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Training Log Archive: Matej

In the 7 days ending May 31, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Swimming2 3:00:00 3.79(47:29) 6.1(29:30)
  Trail Run2 2:19:51 16.19(8:38) 26.05(5:22) 688
  Orienteering2 1:29:41 8.04(11:09) 12.94(6:56) 54537c
  Track Run1 1:04:18 7.89(8:09) 12.69(5:04)
  Biking1 20:00
  Total7 8:13:50 35.9 57.78 123337c

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Saturday May 31, 2014 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (Boggs Mountain) 1:13:22 [5] **** 10.15 km (7:14 / km) +460m 5:54 / km
18c shoes: Icebug Spirit2 OLX

Map link

The Boggs Long. To be honest, I didn't have a definite plan of attacking this course, other than to start out slow and not take risky route choices. I used the jog to #1 to look over and plan my route choices (#15 in particular), something that I later regretted...

I found #2 without a problem and then ran southeast to the road, which I followed all the way to the sharp bend in the first major re-entrant. My goal was to avoid the gratuitous climb and descent of the northern footpath, and the road provided a much flatter alternative route. At the sharp bend, I took the ride up to the footpath, which I followed to the clearing before the dark green. Manzanita extended past the dark green area on the map, and it took some thrashing to find the large path through the green (I saw the small ride almost immediately).

From #3, I ran almost due south, going along the indistinct path for a while before dropping down into the rocky spur-road crossing. I took a heading from there and read the vegetation successfully into the control. To #5, I ran along the southern path to the bend, from where I took a heading towards the rocks. Getting confident, I aimed straight for #6 from the road junction, reading the clearings and contours into the control (it seemed a little to the east of the shallow re-entrant where I was expecting to find it).

For #7, I took the eastern route along the trail east of the broad hilltop, cutting through the strip of white to the trail, reading the vegetation around the trail while running north, and then taking a heading into the control once I saw the clearing to the west of the trail. To #8, I more or less went straight, north of the vehicle track junctions and past the ride into the clump of bushes. I contoured into #9 without much of a plan and was lucky to see it after missing both the boulder and the ride on my approach angle. To #10, I followed the line and literally walked straight into a tree while climbing the hill and studying the next leg's route choice.

Excited at my newfound ability to finely read vegetation, I left #10 northwards with a plan that basically amounted to "go north!" Pretty soon, I had absolutely no idea where on the hillside I was. This was one of the few cases at Boggs where this was perfectly OK. I was bound to hit either the road at the edge of the map or one of the east-west rocky ridgelines. As it was, I came upon something even more significant: a Grand Canyon gully next to a small hilltop that I could unmistakably identify. From that point, I crossed the east-west re-entrant west of the huge gully, passed through the small saddle on the ridge, and followed the road and re-entrant into the control. I had narrowly avoided disaster on this leg, and I knew it.

To #12, I followed the re-entrant down to the spur/hilltop, which I crossed to hit the control. I followed the ride and path in the direction of #13, cutting off to find the first isolated boulder before going farther north and finding the one with the control. #14... was proof that we were still in the Bay Area...

On the brutal uphill trail slog to #14, I had not been doing any serious map reading. I had already mentally chosen a route choice to #15, so I saw no need to further look at the map. In fact, it was just barely after committing to my route choice that I noticed a much more attractive option: climbing all the way to the major road, taking the first fork on the right, following the vehicle track to just above the control, and attacking it from above. Instead of doing something smart like this (or just running down to the road that I had just passed), I climbed up to the winding, narrow footpath, then promptly lost all of the elevation I had gained, then climbed nine contours into the control. All because I had already "planned" this leg on the way to the first control... Ouch.

I knew it was a bad route choice almost as soon as I had made the critical decision, and it left me mentally rattled for the next control. I senselessly contoured along the hillside on the way to #16 and ended up confused in the medium green with the control beautifully visible on a hilltop fifteen meters below...

To #17, I took the upper route along the small footpath, taking a careful heading into the control itself. Taking no chances, I followed the rides out of the control and towards the GO, where I recorded a finish sprint of 13 seconds. An improvement, sure, but not compared to Gavin's 10 seconds and Katie's 12 seconds. As on Friday, I resolved to do better on the next day (because as we all know, it's the finish sprint that truly matters).

