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Training Log: CleverSky

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering2 4:01:33 9.32(25:55) 15.0(16:06) 51031 /39c79%
  running2 1:18:25 6.65(11:47) 10.71(7:19) 93
  Total4 5:19:58 15.97(20:02) 25.71(12:27) 60331 /39c79%
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Sunday Apr 23 #

10 AM

orienteering race 2:08:29 [3] *** 7.8 km (16:28 / km) +250m 14:12 / km
spiked:13/18c shoes: Icebug Spirit

Jackie Jones, Red M35, near the bottom, anyway. After application of heat last night, on Lex's recommendation, my back was distinctly improved, though certain motions still brought on crippling pain, and I was mostly walking the course, with some halfhearted jogging thrown in. Navigationally I had periods of brilliance interspersed with episodes of haplessness. SA says I lost less time than yesterday, but I felt stupider.

1-5 went great, not moving very fast, but navigating well. On #6 I got myself to within the circle, but when I looked up where I thought the control might be, I saw a woman looking around confusedly, so I figured it mustn't be there. After ruling out other possibilities, I went up to at least get a better vantage point, and there was the control. The woman was still there, and she had seen the control, but it wasn't hers. She was pretty lost, so I told here where she was, maybe 200-300 meters from where she intended to be. And she seemed to think that was a lot. (Note, this is foreshadowing.) #7 was a long leg, and I took the low road, and got stupid. Most of the way there, I went by a good sized marsh. Now, it should have been obvious that it was the indistinct marsh in the white, but maybe I was just eager to be there already, and my brain decided it was the crossable marsh in the green further on. I artificially made the features match up, and headed up the hill toward the control, and actually just went into a big patch of laurel. It took quite a long while to wade through that, and when I finally emerged, I knew where I was and went to the control with no further trouble. The next leg was relatively short, and I went high to avoid the steep, rocky hillside, but overshot, and spent a while fumbling around trying to decide what feature was what. And then on #9, I made a clerical error and my eye followed the wrong line to the (closer) #11. I got to #11 okay, but just before going around the boulder, I realized my error and headed for #9 instead. #11 wasn't far off the straight line to #9, but it sure wasn't a good way to get there. Boris and Wyatt flew by at #9, and I had no trouble with #10 and #11, but I was sure getting sick of blueberry and laurel.

#12 was the longest leg, mostly a trail run, and at the end I picked a route that went through some mature laurel (not too bad to get under) and then picked my way through a maze of other laurel. Daniel Schaublin appeared near the end of this leg and was close behind me for a few controls, eventually getting away but then getting reeled in again, so we were in the chute together. All the rest of the controls went fine except for #15, when I spotted a different cliff higher up that had a control, and also had Daniel at it. But the wrong code. We both punched, but as we were heading out, we realized out error and went to the correct control.

Pretty pathetic showing, due largely to sloppiness rather than infirmity. Magnus trounced me today. And we'll see how well I recover, no way of knowing if the exercise helped or hurt my back or neither.
1 PM

Note

So, with Nancy having finshed well ahead of me, and my back needing a rest, she took the wheel for the drive home. I provided directions, and had her turn right on Lake Welch Drive and head for the Palisades, though I wasn't sure if you could only get on southbound from there, whch turned out to be the case. No matter, just get off at the next exit and loop around. As we were approaching the onramp to get back on, we saw a guy walking on the shoulder of the road, carrying a stick for a walking staff. What was interesting was that his shirt had a design on it that looked kind of like the O-suits that some of the people at the meet were wearing, a compass rose design. He was even carrying something that looked vaguely like a map, so it made him look like an orienteer. As we made the left onto the onramp, we glanced back and saw that he was wearing a bib number! Nancy stopped the car, and I asked if she could back up. That didn't look like it would work, so she expertly executed a highly questionable and most likely illegal U-turn, we got back up to the road, and pulled up behind him. I rolled down the window and just said "Get in".

