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Training Log Archive: TomN

In the 7 days ending Apr 27, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:08:45 6.65(28:23) 10.7(17:38) 180
  Trail Running3 2:05:52 14.1(8:56) 22.69(5:33)
  Road running2 1:30:33 10.3(8:47) 16.58(5:28)
  Total7 6:45:10 31.05(13:03) 49.97(8:07) 180

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Monday Apr 27, 2015 #

Trail Running 43:05 [3] 4.7 mi (9:10 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Cross-country loop + stadium-trail loop.

Sunday Apr 26, 2015 #

Orienteering race 1:34:02 [3] 4.9 km (19:11 / km) +180m 16:13 / km

UNO Bear Brook Green.

Mr. Contour Expert took a look at the map, said "I got this one" and hared off in the general direction of the first control. "Who needs a compass?" said Mr. Contour Expert, "pass two reentrants and up the other side. How hard could it be?" And so, over the next 5 minutes, I got so totally lost that I couldn't even find my way back to the start. At that point I figured north to the river was the safest option. On the way there, I went up a ridge that looked like the one #2 was on, and it was. Backing up from there I finally got to #1, about 30 minutes after punching the start. Hey, I was expecting rocks. Where are the rocks when you need them?

I got another chance to see #1 again, on the way to 4. By that point I was navigating a lot more carefully, but approaching from the NW I picked the left-hand spur, which led me back to #1. The control was on the right-hand spur.

After that, things went really well, if a bit slow. It was Mr. You Don't Know Where You Are Until You Know It Three Different Ways who was in charge, and he was good. We got down into some of the rocky stuff towards the midpoint of the course, which was fun. Now, that's more like it! A moonscape of rock! A solid wall of rock!

So a disappointing result, but a very fine course in difficult terrain, and a great learning opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Need more of this.


Saturday Apr 25, 2015 #

Orienteering race 1:34:43 [3] 5.8 km (16:20 / km)
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd

NEOC Needham Town Forest, Red course. Shortish course, not a lot of climb, but slow orienteering for me. We were warned not to trust the small trails, so I didn't. As soon as I got off the trail on the way to #1, I found myself surrounded by big rocks with hardly any rocks on the map. Thought about that for a while and plugged on. I began to get the feel of things (as well as wet feet) on the long route to #4, which seemed to involve some wading no matter which way you chose.

Things were a little more fun after that. It's interesting terrain, with a mapping style that deemphasizes the ubiquitous rock and plays up the contour complexity. The map was at 1:7500, and it's hard to imagine trying to condense it any further.

I had a disaster on 13, there was a straightforward route around the marsh, through the rocks, and straight in, which I finally did after my original stupid idea utterly failed. Fairly consistent other than that, mostly walking near the controls and working on visualization.

Friday Apr 24, 2015 #

Road running 35:00 [3] 4.0 mi (8:45 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Pine-Front-Railroad-Park-Swazey-Gilman. Cool and breezy.

Thursday Apr 23, 2015 #

Trail Running 41:12 [3] 4.7 mi (8:46 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Same trails as yesterday, but in a more sensible order. It unexpectedly started to rain half way through, and then, even more unexpectedly, changed to ice pellets.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015 #

Trail Running 41:35 [3] 4.7 mi (8:51 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Various loops around the cross country trails.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015 #

Road running 55:33 [3] 6.3 mi (8:49 / mi)
shoes: Adrenaline 14-2nd

Crazy rain last night mit donner und blitzen, but it all went away by mid-morning and the temperature shot up. There was some standing water on the trails. It's the change of the season, I'm sweating a lot more runnng in the mid-50s than I was a couple of weeks ago.

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