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Training Log: Jon X

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activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:09:44 10.09(12:51) 16.25(7:59) 422
  Running1 9:50 1.09(9:00) 1.76(5:36)
  Total2 2:19:34 11.19(12:29) 18.0(7:45) 422
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Sunday Oct 22 #

12 PM

Running 9:50 [3] 1.76 km (5:36 / km)

Orienteering race 1:03:54 [5] 8.68 km (7:22 / km) +280m 6:20 / km
shoes: VJ Falcon May 2017

CSC Final, Blue Men (M50+)

Concerned about my lack of fitness on a pretty steep physical area but hoping to bluff it for a top five finish.

Clive 2mins ahead and Quentin 2mins behind so started pretty hard with a hope to hold Quentin off for as long as possible. Instead the virtually unthinkable happened and I spied Clive leaving #1 as I approached it! Kept glimpsing him ahead through the next few round the steep slippery slope but couldn't get any closer, saw him again leaving #6 as I came round the hill into it.

(edit post routegadget and splits: never saw the low path route to the right to #3 and instead went straight over the shoulder in slippery mud -45sec)

Sadly overcooked it a bit in my efforts to catch him and could barely get up the steep climb out of #6 (not the best route through the cliffs either as at one point I climbed up through yellow and black tape...), then in oxygen debt I messed the route round to #7 (-1.5min in total on this leg) and then stopped at the stream not the river for #8 (-1min). Leaving #6 Quentin was dropping into it maybe 1.5mins behind, by the time I was coming to #8 he was heading away from it :(

Still struggling to run up the hill as we climbed back onto the open area and a bit confused by the paths and veg towards #10 (-1min). Started to get moving again after that and still in 5th at #12 but then fiasco at #13, the pre-warning for the spectator. Never saw a path on the map at the road crossing and took the wrong one, didn't check compass, panicked a bit, then when I did relocate I took the wrong path at a crossing and got lost again ffs. Something like 4.5mins dropped at a control that was probably common to every course!

Solid round the last section from there but needed a few more controls to recover the lost places, finished 10th. Worst of all the drop from 5th to 10th let three BOK scorers get ahead of me....maybe just as well for my peace of mind that the difference between the two teams was more than eight points in the end!

So in the end it was a decent defence of the Cup but BOK were too good on the day and beat us by 39 points to be worthy winners, congratulations to them.
BOK are the first team to beat us in the CSC final since SARUM pipped us for the Trophy on their local patch at Greenham Common back in 2006.
That has been a great run for us and one we are very proud of, but all good things must come to an end! Or at least a pause....

This year we would have needed everything to go pretty much perfectly on the day if we were to hold on to the title - to win we probably needed to eke out three more top five finishes.
That was a big ask as we were missing 13 club members who finished top five in one or both of the previous two finals, and in fact altogether we were missing 13 of our scorers just from last year.
Nonetheless it was a great effort by everyone for us to have 47 on the start list all the way down in Devon, and I think we put up a very honourable defence of 'our' title. Well done everyone!

Saturday Oct 21 #

2 PM

Orienteering 1:05:50 [3] 7.57 km (8:42 / km) +142m 7:57 / km
shoes: VJ Falcon May 2017

Pre-CSC training on Burrator.

Achilles a bit stiff and sore in the mornings this week but warming up quickly, has felt okay walking. Set off running up the hill to the start and it turned out it wasn't so great running...

Did a modified version of the course but did get out to the physical tussocky stuff at the far end. A bit windy and wet out there at times but all good fun, enjoyed it!

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