In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||orienteer||3|| 2:31:59|| 4.33|| 6.97|| 96|
| ||Total||3|| 2:31:59|| 4.33|| 6.97|| 96|
orienteer 1:01:15  3.62 km (16:54 / km) +82m 15:11 / km
Contours training at Lexington Lake. This is a new area, and the map is a work in progress. It was fun to explore!
I picked contour features, and took it slow and careful. Did pretty good. Just didn't go high enough on 2. And 3 is just a generic "ruin" that hasn't been precisely field checked (in fact, there are 2 ruins in that area). 4 was hard, and I doubted myself many times along the way.
I was getting tired and thirsty, and my mind was wandering, so I cut the course short.
Woods are thick and thorny, no surprise there. I did scare up lots of deer. And I forgot that there are trails here (not on my map) so I was really startled to see a mountain biker !
orienteer 45:44  3.35 km (13:40 / km) +14m 13:23 / km
I'm on vacation all week, so I hope to orienteer each day. But I want to do purposeful training, not just "go orienteering". Today's exercise was direction and distance on essentially a blank piece of paper. I laid the paper over a copy of the Overlook map, and picked some locations and drew a course. Then I went out with just the blank map, which was a mistake. First off, I forgot where the start was! And second, I thought I knew where the finish was, and used that "memory" to find the start. Third, there were no markers or tapes, so if I was wrong on one location, then I would start off the next leg from the wrong spot. I tried to remember some control locations, but I was usually wrong. Next time I will ask someone to hang markers for me.
Learned that I suck at distance estimation, but that I can occasionally follow my compass. Some weird routes are due to difficult vegetation. Totally wrong on 2-3-4-5, did OK on 6 and 7. I was totally messed up on 11. I was no longer getting anything useful out of this training, so I went to "17" instead and then the finish.
Fun day working at Possum Trot XVIII at Blue and Gray. A few glitches with results (folks forgetting to clear, punching the start even though it was a mass start, etc). But it wasn’t too cold, the race was exciting and most folks had a good time.
orienteer 45:00 
Putting out and picking up markers at Heartland. We had a good event, lots of fun to see the regulars plus some new folks.
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