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Training Log Archive: Tundra/Desert

In the 7 days ending Aug 6, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Easy running3 1:20:37 8.84(9:07) 14.23(5:40) 134
  Orienteering2 40:51 4.09(9:59) 6.58(6:12) 2108 /12c66%
  Medium pace running1 11:30 1.86(6:10) 3.0(3:50)
  Total4 2:12:58 14.79(8:59) 23.81(5:35) 3448 /12c66%

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Sunday Aug 6, 2006 #

Orienteering race 21:15 [3] **** 3.75 km (5:40 / km) +140m 4:47 / km
ahr:166 max:178 spiked:8/12c shoes: (C)Ross Dress Brooks

Got up early and Attackpointed. Then, rode with Mikkel to the event at Joaquin Miller.

I won, but had a pretty bad run. I felt strong physically, and my emotional issues may be just about over. But, I fell and completely lost concentration for a nasty mistake at Control 2, then twisted my ankle twice. Mostly recovered by the end and nailed a key leg to #10, both route choice and execution.

Joe S. had predicted 19 minutes for a 100-pt runner. I think it was more like mid-16s for this course. Of course, the 100-pt runner would have probably made some of the many mistakes Mikkel, Mattias, and I made. I was happy that I came and ran—a needed O-refresher before the 1000 Day.

Saturday Aug 5, 2006 #

Orienteering (Course setting) 19:36 [2] ** 2.83 km (6:56 / km) +70m 6:10 / km
ahr:142 max:163 shoes: (C)Ross Dress Brooks

Late in the morning (wanted to minimize control walk-off, but also was a bit hung over) went to set the Sprint course at Golden Gate Park. I walked to place the first/last five controls, then ran to put out the rest (this session). Managed to place all stands before the first starter caught up with me. The homeless camped at Control 9 seemed alert and friendly enough—they had a really nice tent, too, and were devouring their breakfast!—that I didn't offer the pastries I had bought, or dollar bills.

Easy running 3:59 [2] 0.78 km (5:06 / km) +30m 4:17 / km
ahr:149 max:161 shoes: (C)Ross Dress Brooks

Having noticed that people were crossing a forbidden area during the event, and that (surprise) a piece of an impassable fence shown around it was missing and there was a trail right through it to Control 6, I ran out to place some streamers.

All controls stayed put. The course turned out too tricky and a touch too long. Many people had a problem with the line from #5 broken and a line to #9 going in the same direction—they thought Control 9 was instead #6. Many got trapped in the impassable green around the overpass. There are certainly better ways to show the overpass, but common sense should have told them there's no easy way down once you are on top of a bridge.


Didn't go to the evening orienteering. Slept instead, and then went drinking.

Friday Aug 4, 2006 #


For the first time in a long while, my log hyperlinks mostly seem to resolve to something meaningful.

Easy running 20:41 [2] 3.87 km (5:21 / km) +28m 5:09 / km
ahr:141 max:155 shoes: Road Mizuno

A run to a bank...

Easy running 6:02 [2] 1.12 km (5:23 / km) +2m 5:20 / km
ahr:140 max:154 shoes: Road Mizuno

... then another...

Easy running 25:37 [2] 4.49 km (5:42 / km) +8m 5:39 / km
ahr:142 max:150 shoes: Road Mizuno

... then to work.

Thursday Aug 3, 2006 #


Started to feel like crap today. Emotionally exhausted, uptight, irritated. (More than usual! you.)

Wednesday Aug 2, 2006 #


Went and vetted the Sprint today for the event on 05 August. There are some encampments near controls, so I should probably bring cake and some dollar bills when I go place the bags on Saturday morning.

Tuesday Aug 1, 2006 #

Easy running warm up/down 24:18 [2] 3.97 km (6:07 / km) +66m 5:39 / km
ahr:136 max:152 shoes: New Nikes

Home to Kezar. Hurting a lot.

Medium pace running tempo 11:30 [3] 3.0 km (3:50 / km)
ahr:158 max:172 shoes: New Nikes

Mikkel showed up, and we decided on something easy and continuous, like 3000 m at T to start with. Somewhere around the end of the first km, the very inside of the right quad started to feel like it was pulled. I let off the pace a bit, it felt better. Then towards the start of the third km, I felt it again. Clearly no further activity for the day seemed beneficial, and what I just did was most likely of questionable use.

Mikkel ran about 5 s faster. I spent the rest of the evening discussing my new volunteer trail-running-coach position with the Golden Gate Triathlon Club.

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