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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jun 12, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering8 3:05:16 18.21(10:11) 29.3(6:19) 345178c
  Running1 42:09 5.5(7:40) 8.85(4:46) 100
  Total9 3:47:25 23.71(9:36) 38.15(5:58) 445178c

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Friday Jun 12, 2015 #

10 AM

Orienteering 40:00 [3] ** 6.0 km (6:40 / km) +25m 6:32 / km

5 PM

Orienteering race 15:16 [4] ** 3.0 km (5:05 / km) +30m 4:51 / km

Evening race @ Danehy Park. Pretty simple navigationally, but still some binary route choices. One of those races where you have no excuse not to push it hard. I chose poorly once and lost 7s, which allowed the Schirminator to nip me by 2s (though he was the course setter). 10-20s ahead of the young'uns.

I was introduced to one of the juniors today, I'm like hey I'm Will. He says, "Oh, you're Will Critchley!"

Thursday Jun 11, 2015 #

10 AM

Orienteering 25:28 [3] ** 4.0 km (6:22 / km) +25m 6:10 / km

Morning training exercises conglomerate. Things are green here and it's 75-80. I feel like I went across the country but somehow ended up still in Seattle.
2 PM

Orienteering 30:00 [3] ** 4.0 km (7:30 / km) +50m 7:04 / km

Afternoon training stuff. I is too lazy to enter them individually.
6 PM

Orienteering race 14:01 [4] ** 2.6 km (5:23 / km) +80m 4:40 / km

Evening race @ Edmands Park. I had a clean race and managed to eke out the win by 15s or so ahead of Ethan. Really fun park with open hilly woods. So East Coasty, I love it!
7 PM

Orienteering 15:00 [2] 1.5 km (10:00 / km) +50m 8:34 / km

The control pickups.

Monday Jun 8, 2015 #

6 PM

Running 42:09 [3] 5.5 mi (7:40 / mi) +100m 7:15 / mi

I haven't felt "good" in some weeks, which is not awesome going into my summer racing season, humble as it may be. Hard to say what the problem is but hopefully it will pass. Or maybe not and I'm on the slow descent to the end.

Here are some of the questions people ask me about orienteering:

Often: "What do you win?" Well, nothing really. My canned half-tongue-in-cheek response: "The respect of very few people."

Often: "How long is a race?" They are expecting a simple answer, which I am unable to give.

Often: "Doesn't everyone just follow each other?" Yes, yes they do.

Often: "How fast do you go?" Slower than whatever you're thinking.

Once: "Do you shave your legs before a race?" I don't even shave my face before a race.

Saturday Jun 6, 2015 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 13:25 [4] ** 2.2 km (6:06 / km)

Sprint / Course 3 @ North Seatac Park, south side. I read 6 as a stairway, rather than a cliff next to a trail, and ran right on merrily by the control in plain sight five feet off the trail. Even with the misinterpretation I should have recognized when I was in the right place and/or checked my control descriptions.

Still not feeling great healthwise. Lots of junk in throat = not able to respirate myself normally. No Jourdan, Eric, or Peteris to compare with but I'm sure I was not fast today.

Orienteering race 10:45 [4] ** 1.7 km (6:19 / km) +50m 5:31 / km

Sprint / Course 2.
1 PM

Orienteering race 11:02 [4] ** 2.2 km (5:01 / km) +15m 4:51 / km

Relay, Loop B. Paired up with Patrick to reprise Team Kanzaga from two years ago. We were victorious (chalk up another to the good for Black Magic). It didn't feel like a relay to me, since Patrick brought us home from the first leg in the lead, so I ran both legs all alone.

Orienteering race 10:19 [4] ** 2.1 km (4:55 / km) +20m 4:41 / km

Relay, Loop A. Started feeling pretty fatigued in the mid-80s heat by the end of this one.

North Seatac is really an underrated venue, especially for sprinting. The disc golf course in the north part has thinned the woods into an intricate mix of rough open, white, and various shades of green, while the south part, though thicker, has quite a few windy trails running throughout which make for good route choice.

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