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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Feb 21, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling3 2:18:05 35.73(15.5/h) 57.5(25.0/h) 411
  Orienteering2 1:21:35 8.03(10:10) 12.92(6:19) 19947c
  Running5 46:13 5.2(8:53) 8.37(5:31) 14
  Total9 4:25:53 48.96(5:26) 78.79(3:22) 62447c

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Sunday Feb 21, 2016 #

11 AM

Running warm up/down 9:11 [2] 1.02 mi (9:00 / mi)

12 PM

Orienteering race 49:04 [4] *** 6.4 km (7:40 / km) +90m 7:10 / km

Test-running LTF Long Advanced (i.e. NOCI Day 1). This is the closest I'll ever get to what I suppose being Scandinavian feels like - prancing through the forest at full speed, knowing exactly what will appear 50m ahead at all times. And I even found most of my CP flagging tape to boot! That's all I have to say about that - these walls have ears.

After the run, I ate lunch, then did some fieldwork touch-up. At one point I was minding my own business, standing by a big stump some 20m from a trail, when I was hailed by a group of six or seven people behind me. "Here we go again," one always says to oneself in such situations - but it turned out they had already settled the question of what the hell is this guy doing by deciding between themselves that I was obviously a land surveyor in the employ of something apparently called the Cascade Land Conservancy (I was wearing my Cascade jacket).

Now facing the critical question of whether to disabuse them of their notion and endure the painful cross-examination of what I was actually doing (i.e. "tell the truth"), or to keep quiet and go along with their assumption, I naturally chose the latter (mainly because I discerned no concealed shotguns amongst their persons). This was a precarious choice, as they turned out to be a group of landowners who were attempting to locate their property lines somewhere along the northern edge of the O' venue, and who better to help them than a professional land surveyor! They even gave me a copy of their "map" and proceeded to show me Joe Bob's big parcel, Joe Bob's small parcel, Bubba's parcel, Tammy Jo Lynn's parcel, and so on, and could I use my extensive professional surveying experience to help them translate their comically sad excuse for a map to the terrain around us?

For all I knew we were either standing on their property or it was 50 miles away, but luckily these folks knew even less about land surveying than I do (plus, they seemed a little in awe of my fancy, colorful, detailed map with a bunch of inscrutable writing and symbols on it, which I backed myself into reluctantly showing them but which they luckily took for just the kind of thing a real land surveyor might use), so I was able to solemnly BS my way out of "helping" them, then we had an amiable chat for awhile until they let me go free and continued their wanderings.

Good times.
1 PM

Running warm up/down 6:20 [2] 0.72 mi (8:48 / mi)

Saturday Feb 20, 2016 #

10 AM

Running warm up/down 10:28 [2] 1.17 mi (8:57 / mi) +9m 8:44 / mi

11 AM

Orienteering race 32:31 [4] ** 6.52 km (4:59 / km) +109m 4:36 / km


WIOL Champs @ Green River College. A fairly sprinty course; in fact, a little too sprinty for me to threaten J, who won by 97s. However, I was able to hold off the Bonesaw for second by a fairly comfortable margin. No huge mistakes but several bobbles and inefficiencies:

-- Overran 4 - didn't visualize the control. 15-20s loss.
-- Attempted to go straight on 7; visibility was good but got re-directed by a big log and ended up off-course and hit the boulders at 13. 20-25s loss.
-- Hesitation in the circle at 11; ~10s loss.
-- Overran 12 - ran right past the rootstock, then hit the unmapped trail/ride thingy; hesitated a bit but then realized the control was right behind me. ~10s loss.
-- Poor route choice at 16; one of the few legs you'll find around here where going straight is faster than taking the trail around. 10-15s loss.

Winter Series rock block haul
12 PM

Running warm up/down 9:00 [2] 0.98 mi (9:11 / mi) +5m 9:02 / mi

Thursday Feb 18, 2016 #


So Sprint Camp was pretty much a lost cause from a competitive standpoint, but that was always going to be the case given the circumstances. My speed was pretty consistently 10% slower than the winning times, which is certainly not what I expect of myself, nor where I've been at in the past. The good news is that my knee allowed me to give fair effort in all the racing except the farsta; better, I have not experienced major mal-aftereffects, and it seems to be gradually improving in general.

Wednesday Feb 17, 2016 #

5 PM

Cycling 25:38 [3] 6.81 mi (15.9 mph) +107m

Cycling 30:41 [3] 7.32 mi (14.3 mph) +201m

Running warm up/down 11:14 [2] 1.31 mi (8:35 / mi)

Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 #

7 AM

Cycling 41:34 [3] 10.8 mi (15.6 mph) +41m

It's a beautiful thing when you can overdress for a 7am bike ride in mid-February. Began to overheat halfway through and had to lose my hood/face cover, outer gloves, and rain shell. Legs fairly tired still.

Relativity in action: to the guy on the bicycle frantically and clumsily trying to shed multiple clothing items and stuff them in his backpack before the light turns green, it's the shortest red light ever. To the angry, clearly-late-for-work guy next to him in the monster SUV, it's apparently the longest red light ever.
4 PM

Cycling 40:12 [3] 10.8 mi (16.1 mph) +62m

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