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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jan 6, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 44:59 3.54(12:42) 5.7(7:54) 150
  Running1 35:00 5.0(7:00) 8.05(4:21)
  Total2 1:19:59 8.54(9:22) 13.75(5:49) 150

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Sunday Jan 6, 2013 #

5 PM

Running 35:00 [3] 5.0 mi (7:00 / mi)

Brisk run around Bridle Trails. I had to wait until the Seahawks game was over (Go Hawks!) so it was pretty dark in the woods by the time I got up there - had to be a bit careful with footing.

Saturday Jan 5, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 44:59 [5] ** 5.7 km (7:54 / km) +150m 6:58 / km

I had a decent race at Point Defiance today. I hadn't been there in awhile (If I recall correctly, last year's PD meet was cancelled due to snow) but I decided beforehand that when in doubt I would avoid cross-country travel as much as possible, and allow myself to focus on keeping up a solid pace while looking ahead to upcoming legs.

That served me well, although ironically I still made a true beginner's mistake - coming onto a trail and running the wrong way due to not paying attention to the map and reading it 90 degrees sideways - that probably lost me two minutes. I hadn't made a mistake like that in years! Oh well.

I also had a bit of a scuffle with point 3, and I think the map there wasn't entirely accurate. I came out of a trail onto a road, and the control was mapped as being directly across the road bearing slightly to the right, in a shallow reentrant maybe 30-40 meters into the green. I crashed in, found nothing, circled back around left, and found the control as I worked back uphill.

As I came back up to the road, I was definitely to the "wrong" side of the junction - slightly, but it was still noticeable that the control location and map didn't quite jive. Most other people didn't seem to note the same thing - I think you could see the control coming off the road if you simply looked left, and you wouldn't be worried about it.

Anyway, not a big deal and, hey, no excuses. I ended up third after Eric and Peteris - with a clean run I would have been second (but not if Peteris had also been clean).

In two weeks, I'll try to redeem myself at Lord Hill after a bit of a fiasco at the A-meet last spring.

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