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James and the Winter Pineapple Classic 5k

11 Nov

Yesterday James and some friends did the Winter Pineapple Classic at North Bend. It’s basically a 5k race with some obstacles in the way and you have to carry a pineapple around with you.

I think it was something like 4C that morning and everyone was freezing! James was still cold wearing his Under Armour cold gear, a hoodie and a beanie.

This was everyone before the race:

They staggered the start times so the course didn’t get clogged up (which is apparently what happened last year). It didn’t seem like a super competitive event – lots of people walked the course with their friends, and I saw a group of guys who were having fun sabotaging their teammates. One guy was climbing a wall and balanced his pineapple on top – then when he was straddling the wall, his friend jumped up and smacked the pineapple back over so he had to drop down and grab it. His friend ran off laughing because apparently it was the 5th time he’d gotten him that race.

James’ team was a bit nicer. Here is James babysitting a couple of the pineapples while the others climb the wall.

Somewhere in between this wall and the next obstacle there was a beer stop that made everyone feel sick.  

This obstacle was an over-under thing – people had to go over the hay and under the hurdles. I was like “oh OK this one is easy” but people had a surprisingly hard time with it, maybe because they were too big to comfortably fit underneath.

James, Hector and Angie were the fastest in their group and would wait at the obstacles for the rest of the group to catch up. I’m really impressed by Angie’s speed because she’s about my size and can almost run as fast as James! James said that now I have no excuse. =(

But anyway here is James taking the monkey bars here 2 or 3 at a time.

I was basically cutting across the course trying to get to the obstacles first so I could take photos. At one point I stepped in the muddy trail left by a giant tractor and for the rest of the morning my right foot was freezing!

This obstacle involved some shipping container and you could choose to either climb up the crates or climb up the ropes. Most people seemed to be going for the ropes.

James, of course, went over the shipping container. So did the rest of the team – that option seemed to take a little longer but was offset by the fact that you didn’t have to wait in line as long to do it.

Even though it was cold it hadn’t rained for a few days so the ground wasn’t super muddy (except for the muddy patch that I stepped in). They did have this slip’n’slide going down a hill that they were hosing for maximum slipperiness. Since it was one of the last obstacles everyone decided to throw themselves down, resulting in this:

Wheeee!

And then they just had to climb up and down this plywood structure. There was an optional smaller one that people could do instead but most people did the big one.

Then they were home free!

And here was the team, victorious afterwards with their pineapples.

Afterwards everyone drank their post-race celebratory beers, ate some food and got cold again. Though James wasn’t running very fast so he never really got warmed up.

He did say that it was fun, and I think he’s quite keen on doing Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder for more of a challenge. A few of the guys are interested in doing it too, so I guess it’s as good an excuse as any for me to start running. Maybe. We’ll see. =P

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Run Melbourne 2011

19 Jul

On Sunday James did the 10k race at Run Melbourne. It was his first race so he was quite nervous.

We got there in the morning with plenty of time to spare. James was wearing all his favourite exercise gear, and also his trusty Vibram Bikilas (with the timing tag attached to them).

We met up with Chris before the race, though he was starting in a slightly later wave so they didn’t get to run off together. I lost James in the crowd at the start so I didn’t get any good photos of him there.

This was the course he ran:

image from Run Melbourne

See those hairpin sections between the 4km and 6km marker and also around the 7km marker? They look fairly wide apart on the map, but James said they were just going up and down different sides of the road, and he saw a couple of people cheat and just skip those sections, essentially turning it into an 8km race for themselves.

I imagine there were officials watching those sections for the elite runners, and they don’t really care about the casual runners, cos anyone who cheats is really just cheating themselves. Weird that anyone would do it though.

James said the most exciting part of the race was the start, where everyone was running together. Because it was his first race he chose a reasonably conservative wave to start in (runners with an estimated time of 50-55 minutes) so he lost a bit of time overtaking a bunch of slower runners at the start.

He said the worst parts were the bottleneck sections where only two people could run side by side, so he’d get stuck behind some slow couple. Those sections weren’t very long, but he said it was annoying when it happened.

He also got elbowed by some old guy. Then later the old guy overtook him, but couldn’t sustain the pace, so James re-overtook him and never saw him again.

This is James about 10 metres from the finish line.

And at the end of the race.

And his medal! =)

James was pleased because he beat his goal time. He wanted to run it in under 50 minutes since he didn’t have time to train properly for the event, though obviously he has good base fitness. Results came out today and it turned out he ran it in 48.08 minutes, so he actually smashed his goal (also wow … Dave Hughes ran it in under 40 minutes).

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical as to the benefits of doing Run Melbourne – I was all like “err, can’t you run for free?”, but the atmosphere was great. Everyone was really pumped, and also there were more compression tights than I’ve ever seen in my life.

We milled around for a bit afterwards, gathering free stuff (drinks, muesli ¬†bars, Nando vouchers, rice cakes, etc) and trying to see if we could find Chris. But it was really busy at the finish line, so we went home and bought some ibuprofen in case James’ feet hurt tomorrow, and had burgers for lunch. =)

Jogging

13 Apr

It used to be that when I saw a guy and a girl jogging side by side I’d think “aww that’s nice, they’re exercising together”. And one day I commented on a jogging couple to James and he was like “when you see a guy and a girl running together you know the guy is slacking off”.

Now I can’t look at jogging couples without thinking that the guy is being slack. Stupid James, now it’s ruined.

But anyway, I’ve started running a bit these past few days – though sometimes I have to stop early because my arm starts aching. I hate running. But it’s one of the few exercises I’m allowed to do for the next 3 weeks. No BJJ, no deadlifts, no squats (Tim doesn’t want my arms supporting the weight on my back), no upper body, no nothing. My shoulder improved with rest, so no magical steroid injection, but for the next month I’m sitting around not doing anything. I tried filling the fitness void by baking, but that was just a double whammy – not exercising and eating terribly.

I’m trying to avoid shopping too much, since we have some big purchases in the near future ($1200 for my Aeron, and $2000 for a Miele dishwasher since our crappy Whirlpool is on its last legs).

I regret not buying a Miele right off the bat. The Whirlpool was $700 (or $900?) and we also spent about $500 fixing it a year ago. That’s $1200, not to mention the fact that we’re going to have to buy a Miele anyway. Buying cheap things is false economy. Unless it’s stuff you only use a couple of times, like evening dresses.

That’s how I’m trying to see training – doing upper body stuff and BJJ now would be like false training. I’m making the rotator cuff tear worse, and not fixing the underlying problem, which will just crop up again anyway. But if I take a couple of months, I can hopefully repair fully and rebuild my strength, and be better than I was before.

It just really sucks. One guy at the gym last night did like 100 “sit-ups” with the freaking ab-sizer. I was filled with irrational annoyance at the thought that he probably had a fully functional rotator cuff.

So yeah, I’m doing my rehab exercises and just trying to think of this as a rest week month.