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Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 7 days ending Apr 23:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 2:17:35 9.44(14:34) 15.2(9:03) 26039c
  Cross-Training3 2:15:00
  PT2 25:00
  Total5 4:57:35 9.44 15.2 26039c

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Sunday Apr 23 #

Orienteering race 1:06:58 [4] *** 7.8 km (8:35 / km)
18c shoes: VJ Supra Fall 2015

West Point National Meet Day 2

This time Alli and I asked for split starts. We didn't get them initially, but I just asked for a late start time at the arena when I showed up, and the cadets were happy to accommodate me.

Inara and I walked Alli to the start on this beautiful Sunday morning in Harriman, and then hung around the finish while Alli raced and I slowly got ready. At one point, Inara was unhappy unless she was being held, but luckily Nadia stepped in and played with her a bit while I taped my ankles. I was changed and ready just as Alli was running down the finish chute, so our transition was very smooth.

I got to the start with loads of time left, so I asked for a slightly earlier start time, which ended up being just 2 minutes after Wyatt, who was running Red after feeling bad on Blue the day before. That gave me some great motivation to open my race running hard.

The early part of the race suited me, with a number of short, technical legs, and I ran well for the first six controls, just losing 15-20 seconds on route choice to #2. Going into 5 I spotted Wyatt ahead and raced hard to 6 to catch up. We took somewhat different lines going to 7, as I stayed higher and closer to the massive green blob. My route wasn't great, as the white passage through the mountain laurel shown on the map didn't exist, but I relocated quickly after emerging from the green and hit 7 about 45 seconds in front of Wyatt.

I was clean on 8, but hesitated on 9, and Wyatt caught up here. We were together through the section of short legs on the hilltop and remained together for most of the rest of the course. Our pace on the trail run on the long leg to 12 was a bit leisurely, and Peter Z took a minute out of us here. Going into 14 I felt pretty good, and so I picked up the speed to 15. That gave me a bit of a gap, which I maintained all the way to the finish, despite notable slow splits on the road run to 17 and the finish chute, which AP shows as my only mistake of the day!

All in all, a very good race, good for a win on Red. Great map, great terrain, fun course, and beautiful weather. My back held up through the weekend, though was quite sore for a few days afterwards.

And the highlight: getting cheered my wife and daughter as I ambled down the finish chute on Lake Welch Beach!

Saturday Apr 22 #

Orienteering 1:10:37 [3] *** 7.4 km (9:33 / km) +260m 8:07 / km
21c shoes: VJ Supra Fall 2015

West Point National Meet Day 1

I ran M35 on the Red course, thinking that I might actually be able to handle this distance over two days of racing.

This was our first two-day event with Inara, so everything was a bit experimental. We got up early, left home at 5am, picked up Kenny on the way, and made it to West Point with just enough time to get ready, bring Inara in her stroller over to Hannah and Kevin (thank you guys!!!) to watch over while we raced, and to make our (intentionally late) start times.

Once the race started, full focus was back on orienteering. I think this will be a useful skill for me to work on: being able to turn on my focus and concentration instantly after worrying about things other than orienteering (mainly, baby care logistics) leading up to the start.

It took me a bit of time to get into the map and the rocky footing, and I was slow and a bit sloppy on the first loop of the course, including running just above #3, losing a minute. I then lost some time on 9, which I am pretty sure was misplaced, and a bit more on 11, which was definitely misplaced.

I then settled into a pretty good rhythm for the rest of the course, even winning the long leg to 15. My route choice on the second long leg, to 19, was sub-optimal, as I climbed to the top of the big hill instead of contouring, and that cost about 30 seconds. I also got stuck in the brambles on the way to the last control, costing me first place on Red in a very tight battle with Sergei G and a speedy AJ.

We then had a really nice lunch with the goats (great to see z-man again!) and hung out at the hotel with the Walkers.

Friday Apr 21 #

Cross-Training 35:00 [1]

Lunchtime at the work gym. Listened to the Freakonomics podcast for the first time. I like it, but it doesn't make the time go by as quickly as either quiz shows (WWDTM/AMA) or Hardcore History.

PT 10:00 [1]

Tuesday Apr 18 #

Cross-Training 1:00:00 [3]

Morning elliptical.

Monday Apr 17 #

Cross-Training 40:00 intensity: (30:00 @1) + (10:00 @4)

Did 10x1 minute intervals on the elliptical at work at lunchtime. Felt nice.

PT 15:00 [1]

Stretching plus some side raises and back and core exercises.

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