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Training Log Archive: Rosstopher

In the 1 days ending Jul 1, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering1 1:31:54 6.43(14:18) 10.35(8:53) 27
  Total1 1:31:54 6.43(14:18) 10.35(8:53) 27

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Sunday Jul 1, 2012 #

11 AM

orienteering 1:31:54 [3] 10.35 km (8:53 / km) +27m 8:46 / km

My first day in the forest since I broke my arm, and thus it would prove to be both an amazing joy to be out orienteering again and also a test to see how things would hold up.

Martin and Andrew drove up to hang out in Uppsala this weekend, and we rendezvoused at Plantskolan parking lot to do some controls on the Lunsen map. We had stopped at the grocery store on the way to pick up copies of maps showing the permanent controls, and then I drew a course that I expected to be about 90 minutes for Martin and me to head out on. Meanwhile, Boris and Andrew did a longer course going to a different set of controls.

We set out together, with the intent of splitting up when I started to feel like running harder, but I was glad to stick with Martin the whole way through. To protect my newly pinned elbow, I wore a lightweight removable cast on my left arm. The cast keeps my arm bent at about 110 degree angle and that means a map in my hand will be too far away from my face to read properly. So I flipped my moscow compass to wear it on my right hand, and did my best to navigate with everything held in the wrong hand.

The verdict, after 90 minutes, is that physically things are fine, and I didn't feel in danger of falling ever. The downside is that the cast is lightweight, but it still makes my arm tired and running without proper arm form makes my whole body tired, and that it's going to take a whole lot of practice before I feel comfortable holding a map in the wrong hand or running in a straight line with my compass in the wrong hand. I would not have been able to do this course very well without relying heavily on Martin for the navigation, especially for the compass work.

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