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Training Log Archive: Psuba

In the 1 days ending Jan 26, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Night Orienteering1 1:42:39 9.06(11:20) 14.59(7:02) 40217 /20c85%
  Running1 2:55 0.34(8:28) 0.55(5:16) 20
  Total1 1:45:34 9.41(11:13) 15.14(6:58) 42217 /20c85%
  [1-5]1 1:45:29

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Thursday Jan 26, 2017 #

7 PM

Running warm up/down 2:55 intensity: (5 @1) + (10 @2) + (27 @3) + (2:13 @4) 0.55 km (5:16 / km) +20m 4:28 / km
ahr:148 max:157 shoes: VJ iRock 2016

Night Orienteering race (Score) 55:01 intensity: (5 @0) + (18 @1) + (6 @2) + (1:30 @3) + (25:21 @4) + (27:41 @5) 7.97 km (6:54 / km) +256m 5:57 / km
ahr:164 max:180 spiked:17/20c shoes: VJ iRock 2016

Kent Night Cup Norbury Park.

Finished 4th / 45 to my great surprise, as I have made many mistakes both tactically and navigationally.

Looking at the map I decided to go around the eastern end and collect the controls through that valley, then head up to the top of the hill and collect the controls through there, zig-zagging all the way towards the end.

I wasn't precise through. Straight to control 2 (209) I was stuck in green up the slope so wasn't particularly well placed, then to control 3 (213) I climbed too high and bounced back from the fence corner. The next few controls were OK but mainly just path running and dipping out into the forest at the right place. As I headed up to the top of the hill, I overshot the junction (still don't know how I did not notice the junction), so had to cross the forest strip, and then made a 90 deg error straight as I came out to the track believing I hit the one I expected to take initially. By the time I noticed my mistake I was closer to 215 so decided to punch that before heading back to 217 - this may have been the best recovery but it still meant I kept wasting time overall. Over then to 216 and then collected the few controls on the way back and I needed to start thinking about which controls to drop at this point as it became clearer and clearer that I wasn't going to collect them all. I have decided to drop all on the eastern slope (this was probably wise given the time pressure at this point), but then as I looped back to collect the few on the top of the hill I have seen many orienteers heading in the opposite direction as I was now running away from the finish. I panicked and looked at my watch which shown only a few minutes and in the middle of the leg I changed my mind and decided to drop the two controls in my direction and opted for a shorter loop - taken 204 and 207 before the obvious two last controls on the way to the finish (203/201). I looked at my watch again and the seconds were counting down so I pushed as hard as I could downhill and through the field (looking at the splits not hard enough because I still lost about 28 sec on the last control and for the finish from the best split, even if Dan is a fit young M21), just about punching the finish before my watch beeped. At which point I puzzlingly looked and seen it was prompting me to run the last interval "run 5 mins" which basically meant that I was racing not against the finish but against the penultimate programmed split and still had 5 minutes to spare! Which is annoying because I clearly had the scope to collect the 2 additional controls I planned before I changed my mind. Which means even without accounting for the many mistakes I had scope to win this event given that I was 10 points (1 control) behind only. I think this must have been an event full of mistakes for everyone as I wasn't running particularly well and making all those mistakes, I expected to be much futher down the rankings.

Night Orienteering warm up/down 47:38 intensity: (2 @1) + (2:17 @2) + (9:02 @3) + (35:51 @4) + (26 @5) 6.62 km (7:12 / km) +146m 6:29 / km
ahr:150 max:167 shoes: VJ iRock 2016

Control collecting - bloody freezing and I have forgotten to get a gel or water down before I headed back out to the forest after the score, and paid the price as I ran out of energy halfway out with nothing to refuel with. So just had to push through which even though I was just jogging, wasn't easy, especially with carrying all the control stakes etc.

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