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Training Log Archive: andrews

In the 7 days ending Oct 4:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 3:17:02 11.1(17:45) 17.87(11:02) 880
  Walking2 2:25:37 11.93(12:12) 19.2(7:35) 385
  Running3 1:03:45 4.77(13:23) 7.67(8:19) 452
  S&C1 5:00
  Total7 6:51:24 27.8 44.74 1717

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Sunday Oct 4 #

11 AM

Orienteering race 2:02:09 [3] 11.12 km (10:59 / km) +520m 8:54 / km

Got to the start bang on time, first three controls good, head feeling good, I found a good route on the long leg for 2. From here it went downhill for the next hour and a bit.

I picked a dreadful route to 4, back out past 2 pretty much and picking a very long route, would have been much quicker to cut across the white and power up through the dark green forest up the hill. No. 5 my plan was to bear right, hit the clearings and then get my control. I did this other than getting my control. This threw my confidence I think and I stopped trying to make proper plans for my routes in favour of roughly running to the right place and then working out where I was. This is 100% the worst way to orienteer here and I should have slapped myself to sense as soon as I realised what I was doing, but I didn't and proceeded to do the whole butterfly legs like this to very limited success. In fairness I've hardly ever orienteered in dense steep woodland like this, and never trained on it - something to work on.

After the butterfly I was going better, felt at home on the Dale Park section of Graythwaite having trained on it a couple of years ago. I then finished by mucking up the penultimate control in front of the photographer, I couldn't work out the map at the time. It was a lovely day and I enjoyed it, probably too much because I was taking myself rock climbing when there were much better alternative routes.

A big bowl of cereal 2 hours before, banana, bread and peanut butter 40 minutes before and a cereal bar after an hour, and another one after 1:35 ish was enough to keep me going and not making me feel sick at any point. Some positives to take and plenty to work on. The first thing is to get my foot sorted (it didn't cause discomfort over the weekend given the uneven terrain and limited time actually running).

Running warm up/down 7:28 [2] 1.23 km (6:04 / km) +58m 4:55 / km

Long toilet queue made me have to run.

Saturday Oct 3 #

1 PM

Running warm up/down 49:30 [2] 5.6 km (8:50 / km) +394m 6:32 / km

Going to the start, I had 10 minutes to go 1km and 100m climb, so I had to run. 36 minutes later me and about 15 other people managed to find the start after a lovely warm up on the terrain. We all missed the correct tapes taking us up the correct hill - they must have fallen down or something. We then found rogue tapes which led us up a hill to find nothing at the top of. Unfortunately for us, there was no prospect in starting in the next 40 minutes when reaching the start, and I'm not fit enough for the warm up to be anything but a hindrance to my race. So I headed back to the car to eat a cereal bar (should have eaten even more than this) because I had only eaten enough for the race at the time I expected to run, and then headed back for 2, I eventually started about 1h 20m after I was meant to, getting quite cold in 10 degrees, rain and only running kit.
2 PM

Orienteering race 1:14:53 [3] 6.75 km (11:06 / km) +360m 8:45 / km

Rusland beeches middle.

Not worth analysing anything in depth, straight away when I started running my head felt really foggy, I was finding thinking and concentrating really difficult, probably about 70% of normal capacity which may have been alright in an easy area, but not here. It also affected my vision, it was taking a long time (2-3) seconds to focus on the map when looking down at it which meant I was constantly stopping and starting, I wouldn't usually notice any delay. All of these resulted in finding myself lost a lot and unable to really think where I could be unless I saw something really obvious. My distance perception was also very off, thinking I'd run half the length I had run at somepoints, and double at other points. I also managed to completely miss crossing quite an obvious wall near 10. After control 10 I managed to find a way to navigate with these difficulties, and I managed to get around and not have the same degree of howlers. There may have been some alright navigation in there but I can't really remember. Pleased to finish and complete the course. Would love to go back when fit and feeling normal to give it a proper go.
3 PM

Running warm up/down 6:47 [1] 0.84 km (8:05 / km)

Back to the start, eyes shutting as if about to fall asleep.

Thursday Oct 1 #

6 PM

Walking 1:03:15 [2] 8.25 km (7:40 / km) +190m 6:53 / km

Hr off on one, wore different shoes which were more comfortable, other than getting a blister. Less tarmac so slightly slower than Tuesday

Wednesday Sep 30 #

11 PM

S&C 5:00 [1]

core, better than nowt

Tuesday Sep 29 #

10 PM

Walking 1:22:22 [2] 10.95 km (7:31 / km) +195m 6:54 / km

Only logging these if I walk fast enough that my heart rate is high enough, I got up to 144bpm (slap bang in zone 2) so loggable. I'll whack my monitor on next time. Left foot still too bruised to wear my normal trainers comfortably, but absolutely fine in road flats. Right foot a little tight and slightly painful on the inside toward my big toe, but in a different place to when I would attempt a jog, where the pain feels further up and coming from more inside the foot itself.

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