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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 31 days ending Oct 31, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering6 5:00:32 15.47(19:25) 24.9(12:04) 525
  Road running1 44:23 5.0(8:53) 8.05(5:31)
  Total7 5:44:55 20.47(16:51) 32.95(10:28) 525

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Wednesday Oct 15, 2014 #

Road running race 14:23 [5] 2.0 mi (7:11 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

78th GSFC 2-mile "Fun Run." Pretty much nailed my expectation, which was low. If 14:23 is official, it ties my worst-ever 2-mile time (Spring 2010). Just not running well at all.

Road running 30:00 [3] 3.0 mi (10:00 / mi)

Warm-up run to the 2-mile start and around the area, a few strides, a little bit at race pace. Then a jog back to Building 33 with Dasa, in the rain, with occasional thunder in the distance. The race would have been canceled if the rain had come 30 minutes earlier.

Monday Oct 13, 2014 #

Orienteering race 22:55 [5] 3.5 km (6:33 / km) +20m 6:22 / km
shoes: Inov8 X-Talon

NAOC Sprint Course 3 (M55). Much better today. I had a fine run, except for one really bad mistake on #8. Bashing through the woods from 7, passed one little trail, came to a larger trail and thought it was the wide one, saw the junction to my right and thought it was where the wide trail left the road and I was too far south. So I ran north on the trail, it made no sense, came back, saw the junction for what it was (the triangular one) and got back on track. Lost about a minute and a half. One more small mistake overrunning #10, bouncing back off the trail.

I ran really well after that, grabbing a couple of top splits, but the two mistakes drove the result, 10th on the course.

The NAOC was a great production this year, and it was really nice to be a part of it.

Sunday Oct 12, 2014 #

Orienteering race 1:17:14 [4] **** 5.2 km (14:51 / km) +120m 13:19 / km
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

NAOC Long Course 7b (M55). A better run than yesterday for sure, but still not very good. Some issues with control finding, just like yesterday, but overall just slow. The rocky ground is hard to run through, and I fell a few times. I was careful with intermediate features (which means slow). And the dense woods impedes visibility (which also means slow). On the plus side, I ran pretty confidently on the trail network and made no real mistakes there, except pulling up way short on #7 and examining the wrong rocky hill before proceeding to the right one. Also on the plus side, a really fine fall day. It was great to be out in the woods.

Saturday Oct 11, 2014 #

Orienteering race 1:06:22 [3] ***** 3.7 km (17:56 / km) +65m 16:29 / km
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

NAOC Middle, Course 7b (M55). I kind of figured this wasn't going to go very well. I have trouble with maps in which heavy thresholding was necessary. Not that this was a bad map -- to the contrary, it was clean and sensible, and clearly the right way to map this terrain. My problem is that I can't do the thresholding in the field. I see knolls and rocks that appear visually large, but they're unmapped because they're on elevated bases. And, like #8 on the long course, I fail to see a boulder that appears insignificant among much taller features.

So, lots of trouble finding controls, like #2, #5, #7, #10-11-12. Also problems with cross-country routes when I couldn't properly recognize intermediate features. From 6 to 7, I tried to attack from the rocky spur, but I mistakenly chose the spur just before it, which also had rocks (smaller, and unmapped).

Then the killer, skipping #13 altogether. This is a perceptual issue, just like last week's middle. When I learned that I had mispunched, I looked again at the map and saw #13 for the first time, as though it had been printed in invisible ink that had just materialized on the paper. I had been seeing the line as if it ran directly from 12 to 14.

Sunday Oct 5, 2014 #

Orienteering race 35:34 [5] 3.5 km (10:10 / km)
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

U.S. Nationals Middle Green. I had a fine run with only one problem (but it was a big one): I skipped #12. I never even saw it on the map, and went straight from 11 to 13. I was pushing pretty hard at that point, but it turned out I wasn't in medal contention anyway.

I took a conservative route down the road to #1 (no repeat of yesterday's disaster), and had an easy time with 2, along the narrow ridge to the spur ( and further down than I thought it was going to be). Then 3 and 4 were in complex contour areas, but they were close enough together that a bearing and a control description were good enough. But on 5 I lost a couple of minutes. I went around the lake to the left, and even though the big reentrant was going to be obvious I kept on reading carefully through the terrain and checking off everything I saw, finally going up too high into the big reentrant before coming down to the control.

Saturday Oct 4, 2014 #

Orienteering race 1:19:31 [4] 6.6 km (12:03 / km) +240m 10:12 / km
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

U.S. Nationals Long Green. Bad start, losing about 10 minutes on the first control. I had a vague idea I was going to run through the white woods to the contour change, then follow it to the control. But I wasn't reading the map well, didn't know if it was up or down, never got there, and headed into the green, ran right through the reentrant and out the other side, found the ridge but lost all track of distance and continued all the way to about the 3-4 crossing before turning back. I was resigned to going back to the road for a do-over when I dropped into the reentrant and found the control.

After that I had a good run. It seems to me there was only one really good leg on this course, 5-6. The leg from 3-4 had a fairly obvious route choice, and on 8-9 the only route I considered was the long road run. It might have been faster to go straight (if you executed well) but not enough faster to justify the risk.

Friday Oct 3, 2014 #

Orienteering race 18:56 [5] 2.4 km (7:53 / km) +80m 6:46 / km
shoes: Inov8 X-Talon

U.S. Nationals Sprint Green. We got there really late, drove to the start, and were the last two starters, right around 4 p.m. I was looking forward to this. I prefer a park sprint to an urban sprint, maybe because I get confused with a lot of little changes of direction. I managed to figure out the tricky stuff with the bridges, fences, and underpasses without too much time-wasting. My inclination was to get over to whatever side the next control was on as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time at #2 because I couldn't grasp the idea that it might be under the bridge. That might have pulled me down a place, but as it was I was 3rd in M60.

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