Yup, he was lost. Not just lost, this is some kind of minor record. He was on the wrong side of the Palisades Parkway, heading toward Stony Point. That's about 3.5 km from the meet site as the crow flies, and 200 meters lower. There's enough stuff between where he was supposed to be and where he was, that I can't figure out how he managed to get there. I later wondered if we had managed to thwart an escape attempt from the group he came to the meet with. But he graciously accepted our offer, and we drove him back up Rte. 106 and deposited him by the penultimate control, explaining that it was on his map, and pointing him up the hill to the finish. Then we turned the car around, and as soon as we were out of earshot burst out laughing.

Saturday Apr 22 #

9 AM

orienteering race 1:53:04 [3] *** 7.2 km (15:42 / km) +260m 13:18 / km
spiked:18/21c shoes: Icebug Spirit

Lake Popolopen, Red M35, last place out of 5 or 6. Despite having put "GPS watch" on a list of things to bring this weekend, I forgot it. Made it to the start in the nick of time, after not being sure I could even walk that far. While getting ready, the lower back pain was such that I was unable to bend down to tie my shoes, and I couldn't have done a situp to save my life. I could barely get my pants on. Started out walking, and got to the first control circle just fine, but wasn't sure which of the 23 cliffs in the circle the control would be on, so I climbed up a little high, then had to come back down to where the control was, just as Magnus arrived, having made up two minutes. We had a loop for the next few controls, and were joined by a guy in a hat who was way faster, but a little shaky on the navigation. Despite my back problems, I was able to keep them in sight for most of the loop. The last control in the loop was supposedly a water stop, but it had no sign of any jugs or cups, which meant that the first water was going to be quite a way into the course. There was another control in sight that did have jugs, so if Ihad been thirsty enough I could have gone there. Leg #6 was back to the start of the loop, and halfway there was a row of cliffs that looked something like the one that the control was on. I caught up to hat guy there, standing still and looking around confusedly, and I said to him, "You're halfway there".

The next leg was long, with a fair bit of climb, and I opted to go to the right and save some climb (and to do my climbing late). I didn't do that great a job of executing the route, failing to get onto the bench that ran around the hillside, and instead being higher on a steep, rocky slope with some deadfall obstacles. Crossing one downed tree, I lost my footing, and as I went ass over teakettle, I thought they might need to come rescue me, but instead, the experience kind of shook things out a little and I was able to jog abit after that. I came in low and went by #10, which confirmed my location, and then it was just a slog up the hill to the control, but as I started doing that, I saw hat guy go by, presumably not knowing where he was, and I never saw him again. Magnus got well out ahead of me at this point.

The next few controls went fine, other than a little hesitation at #8, trying to identify the right knoll. On the way to #15, I spotted Magnus up ahead, having gained back a bunch of ground on him. I missed #17 a little because I spotted a control that looked about right and headed down the hill toward it, but it was in fact a different control, and mine was in sight as well, but I had to climb back up to it. Magnus was leaving #18 as I approached it, and on the next leg, he took a lower route while I went high. Late in the leg I could see him far below me, and was pretty sure that I'd be able to get to the control ahead of him. I pushed as well as I could through the last two, and finished a minute in front of him, but a minute down.

My back is still not good, we'll see how it goes.

Friday Apr 21 #

Note

Managed to do something pretty painful to my lower back on the right side. Not sure if changing to summer tires on the back of my car was what did it, or if that just made it worse. It will be interesting to see how the orienteering goes this weekend.

Thursday Apr 20 #

7 PM

running (trails) 42:31 [3] 5.4 km (7:53 / km) +64m 7:26 / km
shoes: Saucony Guide 8 Powergrid

Across the street, In The Dim. Planned to go out a little earlier, but I dozed off when I got home. SIx Bridges, Enigma Road, esker, and back. Just one muddy spot.

Wednesday Apr 19 #

6 PM

running (trails) 35:54 [3] 5.31 km (6:46 / km) +29m 6:35 / km
shoes: Saucony Guide 8 Powergrid

Groton Town Forest. The notion to run here came to me late, else I probably would have brought a map. Instead, I noticed some arrows nailed to trees, and decided to follow them. I suspect that most of this run was therefore a portion of the trail race course. Light rain pretty much the whole time, not enough to be any big deal.

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