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Training Log: philm64

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:22:02 14.22(9:59) 22.88(6:12) 492
  Running2 1:01:16 8.3(7:23) 13.36(4:35) 91
  Total4 3:23:18 22.52(9:02) 36.24(5:37) 583

Saturday Feb 23 #

9 AM

Running race 19:14 [5] 5.04 km (3:49 / km) +24m 3:44 / km
(injured) shoes: Saucony Fastwitch 6

Chipping Sodbury parkrun - paced it well & glad to do 5 in a row under 4 mins/km . 11th. 19:14 officially. Painful but i've had worse! No pace. nb.wore racing shoes..... gravel & tarmac with grass on 3rd lap due to lapped joggers.

kms 3:44, 3:54, 3:42, 3:58, 3:45

Friday Feb 22 #

(rest day)

Had intended to go bouldering but a workman turned up late in the morning & by the time he'd gone I could not be arsed as Liz etc would be finishing up.

Oh dear.

(back bad again - more exercises.....)

Thursday Feb 21 #

(injured) (rest day)

LH knee sore from O yesterday (old "Gower" injury?)

Also beaten up & DOMS. Brown a bit much at my age?

apart from cycling to town & some walking around, a rest day. Back awful first thing, but serious stretches sorted it out for the day. This time...

Wednesday Feb 20 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:05:55 [4] 11.03 km (5:59 / km) +239m 5:24 / km
(injured) shoes: VJ Integrators

MLS Brown course, Bulford ridge, 9.3km / 235m. Long & hard!

Back bad in morning, did a lot of stretches. Scene of disaster last year, as I went with a really bad back (...), and felt terrible at start, & not surprisingly RH calf pulled in 1st 10 minutes, and I was OUT of the JK, and most of the season. Bad back.... same area..... superstitious? Come on then.

Wore dobs - error , as ground quite hard so got sore feet by end.

no 7 2mins - many on Blue course messed up here - unmarked cycle track pulled us all off line. Had to relocate.

no 8 - 1 min - went down the slope idiotically as had not looked carefully enough at map. And veg printing was a bit weird.

no 11 - 2 mins? - don't count this, the brambles were so bad, it was be torn to shreds or lose time, so i lost time. Veg mapping inside the wood was suspect. Hmmm.

Few errors from there, long dead running no 17 & 18 (8 mins!) (a 4:32 km), then shuffling round top controls, trying to hold it together, which I did. Pleasingly spiking controls & execution good, esp. 23-24-25-26. LH calf "snitching", or am I paranoid? It survived; dry hard slopes down to finish I wasn't able to run freely on tho, due to back pain & sore feet. Ouch.

A bit peeved to have Kev Fielding just ahead, but this wasn't a top flight Phil day. 54 mins by Harrison McCartney. Jamie Parkinson 57, but he was clearly walking/jogging some legs. R. Mawer took me out again, by 3 mins. Sigh. Not fast enough!

Result - 8th! What a load of crap!


Tuesday Feb 19 #

2 PM

Running 42:02 [3] 8.32 km (5:03 / km) +67m 4:51 / km
(injured) shoes: Brookes Ravenna 8

Steady nice Frome valley Potteresque run . 2 hills. first one quite stiff (out to Oldbury court)

Back pretty shit today, but otherwise, mostly acceptable.

Monday Feb 18 #

(injured) (rest day)

Back bad but no worse. Very tired!

Basically had 12 hours horizontal 8pm - 8am - yesterday's Brown course really kicked the stuffing out of me!!!!


Had to be done.

We're all so crap!

Sunday Feb 17 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:16:07 [5] 11.85 km (6:25 / km) +253m 5:48 / km
(injured) shoes: VJ Integrators

SBOC Brown course, Mynnydd Y Garn, 9.8km/200m - don't believe the 200m bit. Planner: Ben Mitchell. OK, this is going to be a tough day at the office.

Bad weather on arrival, so wore cagoule/gloves etc, & Pete Ward (also in cagoule) came back from starting to swap compass but then disappeared. No 1 i was v cautious, but no 2 was just - WHAT??????? I vaguely headed the right way then when i turned the "corner", nothing made sense, and tho i saw the cairn, I failed to locate it on my map despite the line being cut to incorporate it! Lost 6 minutes, IMO. I'm not an orienteer..... one of the hardest controls I've ever attempted. no linear or clear attack point anywhere near the 100s of depressions around it. Out of my depth!

Ben Mali turned up and was also a headless chicken. I found no 3, so back to no 2 I went, then Ben missed 3, then he missed/undershot 4 badly.... still with him at 5, when he woke up & fairly promptly drifted away from me, but i benefited from sight of him at no 6, & no 8 (a lot), & no 9 (where Eoghan Wiles, cagoule now off, also led me in).

Fine on no 11, but huge misjudgement on the "easy" no 12 - 4 mins lost, then small miss on 15 (20m too far right), missed 17 as did a few others including Megan, we all looked right & couldn't see the depression! Dominic walker of DEVON arrived and so I was right behind him & Eoghan now. And cross!

From here, I decided enough was enough & to pretend it was a JK or British relay, and i would win, which, being an obstinate, embittered, somewhat cantankerous old fart , I did, getting fastest run in split as as result. (big wow). plus some fast splits here.

Oh - I "won" no 16 too, but the credit has to go to Eoghan here.

Superb event, brilliant practice, with a pea soup it would have been just outrageous, in fact i'd still be out there now. Hardcore O - the TVOC level B would have taught me nothing.....

Result - Marcus must have been jogging/walking? Pete Ward really good. Ben M could have won, I can personally vouch for that! But good to see Megan at the top! :-)

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I live in Bristol. I have three hobbies: Running/ Orienteering, Rock climbing, and guitar playing (I'm in a function band, I'm also in SPOOK. I work sometimes freelance at Lloyds bank in Bristol but mostly retired really. I'm generally fit these days, though suffer from variable health, I have Polands' Syndrome, and had M.E./CFS from age 33 - 40 (43 for purposes of sport). I also had major surgery on my upper intestines in 2017. I love music & travel, and mountaineering.

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