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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending May 12, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:46:14 15.28(10:53) 24.58(6:46) 65838c
  Cycling6 2:27:34 32.96(13.4/h) 53.04(21.6/h) 276
  Running1 6:09 0.53(11:36) 0.85(7:13)
  Total8 5:19:57 48.76(6:34) 78.48(4:05) 93438c

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Sunday May 12, 2019 #

9 AM

Orienteering race 1:36:10 intensity: (51:00 @3) + (45:10 @4) *** 14.36 km (6:42 / km) +355m 5:58 / km
ahr:157 max:176 23c

Billygoat, West Coast-style, @ Teanaway Forks. At the start line the prospective lead group looked to be Eric, Adam, Peteris, and myself; unfortunately no Kai and no other Canucks (Graeme, Nate, the Ians, Mantas, David, etc). I found an old Green Day CD in my car on the way, so I ended up having "Minority" stuck in my head most of the race - which was okay, because that's a damn great song.

Made a trivial error right out of the start, overrunning the first control which gave Eric a small lead, though we soon caught up. Mostly followed Eric and Adam to 2, Peteris right behind me as well. Took the lead to 3 and hit it first, but was then a little unsure on the way to 4 so settled back into third.

I then spent most of 4-5 at the back of the group looking at the rest of the course to figure out my skips, and decided my first one would be 6. At 5 the rest of the group stopped for water, while I decided I would forge on ahead; this was fine except for the fact that my brain somehow decided that since I was heading for 7 I must be at 6, so I left 5 in a direction some 90+ degrees off, heading south instead of west, jumping onto the trail nearby. My phantom plan for leaving 6 had been to head south to the trail and then turn west, and the trail I was on randomly happened to fit that plan quite well, so everything was making sense for the moment.

However, in my head I was navigating my way from 6 to 7 when in reality I needed to navigate 5 to 7; clearly not a sustainable situation. Soon enough I started becoming suspicious; the trail started not behaving as expected, and then contours around me started not behaving as expected, and then I came upon a large trail junction which made absolutely no sense. I said WTF is happening, stopped, and only then realized, hey idiot, you never were at 6 in the first place, you're skipping 6, remember?

I was then able to reappraise my situation quickly, and I realized to my relief that I actually had gone more or less in the direction of 7, albeit it in a more circuitous manner than ideal. I was now alone and had no idea where the other guys were; it turned out they had all skipped 6 as well, and the entirety of my delusional ramblings had cost me no more than about 80s. However I obviously didn't know this at the time, and I was quite discouraged to have made such a stupid error and, in my mind, put myself out of the race.

Hit 7 fine, then legs started to feel very tired on the trail run to 8, so I guzzled some of the Gatorade energy chews I had acquired at Safeway in Cle Elum on the way over that morning. Bobbled 9, still feeling very tired and pessimistic, then slogged up to 10 feeling slow. I need to do some hill workouts.

On the way up to 11, decided that I would skip 15 to take advantage of the road run 14-16. Bobbled 11 slightly, but started to feel better physically.

12 and 13 were excellent; that's the most scenic part of the map that I know of, and my spirits were buoyed by the natural beauty around me (and also by running downhill). My reverie was then rudely halted, as I bounded energetically down into the big green reentrant on the straight line to 14 only to run smack into an exceptionally thick wall of vine maple. However, fought my way through, spiked 14, and won the split with 20s, so straight was apparently great, as always.

I then executed my plan to skip 15, making with all haste down to the road and cruising along until the opportune moment arose to attack back up toward 16. It was a bit of a slog and I bobbled in the circle, as the vague reentrants didn't really seem to match up and the flag ended up being higher than I expected.

However, the notable thing was that I saw Adam here. I hadn't seen a soul since leaving 5, but as I trudged up the hill, he came traversing the hill some 2-3 contours below me, perpendicularly across the path I had just cut. I was confused, because surely he was too low to be either leaving or entering 16, and I couldn't imagine what else he might be doing, so I put it out of my mind.

