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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jun 26, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:38:00 15.44(10:14) 24.85(6:22) 34541c
  Running4 1:31:58 11.92(7:43) 19.18(4:48) 120
  Cycling1 20:01 6.0(18.0/h) 9.66(28.9/h) 25
  Total5 4:29:59 33.36(8:06) 53.69(5:02) 49041c

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Sunday Jun 26, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 43:38 [4] *** 8.15 km (5:21 / km) +123m 4:59 / km

Resultat from Sat/Sun

First time at Riverside SP, despite living in Spokane for five years. Events there always seemed to be in the summer, when I was gone. This course was pretty simple and didn't use the terrain to its full potential; after the first three controls, there was much trail running, little route choice, and most controls were relatively close to trails. In particular I was disappointed they didn't use more of the areas with lots of fun rocky point features. The woods are lovely though.

Time loss:
1-2min @ 2 - the big yellow hill was not as apparent as I expected, so ended up in the no-man's-land too far south, having missed the spur of the hill.
75s @ 3 - missed my bearing to the right by some 50m.
30s @ 7 - hooked more than I meant to, then had a little trouble finding the flag as it was somewhat hidden.
1min @ 10 - missed left by some 25m because I got lazy and stayed too low.

Running warm up/down 5:01 [2] 0.57 mi (8:48 / mi)

Saturday Jun 25, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:54:22 [4] *** 16.7 km (6:51 / km) +222m 6:25 / km


The one, the only, Fishtrap Goat. Spent most of the race in the company of one or both of Eric and Peteris - would have been fun to have J there as well. With P basically from the start until at 15 he said "let's skip 16 and 17" but I decided not to. E also lurking for much of the first half of the course, after starting 1-2min late because his shoes were untied. Then off-and-on with E for a good long while, though we often weren't in close contact, but would link back up at or near controls. I was first to 16, 17, together at 18, I was first to 19, 20, 21, together at 22, he was first to 23. We skipped 24 and 25, and I then hit the wall hard on the way to 26 and started losing ground fast. Also saw P coming in from 25, but could tell I would miss him and he would link up with E ahead of me. Tried to chase them down for a bit but had no zero energy left and shuffled through the last few controls, ending up third, 3.5min behind Eric - purely on running speed over the last 15min of the race.

As clean a race as can be asked for, but my physical performance was disappointing - I felt weaker than at other recent long/longish races like the TT Long, Billygoat, Sage Stomp Long, and US Champs Long. Some of that was no doubt due to the sneaky physicality of pushing over and through the high grasses, but even out of the start my legs didn't feel springy or fierce, and I felt like I couldn't access that highest speed gear for whatever reason. Hopefully just a "one of those days" thing. Also forgot to bring an energy gel with me, which was dumb and not helpful.

So, another failure to win the Fishtrap Goat - maybe my 4th or 5th attempt. It is ironic or poetic or whatever that I can make the WOC team but still am unable to win the local races I've been chasing for a long time. There's always next year!

Running warm up/down 5:34 [2] 0.62 mi (8:59 / mi)

Friday Jun 24, 2016 #

7 PM

Running 41:16 [3] 5.3 mi (7:47 / mi) +100m 7:21 / mi

8/16 SEA > AMS > GOT 8/17 LET'S GOOO

Thought experiment: Which other NA club(s) could've lined up a 2016 Jukola team to realistically challenge Ottawa and CSU?

Thursday Jun 23, 2016 #


Time to fill out ze Eurobracket y'all! The fun thing about Eurobracket is that, as with the NCAA tournament, one doesn't actually have to know or care about sportsball to play the game. The most important thing is not which teams one picks, but how creative one gets about picking said teams. A sampling of plausible rationales:

-- Geography - which country is the average American less likely to successfully find on a map?
-- Culture - which country has produced a more epic composer/inventor/artist?
-- Military history - which country is more (or less) susceptible to invasion?
-- Contemporary sociopolitics - which country treats refugees less crappily?
-- Aesthetics - which national flag has prettier colors?
-- (And of course) which country is better at orienteering?

Et cetera. Will's Eurobracket.

Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 #


For those who wonder where my username comes from:

Most specifically the lyric "Big willie style's all in it" from this song:

The '90s were the best.

Long before I was on AP my Xbox Live handle was BigWillyStyle22 and I used to wreck people at Halo while blasting the Big Willie Style album - that was my calling card. It's all been downhill since those glory days.

Monday Jun 20, 2016 #

7 AM

Cycling 20:01 [3] 6.0 mi (18.0 mph) +25m

5 PM

Running 40:07 [3] 5.43 mi (7:23 / mi) +20m 7:18 / mi

Rear tire mysteriously was flat at the end of the workday and wouldn't take any air. Without a spare or patch kit I determined that hotfooting back to my car would be the most expeditious solution. Felt quite stiff and slow at the beginning but loosened up nicely after 2-3 miles. Hot out. This means I can't long-cycle to work tomorrow as planned :(

Beginning to plan for WOC. I know more or less how to prepare for and what to expect from the sprint, but the forest relay is another story. To be honest I in no way expected that I'd do well enough at TT to be considered for the relay; I have zero experience with Swedish forests beyond seeing the odd Tiomila map here or there, so if anyone can offer advice on how to get ready for that (from 4000 miles away) I'd be appreciative. I would like to not let my teammates down. And, naturally, try to beat Canada :)

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