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Training Log Archive: Sandy

In the 7 days ending Oct 20, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  map hiking2 3:00:00
  orienteering2 1:56:59
  Total4 4:56:59

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Sunday Oct 20, 2013 #

orienteering race 1:05:23 [3]

And another day just like the first. A few bobbles, a few not quite clean controls having moments of not being sure but figuring out where I was quickly, and one really bad control. The bad control was horrible - I navigated perfectly right to the control but in using the magnifier somehow lost track that I was navigating to 3 and when I got to the control thought I was navigating to 4 and didn't even check the code of the flag that I could touch because it didn't match the feature on the map. After leaving the control and continuing on a compass bearing to 4, starting navigating to 3 again and nothing was making sense. Finally stopped, figured out where I had to be based on the directions of the rides I could see ( I thought the yellow was relatively easy to use) and then figured out what I had done. But a lot of time lost. AP says 4 minutes but I was with Charlie at #2 and was saw him leaving #3 - which I had seen him punch; it might have made me stop and check at the control - which means I then wasted 7 minutes before getting back to 3.

So again, just not mentally there. Another early morning setting up - at the event site at 7am - and busy up until going to the start. But I don't think that's really the culprit. I'm having trouble focusing on much of anything these days for more than 5 minutes.

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 #

orienteering 51:36 [3]

An okay but not great race. Small bobbles on many controls, some time lost on others but no real damage, and one really bad control. Was having trouble focusing - I could tell because I had to talk to myself to keep my head in the map.

I could blame having to get up really early to be at the event site at 7:30 to start setting up results, but I think it's more just general distraction with other things going on at the moment and knowing that I really need to take it easy on my knees.

Friday Oct 18, 2013 #

map hiking 1:00:00 [3]

Model event with Amy just checking out how things were mapped.

Then went to Beaver Brook. I finally took care of this. It took 8 years, but I had brought my map along thinking there might be time and went out and tried to navigate from 7 to 8. Damn if I didn't end up in exactly the same place as I did 8 years ago! I recognized it and was dumbfounded - both by the fact that I ended up in the same place and that I totally remembered exactly what it looked like. And once again could not figure it out right away. This time though, after a few minutes of feeling like I was in a time warp, I relocated off something entirely different and went right to the control (which I also totally remembered looking exactly like what it looked like). I then re-found the area where I had originally found myself and now realize that I never went far enough. I took some thinning of green to be a gap in the green and so was one green blob off. The knoll I ended up on had some rocks so I thought I was one knoll further than I was - the rock on the knoll where I ended up thinking I should see the spur my control was on was was not mapped. Anyway, a fun outing and very glad Valerie egged me on to do this. It's been filed away in my mind as something that needed doing.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013 #

map hiking 2:00:00 [3]

Some more quality time with the gnats. We need a frost!!

Someone was messing with my streamers. A few were missing and I found a few of them tied on to trees about 500 meters from where I put them. At least no stakes were moved - at least none that I visited today.

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