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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Mar 5, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:33:42 14.92(10:18) 24.01(6:24) 21750c
  Running2 15:53 1.72(9:14) 2.77(5:44)
  Total4 2:49:35 16.64(10:11) 26.78(6:20) 21750c

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Sunday Mar 5, 2017 #


Doesn't appear to be results anywhere, so here's what I remember off the top of my head:

1. Julia Doubson
2. Caroline Sandbo
3. Siri Christopherson

1. Aidan Minto
2. Thomas Laraia

After the awards and such I had some time to kill, so I decided to venture north into Oklahoma, AKA the western-most contiguous state I hadn't been to (that title shifts to Arkansas). This satisfied the dual purpose of A. Crossing Oklahoma off my list, and B. Ensuring that I never have to go back to Oklahoma again. I wandered through the towns of Paris, TX, Hugo, Soper, Boswell, and Durant, OK (I'm not sure why Durant continues to be named after Kevin Durant after his departure for GS), just seeing what there was to see. If you pay attention you hear about the Rust Belt/decay of Middle America ad nauseum but it's always good to see firsthand what some of that looks like - the shuttered businesses, deserted buildings, general dilapidation, dying ag or manufacturing towns with stores named "Remember When" and "Time Flies." It's a good reminder that there's another America besides the prosperous, optimistic urban/suburban America I feel lucky to be born into - one alien to me but certainly real for a lot of people.
7 AM

Orienteering race 1:12:05 [4] *** 11.44 km (6:18 / km) +92m 6:04 / km


Day 2. La mapa. Much better orienteering today - only 2-4 minutes lost, though it's hard to tell without anyone to compare splits with. I tried to convince Schirminator to run blue today, but he was not interested.

Lost about a minute on 7 after I simply and inexplicably headed off from 6 in the wrong direction, only realizing it after tripping over the ruined fence and seeing the trail SE of 13. Lost <1:00 on 10 due to drifting off-bearing to the left, about 30s coming too high to 16, and maybe 30-60s on 17.

The forest seemed more open and visible today (though it had rained overnight so the clay soil of the trails was pretty muddy and slow) and I definitely didn't suffer as much from the greenbriar - which was funny, because most everyone else I talked to thought the vegetation was worse today than yesterday, even though a cursory look at Sunday's map shows much less green, and most of it out of the way of travel. Who knows.

Been listening to a loooot of country by default this trip so I had this stuck in my head the whole race:

9 AM

Running warm up/down 5:45 [2] 0.57 mi (10:05 / mi)

Saturday Mar 4, 2017 #

8 AM

Orienteering race 1:21:37 [4] *** 12.57 km (6:29 / km) +125m 6:11 / km


Interscholastics, Day 1. Pic of la mapa. Did some silly things in this race - mainly on legs 4-5 and 17-18. Leaving 4 I decided I would go straight for the first half of the leg, through the green, because how bad could it be? Turns out, not that bad, but definitely slower than the white. I also missed 5 and had to circle around, so probably lost 3-4 minutes total on that leg.

On the way to 14 I noted 18 to my left, so had an idea of what it looked like - but then heading back through to 18 I drifted way too low, got into the wrong reentrant and found 13 instead. So in other words, I found 18 leaving 13, and found 13 looking for 18. Nice.

Along with some smaller bobbles and inefficiencies, probably lost 8-10 minutes total. Not good.

They said gaiters are a must - which I naturally ignored, and which I found ironic, because the shin-level greenbriar definitely nicked me up a bit but I could generally jump over/run through it without hindrance. The real crux was the higher stuff that would catch and rip right across the thighs, waist, abs, chest, and occasionally shoulders, neck, and face. These were often just single vines camouflaged among the less hostile vegetation, and I sometimes wouldn't even know they were there till I was stopped in my tracks. Unpleasant to be sure, but I didn't find it to be as bad as hyped - simply a matter of accepting the pain without letting it shake your focus (full disclosure - I was not 100% successful at this).

Nice terrain otherwise; the intricate drainage system of reentrants and ditches can be tricky, especially in areas of lower visibility. Disappointingly, I didn't see any armadillos or razorbacks. Wonderfully, I didn't see any cottonmouths or water moccasins.
10 AM

Running warm up/down 10:08 [2] 1.15 mi (8:49 / mi)

Tuesday Feb 28, 2017 #


Knee = :( I think my fall on Sunday was due to my knee unsuccessfully trying to absorb the Top-Gun-level G-forces at the bottom of the steep sandy slope between 12 and 13 and not liking it much.

Good news = I got a physical today for the first time in at least five years and doc says I'm probably not going to drop dead anytime soon.

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