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Training Log Archive: Ari-o

In the 7 days ending May 14, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Bicycle2 2:19:14 27.9(4:59) 44.9(3:06) 204
  Run3 1:57:49 12.3(9:35) 19.79(5:57) 544
  Trail Run1 1:41:15 12.4(8:10) 19.96(5:04) 175
  Orienteering1 26:08 3.0(8:43) 4.83(5:25) 10
  Total6 6:24:26 55.6(6:55) 89.48(4:18) 933

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Thursday May 14, 2015 #

6 PM

Bicycle 19:53 [1] 3.6 mi (5:31 / mi) +37m 5:21 / mi

Off to orienteer in Medford. Went mostly the same way as last week except went straight over the hill and then on the narrow sidewalk along the Fellsway. Again, it's a good thing we have three lanes for cars along there. We wouldn't want a bicycle facility. Lots of hills for my bike that rarely shifts between front rings. Need to fix that at some point.

Orienteering race 26:08 [3] 3.0 mi (8:43 / mi) +10m 8:37 / mi

So. Orienteering. I wanted to go fast and not get lost, but the map. Oh, the map.

I did fine to 11, where I though the clue sheet with the X and T meant "at the top of the feature" so I started running up the stairs before I saw the control below. But it would have been fun to have it at the top! Then 12. I decided to go through the white woods to the stream, and then follow the stream. A few issues:

* The green woods the stream goes through are really reedy undergrowth or impassable swamp, and there should be a contour there or at least a form line.
* There's a discernible—especially given 1m contours—dropoff/curve to the hill to the northeast of the inlet, but it is not mapped. Makes it harder to reorient when you're in there.
* There's a noticeable hill at the control. At least a dot hill, but standing there it is at least 1m high, probably higher.
* The control is not really near the stream, despite that being on the clue sheet. More at the base of an unmapped hill. Not sure what the symbol is for that.

Obviously the best attack is to run in the trail and look for the control. But if you're trying to use the map, and the map lacks pretty much any information you need, it's frustrating. As much as I'm not great at orienteering, part of the fun is spiking difficult controls by properly following the land. When the map and the land don't match, it's less fun. And when the boring attack—run in the trail and look around—is the best, it takes the fun out of it.

Ran to 13 and then along the trail to 14, looking for the depression's southeast end. (Also, it didn't help I had a poorly printed map.) But the depression went on. There was no discernible end. I ran too far, turned back, and just started looking in to the woods. There was the control, on a bank on the side of the trail, but not matching the feature at all. Well, okay then. Ran to 15, back along the trail and saw someone else overrun 14. Great.

Then sprinted back to the finish and had a cupcake and complained about the map. I guess it's a park-o, but after last week at the Fells on a WRE-level map, this is a step down.

Bicycle 23:20 [1] 4.3 mi (5:26 / mi) +35m 5:18 / mi

So I biked home. Over the hills, slightly lost around Ten Hills but I came down one of the roads with a great view of the Mystic—and 93. Then orienteered my way through Somerville, past Demoulas, and on to the Beacon Rattler. There were some cars going slowly because there was a guy with a walker on the other side of the street—facing oncoming traffic, walking down the middle of the traffic lane. I figured he might be memory impaired and I went to assist him (much easier to do on a bike than a car—another win for bikes after yesterday's passing of a $300,000 McLaren on a $300 MTB) and he said "I see the bus and I don't want to miss it.

I assured him I'd hold the bus and he moved to the sidewalk. I went up to the tombstone and waited for the bus, which got there about when he did, and made sure it stopped for him. Great to see independent old folks like this; it would be nice if we funded transit enough so that the buses they depend on come more than once every 45 minutes.

Then I patted myself on the back, rode home, and found $5.

Wednesday May 13, 2015 #

6 AM

Run hills 29:45 [2] 1.5 mi (19:50 / mi) +524m 9:31 / mi

Stadiums! It was cool, but with the sun I got very warm. I decided that since it's been a while since I did a whole stadium I wouldn't go beyond it. I was happier in the shade. And finished sub-30, although I had to push at the end to get there. It's ice water season at NP.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 #

7 PM

Run 41:00 [1] 5.4 mi (7:36 / mi)

Better run today. Same route as yesterday, but just felt better. Was dialing up to 7s along the river when I ran in to a friend for a couple of minutes. Then ran home and ate food.

