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Training Log Archive: barb

In the 7 days ending Feb 27, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking4 12:50:00
  Orienteering3 4:23:06
  Walking in the woods1 2:45:00
  Running1 40:00
  Bicycling1 8:00
  Total7 20:46:06

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Monday Feb 27, 2006 #

Bicycling 8:00 [2]

Biked to work and back. Whoopee.

Sunday Feb 26, 2006 #

Orienteering race 3:08:00 [3]

Didn't make my goal of twice the winning time (which was 82 min something)
Bonked my head so hard on a branch that I was knocked flat on my back & chipped a tooth. Gotta get better at reading the map while walking with a hat on.

Hiking 25:00 [1]

Getting back and forth finish/start 5k. I am milking the last bit of my Spring Training!

The idea this week was to get going on a transformation from out-of-shape to getting-in-shape. Things that are discouraging: I weigh too much, and I'm too slow (a lot of folks I orienteer with could do everything I did this week in half the time). On the positive side, at least I got started, and I lost 4 pounds this week. And the Achilles tendon I somehow injured a couple years ago was sore but not debilitating; and the knee I bonked hard wrestling with Dave (came down on the knee with him on top of me) also was sore but seemed to function. I'm not sure how to continue getting exercise now that I'm back in the cold northeast working and raising kids and chasing after various other sedentary projects. I think I want to focus on trying to get a bit faster, and also do some long runs and short hikes. I'd like to be in relatively good shape for Big Muddy.

Saturday Feb 25, 2006 #

Orienteering race 46:00 [4]

Running 40:00 [2]

Running errands for Registration @ A meet

Played minigolf with Jeff, Phyllis & Eric in the afternoon. Didn't count toward training time but the concentration/planning/execution thing seemed vaguely relevant. :-)

Friday Feb 24, 2006 #

Walking in the woods 2:45:00 [1]

Put out the SI controls for WY courses on Sunday. Got a little extra walking in to figure out where the map was along the power line. Sandy, flat but readable contours.

As I arrived, so did two tough-looking women in a pickup towing a trailer with those 4wd dune buggy things on it, one apiece. One of them talked to me, and said that at the local bar last night they were told that bad things happen to people (women?) in the woods. She asked if I was concerned (no). She showed me she was packing a pistol for protection. When I returned hours later from setting out the controls, I saw them again. She said she saw a man in a black truck head the same way I did along the power line. They got worried about me and went looking for me in their buggies. But didn't find me. She offered me a hot dog (they had a fire going). I would have liked to have stayed and found out more about them, and had a hot dog, but I was late for the Sprint.

Orienteering race 29:06 [3]

Feeling pretty fat and slow.

Thursday Feb 23, 2006 #

Hiking 50:00 [1]

Mohocowhatchamacallit, by the hospital, Tucson

Wednesday Feb 22, 2006 #

Hiking 3:50:00 [2]

Up Sutherland Trail in the Catalinas. Got sidetracked. Few people.

Hiking 3:05:00 [1]

Hiking down Sutherland Tr.

Went out later w/Peg.

Tuesday Feb 21, 2006 #

Hiking (uphill) 2:35:00 [3]

Tucson mountains. Hugh Norris trail, up to Wasson Mountain. Right knee and right Achilles hill make themselves known but not debilitating.

Beautiful trail, a bit posh. (Granite risers installed for the first mile.) Gorgeous desert garden the whole way.

At the beginning of the trail a sign warned that Africanized bees were in the area, and to stay away from them. So much for all my effort to avoid them by not doing Tanque Verde yesterday. I made a mental note to run like hell back toward the trailhead if I saw any bees.

Came upon a roadrunner at mile 4. Roadrunner didn't run, but did stay on the path and kind of led me on. At first I was real still and quiet. After a while I got bored and walked right up to the critter, and stopped a couple feet away. When he didn't move, I started a conversation. He turned his back to the sun and fluffed his feathers. Eventually I nudged past.

At the top of the mountain I started in on my lunch and book. There were a couple flies, fine, but then there was a bee so I panicked and got the heck out of there. I figured it must be the Superdome escapee.

Read about the 2004 discovery/creation of elements 113 and 115. And about Einstein being into magnetism.

Hiking (downhill) 2:05:00 [1]

I read an article speculating about whether life could be based on something other than C/H/O and swim in something other than H2O.

After the hike, went out with Matt who is featured on the front page of today's Arizona Daily Wildcat for discovering that a toxin gene laterally transferred between brown recluse spiders and some nasty bacteria. We decided to skip an evolution lecture on campus and instead head for the neighborhood restaurant/bar where three different people commented independently to Matt about the article. It's funny that the picture of Matt has a title above it, "The Missing Link." Matt made monkey sounds over his beer.

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