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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending May 25, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:21:49 23.04(8:46) 37.07(5:27) 54055c
  Running2 56:04 7.23(7:45) 11.64(4:49) 170
  Strength1 30:00
  Total5 4:47:53 30.27 48.71 71055c

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Saturday May 24, 2014 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (Gig Harbor SS) 3:02:33 [4] ** 20.8 mi (8:47 / mi) +500m 8:10 / mi
31c

Huzzah, 20.8! My goal was to break 20 miles at 8-9 minutes per, keeping the pace more or less constant throughout the three hours. Success!

Miles:
1. 8:30
2. 8:19
3. 8:30
4. 8:27
5. 6:55 - here I had the unique experience of being caught by someone else on foot, which had never happened to me in a Street Scramble before. Mathew Rogers and I followed similar routes early on, and he came upon me and caused me to pick up the pace and run with him for a couple legs here, before he went right and I went left after 24. I was impressed by his speed, but he was also only doing 1.5 hours.
6. 8:33
7. 8:32
8. 8:29
9. 8:44
10. 9:46
11. 9:04
12. 10:40
13. 7:55
14. 9:54
15. 8:14
16. 8:55
17. 10:56 - I think this was when I had problems figuring the question at the YMCA out. I was looking for a brick, but I was erroneously looking on the wall rather than the ground.
18. 8:39
19. 8:05
20. 9:22
21. 6:02 (0.80) - Still able to run at sub-8:00 pace after 20 miles! Ain't that something. Maybe I should do a marathhhhahahaha yeah no.

I came in 2:33 late, so lost 30 points and ended up with 840/1000. I missed only four checkpoints - three remote ones on the northeast side of the harbor and one near the finish I had to chop at the end.

When I went up to get my award Eric announced me as "U.S. Orienteering Team member Will Enger." I have still not fully processed this. As little as six months ago, when people used to ask me about orienteering and I would tell them about how I was trying to make the national team, I was always a little embarrassed because it sounded so ridiculous when I said it out loud. Every day I try not to take anything for granted.

Thursday May 22, 2014 #

8 PM

Strength 30:00 [3]

Wednesday May 21, 2014 #

7 PM

Orienteering 19:16 [4] ** 3.6 km (5:21 / km) +40m 5:04 / km
24c

Robinswood Park course 4. The first Wednesday evening meet of the year!

Monday May 19, 2014 #

8 PM

Running 22:36 [3] 3.12 mi (7:15 / mi) +20m 7:06 / mi

Run down to the library. I was planning to do a very easy recovery run but I felt energetic so decided to go a bit harder than very easy.
9 PM

Running 33:28 [3] 4.11 mi (8:09 / mi) +150m 7:19 / mi

Made my way back from the library along the waterfront, then up up up along the trail to Watershed and back around to home.

At one point I was running along the sidewalk and passed close by some garbage containers, and in the normal motion of running managed to smash my right hand directly into one of them, jamming all four fingers pretty substantially and painfully.

Although I was a bit stunned at first (mostly by my own clumsiness), I recovered and went on with the run. Veteran orienteering pundits immediately declared this the greatest performance while sustaining a bizarre hand injury since Eric broke his wrist fifteen minutes into the race and still won the 2012 U.S. Ultralong Champs.

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