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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jun 14, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering12 4:01:31 24.42(9:53) 39.3(6:09) 460263c
  Running1 42:09 5.5(7:40) 8.85(4:46) 100
  Total13 4:43:40 29.92(9:29) 48.15(5:53) 560263c

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Sunday Jun 14, 2015 #

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My flight to JFK got delayed such that I would've missed my connection to Seattle, and thus I continue to be at the party after the party's over and trespass on Alex and Ed's generous hospitality.

Reason given for 2.5-hour delay: "There are too many planes trying to land." This, after all passengers are on board and plane is ready to pull away from gate. The lesson, as always: New York is a crazy place and you should never trust anything involving New York to make any damn sense at all.
10 AM

Orienteering race 9:19 [4] ** 2.2 km (4:14 / km) +35m 3:55 / km
21c

Morning race @ Boston Common. Superfast venue - 4:14/km is most definitely the fastest I have ever orienteered in my life. Will and I tied, though we ran different forkings.
1 PM

Orienteering race 13:22 [4] ** 3.0 km (4:27 / km) +35m 4:13 / km
21c

Afternoon A-meet/national ranking event/Boston Sprint Camp finale! There was a chase start, a fancy start gate, and an auto-finish, which were totally cool. Course setter maestro Schirminator saved his route choices for this one, so there were a few more left/right decisions than the morning. Still a very very fast race. I pushed real hard and actually felt pretty strong, but young Will was a touch speedier and got me by eight seconds. It's the first defeat Black Magic has suffered at the hands of a non-European.

As the Sunday winner, Will won the delicious apple pie, while I, as the overall points winner, won the delicious chocolate banana bread (prizes courtesy of Alex). I leave it to you, dear reader, to decide who got the better end of the deal.

(The answer of course is that we both got the better end.)

Saturday Jun 13, 2015 #

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In Euro qualifying, Iceland! Wales! Northern Ireland! Hungary! The Faroes! It's madness!!!
10 AM

Orienteering intervals 20:00 [3] ** 3.0 km (6:40 / km) +25m 6:24 / km
19c

Morning training at Franklin Park. Erin divided us into groups of four for a series of O-tervals, starting ~10s apart and switching up the start order. My group, consisting of Addison, Emma, Izzy, and myself, dubbed ourselves the Dream Team and agreed that we were most awesomest of all the groups.
11 AM

Orienteering 21:00 [3] ** 4.0 km (5:15 / km) +50m 4:56 / km
25c

Mass start farsta. I was lazy right off the bat and was led by a couple of the juniors into overrunning the third control on our loop. Also realized at the end of my third loop that I went to an incorrect boulder in a field of boulders on my second loop but didn't realize it because there were no controls, only streamers. Disqualified!
12 PM

Orienteering 20:00 [3] ** 3.0 km (6:40 / km) +20m 6:27 / km
14c

A "starts" exercise with seven baby maps of two controls each, where the objective is to practice flipping the map, finding the start, orienting quickly, etc.
5 PM

Orienteering race 18:05 [4] ** 3.0 km (6:02 / km) +35m 5:42 / km
24c

Evening race @ Franklin Park. This park is so fantastic! My favorite venue/race of the camp. Open variable woods with tons of rock features, elevation detail, and even some tricky ruins. There was some greenbriar, but greenbriar doesn't hurt nearly as much as blackberry bushes.

I made one nav error, leaving 9 off by 90 degrees. I had it in my head that I should turn 180 back around from where I came into it, but didn't account for my entry direction changing on final approach, and was confused when I found myself almost in someone's backyard. Maybe 25s loss.

Then from 12-13 there was an obvious tunnel route choice that I didn't take and lost some 15s, which was especially dumb because we had been there during O-tervals. I don't think I've ever once made the correct decision when a tunnel is involved.

Really well-set course by Schirminator, whom I got by 4s (I think). Ethan was ~25s back.

Friday Jun 12, 2015 #

10 AM

Orienteering 40:00 [3] ** 6.0 km (6:40 / km) +25m 6:32 / km
38c

5 PM

Orienteering race 15:16 [4] ** 3.0 km (5:05 / km) +30m 4:51 / km
24c

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
40c

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
21c

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
16c

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.

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