the benefit of hindsight I feel that I shouldn't have agreed so well and cheerfully with everything.
The short of it though doesn't look good for me having a normal diet in the medium term. I need to source some more complete nutrition drinks (mmm), instead of just relying on FortiJuice, (and broth and gels). Most of the stuff that is appropriate (i.e. Osmolite HN) is 'vanilla' flavoured (or unflavoured), and probably taste foul because they are designed for tube feeding rather than enjoyment.
In the meantime, a careful recording of everything into my mouth, exercise, the whole shebang. This is harder to do than it sounds, recording every sip of litres a day.
Lobbed up for "Team Moore" training at the AIS on Thursday night. As the local ovals were closed once again, it was decided to move training to this fantastic facility. As a last minute change, not too many people turned up, and it was a clear starry night, with no cloud cover so it got colder and colder. Only four of us did an exploratory warm up around the bike paths surrounding the AIS, although another half dozen were there when we returned to the track. It was a magic environment ~ A wonderful clear sky, a great tartan track well lit with a backdrop of bushland, and a superior sound system playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue during the warm up. Others were much more enthusiastic about the contemporary stuff that followed (which was very good), but the Gershwin made it all a little surreal.
With our small group divided into those who wanted to concentrate on 800/1500 during the track season, and the others (distance), we did a few congenial warm up laps, stretched and jogged some more just to keep warm, while the track guys (and Maria) did a 400m time time at 90% effort. We then followed with a 1,500m time trial at 90%, being warned NOT to sprint the last 100m. I felt reasonable, although eased off the pace each lap a tad as my gut was not nearly so comfortable running faster than jogging pace. More stretches, then we all joined up to do 200's - a bit of confusion here at first, but sharing lanes if we needed to, we ran 200m, then wandered back across the throwing field to do it all again. This was pretty good, and I was pleased that I didn't start going all out, and felt quite comfortable in my running style, although my gut flared up again in the third or fourth repeat and I called it quits.
I look forward to more magical Thursday nights under the AIS lights. Another excellent reason to live and run in Canberra.

2 Responses to “AIS under lights”

  1. Blogger CJ 

    Omigod, that Thursday night session sounds like hard work. Will try and get there next week. Hope you're feeling better.

  2. Blogger Luckylegs 

    Sure hope you get the diet, etc. worked out, FD; sounds like an awful lot of trouble, but has to be done.
    I envy you the training session under AIS lights & Gershwin would have been just wonderful for me too!

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