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Training Log Archive: Matej

In the 7 days ending Oct 11, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail Run2 2:23:37 19.28(7:27) 31.03(4:38) 665
  Orienteering Training1 1:07:15 3.34(20:09) 5.37(12:31) 48
  Orienteering1 36:49 2.67(13:47) 4.3(8:34) 7518c
  Total4 4:07:41 25.29(9:48) 40.7(6:05) 78818c

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Saturday Oct 11, 2014 #

12 PM

Orienteering race (Carp Ridge North) 36:49 [5] ***** 4.3 km (8:34 / km) +75m 7:53 / km
18c shoes: Icebug Spirit2 OLX (2)

Middle distance at the North American Orienteering Championships. My strategy was to make the individual legs as simple as possible by relying on clear linear/point features (vehicle tracks, thick patches of forest, small knolls with clearings on top). I guess it worked...

Some of my route choices looked pretty silly in retrospect, but I managed to keep an eye on my compass at all times while staying in close contact with the map. My running speed through the thick, deadfall-strewn forest was atrocious, but taking straight compass headings when there wasn't a trail paid off a lot of the time (rounabout routes were usually slower and increased the chance of making a mistake). My only mistake came at the end of the course, on the last control, when I saw a taped chute and mindlessly ran through it; it turned out to be the chute leading to the spectator control, not the GO control.

I was quite surprised when I learned that I had won, mostly because I have very little experience orienteering on anything that looks remotely like this. Tomorrow is another day, and again, I'm not used to Longs with less than 300 meters of climb... (-;

Friday Oct 10, 2014 #

3 PM

Orienteering Training (The Barrens) 1:07:15 [2] ***** 5.37 km (12:31 / km) +48m 11:59 / km
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross 3

NAOC model event in some truly complex terrain. After experiencing firsthand the various challenges that I knew were coming (thick woods, low radius of sight, invisible paths, vague contours), I think I figured out a navigational strategy that might work... We'll see tomorrow. Game on!

Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 #

5 PM

Trail Run (Don Castro) 55:30 [3] 12.3 km (4:31 / km) +249m 4:06 / km
shoes: Adidas Thrasher 2 M (2)

Sunday Oct 5, 2014 #

6 PM

Trail Run (Lake Chabot) 1:28:07 [4] 18.73 km (4:42 / km) +416m 4:14 / km
shoes: Adidas Thrasher 2 M (2)

Set out on this run at 5:55 PM, fully realizing that sunset was at 6:45 and that this was a ~90 minute loop. Around 7:00, the woods were basically dark except for a few rays of moonlight cutting through the tangled oak branches. It was creepy, but I think that the combination of cool air (it had been a hot day) and the feeling of being chased by who-knows-what made me run faster at the end. Maybe I should make Lake Chabot night runs a regular thing...

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