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Training Log Archive: vmeyer

In the 7 days ending Jun 9, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering1 2:02:32 4.66(26:18) 7.5(16:20)
  Running/Walking1 1:08:44 5.45(12:37) 8.77(7:50)
  Running1 39:00 3.7(10:32) 5.95(6:33)
  Walking2 27:00 1.4(19:17) 2.25(11:59)
  Trail Run1 24:00 2.0(12:00) 3.22(7:27)
  Total3 4:41:16 17.21(16:21) 27.7(10:09)

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Monday Jun 9, 2008 #


After midnight before I fell asleep last night, and this was after finally taking a sleeping pill. That got me 3.5 hours of sleep. Should have been exhausted, but I was wide awake. Agh!

I love the picture of the pretty girls framing the "muddy zombie"!

(Photo courtesy of Merka/Merkova.)

Sunday Jun 8, 2008 #

Event: QOC Jug Bay

Walking (Control placement) 20:00 [1] 1.0 mi (20:00 / mi)
shoes: Icebugs Sky Blue

Put out 6 control boxes and 6 gallons of water (3 each at two very close controls). I made a last minute decision to add the water stop about halfway through each of the ~3.3 k loops.

Trail Run (Jug Bay) 24:00 [3] 2.0 mi (12:00 / mi)
shoes: Icebugs Sky Blue

Since the control placement didn't take very long, I decided to jog a bit on the trail. It was ~9 AM, and it was already quite nasty out, and my breathing wasn't great, possibly because I was pushing it. Happy to get this run done in case I decided not to go out on the course.

Orienteering race (Beer Chase) 2:02:32 [3] *** 7.5 km (16:20 / km)
shoes: Icebugs Sky Blue

Garmin says 7.5 miles.

QOC's annual meeting and Beer Chase. Mass start at noon - hot, humid, beer. I think going out earlier helped me in the sense that I wasn't feeling too worried about the conditions.

I chose the Long course (2 loops about 3.3 k each, and one .9 k to finish). Drink a beverage, my stomach was better today, so beer it was. Drink, O, drink, O, drink, O, drink, finish.

People were divided up into YZ or ZY. Since, I was helping Peggy do the dividing, I put Heidi and me together, and we quickly picked up Kim for our group on the way to #1. Darcy wisely had something else to do this year.

Kim, Heidi, and I stayed together until I remembered I hadn't changed someone in the computer from one course to the other, so I ran ahead after the 7/8 controls on the first loop. Did my beer, advised Greg on what needed changed, and waited ~4 minutes for the other two ladies. I really did not want to go back out by myself, especially since the second loop was the same as the first, except the control was on an adjacent but identical feature as the first time around - pit/pit, reentrant/reentrant, etc./etc.

And, when I got to the water stops the second time around, actually visiting the two which were within yards of each other, the first being from the first loop, I opened a jug at each and poured it over my head and into my mouth, because, at this point I knew that we were the last ones out there. ;)

Then the last little loop was just out into the heat, and I proposed adding a new class called "F the Last Loop." But, after waiting a minute for Heidi and Kim, out we went.

After two very tasty hot dogs courtesy of the Landers brothers, and a grilled Peep, I took a swim in the Bay. Well, not exactly a swim because of the 12" of mud for at least 100' out, and what with the water being an inch above the mud, it wasn't exactly good swimming conditions. But I laid back in it, and gave the spectators on the beach a good laugh as I tried to get out of the mud.

Now, the Beer Split story - timed drinking between each loop and at the end. I set it up this year so that it was clear (I thought) that you were to punch IN, get a cup and drink, and then punch OUT. I had the lowest split of anyone with 5 seconds, and won two of three splits (tied one of these), but my third one was 9 seconds - what was up with that?! Anyway, one guy tried to claim the crown, but he admitted that he was picking up his cup before he punched IN. I pointed out that he had done it wrong, he tried to claim it was OK because it was a "thinking man's sport." And, then he added our three splits up and tried to claim the crown on total beer time - his 20 total seconds to my 21 total seconds. Of course, I come up with two responses much later - 1) A thinking man's sport? So, was he thinking about the fact that he had cheated? or 2) Let's step up to the table and have a drink off. But, alas, I just got pissed, because I was probably slightly pissed, and when he continued to be argumentative, I told him that he was making me angry, and that he needed to move along, which his embarrassed spouse was trying to accomplish as well. And, yes, I was taking this Beer Split Queen thing WAY TOO seriously. Oh, that's what I should have said to him - it was Beer Split Queen - no men allowed to compete for the title. :)

Saturday Jun 7, 2008 #


Good intentions for a run flew out the window today. A bit hungover from too much wine with the family last night in Baltimore. And, I had a date with Roger at 9 AM to go out and about (run errands). So, it was easy to pass on getting up early for a run. Not looking forward to tomorrow's heat. I might have to enter the non-beer category since beer doesn't sound too appealing.

Wednesday Jun 4, 2008 #

Running/Walking (Wakefield HS Track) 1:08:44 [2] 5.45 mi (12:37 / mi)
shoes: New Balance 1223

I didn't really feel like exercising tonight. So, nothing new about that. But I didn't fall asleep after work, and I was able to stick to the plan to get out the door. Huge storms had been through the two hours before, so it was 71 but still very humid. I knew that the bike path was most likely under water in places, so I went to the track.

Walk down, then walked a lap, and then ran a lap, then decided that this was a good pattern, so I did that for an hour, and then walked home. All laps were in lane 6:
400 249
353 240
350 237
400 232
351 232
353 229
400 227
353 232
354 231

Chest tight tonight, not rattling like last night. Left hip a little light as well, but I tried to stretch my stride out some and that helped.

Tuesday Jun 3, 2008 #

Running (W&OD) 39:00 [2] 3.7 mi (10:32 / mi)
shoes: Orange Crush (adidas)

A run with Kris, thanks to an Arlington workday for Kris, with a side trip to drop off the controls from Saturday. Started out a little before 7 PM with storms brewing in the area. Out to Glen Carlyn on the 4 Mile Run trail, walked for 2:30, then back on the flatter W&OD (all paved). Got sprinkled on a little at the end. Chest rattling a little, but this felt good. Yeah, a mid-week run!!

Walking 7:00 [1] 0.4 mi (17:30 / mi)
shoes: Orange Crush (adidas)

The walk at the turnaround, and then up the hill to the house.

Thanks, Kris!

P.S. The car needed some sensor replaced - $454 with the oil change.

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