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Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 1 days ending Nov 12:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 1:10:33 6.34(11:08) 10.2(6:55) 30014c
  Running1 15:00
  Total1 1:25:33 6.34 10.2 30014c

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Sunday Nov 12 #

Running 15:00 [2]

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Orienteering race 1:10:33 [4] *** 10.2 km (6:55 / km) +300m 6:02 / km
14c shoes: VJ Supra Fall 2015

US Classic Champs, MCB Quantico, Blue-M21, Day 2

RG: http://qocweb.org/routes/cgi-bin/reitti.pl?act=map...
WinSplits: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...

I got better sleep last night (on the floor in the upstairs closet) and got the blessing from my amazing wife to go race and serve as announcer after finishing.

Alli also gave me the advice to "not be afraid of the climb" and "be more aggressive", and Neil, previously, pointed out that I might be off on my bearings because I look down too much. I took these pieces of advice to heart this time.

To go with my mantra of being more aggressive, I rejected the conservative trail option from the start to 1, hit the control well, and set the tone for the rest of the race.

I felt strong and in control for most of the race. I was happy with my routes on the long legs and executed each one well. It was one of those days when the controls pop up where you expect them to be, not the other way. I gained some confidence from running through Vido on the way to 4 and Will Hubsch on the way to 7. Until the last two legs, WinSplits shows a total of 45 seconds lost for me, and about 30 of that is trying to open Gu packets with cold gloved fingers.

In the second half of the race, my right knee started to hurt. It got worse towards the end, and I had to will myself to keep running for the second half of the leg to 13. I dragged myself through the last control and the finish and was limping around for the rest of the day. Had the course been any longer, I might not have finished.

When I finished, I knew I'd had a good run. I was well behind Greg, but that was to be expected, and he'd had a good run. Neither Will E nor Sergei had their best days out there, and I was able to sneak past them and nab the U.S. Champs bronze. In the grand scheme of things, it's a meaningless accomplishment, but it means a ton to me after the struggles with my back, the surgery, the setbacks, and the hard work in the boring Library of Congress gym over the past couple of years. I feel proud of where I got after being hurt, weak, and flabby just a few months ago.

After the finish, I spent some time announcing at the finish - something I love doing. Then, awards and the drive home. We were ready for a fun and relaxing evening at home with the family and our many orienteering visitors, but instead, our little angel decimated the household...

I was the first to start puking around 5pm and was down for the count for the rest of the night. Alli joined me during the night; Will and Violeta followed, Ian as well, and then Greg the following morning. It was a grim scene in our apartment on Monday morning. I stayed home from work on Monday and was horizontal for most of the day. I am hoping that it's only a 24-hour thing and again apologize profusely to our several friends whose delightful weekends were shattered at our place...

Despite the sad conclusion and some rough nights, I had a great time this weekend. Hats of to Eric and Greg for some excellent performances, worthy of the gold and silver in our class. Thanks Quantico for an opportunity to race at a unique venue of the Marine Corps Base, thanks Tom Strat and Riley for enjoyable - and very different - courses, thanks Valerie for basically everything, and thanks Alli for being absolutely amazing through a very trying weekend (not to mention two years of dealing with me bitching about back pain.)

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