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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jul 20, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 3:57:55 13.24(17:58) 21.31(11:10) 74019c
  Running2 1:11:58 7.22(9:58) 11.62(6:12) 125
  Total3 5:09:53 20.46(15:09) 32.93(9:25) 86519c

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Sunday Jul 20, 2014 #

4 PM

Running 28:33 [3] 3.56 mi (8:01 / mi) +25m 7:51 / mi

Easy library run.

Has anyone made plans for the Whistler relay re: team formation? My dad and I will most likely be a package deal, in which case we'll need a third member. It would be sweet to have a Sammamish team, but at this point there are only about four Sammamish members whose bodies are physically capable of running. So - we're on the market.

The one way I would be otherwise committed is if people were interested in a US v. Canada thing, i.e. Eric, Ian, and myself versus Will, Graeme, and Unnamed Third Unsuspecting Canuck. This would be awesome but probably not feasible.

Running 13:25 [3] 1.51 mi (8:53 / mi) +50m 8:03 / mi

Part deux.

Saturday Jul 19, 2014 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (Tiger Mountain Nav. Race) 3:57:55 [3] *** 13.24 mi (17:58 / mi) +740m 15:19 / mi

Route: 35, 36, 45, 65, 51, 63, 37, 106, 53, 105, 49, 54, 104, 47, 66, 44, 42, 33, 34.

Good times on Tiger Mountain. Lots of really nice, open forest, especially at higher elevation, and also places where you had to go full Lewis & Clark. As with all of these four-hour events, I continued to have issues with pacing, focus, and motivation. For example, at one point I was tooling along on a longish trail leg and started thinking about the Canadian Champs. Soon enough I had forgotten what I was doing, gone right past the control and found myself 200m further on. Silly goose! Luckily, my lack of competitive spirit more than compensated for my lack of focus.

It also seems that I have considerably more trouble navigating on a sparse 1:20000 map at low speed than on an ultra-detailed 1:5000 or 1:10000 at high speed - I'm not certain whether this means I'm a good navigator or a bad navigator. Maybe I'm just an insecure, high-maintenance navigator who needs constant positive reinforcement that he's in the right place.

I should make clear that none of this is meant to sound negative, as I'm perfectly content to use mini-rogaines as enjoyable training, rather than "races," per-se. The message, as always: yay sprints! yay middles!

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 #

9 PM

Running 30:00 [2] 2.15 mi (13:57 / mi) +50m 13:01 / mi

Wilburton Hill control pickup. I think I'm finally getting the hang of this meet director thing. At the first meet Mike saved us with his BBQ, then at Bridle Trails there was the issue with map quality. I think this one went smoothly.

It turns out the mosquitoes are absolutely murderous in certain parts of Wilburton around 9-10 PM - setting controls yesterday was the second most harrowing mosquito experience I've ever had, after the Florida Everglades coast, which has the kind of mosquitoes that send you sprinting for the nearest car, trench, or Quonset hut.

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