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Training Log Archive: tRicky

In the 7 days ending Apr 27, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering (bush)3 4:04:31 20.15(12:08) 32.44(7:32) 70354 /69c78%
  Hiking2 4:00:58 10.69(22:33) 17.2(14:01) 940
  Orienteering (urban)2 1:26:02 3.81(22:36) 6.13(14:02) 11922 /24c91%
  Total7 9:31:31 34.65(16:30) 55.76(10:15) 176276 /93c81%

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Saturday Apr 26, 2014 #

11 AM

Orienteering (bush) race (NSW Long Champs) 1:50:14 [3] *** 14.73 km (7:29 / km) +315m 6:46 / km
spiked:21/27c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello

Gardens of Stone; 1:15,000 12.0km 315m

Last event of our trip away and I thought I'd make it a good one but given the hammy was giving me grief when I got up this morning, I didn't think that likely. Figured I'd just concentrate on getting everything else right. I failed in that too.

Took the safe route to the first termite mound and hit it spot on, then across a multitude of gullies I don't know what I did wrong but misread everything close to the bottom of the spur the CP was on then overshot it completely. Ended up climbing up to the south of the control when I was approaching it from the NW initially. 2-3-4 were short and I hit them well although the climb to 4 was a killer so I walked that.

Long leg to #5 was pretty vague too so I just set a general direction and hoped something would pop out as I got near. Fortunately I hit and recognized the w/c junction 500m north of the CP (which was after a kilometre of travel) and just read the termite mounds from there into the one I wanted.

#6 was another long, vague leg with a bit of farmland early on to break up the tedium. I bollocksed this up completely and ended up 400m NW of the CP on the wrong spur and at #8 so at least I knew where I was from there. Spotted #7 on the way from 8-6 so picked that up cleanly on the way back but went too low coming back to #8. Recognised the rock that it was behind and corrected.

#9 was another vague leg and I screwed that one up too in amongst the termite mounds. Ended up playing termite mound pinball until I ended up in the w/c far to the NW of the CP (when I'd approached from the NE) and went straight at it from there.

Thinking my disasters may be behind me, I had Jim overtake on the way to #10 in the paddock, proving that my current fitness is crap. I was going to stop for a drink there but another guy who'd reached that CP about 100m ahead of me decided to stop for a picnic and by the time I got there, he was sitting on the ground with the one drink container upended directly into his mouth so I decided against contracting whatever illnesses he may have had. He passed me on the way to the next one and I thought about asking whether he'd enjoyed his drink.

Small overshoot on 11 when Jim distracted me with talk about how the terrain didn't match what he expected to see, then clean for the next couple. #14 was my last stuff up when I went over the rock surfaces to the gully but too far north and I wasn't sure if I had to go north or south then and picked incorrectly. From there on I was clean through the remaining shorter legs to the finish (which were fun) although dreadfully slow given lack of fitness and an ever protesting hamstring. I was completely surprised to come in under 2hrs given this effort was much more dire than last Sunday's although that was also 3km longer.

If not for the rubbish navigation I'd have been happy with that given the state I'm currently in. Time to get back to Perth and get some needles stuck in my leg I think, hopefully somewhat repaired before next weekend - hah!

Oh, I got more NOL points from the two weekends than Blair did after he DNFed - a total of 3 for today! These NSWians also have a funny idea of runability. Today was billed as 'fast running' but I spent half my time jumping logs and sticks and wasn't able to get any speed up, not that it mattered anyway.

Friday Apr 25, 2014 #

1 PM

Orienteering (urban) race (NOL Relay) 16:02 [4] *** 3.13 km (5:08 / km) +119m 4:18 / km
spiked:22/24c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello

Zig Zag; 1:4000 2.5km 70m

The NOL relay was W:M:M:W and since we only had one WA girl and three guys, I was relegated to the SA team, which were short a guy. Blair made it well know that teams with runners not all from the same state were unofficial, so much so (before the race, during the race, after the race, during the race) that by the time I had to start (3rd leg) I felt like I was being a hindrance to the 'official' teams and that perhaps I should step aside if I had any other runners come up behind me.

Anyway the hamstring decided to get particularly sore during my warm up so I figured I was going to go slow but when I took off, I had no-one around me so no dramas. I knew from reports that there were only two Male courses so there'd be a lot of following and as it turned out, the second loop on course A was the same as the first loop on course B (the course I had) so I had two other runners merge with my course at my 2nd control. Fortunately this was through the bush section so after one of the guys got confused at my 3rd control and stood around looking lost, I just followed the other one through the next seven controls, by which time the confused guy had found himself and caught back up.

After #9 they took off into the buildings and I was wondering what they were doing, having thought they were on my course, so I legged it for the first spectator control. From there through the second loop I was on my own. Controls were easy to find and I only had a big hesitation from 13-14 when I couldn't decide which way to go after crossing through the gate (should have gone left before the gate but no matter) and eventually went right, which was fortunate since there was an unmapped fence to the left that others came unstuck on.

Fairly easy control flow after the second spectator control although managed to not straight line it to the last but only cost a few seconds, then a sprint to handover to the fourth runner.

Thankfully I didn't bother to check half of the control numbers - mainly just the bush ones - because one of ours was the wrong number (as was one of the Womens' controls) so I never noticed and didn't lose time wondering if I'd done something wrong. This wasn't the case for some other people.

