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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Aug 5, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering5 5:17:05 23.56(13:27) 37.92(8:22) 1036
  Running1 43:10 6.28(6:53) 10.1(4:16) 250
  Total6 6:00:15 29.84(12:04) 48.02(7:30) 1286

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Wednesday Aug 5, 2015 #

Orienteering race (Darnaway E S6D day3) 52:06 [5] 7.2 km (7:14 / km) +150m 6:33 / km
ahr:137 max:168

Another poor result unfortunately but some really good splits overall, so much more positive.

Of 22 legs and 86 competitors:
4 top 10 splits and another 8 between 10 and 20, then one or two controls only in the other blocks of 10.
on exactly zero of the 12 good legs was I following anyone or led into the control. The disadvantage of starting last is that if you make a massive mistake near the beginning, there's no one in the forest anywhere near you

Onto the errors:
1 - wrong veg boundary,and struggled to relocate in the vagueness.2 mins
2 - another first for me.misread the large depression the smaller depressions were in as a hill - simply because the tags are so far away from the control.had I mapped this I might have put more tags? Loss of other depressions and form lines have more than two! Anyway, so convinced I was looking for a ridge with depressions in it, rather than a depression with depressions in it, and therefore spent all the time on the ridge to the north.finally relocated on number 6, took a bearing and only then eventually realised what had happened.thoroughly frustrated as I'd just visualized the wrong thing! But not a mistake I'll make again in a hurry.10mins(!)
3-10 good
11 - not best route, should have gone W then N to path. Instead went N on path then W through grot. Lost bearing and had to relocate on PJ.should have picked best route to AP rather than focusing on control.
12-15 good
16 - bearing was off, then still looked in rough even when no sign of hill.need to learn size of a contour (common mistake for me).1min
17-finish good

15 mins...too many.speed is clearly fine though.tomorrow will be better.

Terrain was great, much nicer than day 2.

Tuesday Aug 4, 2015 #

Orienteering race (Forres Sprint) 23:04 [5] 4.62 km (5:00 / km) +129m 4:23 / km
ahr:151 max:172 shoes: Saucony Virrata 2

Terrible; meant to be my best event of the week and managed to do a loop in the wrong direction


Will wait for splits to appear to see if I can salvage anything - running speed seemed good, but missed one route choice and nearly missed number 12 as well, so by no means great even without the major one.

Will have to sort this out before city race euro tour.

- missed route through on 8: 30s
- thought was at 12 at 11 so was very confused at road and went miles wrong way: 60s
- messed up scale at 19 and went way too far into park: 30s
- 24,28,27,26,25: 2mins30

4mins30 lost in a sprint - worst urban result ever maybe?

Positive - successfully vaulted fence that thwarted yannick...

Orienteering (TrailO) 1:00:00 [1] 2.4 km (25:00 / km)

6/11 correct - no good at this type of o either...

Monday Aug 3, 2015 #

Orienteering race (Strathfarrar) 1:23:15 [5] 8.2 km (10:09 / km) +454m 7:57 / km
ahr:133 max:162

Tone set for the rest of the race by number 1.GPS helpfully shows me I was within about 20m of control, but had no confidence, got thoroughly confused in the bracken and eventually relocated on a control on another rock.7 mins 30 lost.not a great start.happy with 2,3,4...

Different genre of mistakes today: contours.route to 5 had good plan and executed 75 percent of it well...then due some reason ignored that I needed to gain a few contours and lost four instead, misread marshes as a result...eventually related 6 contours too low.another 7 mins 30.not a good day.

Tentative on 6.unsurprising now! Bit high;60s.lucky on 7.8ok.

Followed someone on 9 (on the assumption that I was worse than everyone else out there) but they lost me another minute damn them...

Went up and over to 10, then couldn't see crag from above, track route looks better.2mins.

Rest ok, but not quick.

Jeez,19 mins lost.that's a result to bin.more than anything, just not really enjoying the terrain much.struggling to see the shape of the land underneath the vegetation, not sure how everyone else is managing!

Sunday Aug 2, 2015 #

Orienteering race (Achagour S6D Day 1) 1:20:14 [5] 11.2 km (7:10 / km) +257m 6:26 / km
ahr:140 max:162 shoes: X-Talon 190 (orange)[9.5]

Not as bad as tomorrow will be/was...

Started ok;in wrong march for a bit,contour interpretation a bit rusty.maybe 2 ok, but 1 reentrant too low down on 4,another 60s.standard stuff.ok to 11,another 60s stopping too early inamongst the archery stuff.

Up to 14ok,then major compass checking fail as went NW rather then W and hit wrong fence,3mins.then same error on next leg, S not SW,came out in wrong place by miles but at least had good AP after long track run.3mins.another minute on 20 and 21 each just but being accurate enough.

11 mins lost, ish, not too bad for first event in this terrain for a couple of years, but I'd have hoped for better

Saturday Aug 1, 2015 #

Orienteering race (Nairn sprint) 18:26 [5] 4.3 km (4:17 / km) +46m 4:04 / km
ahr:152 max:177 shoes: Saucony Virrata 2

Very much enjoyed this.

Definitely felt like I was more used to urban than sprint and so not really going fast enough; kept realising that, speeding up and then making errors.

Didn't see man-made fence on 2, deviated ok but should have planned for.15s faffing on 3 with alleyways, leaving 2too fast.

Then ok to 10, on 11 missed obvious trap and went down correct alleyway, but decided must be wrong and went to next one, which was definitely wrong! Maybe 30s here.

Happy with rest although punched an extra control and was lucky to get the correct one as well.

Was 12th ish when left out of 140 maybe?

Thursday Jul 30, 2015 #

Running race (Purdown Pursuit) 43:10 [5] 10.1 km (4:16 / km) +250m 3:48 / km
ahr:155 max:168 shoes: X-Talon 190 (orange)[9.5]

20s slower than Phil's time from last year unfortunately...

Felt tough but performance good against other people.Probably too dry for the xtalons, trainers would've been fine.

Good, fun course. Rest tomorrow then Scotland on Sat :)

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