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Training Log: Ollie

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:58:06 13.61(17:30) 21.9(10:52) 84048c
  Cycling1 51:55 10.44(4:58) 16.8(3:05) 150
  Cycle Commuting2 51:02 12.99(3:56) 20.91(2:26)
  Total5 5:41:03 37.04(9:12) 59.61(5:43) 99048c
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Wednesday Oct 22 #

10 AM

Cycle Commuting (In to Work) 27:04 [2] 10.36 km (2:37 / km)

10 PM

Cycle Commuting (Back Home) 23:58 [2] 10.55 km (2:16 / km)

Sunday Oct 19 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Regional Event) 1:02:46 [4] ***** 7.8 km (8:03 / km) +165m 7:17 / km
19c shoes: Adidas Swoop 1s

Race the Castles - final event on Forvie NNR - a large area of dunes, mainly covered in heath. Very few paths. Really enjoyed running on this tricky area, with lots of contour detail but an excellent map. Made a couple of small mistakes near the end but nothing significant, so good to have a near clean run for a change. Generally, it made sense to run very straight, as the terrain was uniformly "slow run" and there were few useful paths. I ran 9.0km. Route: http://www.strava.com/activities/209836944
3 PM

Cycling (From Event) 51:55 [2] 16.8 km (3:05 / km) +150m 2:57 / km

Slow cycle from Maryculter to Stonehaven, mainly via the unpleasant B979 but with a very nice detour partway along, onto NCR1. The original plan had been to push on to Montrose, but there was a strong headwind (I had anticipated a crosswind instead). Slowed right down after realising I would struggle to make a planned train (and was tired and overloaded anyway) and then had an hour to kill in Stonehaven Route: http://www.strava.com/activities/209836941

Saturday Oct 18 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (Classic Race) 2:55:20 [3] ***** 14.1 km (12:26 / km) +675m 10:02 / km
29c shoes: Adidas Swoop 1s

Race the Castles event at the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside. Finish line in view of Balmoral Castle.

This was my first (and possibly last) classic distance race - running Men's Elite, so I took three energy gels, and ran slowly and carefully - perhaps a bit too slowly and carefully as my time was a little slow even by my standards, and my peer group were generally 10-15 minutes faster. As it was a World Ranking Event, I ran without GPS.

Despite pacing it slowly I still made numerous mistakes. The terrain was pretty physical in places - some big areas of boulders and brashings, and there were some very technical sections too. 1:15000 map, brand new, but it was slightly vague in places, with simplified contour detail and many small boulders missed (fair enough - but then don't put controls behind the 1m boulders that are shown!)

A killer climb near the end, coming out of the specator control, followed by a technical section when we were tired - classic trick, and resulted in me making a six minute mistake on the third from last control.

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