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Training Log Archive: LOST_Richard

In the 12 days ending Aug 24, 2015:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering8 6:54:52 24.27(17:06) 39.06(10:37) 393
  Running1 33:19 3.17(10:31) 5.09(6:32) 89
  Total9 7:28:11 27.44(16:20) 44.16(10:09) 482
  [1-5]8 6:18:41

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Sunday Aug 23, 2015 #

9 PM

Orienteering race 33:44 [4] 4.84 km (6:58 / km) +6m 6:56 / km

Last race of the COC / Fishbones Carnival.

Was planned to be a Chassing Start and I would have been around 18 minutes off the lead but due to a large number of MP, DNF, DNS etc the organisers opted to swap to a Mass Start at 10:00am. So it was on for a fast race. The area was desd flat, with lots of grid tracks and intersecting small paths with mostly open runnable forest. A few patches of blueberries and the odd sticky section meant cutting across the forest blocks was a definite option but with the potential for the around the track option to be a good route as well..

Hung on to the lead group for the first 3 or 4 controls and then it started to stretch out and I lost sight of Rick Bresman who was definitely the fastest runner in M55, M45 was on the same course so lots of people going the same way.

At the 2nd control someone called "Hornets" and the next thing wack in the back of my leg a felt a sting then a couple more. Only thing to do was keep going and let them string the folks behind me!

Was in and out of seeing other runners most ot the way but was in the lead of my group at #10 and thought here is good route choice and went down the track to #12 and onto #13 was surprised to see Rick and the lead bunch at #14 and thought how clever am I that I slipped past them!

So one of the fastest races for a long time and good run despite skipping a control and getting the bee stings. Some others had 20 or so stings so I got off lightly.

Now on the way to explore Cape Breton with Robyn & Bruce Rennie for week.

Saturday Aug 22, 2015 #

10 PM

Orienteering race (COC Long Distance) 1:35:03 [4] 8.74 km (10:53 / km) +207m 9:44 / km

Wentworth Ski hill, 1.5km walk up hill to the start and then a wind back down to the ski lodge. Most of the climb loss was in the last couple of controls.

First few controls in subtle contour detail which was very hard to see with the veg cover and low visibility. A few small errors picking the right features but reasonable through that section. Then a long ~2km leg to #7 took the track option before crossing a creek and a steep climb up to a small cliff. Seemed to all go OK but I did not go high enough and then started to convince myself that the small gullies were the mapped one. Took about 10-15mins to sort it out and find the control. Good from there through to the finish.

Time loss saved me from a place and having to lug a prize candle around for the next 8 weeks.

Hot and 100% humid again but the energy level stayed up OK.

Friday Aug 21, 2015 #

9 PM

Orienteering race 1:15:21 [4] 7.93 km (9:30 / km) +151m 8:40 / km

Fishbones Race 2

Great little area with a maze of ski and MTTB trails criss crossing each other. Thickish forest in between so lots of choice to run the long way around or bash through.

Got way to hot and humid with the near 100% humidity and struggled to keep going or keep the brain cool enough to make good decisions.

Ended up 4 in the chasing start for Sunday but 18 mins off the leader.

Longest race of the carnival time and distance

Thursday Aug 20, 2015 #

Orienteering race (COC Sprint) 18:57 [4] 2.9 km (6:32 / km)
shoes: Black Asics GT 2000

Canadian Sprint Champs at the University of PEI in Charlottetown.

Fairly straightforward area with well spaced buildings, the course had lots of twists and turns and made good use of the map. Went well with no significant errors through the first 17 controls, not sure if I could have done that better then ..

#18 was on the side of the athletics track and there was double fence to get inside the track, I saw what I thought was gap in the fence (on the map) and ran to it only to find it was a gap in the other fence! So had to run past the control and back and lost around 1min 20 sec which saw me drop from potential 3rd to 6th.

Went to the PEI Brewery afterwards and then a walk around the old British Fort at Amherst that overlooks the harbour, Lobster dinner tonight.

No GPS as the start was from inside the sports complex so could not start it inside the building.

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 #

12 AM

Orienteering race 1:09:30 [0] 5.41 km (12:51 / km)

Fishbones Race 1

Back at Hillsborough - same map as the COC Middle distance but 1:7,500 map which was soooooooo much easier to read than the 1:L10,000 for the middle champs. No major screw ups so a good time of 16 mins/km which crazy enough was good for 3rd! No open running here.

Monday Aug 17, 2015 #

7 PM

Orienteering race 10:13 [4] 1.46 km (7:00 / km) +29m 6:22 / km

Hopewell Rocks Canadian High Performance fund raiser

Hopewell Rocks is on the Bay of Fundy so VERY big tides which expose the ocean floor twice a day. The rocks are small sea stacks along a cliff line. Fun little 1.5km course out and back along the cliff edge. Went well until the penultimate control where I jumped 11 and went straight to the last control so a MP! Time was good enough for 4th but ....

Anyway enjoyable short run and then back to take a bunch of photos afterwards.

Sunday Aug 16, 2015 #

Orienteering race 1:02:04 [3] 4.29 km (14:28 / km)

Canadian O Champs, Middle distance Hillsborough New Brunswick. M55+ age group.

Complex heavily pitted area, with very slow forest. Not too much undergrowth but close trees making it slow going. Lots of tracks not all or which made sense at times but most likely due to sweat in the eyes and very hard to see with all the contours.

Tried to take the conservative route to #1 around the tracks, got onto the approach track and though down here a short way then turn in, turned too soon and cam out on the track on the far side, worked out where and back in from behind the control.

#2 & #3 OK but felt slow, #4 went up a steep slope and felt like I had over shoot, so went out to a track to relocated only to find I was really close the first time. #5 & #6 Ok from #6 had trouble making the tracks fit my view so headed north to a big track and along to an obvious attackpoint. #8 was good but made a big mistake on #9 as I lost contact and found a control on a pond, there were lots of ponds, and could not work out which one it was. Wondered a bit until I went south to hit a track and had to run back down the track to near #8 to be sure where I was and then back to the control. slow through very complex area #10 - #14 then a couple to go to the finish.

Ended up 7th, but nearly 30 minutes down on the winner but 5 mins out of 4th place, which was definitely a possibility, but not today.

GPS not happy so later ..

Saturday Aug 15, 2015 #

Orienteering 50:00 [3] 3.5 km (14:17 / km)
shoes: Innovates

COC Middle Champs, model
Gypsum mining terrain, a new geology for me. Lots of detailed contours covered in thick bush. Will be a slow area. Mossie central so back the shop for more Deet

Friday Aug 14, 2015 #

6 PM

Running 33:19 [3] 5.09 km (6:32 / km) +89m 6:01 / km
shoes: Black Asics GT 2000

Halifax, Citadel, which is an old British Fort looking over the harbour and was the seat of British power and then the Canadian defence for a century or more.

Back down through the city park, was told off very politely, it is Canada after all, by one of the gardeners that jogging was not permitted in the park. Walked a bit through the park which is a very pretty park with lots of flower beds, bandstand and lake. Then along the wharf and back to the hotel.

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