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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Apr 12, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 4:22:11 32.37(8:06) 52.1(5:02) 360
  Strength1 28:00
  Total6 4:50:11 32.37 52.1 360

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Sunday Apr 12, 2015 #

9 AM

Running 46:42 [3] 6.28 mi (7:26 / mi) +75m 7:10 / mi

Another morningtime Sacramento run, out and back through a place called False Ravine Park. It's always pleasantly surprising when you're running in an unfamiliar place and you feel like you're moving slower than you should be for some reason, then you come back the same way and realize that now your pace is 30s+ faster with the same effort, because it was a slight uphill on the way out.

Saturday Apr 11, 2015 #

8 AM

Running 1:06:52 [3] 9.06 mi (7:23 / mi) +25m 7:19 / mi

Morning sightseeing run! I set out south along the Sacramento River until I found myself somewhere called Old Sacramento, which would make a good sprint map, turned up into the city along a lovely tree-lined boulevard with an excellent prospect of the California State Capitol, toured the Capitol grounds, which would make a good sprint map, then headed north to cross the American River and wandered my way through a large woody, brushy park, which might make an, back to the confluence. Sacramento is flat.

Thursday Apr 9, 2015 #

5 PM

Running 48:32 [2] 4.14 mi (11:43 / mi) +75m 11:06 / mi

Traditional Bridle Trails perimeter loop jog/double-time march! With a couple of my sister's friends, one of whom might move into my house for the summer.
6 PM

Running tempo 28:21 [4] 4.32 mi (6:34 / mi) +75m 6:14 / mi

Traditional Bridle Trails perimeter loop tempo run! I think this is a PR by about 20 seconds. One of those times where you put on some self-righteously angst-filled punk rock and run as fast as you can for a while.

Running warm up/down 16:10 [2] 1.51 mi (10:42 / mi) +10m 10:29 / mi

I enjoyed this (from here):

"The solid performances of recent Juniors are reflected in Alison Campbell, Tori Borish, Greg Ahlswede, and Ethan Childs being named to the WOC team, and Will Enger earning an alternate spot."

Either our team is so old that M29 now counts as recently junior, or my ongoing secret campaign to be the most enigmatically unknown member of Team USA is meeting with ever greater success, such that basic facts about me are the stuff of legend and speculation!

Wednesday Apr 8, 2015 #

8 PM

Strength 28:00 [3]

Some fun things I will/may be doing the rest of the year:
April, BAOC A-meet
June, Boston Sprint Camp
June, Boise Ultralong Champs
July, Western Canadian Champs?
July, Ragnar Relay
September, CROC Deschutes Days
September, Seattle Adventure Running Tournament
Fall, Relay Champs?

EDIT: I just dropped my mom off at the airport; her and my sister are on their way to a two-week safari in Tanzania and Uganda. If I had chosen to go it would have meant: A. me quitting my job, or B. most or all of my vacation for the year, in which case, no orienteering trips. So these dumb orienteering trips better be good. Also I am horribly afraid of meeting a black or green mamba.

Tuesday Apr 7, 2015 #

(rest day)

Legs are quite fatigued today for whatever reason.

Monday Apr 6, 2015 #

5 PM

Running 55:34 [3] 7.06 mi (7:52 / mi) +100m 7:32 / mi

Easyish run around Bridle Trails. I left my vintage 2005 Team USA jacket at the start of the loop, and when I came back around it was gone :(

I've known for a long time that my orienteering Achilles heel is the fact that my compass and I don't get along as well as we should. I suspect this is due to some combination of WIOL/my dad (by necessity) emphasizing map reading over compass skills, the nature of Puget Sound terrain, and my own laziness and complacency.

We see the inconsistent nature of my compasswork exemplified by legs 3 and 4 of the TT middle. 2-3: bad bearing, substantially left of intended. 3-4: straightforward compass leg through bland white hillside; good bearing, spiked. The difference? Being sure of the exit direction, avoiding the hurry-hurry-hurry "sprint" mindset which it is in my nature to adopt, and above all having a plan. Even a bad plan, like "take a careful bearing and see what happens," is better than no plan at all.

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