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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending Sep 10, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering - Forest1 5:05:38 15.56(19:39) 25.04(12:12) 2391
  Running - Offroad2 2:10:31 12.09(10:48) 19.45(6:43) 999
  Orienteering - Urban1 57:49 7.39(7:50) 11.89(4:52) 90
  Total4 8:13:58 35.03(14:06) 56.38(8:46) 3480

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Sunday Sep 10, 2017 #

Orienteering - Forest race (LakeDistrictMountainTrial) 5:05:38 [5] 25.04 km (12:12 / km) +2391m 8:16 / km
shoes: X-Talon 212 (May 17)

Had to retire due to hypothermia. Not a fun day.

58 entrants; 10 finishers. Other people struggled too! Kudos to the 10 that finished.

Turns out the race was actually cancelled, but I never found out about this since I got to the last marshalled checkpoint before they made the decision. And I had a reasonably late start, so I must've been doing ok!

...until I started falling over (more than usual), uncontrollably shivering, being unable to talk, confusion causing terrible decisions (did an extra 300m of climb up Great Gable totally unnecessarily). I was unprepared for the strength of the wind (which was mental) coupled with the driving rain. I have purchased more clothes so this won't happen again! Used to MMs where you have a tent and warm clothes with you at all times. I was genuinely scared for my life today, since I wasn't on any reasonable route, it was very poor vis, and there's no way a helicopter could've flown in that wind.

My route choice decisions before that point were good. My navigation was pretty good too other than mistaking a tarn for a marsh and making my usual error of ignoring all other information about the terrain. In fairness to me, the unmapped wall added to the confusion somewhat. relocated ok, though.

Took at least 90 minutes to get back from the point at which I decided to retire. The first bit of that, trying to climb down the slippery vertiginous rocks of Great Gable in the wind and with reduced coordination, was not fun. Once it got grassy and below the cloud and I knew I wasn't actually going to die, it was okay.

Lessons learnt. Character building.

Saturday Sep 9, 2017 #

Orienteering - Urban race (London City Race) 57:49 [5] 11.89 km (4:52 / km) +90m 4:41 / km
ahr:150 max:160 shoes: Adidas Adios 3

I did a lot of prep for this, looking at RG from 2014 and working out all the levels. I think this worked as the race seemed pretty straightforward - still managed to make a few mistakes though.

Missed the alleyway to 2 as I hadn't pre planned, but there were loads of extra roadworks on the way to 1 so I think it was right to be concentrating on those. 7 wasn't on the right feature and unfortunately the right feature was multicoloured, so did a lap of it before spotting the control.

Despite all the homework, incorrectly identified the level of 8 and so ended up in a car park, didn't lose a lot of time though.bad route down from 9; too many stairs.didn't take the route I wanted to 10 since didn't want to wait for the traffic, and actually this helped get the right side of 11 although did hesitate a before 16 is dodgy as looks like you can bypass stairs when you can't.

Correctly identified where 22 was but didn't get the entry route right and had to backtrack; then also missed the best exit! 23 route in was very good and identified 24 on the right level, but missed an easy route down to street and ended up on the same slow stairs I'd used to 10.

Then did the rest of the barbican legs well except explored the wrong garden on 28.

Just noticed this map has no north lines - I approve.

Probably lost 3 mins in mistakes on total which isn't too bad for this area; miles behind Jack though, I only beat him on one split.good fun area as always.

Friday Sep 8, 2017 #

(rest day)

Far too many rest days at the moment. Three big weekends coming up though!

Thursday Sep 7, 2017 #

(rest day)

Work social => free unlimited Thai food :)

Wednesday Sep 6, 2017 #

Running - Offroad (MH Training) 1:26:08 [3] 12.48 km (6:54 / km) +529m 5:42 / km
ahr:138 max:162 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser

Social club run, sedate in most places but good to continue getting used to hills...

Tuesday Sep 5, 2017 #

Running - Offroad race (Ilam AS Fell Race) 44:23 [5] 6.97 km (6:22 / km) +470m 4:46 / km
ahr:130 max:156 shoes: X-Talon 212 (May 17)


Proper fell race. First km had 180m climb. Ran up that one which resulted in super jelly legs at the top, felt like I'd got off a bike. Then a easy flat bit before the next ascent which was similar but I had to walk to recover. Ran up Thorpe Cloud which was the third one, though.

6th ish I think.not sure because miles behind the guys in front, not sure if they were together or not. Big gap behind too.

Right decision not to take a torch although the people near the back would've struggled without one! Fell over once contouring; grass was pretty wet. Good course; could've done with a few more arrows though. Nice to be racing in Dovedale for the first time; leans me away from DDD and toward the November classic now I've done it.

Monday Sep 4, 2017 #

(rest day)

Today was gym night but migraine said no :(

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