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Training Log: philm64

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activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 2:55:08 19.33(9:04) 31.11(5:38) 528
  S&C1 1:00:00
  Total5 3:55:08 19.33 31.11 528

Thursday Apr 25 #

1 PM

S&C 1:00:00 [3]

Indoor climbing / bouldering at Bloc.

1st time climbing since Font, 10 days ago. inner elbow pain mostly gone, but skin on LH fingers (crucial guitar fingers....) ripped early on, not too badly but enough to cull my harder efforts. Even so, i bloody mindedly fought my way up a load of reds. Seemed easy after Font! Guided some newbie Spanish climbers to get up some oranges.

Roz Frugtniet was there. Always fun to be put in my place as a total, bumbly punter by someone elite - whatever the sport. She doesn't smile much, though (unlike my new Spanish mates).

Finished with some rehab in the gym area, including 3 mins' of planks. Go me.

Wednesday Apr 24 #

7 PM

Orienteering 40:00 [3] 7.5 km (5:20 / km) +90m 5:02 / km
shoes: Brookes Ravenna 8

Launched the BOK urban series (I am co-ordinator for 2nd year in a row) this evening, UBOC put on an event at Uni halls. I arrived early to help set up & hang far controls (hint: car).

Good turnout, and most people made complimentary noises.

Contactless system SIAC used. Astonishingly, no one was DQed on download apart from those who had *actually* missed out controls, eg. Eddie!. no protests. Results were up before bedtime. Unheard of in the current climate. As usual, BOK leads at the cutting edge, where other, more expensive events falter.

I managed to find time to check the Orange course (7 mins /km in a coat with a gripple key around my neck) & later the Green which tired me out rather - still tired from JK. probably 40 mins in total really, then collecting controls & packing up. Didnt' bother with Garmin (left it at home); whatever.

well done UBOC.

Tuesday Apr 23 #

(rest day)

Surprisingly unscathed by the JK - unheard of.

Even felt quite energetic cycling to south Bristol & back. (<50 mins total)

Monday Apr 22 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 30:44 [5] 5.72 km (5:22 / km) +92m 4:58 / km
shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

JK Relay, Minley, M165+ relay, leg 1 , 5.3km, 2nd back in class, 4th back overall, 30:44 (strava), 30:59 (EMIT pad after we'd stopped). BOK Dream team back in action - 1st place. Yay.

Foot compeded & taped; comfy new Mudclaws on. Painkillers swallowed.

Mass start with elite women. M55s include Tim Tett (rematch?) & leg 1 specialist Nigel Bunn (after a disappointing 2 ind. races for him). Got boxed miles back after start (messing around "opening" map), and had to run wide in forest to try to catch up. I could see Nigel B & Cecilie way up front, with Tim T not far behind, but when we hit the forest road, it started making sense as others peeled off to the right (in error!!), & Cecilie went full pelt to no 1, with 2-3 elite Ws in her wake & me in oxygen debt 10 seconds further down.

Got my act together, & by no 2 was going well - but lost the leaders near 3 & had a lucky escape - 10s lost.

Thence on was fighting to stay within spitting distance of Nigel, and Cecilie reappeared having had a slightly longer gaffle. Meanwhile, Tessa Strain was exerting her dominance on the race, and I was just off the pace at the spectator control, but pulled back with a decent climb/line to no 15. Then on was eyeballs out and as Tessa & Cecilie kicked from no 17, I was already dropped and could not make any impression on Nigel, either. Still. No sign of SYO - very weird.

Happily, Mark S passed Jules B, and Clive pulled another 2mins away from Roger so TVOC got a deserved silver; pre-race joint favourites SYO a distant 8th. Tim clearly gave 100% yesterday & had nothing left. Bewildering. Nick L ran a decent middle leg!!!

No prizes. I suspect EMIT was to blame; yet our result was clear cut (& the elite women's wasn't, after 2 DQ's - yet they got *their* podiums....hmm.....). This JK will be remembered for EMIT woes, which is a shame as it was a really good JK. The commentary was also way off the standard expected. When Clive finished, they asked him "Did you win?" He replied "that's what you're supposed to know!". Dear me.

Note: I won the JK short open relay with SHUOC in 1984 (age 19!); M21L1 in 1991, and my Mum won the JK W43 ("D43") in 1979, 40 years ago, in gardening shoes, at her first attempt. I beat Clive too, that year! ;-)

Sunday Apr 21 #

1 PM

Orienteering race 1:05:40 [5] 11.62 km (5:39 / km) +252m 5:06 / km
shoes: VJ Integrators

JK long, Cold Ash, v hot day, 9.7km. 65:40, 4th; 4th overall in JK M55L

Tim Tett started 4 mins after me (after Charlie yesterday, this felt cruel). Mistake - wore dobs, despite Jim B saying dont bother. He was right. Huge blister slowly formed under LH ball of foot all the way. V hard ground.

Plugged away gamely until heat / thirst starting kicking in along with blister pain by no 15. Took a drink then lost head a little & 90 seconds in the wrong bit of green at no 18. By no 19, Tim was on me, and by 21 was past - just.

After road crossing I again nearly blew it as Tim nipped away - had to go back to punch no 24, then had a word with my (dehydrated, parched, sore) self, and just ran as hard as i could to "catch" Tim - didnt' manage it (quite), and he's 59 & was tiring too - we finished about 3 seconds apart.

Clive had done enough to pass me, & Chas was the fastest again today, so my podium yesterday was wiped out & I finished 4th. The worst possible place. But i'd expected top 8, so have to be pleased.

Saturday Apr 20 #

2 PM

Orienteering race 38:44 [5] 6.27 km (6:11 / km) +94m 5:45 / km
shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

JK Middle, Old Windmill Hill, M55L, 5.4km, 175m, 24 controls. 38:44, 2nd.

Good run, despite nerves & hot weather & the stress of Chas starting 4 mins behind me. Got a little lost en route to no 2, then no 3 was fine then I stopped at no 4 to show a little girl where she was (10 seconds) - sorry, I'm not mean enough to leave her there at a "wrong" control (not wrong for me!)

caught Nick L shortly after & stung myself in nettle patch passing him en route to no 6. took east route over canal, then with Duncan H (& Kimb, both moving well) for 9-10-11, (he on M50), then on my own, dry mouth, nervous re. Chas, and trying to "keep my shit together" . Startlingly, I did, and really didn't mess up, tho got lucky on no 15 & no 20. Contouring in to no 12 seemed a good one. no 14 was good as I accidentlly found the pit which proved a perfect AP. Small 10 sec misses here & there. Finished & was a minute up on Clive & Tim T, but not officially leading , ever, as Nick Dennis of BOk had posted a sub-34 min time when his splits printout showed -20.00 at no 1. EMIT - gotta love it. So unreliable, no one knows what the hell is going on!!!!

After no 20, I let rip but didn't feel quite my usual self - the heat - ouch. 10k tomorrow - bloody hell.

Chas rapidly finished close behind me (winning in 36:58), and holding him off made me quietly pleased with myself whatever the others ran. Can i do it tomorrow? (a possibly angry Tett, 2-0 down to me now, starting 4 mins after me :-( )


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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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