This was a fun course, and I felt more confident reading vegetation and finding technical controls than ever before. That said, my major failures came in route choice planning, something I don't usually struggle with. Having a definite plan on all legs and pre-reading some of them during trail runs would have definitely helped...

Friday May 30, 2014 #

Event: Boggs '14
4 PM

Orienteering race (Boggs Mountain) 16:19 [5] **** 2.79 km (5:51 / km) +85m 5:05 / km
19c shoes: Icebug Spirit2 OLX

Map link

A forest-sprint at Boggs Mountain, on Day 1 of the A-meet. My plan was to take the first few controls at a moderate pace, get a feel for the terrain and the map, and then speed up from there. That plan lasted for about two seconds after I turned my map over...

#1 was a short trail run, which I used to plan my approach to #2. I skirted to the left of the green through the clearing with the first boulder and took a compass heading due west, hitting the control straight on. On the way to #3, I attempted to cut through the thin strip of green and immediately regretted it; my route involved belly-crawling under manzanita, and I kind of frightened the wits out of a White course competitor when I emerged onto the trail. Lesson learned: bad things happen when I try to cross medium green. (-;

At this point, I was basically running at max speed, so I was somewhat surprised I didn't make any mistakes on the next few controls. I hit #4 with a compass heading, ran around the thick green to #5, took the northern trail to #6, and hit #7 from the northwest trail junction. The thicket south of #8 was a little bigger than mapped, but I quickly saw the control from the southeast.

To #9, I took the straight route through the spur/saddle and along the line of medium green thickets. I then bailed southwest to the trail and hit #10, which was visible from the trail. #11 was my only mistake of the day; I ran almost due south from #10 and attacked the rocks in the light green. It took me about 10-15 seconds to realize my mistake and correct it. I contoured to #12, fortunately coming up above it.

#13 was a painful uphill jog, and I again used the spur/saddle and line of thickets to "triangulate" the location of the control. I took the left route choice around the thicket to #14, which I found after looking behind a few rocks on the steep hillside. To #15, I took the lower trail, which was safe but sacrificed 2.5 contours of climb. #16 was visible from the ride, and I again took the more roundabout but safer route to #17, following the second ride down to the trail. I attacked #18 off of the medium green/white forest transition, and just about died on my pathetic excuse for a finish sprint (15 seconds)... (though I would improve in this regard on the subsequent days)

Overall I enjoyed this course; it presented a multitude of opportunities for sprint-type decision making. It was also somewhat technical in places, and a lot of the controls were stuck very close behind the features they were on; I almost ran past a few "correct" boulders before stopping myself.

Thursday May 29, 2014 #

3 PM

Trail Run (Edgewood) 46:56 [3] 8.83 km (5:19 / km) +86m 5:04 / km
shoes: Adidas Thrasher 2 M (2)

Final easy run before Boggs...

Wednesday May 28, 2014 #

5 PM

Swimming 1:30:00 [3] 3.1 km (29:02 / km)

Biking 20:00 [2]

Tuesday May 27, 2014 #

5 PM

Swimming 1:30:00 [3] 3.0 km (30:00 / km)

Monday May 26, 2014 #

11 AM

Track Run intervals (Sequoia High School) 1:04:18 intensity: (11:28 @1) + (29:49 @3) + (23:01 @5) 12.69 km (5:04 / km)
shoes: Adidas Thrasher 2 M (2)

Warm up
1x400m (target time: 1:26) 43s rest
1x800m (target time: 2:52) 1:26 rest
1x1200m (target time: 4:18) 2:09 rest
1x1600m (target time: 5:44) 2:52 rest
1x1200m (target time: 4:18) 2:09 rest
1x800m (target time: 2:52) 1:26 rest
1x400m (target time: 1:26) 43s rest
Warm down

1:26, 2:48, 4:19, 5:50, 4:18, 2:55, 1:25

Sunday May 25, 2014 #

5 PM

Trail Run long (Wunderlich) 1:32:55 [3] 17.22 km (5:24 / km) +602m 4:36 / km
shoes: Adidas Thrasher 2 M (2)

Long run at Wunderlich.

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