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Training Log: Mark3

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gym Strength2 2:00:00
  Running - Road/Track2 1:53:58 13.5(8:27) 21.72(5:15) 87
  Orienteering - Urban2 1:33:15 11.54(8:05) 18.57(5:01) 361
  Total6 5:27:13 25.04 40.29 448

Friday May 26 #

Gym Strength 1:00:00 [3]

Pump #49

Thursday May 25 #

Running - Road/Track (Evening jog) 50:03 [3] 9.23 km (5:25 / km)
ahr:129 max:151 shoes: Nike Pegasus 32

Temperature not bad for just jogging.

Wednesday May 24 #

Orienteering - Urban race (Oldbury Court Urban) 43:49 [5] 8.54 km (5:08 / km) +143m 4:44 / km
shoes: Adidas Adios 3

Winsplits puts me 4th in 'time without mistakes' and deducts about 4 minutes - that's about right. So must have been running ok, at least.


Warmest day of the year so far made it feel pretty oppressive and slow. In contrast to Tenby where I felt good, tonight I did not feel good.

Found 1 ok; didn't come in on the right path but recognised that it wasn't in a re-entrant and relocated without losing any time.
2 was much worse; tried to find it from above but came in far too early and messed about for a bit. I thought I was on a platform without a control, but I think it must just have been the widening of the contours just E of the wall. After noting at the weekend that these features are much more obvious on the ground than the map should probably have picked up on this. Bad. 2mins mistake.
6 - in avoiding the trap of staying on the rhs pavement and therefore ending up on the wrong side of the wall, created a different one for myself as mis-imagined the junction and ended up surprising some people having a BBQ in their (OOB) garden. "I think you're in the wrong place", they commented pleasantly, "you can't get through down there". It was nice they were so polite. +1min.

Ran all the way around the building work on the way to 8; in fairness to me they aren't mapped how they were in real life - but should still have done this better, I don't think anyone else made this mistake, probably another 30s.

Spent a bit of time working out whether it was possible to get out to the N to 9 and decided that it was so went that way despite the rock climbing. I think the other way was probably faster.

Lost 30s on 10 by running to where the control should have been rather than where it actually was. I was annoyed at the time at myself, so it's nice to be able to be unannoyed now :)

Lost a bit more time on 13 being the wrong side of the fence.

Basically - quite a lot of mistakes, so no wonder I was quite far down the results tonight.

Tuesday May 23 #

Gym Strength 1:00:00 [3]

Pump #48

Monday May 22 #

Running - Road/Track (Recovery jog) 1:03:55 [3] 12.49 km (5:07 / km) +87m 4:57 / km
ahr:127 max:160 shoes: Nike Pegasus 32

Was going to go to track but need to clean/tidy as photo man coming tomorrow...

Had a go a segment and equalled the CR which was good.

Sunday May 21 #

Orienteering - Urban race (Tenby Urban) 49:26 [5] 10.03 km (4:56 / km) +218m 4:27 / km
ahr:151 max:158 shoes: Adidas Adios 3

Brilliant event; I characteristically made some annoying mistakes but still enjoyed myself. Which is the main thing. Mostly.

Very happy with first 22 controls. I thought it had been quite a long time without a mistake, and I'd just caught Matt Pickering (c.2mins?) so I decided it was time to let him have some time back. I looked at the [correct] set of steps up from the beach, but convinced myself they were too close to the control and that they were the steps that didn't go anywhere. I ignored the fact that the incorrect and correct steps were basically adjacent and had a nice run around the rocks looking for some more steps. There were no more steps. In a nice deja vu from the BOK urban a few weeks ago, there were some tourists (whom I ignored) saying "everyone's gone up that way"... who looked smug when I came back to them a minute later "oooh look; he's come back". This felt like I lost loads of time but comparing splits with RP it was about a minute. I failed to learn my lesson from #1 yesterday which was to use everything on the map rather than just picking one thing and focussing on that; there was plenty to tell me the initial steps I saw were right.

Then another good section. Missed the optimum route to 28 but that was only a few seconds. Then at 29, caught Matt again and proceeded to miss a set of steps and therefore set off in entirely the wrong direction; luckily noticed quite fast and turned back around; maybe 30s from 15s either way. I should probably have used the magnifier whilst on the previous leg, but it was through a crowded section and I couldn't read the map in a lot of detail whilst avoiding all the people. So probably should have paused briefly at the control.

Anyway, took a good route to 31 (high) and passed Matt for the third and final time. Then another spell of good controls with one small miss on 34 where I think I'd spent so much of the previous leg considering the best choice that even though I had made the best choice in advance I forgot what it was and ended up going the wrong way; only a few seconds though.

Got down onto the beach and basically switched off because mentally it was the end. This was clearly exactly what the planner wanted. The caves came up far faster than I was expecting and I wasn't keeping close enough contact with the map, such that I didn't run past just one of my controls but two; reaching 39 before 37. I had to check my control descriptions twice to make sure I wasn't imagining it. Then on the way back to 37, which was straightforward, it was easy to pick out 38. But the damage was done and I'd already lost 90s by running an extra 200m on sand. Dammit! This was far more annoying than the other mistake because I always try and make a point of keeping concentration right until the finish. Fail.

Still not a bad result with 3 mins lost, but could've been much better. Felt like I was running really well and for 36 of the 39 controls, a very positive performance. Great planning and the bonus of a lovely day.

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