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Sunday Dec 17 #

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Ran snow trails; finally a day where a good many snow bikers were out and about. Nice sunshine all day long with just a few clouds, and a reasonable amount of wind but nothing that would send new trees down. Back-to-back 2+ hour running days.

Tough day on equipment as a sock bit the dust along with a pair of gloves. The gloves had been decrepit for some time, and while they were hardly bothered by the running, the removal of a jagged log right by a trail was enough to seal their fate.

Saturday Dec 16 #

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O' pass at Diamond Bay, cloudy, light breeze, temps in the upper 20s; course of 13.2 kms and 44 controls. Nice running conditions, with patchy snow but more coverage than earlier in the week--exceeding 50%. Easy running though, because it was mostly just unconsolidated snow a few inches deep. Already at #2 I had to scratch my head a little bit--I had put the circle on a boulder, and I couldn't find the darned thing for the life of me. I did hone in on another rock feature nearby, so I knew I was close. But I didn't want to spend more time there because 1) it didn't really matter so much, and 2) I knew I had probably only about 2 hours of light to work with.

Including the warmup, 2 hours proved to be not enough, and at #36 I decided to hang it up and run it back in from there. I could still see the circles, but now what was in the circles. By the time I got back to my truck and changed shoes and outer wear, it was dark.

Back home, I checked the missing boulder in the map file (to make sure it wasn't some misc. bit of lower rock rubble that I had marked with a triangle, and which could have been hidden by several fallen trees in the area), and saw that it was indeed marked as a boulder. So then I went to the actual fieldwork (good to hang on to some of this stuff for this very circumstance), found the right piece, and....no boulder! Who knows how it ended up on the final map, but it could have been something as simple as a fidgety finger on a mouse coupled with a moment of distraction. Now the mystery boulder is no more.

Fun running, and the course included two controls in a small piece of map added just this summer--a piece never orienteered through before today.

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Ran in some new shoes (used once prior to today)--Inov-8 Roclite 280s. They were intended for trail running, I believe, and might be now discontinued. I got mine as clearance items, and so didn't pay much for them, and thinking they might be fine for orienteering training. My experience with them today was quite positive. My fingers are still crossed in hopes that Inov-8 will bring back Oroc 280s, or their equivalent. They remain my favorite O' shoes of all time.

Friday Dec 15 #

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Coldish last night (compared to what it's mostly been like this season so far) but the sun quickly changed that and by afternoon it was quite comfortable out. By now if you spend time regularly outdoors locally, anything above 32F + sunshine feels pretty mild--before any effect from wind.

Streets are still mostly in snow, but everywhere the sun could strike for long, the snow was turning to slush in the sun.

Ran snow trails and two days after the snow it's plainer that it's going to require a good bit more snow before skiing gets shaped up. So, looks like more O' is in the cards.

Thursday Dec 14 #

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Finally enough snow for....Yowsa! First time for the season.

Wednesday Dec 13 #

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Ran trails late in the day under graying skies, as a prelude to snow.

Tuesday Dec 12 #

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O' at Pelican Bay, 12.2 kms, 21 controls, sunny, decent wind out of the west, mild and pleasant, with (disappearing) patchy snow. Struggled to read the map (1:12,500 scale today) in a couple of places, and I think my eyes were fatigued from being up last night.

One of the places that I couldn't see what I thought must be there was on a section of the newly mapped area, and I thought I had drawn in the survey covering the control area, and as I approached the ring, the things I could see just didn't match the map at all. I was guessing my eyes weren't doing well reading contours under areas of gray. When I got back home and checked out the map file, I realized it was, right, a surveyed area, but a piece I hadn't drawn in yet. Mystery solved.

Odd to be approaching the mid-point of December and to have so little snow on the ground. In the open meadow areas, nearly every foot strike was sending up a little puff of dust that quickly headed east on the wind.

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