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Training Log Archive: BorisGr

In the 7 days ending May 24:

activity # timemileskm+m
  T.rex training4 3:05:00
  Orienteering1 2:08:05 4.16 6.7
  Hiking1 1:00:00
  Running2 1:00:00
  Total6 7:13:05 4.16 6.7

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Sunday May 24 #

Orienteering 1:00:00 [1]

When we got to Gray Owl, Alli headed out on her green course, and Inara and I went to the remote start to do Orange. Between the walk to the start and the 3.3km course, we were out for 2.5 hours. Inara walked most of it, and it a pretty good job of running to flags once she spotted them! I was really impressed with her. We saw lizards, snakes, and frogs, so it was a good day out.

Orienteering 1:08:05 [3] 6.7 km (10:10 / km)

After getting back from Orange, I was pretty beat, but decided to head out on Red anyway. It was 87F and very humid, and I was dead from the start. It was one of these days when you run the downhills and maybe the flats, but end up walking even the slightest uphill. It was a struggle the whole way, but I am glad I went out. Fun to see Keith Andersen at the event, too. USMAOC grads are everywhere!

Thanks again to BOK for organizing another fine socially distant event. The small size of the club really allows these events to fee very safe - I am never anywhere close to other people, and there are no crowds at all. QOC, by virtue of its large size, would struggle with such events at this time...

Splits: https://backwoodsok.org/orienteering-at-gray-owl-a...

Will post map shortly.

Saturday May 23 #

Running 30:00 [2]

Loops on the gravel road in front of the house, first with Inara and then with Alli.

Hiking 1:00:00 [1]

I had a few hours and headed out in an attempt to climb the Pinnacles of Dan, which is a hill/rock formation/mount rising up from the valley of the mighty Dan river. The drive up the valley is pretty cool, with tall, lush hillsides rising up on both sides and the Dan rushing like a torrent from the Blue Ridge above.

The alltrails.com directions said something like "Drive to the end of the road. Go into the hydroelectric plan. Go to the second floor. The guy there will talk to you for a long time and then give you a permit. Then proceed along the trail for half a mile and cut up into the woods. Climb the very steep slope until you get to the top."

I was looking forward to a conversation with the hydroelectric plant attendant, but a sign on the power station read "Due to Covid-19, by crossing the bridge behind this building, you acknowledge having read this sign and are granted permit to hike."

After half a mile, I randomly cut up into the woods, which involved crossing a horrible 20-yard patch of multiflora rose, which took 10 minutes and a good amount of blood. After this, I was in the nice, open, but very steep woods. No real trail to follow, and a lot of climbing on all fours, grabbing on to trees and rocks, and hoping to not grab a millipede by accident.

Eventually I got to the summit ridge, which had steep drop-offs in two directions, and cool intermittent views to the Blue Ridge Parkway in one direction and the hills of the Primland resort in the other.

Several large rocky outcrops remained between me and the summit. I got over the first couple, but then came to one that was too exposed and slippery (it had rained nonstop all week) and I decided to turn back. The downclimb was fairly uneventful, though I did slide on my butt a few times, catching myself on tree branches.

It was nice to get out and challenge myself, though I probably would not recommend this hike/climb to a lot of people. However, the river valley is gorgeous, and it was great to come back and walk along the river with Alli and Inara two days later.

Friday May 22 #

T.rex training 50:00 [1]

Thursday May 21 #

T.rex training 50:00 [1]

Wednesday May 20 #

T.rex training 40:00 [1]

Running 30:00 [2]

Up and down the gravel road in the pouring rain. Builds character or something.

Monday May 18 #

T.rex training 45:00 [1]

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