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Training Log Archive: Cristina

In the 7 days ending Nov 11, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Hiking1 5:05:00 14.4(21:11) 23.17(13:10) 1100915.0
  Orienteering2 2:46:27 9.44(17:37) 15.2(10:57) 48352c599.9
  Running2 53:00 4.63 7.45166.0
  Strength/Core1 5:005.0
  Other Cardio1 100.8
  Total5 8:49:37 28.47 45.83 158352c1686.8
averages - sleep:8

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Saturday Nov 11, 2006 #

Event: BATONA 500

Running warm up/down (trail) 10:00 [2]
shoes: Integrators (Red)

Warm up to the start. Feeling sort of spunky.

Orienteering race 1:05:53 [3] *** 6.35 km (10:23 / km) +103m 9:36 / km
ahr:191 max:199 18c slept:8.0 shoes: Integrators (Red)

Red Day 1. Sort of shaky out there. No single disaster, which I think is a victory given my experience in flat places (ie, almost none). Can't say I'm a fan of the blueberry, but at least they don't have thorns. Nice and flat, and I guess I was moving hard (check out the HR). This was pretty neat orienteering, looking forward to tomorrow.

I used my magnifier for the first time today, despite deciding not to since I'd never tried it before.

I did make one "fun" mistake involving the only tree stand that I actually saw. I was aiming right to number 6 and the line goes right through a stand. When I got to the fire break near it I looked left just to see if it was visible. And it was right there! I though, "wow, I'm practially on the line, I should creep right a little more." But of course it was a totally different tree stand a couple of *hundred* meters to the right. I figured it out at the next fire break when it didn't match. Good for a chuckle, I guess.

Figured when I came in that I had about 8-10 min of mistakes. With Pavlina at 51 and Peggy at 59, that would have been a very respectable result. We'll see what the verdict is later. The true triumph of the day was being the first to bingo in the AP bingo game! Yum.

Orienteering race 14:13 [4] *** 1.75 km (8:07 / km) +10m 7:54 / km
ahr:183 max:195 12c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint B. I was well rested and partially refueled for this. A few mistakes, like going to 7 "on the way" to 6. And standing on the wrong side of the thicket at 5 and wondering where the control was. But it was fun, if a little scraggly.

Orienteering race 8:01 [4] *** 1.3 km (6:10 / km) +5m 6:03 / km
ahr:186 max:195 10c shoes: Integrators (Red)

Sprint A. Pretty tired by now, but this was fun and impossible to go too fast. This is clearly the fastest per km I've ever run... but I think I shouldn't set the bar with such a short course. So it will be an asterisk'd record.

Strength/Core (stretching) 5:00 [1]

Right before sleepy time.

Thursday Nov 9, 2006 #


Pictures from L a Luz.

Wednesday Nov 8, 2006 #

Other Cardio 10 [5]


Tuesday Nov 7, 2006 #

Hiking 5:05:00 [3] 14.4 mi (21:11 / mi) +1100m 17:07 / mi
slept:8.0 shoes: Asics Trail

My first New Mexican rite of passage - hiking La Luz. Parked at La Luz trailhead (7200'), hiked La Luz to Crest Spur Trail to Crest House (10600'). Ate lunch at Crest House. Hiked/ran back down.

Pretty neat trip, glad I could sneak it in before snow made the top nasty. Awesome views along the way. The last 2 miles are up the side of La Cueva Canyon (that's New Mexican for CaƱon de la Cueva) which is shady and cool and windy. And there are something like 15 switchbacks across some nasty granite boulder fields. Trip up took 3:15, down took 1:50. Started running on the way down after popping out of La Cueva, which was safer and it allowed my cheeseburger to digest a little. So about 3-4 miles of running, but with a backpack.

I'd like to *try* to run the trail up, but I'd like a companion and the ability to take the tram back down. Pics coming.

Monday Nov 6, 2006 #


Totally exhausted after the rip-roaring good time in SF. I fell asleep on the flight last night sometime between being asked what I wanted to drink and the drink (tomato juice) arriving. I never did get to enjoy my tomato juice.

Feeling a little uncentered without a class status and no idea what I'm supposed to be doing for the next month. The ARR trail run tonight will at least kick some abq life into me.

Oh, and I decided to go to NJ this weekend after all. It better be fun. ;-)

Running tempo (trail) 30:00 [4] 3.33 mi (9:01 / mi)
slept:9.0 shoes: Asics Trail

Monday night trail run at the Indian School open space. Tougher crowd this week - basically all fast men, and no slow people. So I got really short rests at each stop. It was hard going, right from the get go. The "warm up" is a brutal 7 minutes or so of uphill, which I will never complain about... I spent 2 years complaining about not having hills in TX, so now that I have them it's time to suck it up and run them. ;-)

I can't help but use these as threshold-type training. I go quite hard (9 pace is a total wag... road effort under 8 pace most of the time) and get really short little breaks every 5 or 6 minutes. It only lasted for about 30 minutes of actual running, which is way less than the "runs last for about an hour" advertised on their site. It was getting dark, but still...

Running (trail) 13:00 [2] 1.3 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Asics Trail

Added a short little easy loop after the rest left. Still plenty of climb, but I took my time. It was, of course, dark when I got to the car. I really have to stop doing that.

Planning a long diversion tomorrow. I know that if I stay home all day I'll just sit in front of my computer and (gasp) the tv for election news. I'd rather come home late and have a reason to party. Time to do an election dance...

Sunday Nov 5, 2006 #

Orienteering race 1:18:20 [4] *** 5.8 km (13:30 / km) +365m 10:16 / km
12c slept:7.0

Day two, long-style course. Today was different from yesterday - much steeper and it was all about route choice. Most controls offered at least two significantly different routes, which is pretty neat. I definitely lost a lot more time to silly meso-route choices than to any actual mistakes.

On the first control I thought I was being clever by taking a dirt road up and around the side of a hill, approaching the control from the top instead of climbing through the terrain. But it seems I lost a minute there (I had no troubles executing the route and I was moving pretty fast). Then on the third I went over a saddle in a ridge (left) rather than contouring around (right) that meant 5 lines of unecessary climb - not sure if the right route was actually easy going and faster, but it sure looks dumb on paper in retrospect. I did have a pretty good time on the longest leg, which is definitely a take-home winning point for the day. That never used to happen. My actual navigation was solid, but it helps that it's easy to read a map when you're walking up a steep hill. There were some people running parallel towards the end of the course and I was once again reminded that I spend a non-trivial amount of time hesitating and stopping to look at the map.

Pretty good result - Penny in 73+, Marie-Cat in 77+, then me. I also won a gift certificate in the random prize drawing! A lucky day.

Forget to mention - Joe had two good runs on orange. We couldn't get Miranda to come, but I'll just give it a little time...

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