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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 1 days ending Sep 4, 2017:

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  Orienteering1 2:09:03 9.19(14:03) 14.79(8:44)11c
  Total1 2:09:03 9.19(14:03) 14.79(8:44)11c

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Monday Sep 4, 2017 #

9 AM

Orienteering 2:09:03 [3] ** 14.79 km (8:44 / km)

Well, going from the magnificent Dutchman map one day to an outdated 1:24000 USGS map with 40' contours the next day is unfortunate. Like going from a Tesla S to a Yugo. This was nominally a 3hr event but I came in a little over 2hrs in, and only lasted that long because there was a giant hill between me and the finish that I had to get around.

#hottakealert: Here we find all the classic hallmarks of why IMO rogaining is the worst: long, mindless climbs and road runs, poorly or non-mapped roads and major trails, painfully-easy-to-find controls, painfully-difficult-to-find misplaced and vaguely-placed controls, and a map so generalized that you can only navigate via the most obvious and cartoonishly large of features.

To clarify, I place no blame on the organizers and I thank them for their efforts. I just do not enjoy rogaining. And I haven't even mentioned the name, which is quite possibly the dumbest name for anything ever. No offense to anyone who thinks "rogaining" is a cool name that will attract new people to the sport.

Well that was pretty negative and now I feel a little bad about putting rogaining on blast. My apologies, rogaining. On the plus side, this did take place about 45min closer to home than Bend, so that was nice. And the landscapes were very pretty. I thought about using my last hour to hike up the giant hill for the views, but since it was about 1000' of climb I decided I couldn't get up there and back in time. Wish I'd had that idea earlier.

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