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Aug. 31st, 2011 | 11:27 pm

Quick entry. It's late and I'm tired pretty much all the time right now.

My official net time for the city 2 surf was 1:30:53. I seem to be doomed to just missing out on significant arbitrary milestones; my time last year was 2:00:50 or so. Actually, seeing as the cutoff for the Rapid Start group was 1:30 I'm a tiny bit disappointed I missed out. But only a tiny bit.

Next month I'm running in the Sydney Running Festival half marathon. I'm shit scared about it. 14km wasn't too bad, but 21 sounds like a really, really long way. But I'm going to have a crack at it anyway. Also, I'm using the run as a fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute, because they seem to be doing some awesome work supporting sufferers of depression and bipolar disorder. Maybe you would like to sponsor me?

I've been a little more withdrawn than usual lately. September is not a fun month. Father's day, and then a week or so later the anniversary of dad's death. I've been dwelling on that a little too much lately because I've been doing so much awesome stuff that he would have liked to see. Between that and some weird stuff happening at work, I'm spending most of my time quietly waiting for the world to go away and leave me alone. Sorry about that.

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achievement unlocked

Aug. 14th, 2011 | 08:00 pm

Following on from my previous entry, today I ran my first city 2 surf. By which I mean, this is the third time I've entered the race, but today I ran from start to finish. If you can excuse a brief break of pace to throw down some water at the top of heart break hill, and one or two even briefer breaks of pace to deal with the eleventy million people who all wanted to get in front of me. I for one can excuse all of them.

The run itself went surprisingly well. I started faster than I thought I would. I kept a reasonable pace through the first 8km. I shuffled up the huge hill, but never for a second thought I couldn't do it. Opened up again at the top. Carefully sped up going back down hill. Hammered on home, although I'm fairly sure what was allegedly the last kilometre was closer to about three and a half.

I gave up my "beat the boss" goal as fanciful. Which was good, because he ran about 75 minutes. I had two goals:

a) To run the course non-stop. There were three very brief stints of walking. Only one of them was my fault, and I'm happy to let it slide (come on, heartbreak hill!)
b) To finish in under 90 minutes. My unofficial time is 91:03. Official time will still be over 90 minutes, but not by much. My average recorded pace was 6:24/km. My best pace for 10km is 6:12, and that doesn't include a big fuck-off hill. I'm stupidly happy with my result, even if it's a little shy of the mark.

I've been building up today's race as an end goal for all of the working out I've done this year. Which seemed like a good idea at the time. But it led to a surprising amount of anxiety in the last day or so, and a little bit of a vacuum after actually finishing it. Don't want to stop now. Alice suggested a half marathon in a few weeks. It sounds like it might be a good idea.

EDIT: Oh, this is me shortly after finishing. I crossed the line, stopped, shouted, acted very surprised, then found somebody willing to take a picture of me. Only then did I realise I had no idea how somebody should pose after running a very long way, so ended up with this.

I'm sorry if it looks like I'm about to try and eat you. I'm actually not.

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On startling life changes

Jul. 5th, 2011 | 11:36 pm

I just realised I haven't posted here in months. Had been idly thinking about it for a while. But then I haven't even logged on to livejournal in quite a while. Sorry about that. But I did today and discovered that lunaminor name-checked me. So let me ramble for a while about why. I'll even get in to nitty-gritty details about numbers and other boring things like that.
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Music for a slightly empowered Friday

Dec. 3rd, 2010 | 12:16 am

I've been much less than happy the last few weeks. Starting to get back to normal, though. Good music helps.

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Music for a disparate Friday

Nov. 27th, 2010 | 12:03 am

I don't even know what's going on any more. And I can't embed this. Fuck. Just click it, yo.


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Music for a remarkably casual Friday

Oct. 1st, 2010 | 12:37 pm

...in which I am achieving things, not least of which is annoying coworkers with Western soundtracks.

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Country album

Jun. 15th, 2010 | 03:21 pm

Totally working on it. The second single will be "My landlord is throwing me out and I'm too busy working every fucking weekend to even look for somewhere to live, let alone maintain a healthy and satisfying personal life".


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Music for an isolated and put-upon Friday

May. 29th, 2010 | 12:55 am


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Music for a dauntless Friday

May. 21st, 2010 | 01:25 am

Easily my favourite song from Backspacer.

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Music for a Friday that didn't come soon enough

May. 13th, 2010 | 08:45 pm

I'm so desperate for Friday that I'm posting this on Thursday night. And I don't care how corny it may or may not be by now, this song never fails to make me smile, and the video is wonderful.

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