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Training Log Archive: levitin

In the 7 days ending Aug 8, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering7 9:03:40 17.66 28.42
  Mountain biking3 2:21:00 15.0(9:24) 24.14(5:50)
  Paddling1 15:00
  Total10 11:39:40 32.66 52.56
averages - weight:165lbs

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Monday Aug 8, 2011 #


Sleep, glorious sleep. And sufficient fluids. Wow. Life is getting back to normal, perhaps.

Sunday Aug 7, 2011 #

Orienteering race 2:38:00 [3] 9.5 km (16:38 / km)
shoes: Jalas2

Long Red at the Canal Cities Championship. This was one of my most sublime experiences orienteering. The streambeds were mostly dry, with the occasional trickle at the bottom. Just enough to rinse off the forest floor that was on my hands and arms from slipping, not enough to get my shoes wet. They have a bottom of shale in level steps. Makes for easy navigation.

I made a couple of errors, including a 180 out of a control, which I quickly fixed, a loss of contact when I was in the circle but didn't know it, and a loss of contact/lack of plan on the 1st leg. Other than that, things were generally clicking pretty well. Brain fart on control 17 (stream end), where I descended partway down the extremely steep reentrant before more closely examining the contour where the stream ends (up high, not in the ravine.)

Overall, a pleasant day in the woods, with enough fluids. Slowest time in my class, but after last weekend, where I took 3+ hrs for 8.5km, I was unsure if I could finish 9.5 km in under 3hrs.

Saturday Aug 6, 2011 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 1:20:00 [2] 5.0 km (16:00 / km)
shoes: Jalas2

After a week of crappy sleep, I managed 12 hours of sleep at the Sprague Brook Campground. Unfortunately, when I awoke, I had slept through my start time. Groggily, I dressed, threw some stuff together, and made my way to the starting area. By the time I had all the right pieces together, the last start had been given out and they had closed the starts.

Nevertheless, I did start under the proviso that they would be removing the controls starting at 1:15 (last start + 2 hours). So I got a few legs in, but deliberately skipped the middle of the course. The first water stop was control 9, which would have killed me had I actually started at the right time.
2 PM

Orienteering race 19:25 [5] 2.8 km (6:56 / km)
shoes: Jalas2

I will have to rescue the HR data for this race. The intensity was at 5K level or higher. I made a couple of bobbles, but generally I was running at about the fastest level I could safely run. (I have as an ideal case the image of a piece of continuous surveyor's tape or string along the fastest possible route (for my strength/speed), and I don't think I deviated too far.)

I was still in the bottom 1/5th or so of the M45+'s on Course 3. Clint won the Class with 14:xx, and one of the Lyons kids won the course with 12:xx.
4 PM

Mountain biking 30:00 [1] 5.0 mi (6:00 / mi)

Lazily noodling around Sprague Brook Park on the MTB.

Friday Aug 5, 2011 #

10 AM

Paddling race 15:00 [4]

Part of the Canoe-O at Genesee.

Orienteering race 51:00 [4]

The land portion of the Canoe-O. Unfortunately, the setting was such that most of the controls if not all could be got from land. They weren't noted dry or wet as we do in New England. Possible putins/takeouts weren't marked either, so that part was a bit dicey, too.

One control was missing, but replaced during the race. Not sure how they'll score that.
2 PM

Orienteering race 2:00:00 [1] 2.0 mi (1:00:00 / mi)

National Trail-O Championships. After a session w/ Frank Kuhn, but not watching the video, a run-through of studying the IOF documentation on trail-O, and 2 practice controls, I get thrown head-first into 2 timed controls (got both of them wrong), followed by 15 untimed controls. It was hot out, and a lot of the paths were exposed to the sun. I had a water bottle with me, but had my hands full with a compass, control card, and water bottle.

In the end, I got 11 of 17 correct, just out of the top 3 by some amount. The 3rd place in the open competition had 12 controls correct.

Thursday Aug 4, 2011 #

2 PM

Orienteering race 20:00 [5] 2.4 km (8:20 / km)

2 of 4 (?) Mass start sprint events. Lots of people running many different ways. Each race was ~ 1.2km, times were 9:xx and 8:0x

Orienteering race 25:00 [4]
shoes: Jalas2

Sprint B (shorter of the 2). Don't know the time. Guessed.

Orienteering 35:00 [1] 3.0 km (11:40 / km)
shoes: Jalas2

First control exercise. 5 instances of a start triangle, 1 leg into a control, then a short walk to the "finish" double circle, which coincided with the start of the next exercise. Each instance of the exercise was printed on a separate area of a single sheet of paper, at a random orientation wirh respect to the prior instance. Each had a north line so we could orient the map.

The exercise was to practice quickly orienting the map to north, analyzing the leg, and beginning to move toward the control.

Mixed success.

Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 #

Mountain biking race 1:21:00 [3] 5.0 mi (16:12 / mi)

MTB-O at Dryer Road Park, advanced course. Quite steep in parts, with drizzle/rain throughout. Using a jerry-rigged map holder that worked so-so, I was able to make good route choices, at the expense of stopping occasionally to plan the next stage and confirm that the trail topology matched the map.

Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 #

Mountain biking 30:00 [1] 5.0 mi (6:00 / mi)

Biking on paved trails (mostly) along the seaway trail next to Lake Ontario.
3 PM

Orienteering 35:15 [2] 2.5 km (14:06 / km)

Memory-O training at Durand. Done solo, so I paused the timer at each control, then memorized (or tried to) the next leg, then restarted the timer. I was not very good at remembering the order of the features, or perceiving and remembering whether the contours were a depression or a hill.

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