Executed 17 nicely, won the leg with 23s. 17-23 were unremarkable; I generally seem to have been slightly cleaner and a step slower than Bonesaw and Adam, but overall about even time-wise.

24, however, was a bit of a debacle. It was the penultimate control, just a little gimme control down near the river. I duly arrived at what I perceived to be the right spot, looked all around, and didn't see the flag. Wandered inanely along the shelf above the river a bit, still nothing. Double-checked I was in the right spot, yep. Looked around some more, now thoroughly grumpy, and finally found it tucked down all the way down at the bottom of the bank. Felt like I undeservedly lost that three minutes due to the fuzziness of the map rather than error on my part, but so it goes sometimes.

Anyway, trundled into the finish well behind Eric but, surprisingly, ahead of Adam and Peteris. It turned out Adam had blown 16 spectacularly, turning a near 5min lead on me into almost 4min behind.

Really fun course, thanks to Nikolay for setting!

Saturday May 11, 2019 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:10:04 intensity: (11:34 @3) + (58:08 @4) + (22 @5) *** 10.22 km (6:51 / km) +303m 5:58 / km
ahr:163 max:180 15c

Lick Creek long, but more of a classic distance. Struggled badly with the 80+ heat and sun, legs also felt really tired and listless. Starting around 7 or 8, just had low energy and felt like I couldn't move well at all, especially uphill. Navigated pretty well, though it wasn't the most technical Lick Creek course ever. Did make one error on 6; control was located next to a small pond, which didn't seem as apparent IRL as mapped. In fact I think I ran directly through the pond (marsh) without noticing and without seeing the flag some 5m to my left. Regardless, always a pleasure to be in the Teanaway!

Running warm up/down 6:09 [2] 0.53 mi (11:36 / mi)

Friday May 10, 2019 #

5 PM

Cycling 29:15 [3] 6.28 mi (12.9 mph) +54m
ahr:127 max:178

To Interbay for the HS Metro League championship match between Lakeside, widely known for being the alma mater of such orienteering luminaries as Tori Borish, Kyle Haddad-Fonda, and Holly Kuestner (as well as such lesser figures as Bill Gates), and Roosevelt, widely known for being named after one or other of the Roosevelts.

It is actually something of an honor to be on this game, as in the district playoffs referees are hand-picked by the assignors, as opposed to the regular season where if you have the necessary rankings you can generally self-assign on a first-come first-served basis. A number of referee-world folks (assignors, administrators, other referees) were in the stands, and there was quite a large crowd of some 400-500 people with large student sections for both sides; one of the guys said afterward that it was the largest crowd he's ever seen for an HS soccer match.

The game ended up not being particularly challenging from the referee perspective, though a lot of fun and the atmosphere was excellent. Lakeside won 1-0 on a goal near the end of the first half.

10 PM

Cycling 25:30 [3] 6.53 mi (15.4 mph) +85m
ahr:114 max:149

Thursday May 9, 2019 #

5 PM

Cycling 29:05 intensity: (25:43 @3) + (3:22 @4) 6.7 mi (13.8 mph) +53m
ahr:131 max:175

9 PM

Cycling 29:03 [3] 6.35 mi (13.1 mph) +84m
ahr:122 max:158

Home -> Interbay. This is an example of the rare journey of any real distance which may be achievable in real time faster by bicycle than by car. A number of necessary conditions were present: a relatively direct, largely flat cycling route with comparatively few obstacles/delays (i.e. traffic lights), a lack of a similarly direct driving route, and a departure time during afternoon/evening rush hour, when it is most arduous to traverse downtown Seattle by car.

When I left google said 27min driving; I felt sure I could beat this on bike - and I think I would have, except the waterfront trail ran into a dead end closed-off section, and it took me several minutes to double back and find the designated detour. I was also hindered at times by large quantities of other slow-moving trail users.

I will attempt the same goal tomorrow, and I will be successful.

Monday May 6, 2019 #

6 PM

Cycling 16:26 [3] 3.62 mi (13.2 mph)

9 PM

Cycling 18:15 [3] 3.47 mi (11.4 mph)

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