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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jan 17, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 4:00:28 20.16(11:56) 32.44(7:25) 69451c
  Total3 4:00:28 20.16(11:56) 32.44(7:25) 69451c

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Sunday Jan 17, 2016 #

8 AM

Orienteering race 1:58:18 [4] *** 18.72 km (6:19 / km) +395m 5:43 / km

Day 2 - Borregoat! There was a good group running the Goat, including Eric, Francois, Josh, Mark, Matej, Young Will and others. Herd running for the first few controls, then things started thinning out a little by 6 or 7 with Eric, Matej and myself generally spearheading the train. I reached 8 first, then spiked 9 without help, which I was happy about. Took the trail around to 10 which put me a few seconds behind Josh and Eric, who went straight.

Hanging out in the lead group till 12, after which things fell apart fast. I had been planning to skip 13, which was perfectly reasonable, but in the course of heading south on the trail I ended up going past all the viable climbing spots and found myself in a slot canyon with sheer 50-foot walls on either side. Which was cool, except it took me 700m the wrong way and I had no opportunity to climb out until I had nearly reached the start of the Maze-O, near control 19. So yeah, that was that - had to retrace my steps some 1100m back to 14 to get things sorted out.

Lost a couple minutes on 19, then caught up to Josh on the way to 20, but instead of going to 20 we ran clean off the southern edge of the map. Hard to relocate without being on the map. I found 20 first and got away from him, then the rest of the course was uneventful, just alone running out the string dispiritedly and on tired legs.

Really fun course, and a good challenge to race with a bunch of guys, most of whom had been here before. This is just the kind of high-visibility, open rolling terrain that I love (see: Fishtrap). Lesson learned: Don't mess with the canyons - get out as quick as you can.

Saturday Jan 16, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:06:08 [4] *** 10.23 km (6:28 / km) +174m 5:57 / km

Anza Borrego Day 1 - Classic course. My first taste of the desert! A decent if not particularly awe-inspiring race; a good-to-great time (for me) would have been near or under an hour. Ended up second, 2+ minutes behind Matej. Lost time at 8 and 11, then went to 14 before 13, and bled time at various places in the 15-20 Cliffs of Insanity section (but so did everyone). Second part of the course traversed one of those ruggedly unforgiving terrains where everything is magnified and seemingly innocuous route choice decisions and minor errors can cost minutes.

Good news - rumors of my knee's imminent demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated! I threw on my soft knee brace and did some warming up, without pain. So I started the race jogging - still no pain. So after the first control I gradually pushed to race pace without issues.

About the desert - it's similar to parts of Central Washington, but with more sand, more cacti, and less low brushy vegetation. Also, less rock. Also, more rock. I learned almost immediately that one cannot merely sashay past these cacti as with garden-variety inconsequential ground vegetation; indeed, they're deserving of a full-fledged detour. Luckily, the cacti are spaced almost uniformly - each plant seems to vigorously guard its territory such that any two are rarely less than 8-10 feet from each other.

Map stolen from Will's log:
2 PM

Orienteering 56:02 [2] 2.17 mi (25:49 / mi) +125m 21:54 / mi

Maze-O in the ultra-detailed and convoluted slot canyon area. This stuff is seriously nuts. I was just walking to give my knee a rest, and even so I didn't know where I was half the damn time. God knows where I would've ended up if I tried to actually run. Super interesting and fun though!

Thursday Jan 14, 2016 #


Patellar tendon has the Itis :( :( :( It's very frustrating to get injured right as I'm positive and motivated and things are going well.

Tuesday Jan 12, 2016 #

(rest day)

My right knee says that we are apparently not going to train much before this weekend. But watch this red-headed Canadian goof do stereotypical red-headed Canadian goof things. He didn't not break his goofy Canadian nose on this play.

Monday Jan 11, 2016 #


There are very few athletic skills or feats where the talents of normal people can either regularly or on any given day approach or eclipse those of professional athletes. The classic example is the free throw; there are literally millions of people (including me and probably you too if you ever played basketball) who made a higher percentage of their free throws in their paltry careers than Shaquille O'Neal, one of the greatest players of all time. A second example, though not as prevalent, is the penalty kick.

A third example? The chip shot 27-yard field goal.

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