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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Jul 31, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:32:01 12.09(12:35) 19.45(7:49) 30338c
  Running4 1:50:05 13.71(8:02) 22.06(4:59) 68
  Total5 4:22:06 25.79(10:10) 41.51(6:19) 37138c

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Sunday Jul 31, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:46:24 [4] *** 14.45 km (7:22 / km) +193m 6:54 / km

Canadian Champs long. Better than the middle - though I had help. I took the first couple controls well, particularly 2, and was feeling good about things, but had big big problems with 3, which allowed Graeme to catch up. We were then basically together until halfway to 17. I led into 3, 4, and 5, he took the lead on the way to 6, 7, 8, I was ahead to 9 and 10, he led from 11 on. We were lazy on 14 and didn't climb enough, but beyond that pretty much on point with our forces combined. Did my best to heft my share of the nav burden (since it's not my champs, after all) but Graeme often seemed to be a little springier than I, especially going uphill.

Then, disaster - I rolled my janky right ankle on the way to 15, and a second time near 16. After the second one, sharp pain with any foot wobble, so had to slow down and let Graeme get away. It was okay on trail, but I had to move very gingerly over any uneven forest ground. Was therefore surprised to see Graeme again at 21, the last forest control, and tucked in just behind him for the remainder.
11 AM

Running warm up/down 10:02 [2] 1.13 mi (8:53 / mi) +10m 8:38 / mi

Saturday Jul 30, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 45:37 [4] *** 5.0 km (9:07 / km) +110m 8:13 / km

Canadian Champs middle. A very poor run, though not quite as bad as it seems being that I started between 1:45 and 2:00 late (due to a confluence of factors involving bear spray, GPS watches, and clock times). Suffice to say I was quite discombobulated and didn't get a chance to think about actual orienteering till I was already 2min in the hole. Not that this is any excuse for sucking, but definitely not an ideal start to a race.

First control actually went okay, though it was relatively simple. Second control was not simple and I bobbled it mightily. Third was a short leg, then I blew up on both 4 and 5, and later on 10. Did have some decent-to-good stretches in between. Tricky, subtle terrain which requires full concentration at all times; I did not have the necessary concentration.

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2] 1.2 mi (8:20 / mi) +20m 7:55 / mi

Wednesday Jul 27, 2016 #

5 PM

Running 33:28 [3] 4.58 mi (7:18 / mi) +13m 7:15 / mi

Made it down to Patrick's SGLRG Wednesday run. They were hosting some visiting British guy who is about to begin a 40-50 day journey running from Seattle to San Diego. Ho hum, that's cool I guess - but the weird part is that he apparently eats only fruit (is fruitarian a word?) and fuels himself for athletic activity largely on bananas and dates. For example, today he ate TWENTY-FIVE bananas. Or, he'll eat an entire watermelon in one sitting.

Tuesday Jul 26, 2016 #

7 PM

Running intervals (track) 31:50 [4] 6.0 km (5:18 / km)

5xK ~3min rest


At the most recent Cascade board meeting and subsequent to it, we've been discussing the OUSA 50th anniversary fundraising drive and whether/how to contribute to it. I find myself conflicted on many of the current issues surrounding the national federation: the funding drive, the ED question, the OUSA general philosophy, etc, but what seems objectively clear is that the orienteering population is aging, and there is little or no reason to suppose this will somehow change on its own. Therefore, if on the whole we keep doing what we're doing, the sport is likely to die a slow death in this country. This appears more or less indisputable.

So - action is needed. I have no answers, but I can at least identify the problem - namely: not enough new orienteers are being created. Ergo, the singular aim of everyone who cares about growing (or even maintaining) orienteering in the US (and I guess this probably applies to Canada too, though I'm not as familiar with the situation there) should be to get as many in the 10-25 age range orienteering, as much as possible. Doesn't matter how, when, where, why, or what you call it. Get. Young people. Orienteering. All else is insignificant in comparison.

Obviously, none of this is an earthshaking revelation and any number of brilliant people across the country/continent are already doing great things to counteract the trend, but it seems that many others either do not see the problem or do not appreciate the urgency of the situation.

I guess this is where I would like to see OUSA take leadership - A. Raising awareness that, hey, yes this IS a major problem, B. Here's ideas on what we as a national body and you as clubs can/should do about it, C. Here's material aid for the various successful ongoing youth programs around the country (Barb, Erin, ARK, WIOL, ROTC in places like GA and TX, others?) and D. Coordinating and organizing the knowledge and experience of the aforementioned programs to fast-track creation of new youth programs such that we don't have to re-invent the whole thing every time.

Maybe these are not realistic with the resources OUSA has, I dunno. But if I was the big Czar-man this would be, like, the entire mission statement and we would pour whatever resources we do have into it. If nothing else, when (if) our ship still sinks at least we can say we went down fighting the right battle.

Running warm up/down 16:14 [2] 2.12 mi (7:39 / mi)

Running warm up/down 8:31 [2] 0.95 mi (8:58 / mi) +25m 8:17 / mi

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