Shame about the wrong numbers and also that one of the runners from a NSW team was given a M10 map although their team MPed anyway so that worked out but it was an enjoyable event and the rain confined itself to the morning so that was nice too. Coldest day of the trip so far. It'll be good to get through tomorrow and get this hamstring sorted out because it's really restrictive at the moment. Achilles isn't causing any problems.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014 #

12 PM

Hiking 2:16:00 [2] 10.5 km (12:57 / km) +801m 9:23 / km
shoes: Teva X-1 Control

My original plan for today to do the ride from Lithgow to Penrith and return over the mountain fell in a heap back when my Achilles did so instead TT and I went for a scenic drive on the road to Newnes (within the Wollemi Nat Park) to check out the glow worm tunnel. It was a very nice walk up the side of the mountain to the old railway tunnel - few other walkers around although many of them had noisy kids with them. The walk said to allow four hours but we managed to knock it off in well under that, including stopping many times inside the tunnel to view the glowies :-)

Lots of nice sandstone formations all over the mountains but not a good spot for orienteering - far too steep. We also had to take off the shoes and socks within 50m of the start to cross a ford.

Distance a guess since the Garmin didn't work inside the glow worm tunnel although I reckon it was around 600m long, which is what Wikipedia tells me anyway.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 #

9 AM

Orienteering (bush) race (Dungeree Challenge) 53:21 [3] ** 8.56 km (6:14 / km) +70m 5:59 / km
spiked:11/15c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello

Dungeree Forest; 1:15,000 6.2km 110m

tRicky vs TrishTash
tRicky 1; TT 0

Did not like area.
Did not like map.
Did not like navigation.

Given the simplicity of this map, I should have been able to straight line everything but as the actual vs straight line distance indicates, I made a major stuff up of this one. My first six controls were all on features marked as "gullies" and the first control could be seen from the start but I spent more time looking for the first circle on the map (it was overlapping the triangle) than running to it.

Stuffed up the scale although I knew it was 1:15k and thought one of the gullies I ran through to the 2nd control was not a gully so kept going, then ended up in a gully 300m past it so had to come back. Found it immediately on the way back on a feature I wouldn't have described as anything, then spent over 12 minutes on the next leg on a control that probably wasn't even 500m away. Completely lost track of what I was running over and muddled it up completely.

Did okay after that but the hammy was giving me grief before I'd finished the first of three loops so I hobbled the rest of the course. Lots of green crap and fallen timber on this course that made running in a straight line difficult and not all of it mapped just made for painful going. Doubt the hamstring will have settled down before Friday at this rate. Not good for an urban sprint race.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 #

10 AM

Hiking 1:44:58 [1] 6.7 km (15:40 / km) +139m 14:12 / km
shoes: Teva X-1 Control

Hiking with TT around Wollemi National Park, near Dunns Swamp, checking out the sandstone formations and the river. Hamstring and Achilles are still a bit upset and I imagine they aren't going to get happier over the remainder of the week. We decided against going paddling due to TT's worsening cold.
2 PM

Orienteering (urban) (Rylstone) 1:10:00 [1] 3.0 km (23:20 / km)
shoes: Teva X-1 Control

History O Tour around Rylstone central, looking for not-quite-rightly mapped circles and attempting to find the feature photo - similar to the FreO event planned for the Nationals week.

Monday Apr 21, 2014 #

10 AM

Orienteering (bush) race (Easter day 3) 1:20:56 [3] *** 9.15 km (8:51 / km) +318m 7:32 / km
spiked:22/27c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello

Cherry Farm; 1:10,000 8.0km 380m

Started with Oscar today after starting with Henry yesterday. I told him to lead me to the first control but didn't realise we had the same first one! My highlight for the day was beating him there, probably the only time I'll beat him at orienteering ever again. He was off cavorting around on the hillside whereas I took the ridgeline to just above the CP in the gully then dropped down to it. Afterwards I found out my route to #2 was pretty awful when Oscar asked if I took the road and track option around to the east. It was probably 500m longer but avoided the going over the four ridge lines that I had to go up and over, the last of which involved negotiating cliffs both down and up. At least I had a fence to lead me to the control.

It was a really nice area to run in although there wasn't a whole lot of running from my perspective. With the fitness at a low the steep hills killed of uphill running and I focused instead on negotiating passageways through the cliffs, which made for interesting decision making.

Our course had two lots of butterfly loops - 5-6-7-8 and 8-9-10-11 then later on 14-15-16-17 and 17-18-19-20, which was the place to be with loads of other runners around at the time. I muddled up 5-6 by going to #7 first but knew on the way there what I'd done so hooked around the bottom of the cliff and went over to 6 before heading back. Knowing the way got me a 15th placed split on that leg, then jagged an 11th back to the pivot control.

Getting pretty tired by the end so I walked most of the hills, then spotted my worst nightmare near the cherry farm - running near to the spectator area; the horror! Fortunately there was a building marked on the map next to our CP so I ignored the hordes of adoring fans and bee lined it to the left of that, hit the next one in the dam cleanly then proceeded to go too far right to the silly control over the last steep ridge.

Nice day out. I think I improved my overall standing to 30th with an MP and a DNF on my course from runners previously above me in the standings so final results were 49th, 39th, 34th and 34th. Much improved on last year (except for the prologue).

Blair got me by two minutes again today. Curses.

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