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Training Log Archive: maprunner

In the 7 days ending Apr 9, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteer4 4:44:27 11.31(25:09) 18.2(15:38) 485
  run1 35:00 3.11(11:16) 5.0(7:00)
  weights1 30:00
  yoga1 20:00
  aerobics1 20:00
  Total7 6:29:27 14.42 23.2 485

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Sunday Apr 9, 2017 #

8 AM

orienteer race 27:09 [4] 2.7 km (10:03 / km) +2m 10:01 / km

Sprint 1, Columbus urban

Legs were really tired, but I did a nice long warmup, so I was ready to run as fast as I could.

Woo, this was fun. Lots of fun buildings, alleyways, etc. I felt pretty good, and I enjoyed the feeling of racing a sprint on an unknown map. I was with Shin and a woman for a lot of the middle f the course, which messed me up a bit. I have to get better at ignoring people. I had planned to leave 12 to the north, but they both went to the south. I had a hard time reading all the walls on the run (crossable/uncrossable). I also convinced myself that the way to the north was blocked, so I stupidly followed them and lost a lot of time.

Pushed hard towards the finish and then had a total brain fart. I passed the two Go controls, but somehow thought they were the finish controls. Went way passed them before I convinced myself I was wrong (seeing the big building in front of my was a bad sign). This was a huge mistake.

But I was really pleased with how well I ran most of this course. And I had lots of fun. I only wish I had taken a few seconds to appreciate the buildings as I passed them (they were all just gray blobs to me :)

10 AM

orienteer race 25:58 [4] 2.7 km (9:37 / km) +6m 9:30 / km

Sprint 2, Columbus parkland

I spent the 2 hours between races sitting with my legs up, but I knew it was no good. My legs were fried, and there was nothing left in the tank. This was an easy sprint and I didn't make any time mistakes (according to AP) but made some questionable route choices. From 2 to3, I never saw the option of running through the yellow, and instead, walked through the mud and muck along the pond.

I pushed as hard as I could, but I was running in slow motion. I couldn't even sprint in the finish chute :)

Saturday Apr 8, 2017 #

11 AM

orienteer race 1:57:33 [4] 6.2 km (18:58 / km) +417m 14:11 / km

Flying Pig: Long

Ooh, this one hurt. Physically and mentally.

I wish I had thought more carefully about running a long hilly course the day before two sprints. I should I signed up for the brown course, instead of green. But I decided to soldier through. My goal was to keep moving, even if it was a slow pace.

I did a decent job of navigating through the first 7 controls. Maybe should have a taken a slightly different route or two, but no real errors. Except 5, which I don't count as my error. It was mapped as a depression in the white woods, on the edge of some green. It was actually smack in the middle of the green and quite hidden. A total bingo control that I only found (on the third pass) because other folks were nearby.

I was with a man and a woman as we approached 7. I checked my code and then looked at my map to plan my next leg. Straight down the hill, along the stream, towards 9. I got a bit cocky here, and said, ooh, I'm going to punch and leave this control without stopping, jog straight down the hill. I didn't realize, until I downloaded, that I had just moved my thumb from 7 to 8.

Got to the area of "9" and nothing made sense. Wandered a bit and finally decided I had to go back to the big stream, Found the trail and relocated. Was shocked that I was so far away from 9 but still didn't figure it out.

After 9, I forced myself to go straight up the big hill to 10. I was really tired and hot by now, and still had a long way to go. But now my goal was to be under 2 hours. Up the hill to 11, GlenT passed me and said: "last hill". Ha! Still plenty more hills and even small rises felt like hell now. Even the two steps up to download were uncomfortable.

And then I found out I had skipped 8. Needless to say, I was really pissed at myself. This was a new one for me, I had never made this particular mistake before (mistaking which control I was leaving). I was also pissed that I had just spent two long physical hours in the woods for no reason. As I said, this one hurt.

Friday Apr 7, 2017 #

10 PM

orienteer race 1:53:47 [3] 6.6 km (17:14 / km) +59m 16:30 / km

Night O champs, F50, 1st place of 2

I was really looking forward to this race since I love night O and I tend to be better at it than my peers (or just more experienced?) It was also a flat area, which always helps:)

However, I was not looking forward to starting at 10 pm (which is past my usual bedtime). I was also not looking forward to 6.6 k through woods that had standing water and lots of deadfall (I was told by the folks who had run in the day time).

Pretty easy start through. For 3, I thought I could cut through the woods, but I messed this up. I was more cautious going to 4, so AP says I lost some time here.

Gained some more confidence in the woods for 5 and 6, then blew 7 pretty badly. Obviously did not follow my compass (which was one of the things I was trying to do better this weekend). Stopped when I saw the road, which is a good thing for me. Found a trail and thought I knew where I was, but the trail was going in directions that didn't make sense. Turns out I was very close to the control, but I didn't know it. I thought it was wiser to relocate from the road., which worked. I was spooked now, and took the long way around from now on, even when it wasn't necessary.

11 was awful. Trails were standing water or shoe-sucking mud. And the area around the control was crappy vegetation. I lost a lot of time and motivation on this control.

As I left 11, I looked at my watch and saw how much more course I still had to do. I seriously thought about packing it in, this was not as much fun as I had hoped it would be. But I decided it would be a good test to see if I could stick it out, so I did,

14 was funny. As I approached the control, I saw a flash of reflective tape in the distance and headed towards it. Then I noticed many more controls, in someone's arms. They were picking up controls! I panicked and looked at my watch. I thought the time limit was 3 hours?? I accosted the two people picking up the markers and asked if I still had time, They gently pointed out that they were picking up daytime markers. Oops! My apologies for the false accusation. And then I had to turn around and go back to my control, which I had passed in my haste.

I was getting really tired now and anxious to finish. It was no fun to look for 16 (tree in woods) at night, so I just got to the edge of the green and threw my headlamp around until I saw the reflective tape.

I was so happy to finish and jump in the car. We still had an hour drive to the hotel. Got to bed around 1:30 am.

I made some mistakes out there, but overall, it was a better run than I first thought. I relocated when I made mistakes and kept up a good pace for the second half of the course. I was not tired at the end, I was still able to run on the roads.

Wednesday Apr 5, 2017 #

weights 30:00 [1]

yoga 20:00 [1]

Tuesday Apr 4, 2017 #

run 35:00 [4] 5.0 km (7:00 / km)

Plan was to run a 32:30 5K today. But when I got to work, I had an email with an invite to dinner that night (near work, many miles from home). We had been trying to arrange this dinner for awhile, so I wanted to go. So, how to do both? Go to Target at lunchtime to buy some running gear (which I needed anyway) and some cheap running shoes (I had been running in O shoes).

I went to Corporate Woods to run on the trails there. I hadn't been on these trails in probably 18 years (Mike and I used to rollerblade here all the time). I felt like Nadim!

I used MpaMyRun on my phone since I didn't have my Garmin. It was hard to pace myself (trying for 6:30 k) and I was running a bit too fast. I got near the halfway point when my phone shut down. I've been having battery issues lately. The battery is charged one minute, shuts down the next. Ugh!

I got confused as I returned to the starting point, and stopped a bit too soon. Ran some more through the parking lots looking for my car. I was out for ~35 minutes.

Monday Apr 3, 2017 #

aerobics 20:00 [1]

Dancin' fool

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