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Training Log Archive: blairtrewin

In the 7 days ending Jul 8:

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  Run7 3:13:34 16.71(11:35) 26.9(7:12) 36095 /109c87%
  Total7 3:13:34 16.71(11:35) 26.9(7:12) 36095 /109c87%

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Sunday Jul 8 #

1 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 14:50 [4] *** 2.8 km (5:18 / km) +10m 5:12 / km
spiked:14/14c

WMOC sprint B final in the centre of Copenhagen. About where I expected to be with the time - about 2 minutes down (there's always someone good who's blown the qualifier), but very disappointed with the place, nearly halfway down the field - I didn't expect a B final to be as tightly clustered as that. This reflected a technically simple course, with only about 5 legs which provided much of a challenge (and even then, mostly still 2s on the David May scale, not 3s or 4s).

Felt as if I never properly loosened up on this run, although my kilometre rates seemed to be a bit faster on the whole than on the non-forest legs yesterday. Didn't lose any time that I know of, and would want not to have done on that course (as a late starter, I'd heard about the only two significant traps in the area before I went out).

The shorter courses from start 1 seemed to be the ones which suffered here - long courses from start 1, and all the ones I saw from start 2, were much better (the early part of the start 2 courses was particularly good). Unsurprisingly for an inner-city area, access issues were apparently significant.

Tash smashed it again, and Hermann was second. I'll be happy if I'm still up to doing these in 2065.

Saturday Jul 7 #

1 PM

Run race ((orienteering)) 19:04 [4] *** 3.4 km (5:36 / km) +30m 5:22 / km
spiked:25/25c

WMOC sprint qualifier. A few times in recent years I've finished just on the right side of the cut line, but that luck ran out today - didn't really do anything wrong but wasn't quite fast enough on a not-especially-technical course. (Last year I was saved by the technical bit, being 37th in the first half of the course and 9th on the second). Ended up missing out by 30 seconds; normally I'd consider 3.50 down on Matthias Niggli to be a reasonably respectable result, but the depth here is considerable. (That distance behind would have got through in heat 2, but not in the insanely tight heat 1 where you needed to be within 2.20 to get through).

The setters made the most of the terrain they had, but there really wasn't anything much beyond left/right choices around irregularly shaped buildings.

Last time I was in a WMOC B final I won it by seven minutes. Don't think that will be happening tomorrow :-).

Won't blame anything on distraction caused by the Russian starting with me, who was wearing very tight shorts which made it evident that he was well-endowed. Reminded me somewhat of the Dave Culbert wobbly bits incident. (Google and Wikipedia are both disappointingly deficient on this; my recollection is that in one of the lead-up meets to the 1992 Olympics, a British official of reasonably advanced years complained that his clothing made his "wobbly bits" too visible).

Friday Jul 6 #

11 AM

Run race ((orienteering)) 28:40 [3] **** 4.0 km (7:10 / km)
spiked:22/26c

My first proper experience of indoor-O (at least at running speed), using a multi-level school and a nearby building - lots of randomly open/closed doors and other barriers, plus tables in classrooms arranged into mazes to complicate things a bit more.

Before starting, I was hearing things like "the hardest thing I've ever done" and "richtig schwer". Anything which increases the navigation-to-running balance is likely to be to my advantage, and so it turned out after I settled into the map - managed to avoid disaster, which is the main thing here, although it was a bit annoying that a small route choice error on the last leg cost me five places (dropping me from the front to the back of a close bunch). Ended up 13th out of 180-odd. Heaps of fun - pity we're never likely to have an event like this in Australia (and not only because our schools tend not to be four-level buildings).

Was feeling a bit old this morning at the Helsingor hostel - I think the 90th percentile of the age distribution there would have been about 12. Also had a look around the outside of the castle (passing en route the Hamlet nursing home), seeing in the process some very drought-bleached grass.
1 PM

Run 12:00 [3] *** 2.0 km (6:00 / km)
spiked:9/9c

Brief trot around the WMOC model map, mainly just to check out some map interpretations.

Seem to have finally shaken off my Chinese stomach bug after 10 days. Maybe it was the classic Swedish pizza in Gothenburg yesterday (chicken, banana, pineapple, peanut and curry sauce) which did the trick.

Thursday Jul 5 #

1 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 39:00 [3] *** 3.7 km (10:32 / km) +210m 8:13 / km
spiked:5/7c

A training run on the WMOC 2015 model area in Gothenburg. The hills and rocks are still as steep but the ground vegetation was unrecognisable - the leaf litter was as crunchy as a Bendigo February, and marshes (at least the ones I tried) were nonexistent.

Found the steep hills hard going and wasn't always sure if I'd found the correct places (with no flags out), but a delightful bit of terrain to be out in. Perhaps the nicest bit was found by mistake when I came the wrong way off a hill and ended up going through some lovely open forest along the side of a lake. Not feeling too bad running.

Continued to Denmark this evening.

Wednesday Jul 4 #

10 AM

Run 40:00 [3] 7.0 km (5:43 / km)

Slightly different scene today - from Heggedal, south of Asker, while the kids were enjoying themselves (immensely) at a bike park. It was on the shore of a lake and I thought that going around the lake would be a good option, but there wasn't a path along the shore so instead I headed up the hill to the west of town - a sharp climb which I handled better than I thought I would. Hard work at times but definitely felt better than I did on Monday, and starting to show signs of attacking some of the small ups and downs later.

Headed down to Gothenburg this afternoon. The buses definitely aren't up to Chilean standards (but not many are), but for 3 1/2 hours it's fine. (The Oslo-Gothenburg train service is pretty ordinary at the best of times, and at the moment is shut down altogether for trackwork). Arriving in Gothenburg - at least that part of it which isn't a building site - certainly made it very obvious that Sweden are still in the World Cup.

Tuesday Jul 3 #

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(sick) (rest day)

With only slight improvement since last week, I decided it was time to get myself checked out and put the Norwegian health system to the test (verdict: it takes a long time to get seen, but thorough once it is). The verdict once I actually saw a doctor was that there wasn't anything seriously wrong, although a bit of dehydration (as expected) and I just need to ride it out, which hopefully won't be too many days more.

Given said dehydration (and that I didn't get back until after lunch), I thought that going out in the peak of one of Oslo's hottest days of recent memory wasn't a brilliant idea.

Monday Jul 2 #

6 PM

Run ((orienteering)) 40:00 [3] *** 4.0 km (10:00 / km) +110m 8:47 / km
spiked:20/28c

Today was my 40th orienteering birthday, so to speak. It would have been nice had there been an event (the 30th was on a WMOC qualifying day), but there wasn't, so instead I had a go at getting my terrain legs on one of the local areas - a strip of moraine mapped at 1:5000. Never really got on top of working out what was what on the map (and, without flags, it wasn't that easy at times to determine whether I'd found the control), and not a lot of energy. Good to be out, but didn't fill me with a lot of confidence about running myself into a final in five days' time.

Didn't notice the heat that much (it was 28, but the humidity was low) - Guangzhou did me good in at least that respect. Forest was almost as bone-dry as a Bendigo February.

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