The final year of my degree has begun and I find myself doing three very different units. As part of my degree there is the opportunity to take units outside of my major, so this trimester I have chose, a visual arts unit called Materialising The Image: Visual Art and Photography since 1989 (#ACV207). A mostly theory based unit showing how art represents recent political and world events. The second unit is Making Social Media (#ALM101), a Communications unit that is pretty self explanatory: talking about social media while using social media. Then the third unit is a bit left field, People & Place: An Introduction to Human Geography (#AIG103).
I will be using this blog to write about some or all of these subjects in the coming weeks. I will use the hashtags that relate to the units so you can either read with interest or avoid like the plague.
I am continuing to share images from our recent trip to the US, on my Instagram page.
Have a good day.
This week I started Low Heart Rate training. A number of running companions are doing this and I wanted to find out more about it and if it would be good for me. I am a beginner runner, having only taken it up just over a year ago. I have gone through the stage of beginner improvements in times and pace and feel I have now hit the limit of my current natural ability without targeted training. After doing much reading, it all comes down to my aerobic ability, or lack thereof. It all makes sense.
The purchase of a watch capable of monitoring my heart rate was also a change in my running this week, finding the best apps for this (more later) and also my love of statistics will help me to closely monitor my progress.
Two runs completed so far, and like others have said, the slow down in the pace is dramatic, with many walk breaks to keep as much as possible below my calculated Maximum Heart Rate of 129bpm. The idea for me is to train for a fixed time period and monitor the pace and distance improvements. My training time now is 12 minutes warmup, 30 minutes LHR run, 12 minutes cool down. The time might change later down the track when I reach a distance plateau.
I know I have to be patient with this training method and it may seem as if I am going back to the start or feeling like I am not training at all, but I am told the benefits will soon become clear even after a few weeks. Already after two runs I have noticed there is almost no recovery time, I feel ready to run the next day, but am being strong willed and will keep my every other day training going. So running on Monday, Wednesday & Friday (and then parkrun on Saturday).
I plan to have a number of specific running routes to follow so they can be repeated and compared in my stats. Maybe 5 or 6 will make sure I am not bored with the same old running route. Ok enough for now, I will come back with more next week.
A shot from my favourite place to run, the You Yangs with an overlay from my new running app (more later).
Have a good day.
The Lego kits from my wife’s school arrived home today and it quickly became apparent that this will be no small task.
These are the kits I need to assess, deconstruct, inventory & rebuild (or sort & store ready for rebuild by the students)
Lego Robotics Education Mindstorms EV3
Lego Robotics Education Mindstorms EV3 Expansion Set
First Lego League Hydro Dynamics Field sets
First Lego League Animal Allies Field sets
There are many thousands of individual pieces and tomorrow I will start. While it is daunting I will enjoy doing this.
Watched the Lego Brickumentary this evening and it made me all enthused to do some construction, but I don’t have any sets. Then my wife said, that the two Lego Robotics kits she has at school need deconstructing, making sure all the pieces are there and rebuilding properly. So I am looking forward to getting stuck into that over the next few days. I will post some work in progress shots when I get cracking with it.
A few days ago I wrote about making a concerted effort to read more. GoodReads says I am 41% through my first book, so things are going swimmingly. I decided to look for my next few books and wanted to alternate between contemporary and classic. We have a few classics I have wanted to read but no more modern ones. My wife suggested I look at Brotherhood Books. Second hand books donated to the Brotherhood of St.Lawrence. So yesterday morning I ordered 5 new books (well they are second-hand but great quality) for between $5 and $7 each, they even gave me a welcome discount and free delivery. Can you believe they arrived today, one day! All proceeds go to help homeless and the needy. My shelf now has these five and five classics ready to go.
We all have our individual passions, things we just love to do, love to experience. I have a few friends who would travel to the ends of the earth to follow a certain band or a certain singer, queueing up for extended hours in all weathers to get that best view of a concert, even going to view a dead person’s house because that is their passion. I will never knock anyone for their passions, it’s what makes them interesting. You don’t have to share their passion to enjoy their stories, you just have to exchange their passion for your’s and you understand the commitment.
I’ve had many passions throughout my life; I’m the sort of person who goes all in on something and it be my everything, but it doesn’t last and I move to the next big thing. It’s just in my makeup, some might say typical Gemini, if astrology is your passion. Photography has hung around for a number of years now, so this one looks like it is here for a while yet, and running has become a big thing for me this year. Both are solo pursuits for me, but additionally both have brought me many new and lasting friends, those with a shared passion.
If you don’t have a passion, find one and you will find new companions to go with it.
This photo has no direct link to this story, it is just one I took recently that I find interesting. I have been enjoying my street photography more and more as a supplement to my landscapes.
It is often said that to be a good writer, you need to read quality literature and often. I have not been a frequent or avid reader since I was a kid. So took the decision today to make a concerted effort to read more. 10 pages a day is all I have committed myself to, 30 minutes at the most. I can do that. So what to read first? I went to the bookshelf and immediately thought of my wife’s favourite book, A Room With A View by EM Forster. Not an epic tomb, so manageable for my first and I should get it finished before Christmas. The copy on the shelf is her year 11 school version, with her scribbled notes in the margins, so it should be entertaining reading those as I go through.
I have set up a goodreads.com account and will record my progress and list the books there. I always find motivation from seeing how far I have come in all my endeavours.