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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Apr 3, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running3 2:05:38 14.83(8:28) 23.87(5:16) 210
  Cycling1 45:16 8.14(10.8/h) 13.1(17.4/h) 150
  Orienteering1 35:20 4.2(8:25) 6.76(5:14) 9122c
  Total5 3:26:14 27.17(7:35) 43.73(4:43) 45122c

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Sunday Apr 3, 2016 #


My knee is not pleased today about what I made it do yesterday. Now hypothesizing that a certain pair of shoes is to blame.

But here is my current conundrum. One of the following things will happen:

Go to TT ---> Do well ---> Go to WOC ---> Possibly not enough vacation to stay for Boston Sprint Camp immediately after TT.

Go to TT ---> Do poorly ---> Don't go to WOC ---> Plenty of vacation to stay for Boston Sprint Camp immediately after TT...but won't want to think about/participate in orienteering immediately after TT.

What to do what to do? Grab a one-way ticket to Team Trials then figure out the way home later?

Saturday Apr 2, 2016 #

2 PM

Running 1:06:00 [3] 8.2 mi (8:03 / mi) +190m 7:30 / mi

Le parc de discovery. Some trails, stairs, beaches, roads, logs, dogs, and rocks. I always feel slow in Discovery Park because the trails are often windy and undulating. And also because I'm running slow.

Friday Apr 1, 2016 #


The metaphor for 2016

Thursday Mar 31, 2016 #

7 PM

Running intervals 32:30 intensity: (15:00 @1) + (17:30 @4) 5.0 km (6:30 / km)

5x1k w/~3min rest


Intervals at Ballard HS. Back on the track! First time seeing one of those in a while so wanted to keep it somewhat comfortable in the 320s and focus on good form, breathing, etc. without getting too intense. Left it a bit late so was pretty dark by the end.

Tip o' the hat to Nikolay, who left today bound for another shot at the most gratuitously sadistic race I for one have ever heard of, the Barkley Marathons.

The course was designed by Gary "Lazarus Lake" Cantrell. His idea for the race was inspired upon hearing about Martin Luther King, Jr's assassin James Earl Ray escaping from nearby Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. Ray covered only 8 miles (13 km) after running 55 hours in the woods. Cantrell said to himself, "I could do at least 100 miles." Thus, the Barkley Marathons was born.

Running warm up/down 14:37 [2] 3.31 km (4:25 / km)

8 PM

Running warm up/down 12:31 [2] 2.36 km (5:18 / km) +20m 5:05 / km

Wednesday Mar 30, 2016 #

5 PM

Orienteering 35:20 [3] ** 4.2 mi (8:25 / mi) +91m 7:53 / mi

Joined in on the Street Scramble-type adventure run that Pink Socks set up for his Wednesday running group. Fun course (and fantastic weather); got food and beers afterward with the Sockses, Run_Bosco, and others.

I don't think I've mentioned the running bet I entered into a couple weeks back with my esteemed colleague Fer_Fun'k_Sake!, wherein a beer is owed by either party based on whether my time in any particular race is half that of hers or not. The bet has yet to be put into action, but I feel confident that I've swindled her I'll be competitive.

[Side note - I feel like I've talked about beer a lot lately, but don't worry - I actually drink very little beer. Though living in Seattle seems to encourage it.]

Monday Mar 28, 2016 #

6 PM

Cycling (MTB) 45:16 [3] 13.1 km (17.4 kph) +150m

Some mountain biking in Watershed and Everest Parks in Kirkland, because it was too nice not to be outside. Almost crashed only once.

Was thinking recently about how beneficial it is to have guys like J and the Bonesaw (and Peteris and Nikolay) - i.e. guys who are better than you at various of the different orienteering skills and techniques - around. When you go up against them every weekend, you're constantly pushed to be better or be left in the dust, which (if you channel it the right way) gives you a consistent source of motivation and purpose, and you end up improving almost by osmosis. Then you go to a big national meet, say a Champs or a TT, and find that the competition isn't dissimilar to one of your local races - only difference is there are more J's and Bonesaws - so it doesn't psyche you out because it's what you see all the time. Not everyone has that in their local club, so I consider myself lucky.

P.S. I suppose this is why people move to Europe.

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