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Training Log Archive: Angus

In the 7 days ending Jun 1, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 3:51:03 13.98(16:31) 22.5(10:16) 788
  Running6 2:46:07 17.59(9:27) 28.31(5:52) 379
  Cycling2 40:59 8.86(4:38) 14.25(2:53) 65
  Total8 7:18:09 40.43(10:50) 65.07(6:44) 1232

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Monday Jun 1, 2015 #


The Good, bad & Ugly,
to sum up the 3 days of the Shamrock. Thankfully today was good, Yesterday, plain ugly and day 1 bad. A lot of it vision problems. Certainly not the whole issue, but its proving to be a big distraction and for past 12 months I've been getting more and more frustrated. Yesterday the contact lens was giving me grief from early on. Don't know what the issue was. I'm sure it was in the right way round. I was struggling with seeing the ground early on and it was aggravating my eye and by 8 I was struggling with reading the map. It felt like it was going to fall out. Kept rubbing my eye, but didn't help. Eventually took it out at 12. Now I could see the ground, but map reading turned into guess work.

Today, tried something new. Put contact lens in both eyes. Took me 20 minutes to get it into the left eye. Just on point of giving up as I had to get to start, but it suddenly popped in and it made a big difference. Couldn't use magnifier today with the rain. Left it in car.

So weekend ended on a high. One big positive was my stamina. No issues from the recent cold and I lasted the weekend well.

Early appointment needed with optician. This to try figure out best solution going forward for orienteering. After today, lens in each eye seems the way forward and I need glasses permanently for reading, which possibly means permanent bifocal/variable focal glasses.

Another issue was course for M/W10s on day 1. TD4! Really I was disgusted with it. Tivon acquitted himself well, but he took 100 minutes. He was ok at end but quite tired. Day 2 was a simple yellow. That was fine though was very simple for the 12s. Today was technically difficult but was mostly taped and with the weather so awful there was no point in Tivon being out for well over an hour to follow some tapes. At least this was a concern removed from my mind before I started, though I did help a W10 to one of her controls soon after I started, one of the few legs that wasn't taped.
10 AM

Orienteering race (Shamrock Day 3) 53:18 [5] 5.98 km (8:55 / km) +274m 7:15 / km
shoes: OROC

Weather was bad, though not brutally cold like Slieve Croob.
A much better day. Went with contacts in both eyes and close vision was much better. No possibility of using magnifier with the rain. Also managed to see Tivon's course which was technical but almost all taped, I decided Tivon should stay in car. So my mind was focused on my course rather than being elsewhere.
I was about 6 minutes behind 3rd M45 and there were others ahead to chase also.

It didn't take long to get distracted! About 1 minute in I was stopped by a W10 (the only one to finish). She was looking for her no.3. I had no hesitation in helping as it was not a day for anyone, particularly a young junior to spend more time than they needed. I struggled to match her map to mine as it was a different scale. Eventually worked it out and she wasn't far away, but enough to not see kite from her low height. I showed her where the control was which was hidden behind boulder as she had gone passed it. It was perhaps the only leg on her course not taped.

I continued on but my focus was gone. Saw Katie heading up hill to boulder. Fortunately she had made error and I saw her.
Was careful to 2 and then chased after Katie towards 3. Didn't see path on map that Katie went and I stayed high. I navigated well, picking features off and I got to control before Katie. 2nd quickest on course

For 4 I climbed immediate to go behind large crag. Katie stayed low and I didn't see her again. Passed the next 2 crags, over hill, down to marsh and then up and around. Got distracted by control at pond. Once I realised this I knew where mine should be. 2nd quickest again.

Aimed for path for 5 and then down marshy re-entrant. was catching some-one else and also saw another leaving 6. Quickest to 5 and 2nd to 6 where I caught Alison.

Long leg to 7. Decided to take easy navigation route up obvious re-entrant. Wasn't sure of route thereafter but this became obvious higher up. Alison didn't seem to relish the upcoming climb, but I could see my targets ahead, one seemed to be Tony, the M45 in 3rd. Picked off couple big features and then the large re-entrant led me to 7. 3rd quickest. Saw Conall and Tony leaving.

Very windy up there and I followed looking for shelter to look at map. caught up with Conall and Tony and relied on them a bit as I struggled to keep contact. But worked things out and I got control first.

Wasn't sure of 9 and it ended up one terrace higher then I was expecting. Took a little time working out 10 with the route in view. Worked out the 2 re-entrants and then the hill. Had to get down to this first. kept ahead of Tony and Conall.

Had my route to 11 planned. Rather than go direct I went around and used re-entrants to guide me in.

12 was compass, large re-entrant then over hill. Marsh with a few knolls below. Was quite surprised to be with Tony again as I was going well and didn't see how he could have got 11 without me seeing. (actually he didn't) Conall was staying with me as well. Ended up a little left of 12.

Just had to drop a bit of height for 13 and it was visible from afar. and then around hill for last control and finish.

I'm pleased to end the Shamrock on a high and delighted that contacts in both eyes worked.

Got back to car and Zoe wasn't back!! Had started 20 minutes before me. She arrived shortly after, all smiles! She loved the weather! But some uncharacteristic navigation issues.

Running warm up/down 11:52 [2] 0.79 km (15:05 / km) +115m 8:43 / km
shoes: OROC

Sunday May 31, 2015 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 1:56:12 [4] 9.48 km (12:15 / km) +311m 10:32 / km
shoes: OROC

Running warm up/down 11:58 [2] 1.1 km (10:52 / km) +58m 8:36 / km
shoes: OROC

Saturday May 30, 2015 #

2 PM

Orienteering race 1:01:33 [4] 7.04 km (8:45 / km) +203m 7:39 / km
shoes: xtalon2014

Running warm up/down 9:53 [2] 0.4 km (24:39 / km) +88m 11:45 / km
shoes: xtalon2014

3 PM

Running warm up/down 1:55 [2] 0.21 km (9:00 / km) +5m 8:03 / km
shoes: xtalon2014

Thursday May 28, 2015 #

2 PM

Running 1:08:07 [3] 14.01 km (4:52 / km) +43m 4:47 / km
shoes: Mizuno Kazan 2014

Have ticked the recovered box as I'm fed up seeing pink, but not 100% yet. Still coughing a bit. Running felt easy today until I turned around into a stiff headwind!!

Nice to just have a normal run in my Kazans and completed 200k for May despite the past couple weeks.

Wednesday May 27, 2015 #

12 PM

Cycling 20:25 [2] 7.05 km (2:54 / km) +26m 2:51 / km

To driving licence office
1 PM

Cycling 20:34 [2] 7.21 km (2:51 / km) +39m 2:47 / km

return home

Tuesday May 26, 2015 #

6 PM

Running warm up/down 12:21 [2] 2.25 km (5:30 / km) +4m 5:27 / km
shoes: xTalon

Running race 50:01 [2] 9.56 km (5:14 / km) +66m 5:04 / km
(sick) shoes: xTalon

Still chesty, jogged around. Bit of a luxury having so much time to navigate though didn't get 7 straight away as it was hidden. Legged the last control and finish :) Not much coughing afterwards.

Usual problem with dog and fences at Curragh. Had to lift him twice going to 12 and we struggled with style going to 2.

Legs, particularly quads were sore after the relay, but they're fine today, though could feel the calves afterwards

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