Monday May 11, 2015 #

8 PM

Run 47:04 [1] 5.4 mi (8:43 / mi) +20m 8:37 / mi

Very long day, got home, decided I had to go for a run. It had cooled off smartly from the morning but was humid, and I didn't feel great, and it showed. Barely cleared 9 minute miles but it felt good to get out and run. Not getting enough sleep this week.

Sunday May 10, 2015 #


I'm self-diagnosing myself with reverse Seasonal Affected Disorder. The first warm, sunny day with humidity I am lethargic, I just don't want to do anything, especially after a sangria at mother's day lunch.

That said, May is supposed to be drinking season this year (as opposed to the usual post-Birkie March) and so far I've done 7 Sisters and on a "rest" weekend a 10 mile trail race. Uhm, yeah.

Saturday May 9, 2015 #

9 AM

Trail Run 28:26 [1] 3.0 mi (9:29 / mi)

Ooh trail race! Really close by (30 minutes up 93 without traffic, or when I looked yesterday evening: "1:12 with traffic") so I met Alex at the BU Bridge (she crossed to Cambridge; I was waiting in Boston) and bopped on to Storrow and on to 93 and whee, there in a jiffy. The race was delayed from early April when the course was still covered in snow. No word if running out on the river would have been allowed.

It was cool-bordering-on-cold and clammy at the start, but not bad for a run. I felt very sluggish on the run out and back for the warm-up. We went slow with a couple pick-ups on the way back (hello 6:30 pace) and then got ready to start.

Trail Run race 1:12:49 [3] 9.4 mi (7:45 / mi) +175m 7:19 / mi

And trail race! The RD was hilarious, kind of like Andy Milne in enthusiasm but with a thick Boston accent. He was yelling things like "47 minutes to the start"; it's great to have someone with such unbridled enthusiasm. As this is the USATF New England trail running championships, he said "we made some course changes, but as always the course is certified as about ten miles" and "the first water stop is at mile 2.74, then there's one at the turn around at, what, let's say 4.99, and on the way back at 2.75 or whatever I said before." Lots of chuckles.

Then they said go and I was lined up way too far back and the whole course jammed in to the trail and hole shot! People ran in to each other. I burned way too many matches the first mile to pass people, and despite the jogging for the first couple of minutes ran a 7 minute split. Then there was a little hill, then a bigger hill, and I was with a smaller pack, with Stas just ahead, and then we went up the power lines hill. All of a sudden we went from nice rolling trail running hills to oh jesus wasn't Seven Sisters last weekend? But it was done and we went to the turn around and I had a glass of water.

By this point Stas had run ahead down a hill with a woman trailing him, and I was running about even with another woman. We went over the big hill with relative ease and most people yielding and then down. She seemed to run downhills like me, picking not flying, but we got to one with good footing and a run out and I took big leaps and whee put 15 seconds on her. There were a couple more hills and then it was flat.

I was running alone now, but I kept thinking she was right behind me although I never heard footsteps on bridges or saw her on tangents. I was feeling rather lethargic and managed a couple miles in the 7:30 range until finally hitting the real flats and deciding to try to outrun whatever may have been bhind me (my own breath, probably). I did this, and caught the woman in front of me, and almost Stas, and then finished. It was a bit warmer and sunny, but not hot, and we ate some food and went home.

Even after depositing Alex and picking up Russo's I was home by 1. Success!

Friday May 8, 2015 #

Bicycle 1:36:01 [1] 20.0 mi (4:48 / mi) +132m 4:42 / mi

So I rode bikes with Eric. Who is a real cyclist, like does races and stuff. Left home and biked fast to Davis to meet him, and then we started biking wicked slow because apparently he has a race tonight. Nice ride, but I was cold and it was slow. Then I biked home and had hot soup and put on a down jacket.

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