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Training Log Archive: MooseMorris

In the 7 days ending Mar 17, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 3:32:07 23.8(8:55) 38.3(5:32) 13360 /81c74%
  Swimming1 20:00 0.31(1:04:22) 0.5(40:00)
  Total4 3:52:07 24.11(9:38) 38.8(5:59) 13360 /81c74%

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Sunday Mar 17, 2013 #

9 AM

Orienteering race (SL 2 (Long)) 1:42:37 [5] **** 12.5 mi (8:13 / mi)
ahr:165 max:182 spiked:21/27c shoes: Saucony Wave Blue

Had quite a clean but slow run. I managed to twist my right ankle 4 times and get blisters on both feet, which made the running a little more uncomfortable than I would have liked. But the navigation was much more of the spur/gully stuff that I'm used to.

Made a mistake on 4 by running too far north and misreading some of the tracks, but figured it out pretty quickly. I tried to contour around the side of the hill from 6 to 7 and in retrospect it would have been much better to go back to the road and then have a short steep climb in to the control. I'm pretty pleased with 8 to 15. I knew that 16 was going to be tough as it was in the middle of a boulder field on the side of a super steep hill, but I got lucky and there were 2 people looking for the control at the same time. 19-20 was the longest leg and I chose the low flat route instead of going over the hill. By the time I climbed the really steep hill to 20 I was completely knackered and contouring to 21 was painful with my newly formed blisters and had to look behind a couple of boulders before finding my control. The rest were pretty straightforward and I managed to keep running. All in all I'm happy with my 3rd place in my category and 8th against everyone on my course. I did manage to bring my time much closer to the faster guys times, so I can't complain. Bring on the Newy Night Champs and NOY 1!

Saturday Mar 16, 2013 #

1 PM

Orienteering race (SL 1 (Middle)) 1:24:50 [5] ***** 6.5 mi (13:03 / mi)
ahr:166 max:181 spiked:18/26c shoes: Saucony Wave Blue

I was fairly slow both because the bush was mostly pretty thick and also because the navigation was difficult. Also, I've not experienced much boulder and rock formation navigation. So this was felt like a bit of a dive into the deep end.

Really took my time through the first 11 controls and did quite well except for #7 which was also #1. I'm not sure exaclty what happened, but I definitely didn't take the more direct route. #12 was in the middle of a boulder field and on the third run through I found it. I didn't read the control description for #13 which and so looked in the wrong gully for a minute or so. I ran to #14 really well and so with my recovered confidence went for the trickier route choice to #15. BIG MISTAKE! I tried to go across the top of the rocks and pick up a small gap which would lead me down to #15, but managed to end up 250m to the north and find a control that was not on my course. I continued to wander around instead of going back to #14 and after 7 or 8 minutes managed to follow some people to it. After that things went pretty well, but my confidence was so shattered that I went quite slowly and played 'look behind every boulder' until the last 4 or 5 controls. Ended up 3rd in my category, but 8th when you look at everyone on my course.

Conclusion: I should buy an arm control description holder and always read the description early! It was definitely a challenge doing quite different navigation to what I'm used to.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013 #

6 PM

Orienteering race 24:40 [5] ** 4.8 mi (5:08 / mi) +133m 4:44 / mi
ahr:179 max:190 spiked:21/28c shoes: Saucony Wave Blue

I had quite a good run except for #11. I managed to find the higher track but believed I was on the lower track. Even after I saw the control and punched it, I still somehow managed to convince myself that the control was on the wrong side of the track. Luckily, it didn't matter as I still out ran Quirkey by 1:26. If I had managed to run #10-12 cleanly, I would have given steveo a real run for his money.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2013 #

4 PM

Swimming 20:00 [2] 0.5 km (40:00 / km)

Easy swim with Kate in Newy baths.

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