Biked on the bike path including a visit to the Baker Wetlands. There were a number of people with bikes at the parking lot there. It turns out that it was the start of a Wednesday Bikes and Beers ride. Who knew?
It felt nice to get out and move around a bit. It was hot, but not too terrible. I think it'll be worse the next few days.
I made a pseudo orienteering map in just a few minutes this evening.
Fritz is putting together a map for the Topeka as-the-crow-flies run. He put something together from Open Street Map and it looks really good. But, he wondered about contours. I had an idea for how to make something really quickly, so I tried. Here's what I did:
1. Download the OSM data for part of Topeka
2. Download 1 arc second DEMs from the national map viewer
3. Used Global Mapper (the old version that I've got) to get the data as UTM and generate 5 meter contours as Shapefiles. I'm guessing this could also be done with QGIS.
4. Open the OSM data in Open Orienteering Mapper and use the OSM -> ISOM2017 CRT file to change to orienteering symbols.
5. Import the 5 meter contours and "convert to curves"
It worked pretty well and took only about 10 minutes.
I was biking around on a sprint map that I'm planning to use for a summer evening event. I was out almost 1:30, but with frequent stops to note control locations and mark a few small changes to the map.
I went out in the middle of the day and felt ok until the last 10 minutes or so (which was basically all downhill to get home). Then the heat caught up to me. When I got home the app on my phone said the temp in Lawence was 99F.
orienteering21:54 3.51 km (6:15 / km) ahr:159 max:178 30c
Sprint orienteering at Gage Park in Topeka. Fritz set the course - mass start with three loops that were taken in different order. He also set a bunch of controls in a small playground area at the end of each loop. There were 12 controls in the playground, so you had to pay attention to the map and avoid looking at all of the markers all around.
Lots of fun. I wish we'd get better turnout at summer events. Some of the problem is that it was in Topeka and a few of the PTOCers who would normally attend were out of town.
I handled registration and didn't really warm up. I also wasn't really ready at the start and my Garmin hadn't connected. The track picked up at the 4th control on my first loop.
Running felt ok. Compared to my recent warm weather races (sprint at JCCC and NoLaw 5K) I managed the effort better. But, I don't handle heat well at all.
I tested my fancy new headband and it worked well.