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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Sep 19, 2015:

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  Orienteering3 3:09:49 13.17(14:25) 21.2(8:57) 63065c
  Total3 3:09:49 13.17(14:25) 21.2(8:57) 63065c

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Saturday Sep 19, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Day 19

Location: Little Truckee Summit

A survey question today: Edibly speaking, what do people want to have available at SART after/between the races? (Only the last four races will include food.)
11 AM

Orienteering race 1:46:04 [4] *** 10.0 km (10:36 / km) +315m 9:10 / km
24c

Friday Sep 18, 2015 #

5 PM

Orienteering race 17:38 [4] ** 2.9 km (6:05 / km) +75m 5:23 / km
24c

Sierra Classic 2015 Day 1 - sprint

25 Days of SARTember, Day 18

Location: Northstar California Resort, Truckee, CA

Well I was planning this to be the world premiere of Willvision but I apparently left my new GoPro on at some point and it ran out of batteries, so the vid consists of two minutes of standing at the start line bsing with people. Which means none of y'all get to see how the magic happens...yet. Good news is I wore it on my dome all race and it didn't bug me so we're g2g for trial #2. However, I am reluctant to use either of the next two days for said trial, so it might have to be the SART time trial.

Oh, there was also a race. Nothing really interesting happened; found all the controls, lost some seconds on 19 and on 20. Felt the altitude. I was going to run this easy since it's irrelevant to the US champs, but I'm wholly incapable of consciously not going full speed.

Results: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...

Thursday Sep 17, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Day 17

Location: Still home

Assorted insider tidbits from this evening's Cascade OC board meeting:

- With a week to go, the maps are nearly mapped; the courses are nearly designed; the port-a-potties are nearly ordered.
- The organizing staff is assembled and standing ready.
- The ISSOM Woodland Park map is quite dissimilar to the current version.
- The championship course is "fantastic." It will also be forked, but may be the only forked round.
- The time trial at Green Lake will be ~1.4km.
- You'll get fun stickers to put on your bib that will also tell you which is your next race.

We attempted to wheedle more info out of our sources, but they've got this thing locked down tight. No one's talking and nothing's going in or out until zero hour.

Wednesday Sep 16, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Day 16

Location: Home, studying Little Truckee maps

The spaghetti Western archetypes of SART:

Nate Barrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Illusionist"
Eric Bone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Veteran"
Tori Borish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Professor"
Tyra Christopherson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Kid"
Ian Collings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ."The Sheriff"
Ali Crocker . . . . . . . . . . . . . ."The All-American"
Elise Egseth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Foreigner"
Simon Fors . . . . . . . . "The Mysterious Stranger"
Jourdan Harvey . . . . . . . . . . "The Man in Black"
Alex Jospe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Patriot"
Kate Knapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Rustler"
Nikolay Nachev . . . . . ."The Redemption Seeker"
Kseniya Popova . . . . . . . . . . ."The City Slicker"
Graeme Rennie . . . . . . . . . . . . .. "The Gambler"
Ian Saari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ."The Hard Man"
Erin Schirm . . . . . . . . . . "The Reluctant Warrior"
Rex Winterbottom . . . "The Southern Gentleman"
Adam Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Young Gun"
Lucas Zwicky . . . . . . . . . . ."The Mountain Man"

Produced by

Gina Nuss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Mogul"

Directed by

Patrick Nuss . . . . . . . . . . . . . "The Mastermind"

Tuesday Sep 15, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Day 15

Location: Home

Today, a short discussion on a mundane yet performance-affecting question: What will the weather be like for SART? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here are the historic temperature averages for September 26 and 27 in Seattle:

9/26 High 67F / 19C, Low 51F / 11C
9/27 High 67F / 19C, Low 50F / 10C

Here are the recorded extremes for same:

9/26 High 77F / 25C, Low 45F / 7C
9/27 High 78F / 26C, Low 43F / 6C

And here is the current 2015 forecast, ten days out:

9/26 High 62F / 17C, Low 49F / 9C "Showers"
9/27 High 62F / 17C, Low 49F / 9C "Partly Cloudy"

So, with temps on the cooler side of the established range, it appears that our lovely 2015 Seattle summer will be over by then, but the weekend will still be comfortable, if not necessarily warm. Certainly, it will be a bit chilly in the morning. And, if it rains, we in Cascade have a motto that I just made up: "Seattle orienteering: Better when it's wetter."

On the whole, excellent running weather!

Monday Sep 14, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Day 14

Location: Home

The countdown is now more than half over, and we've been remiss to this point in not wrapping up our discussion of maps. So, to finish it off we have Shoreview Park/Shoreline CC (old very ISOM map here; RG from last winter's event here), which will be the venue for the SART semifinals and finals. As we see at a glance, the park portion is fairly hilly, and predominantly green - and this is true PNW green, where the darkest shade is often literally impassable, and traveling cross-country is generally inadvisable at best. As such, courses here end up being 80-90% trail running - not so interesting for traditional forest orienteering purposes. However, a sprint course, if it were so inclined, could certainly pick and choose areas of faster woods and more engaging topography.

The map also encompasses the campus of Shoreline Community College, which provides a separate challenge to the enterprising sprinter, and it is in this area of the venue that we can expect the SART courses to be focused. While not large, and a more conventional college campus than North Seattle College, Shoreline does offer a modicum of complexity. The current map does the campus little justice; the ISSOM map will be such an improvement as to be unrecognizable as the same venue.

Specifically, SCC offers five or six multi-level buildings that will likely be represented with the traditional canopy symbol. The campus also offers one fairly unique feature - a network of raised concrete walkways with metal railings which are usually just one or two feet above the ground and as such can either impede (but not prevent) or aid passage, depending on circumstances. Our sources say the railings on these walkways will be mapped as passable fences. Still, it hurts when you run into them, and at minimum you will need to stop running for several seconds to cross a railing from a walkway down to the ground or vice versa. On the current ISOM map, many of the trails we see going to, from, and between the buildings are in reality concrete walkways. Do not fight the walkways; they are your friend if you can harness their power.

Overall, we foresee the main challenges at Shoreview/Shoreline being the quick mental and physical transitions from forest to urban racing and back; in the woods, deciding when to take the trails and when to "go straight;" in the campus, usng the walkways to best effect. We also have it on good authority that the final race will likely be FORKED, with five separate courses for each of the five runners in each heat. Beware of following and of mispunches.

Sunday Sep 13, 2015 #

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25 Days of SARTember, Days 11 / 12 / 13

Location: Savona, BC

As Canada's internets don't get along with my phone or computer, we observed a sabbatical for the weekend.
10 AM

Orienteering race 1:06:07 [4] *** 8.3 km (7:58 / km) +240m 6:58 / km
17c

BC Champs, Day 2. In the immortal words of Troy Aikman, "as good as they were in the first quarter, that's how as bad as it is now." Lost several minutes @ 2; only found it after running into a control from Saturday and remembering where it was on the map. Then much more time lost on 3-4-5 through the open meadow area. For some reason I couldn't figure out that damn meadow to save my life. Got better after than until a parallel error on the penultimate control cost me another couple minutes. I ended up fourth on the day after Adam, Graeme, and a Danish guy; Adam in particular had a great run and came within 2:00 of making up the entire deficit.

Results

So I get to add BC champ to Western States champ on my list of obscure, esoteric orienteering accomplishments, yet having a bad run on Sunday cancelled out most and/or all of the confidence-building of Saturday.

9/18 September races done:
4 above average
3 average
2 below

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