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Training Log Archive: JanetT

In the 11 days ending Mar 2, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering6 7:30:28 17.5(25:44) 28.16(16:00) 46158 /66c87%1316.7
  Hiking1 2:25:39 5.22(27:54) 8.4(17:20) 201291.3
  Walking1 54:40 3.41(16:02) 5.49(9:58) 82131.4
  Yoga1 50:0050.0
  Total9 11:40:47 26.13 42.05 74458 /66c87%1789.4
  [1-5]9 11:40:33

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Friday Mar 2, 2018 #

Yoga 50:00 [1]

Focus on pelvic area and also balance. Glad to be back as I don't seem to do much (besides daily stretching) on my own.

Weather so far went from light rain earlier this morning, to mixed rain and snow, blowing horizontally at times, but not amounting to too much (2-3"?). Our north-facing screens and screened porch had coatings of snow until Glen knocked most of it off. Winter....

Power has flickered off for a few seconds several times.

Thursday Mar 1, 2018 #

11 AM

Walking 54:40 intensity: (2:36 @1) + (29:10 @2) + (21:09 @3) + (1:45 @4) 3.41 mi (16:02 / mi) +82m 14:55 / mi
ahr:110 max:136 shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue

Upper 50s but with impending rain meant get out before lunch.

Up the hill, around the loop, down the hill, and then a bit of exploring the neighborhood to check out which house has a similar address (same house number, different street). We had a couple of their magazines in the mail we had held for two weeks.

Tuesday Feb 27, 2018 #


Arrived home before midnight at ABE, Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport. As we landed and taxied we saw a plane off to the side surrounded by vehicles with flashing lights. In the baggage claim area were a number of people who had been waiting and waiting for their bags. Seemingly, their flight (intended to be from Newark to Los Angeles) was diverted because of potential smoke.

Our baggage took longer than usual to appear, but we got ours (and were out of there) before they ever saw theirs.

News story

Monday Feb 26, 2018 #

11 AM

Hiking 2:25:39 [2] 8.4 km (17:20 / km) +201m 15:29 / km

At Usery Mountain Regional Park outside Phoenix, taking the Pass Mountain trail north from parking to the viewpoint and a bit past. All the way around would have been 7.5 miles; a bit farther than we (maybe just I) wanted to go. I wasn't ready for the 1.5 with 815' of climb Wind Cave Trail, though we saw a number of people headed there too. Hikers, a few MTBers, and several folks on horseback shared the trail with us at various points. One of the bikers was walking his disabled bike.

Another lovely sunny day; upper 60s.

Sunday Feb 25, 2018 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (desert) 1:52:16 intensity: (2:58 @1) + (29:38 @2) + (55:36 @3) + (24:04 @4) **** 5.78 km (19:26 / km) +131m 17:27 / km
ahr:119 max:147 spiked:9/11c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10

GPHXO NRE at First Water in Tonto Nat'l Forest near Superstition Mountains (which are beautiful).

1:10000, 20' interval map, and very generalized contours. Very physical for a brown course too. 3.7km, 130m climb

Fine to 1 then headed toward 2. Found the correct reentrant for 2 (mapped as a subtle indentation in the hillside) but looked down it and didn't see a flag and didn't want to descend where it got steeper and rockier unless I knew a flag was there. Circled around the spur before figuring yes it was the correct reentrant. Flag was tucked down a bit farther in a steep part (which was not necessarily indicated on the map).

Okay to 3 albeit slow, getting used to how undefined the reentrants really were (my first 4 controls were reentrants, mapped as anywhere from 20-60m wide where circled). 4 wasn't difficult to find but physical to reach; I went around the two-contour reentrant SE of it taking trail part of the way just to avoid more climb than necessary.

Thought I was on a good line to 5 but once I hit the reentrant and turned left I didn't see a rocky hillside, or even the mapped cave downstream, even when I went all the way N to the trail to check. Turned around at the trail and followed the wash/reentrant back upstream and eventually found the rocky hillside and cave (boulder overhang) farther up the hill than expected.

Did okay on the rest but wasn't a happy camper at this point, having to cross (or otherwise go WAY around) a 5-contour hill (and descend 3 of them again) to get to an easy-to-locate boulder next to bare rock. Another unavoidable 3-contour climb to 8 then it was gentler and more runnable (considering the desert) from there to the finsh.

Almost caught up to Ardis near 9-10-11; Mary Jo was about 15 minutes faster. Eileen, on her bum leg, was the fastest on the course in 78 minutes.

Everyone competing (not very many of us) received a cute GPHXO coffee mug, so that's a plus. ;-)

Saturday Feb 24, 2018 #


9 AM

Orienteering (Desert "sprint") 1:13:39 intensity: (14 @0) + (6:15 @1) + (31:55 @2) + (32:28 @3) + (2:47 @4) **** 3.7 km (19:54 / km) +84m 17:53 / km
ahr:111 max:142 spiked:9/11c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10

Intense focus needed to avoid cactus! Needle Vista area in Tonto National Forest near the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. I did "sprint 2" first, the longer one, thinking I wouldn't have time to do the shorter course (but I eventually did, before course closing time).

Course 2 headed N from the parking area, crossing under the highway through a culvert (and returned through a different culvert for another major wash). 2.6 km and some climb. Temps in the low-mid 50s for both courses. Another lovely sunny day.

I took it pretty slow, learning which cacti I really needed to avoid (had a piece of the cane/buckhorn cholla stuck to my shoe early on but managed to avoid most other scratchy things the rest of the course). I was a drainage ditch beyond 3 (not all were mapped; just the major ones were used for any control points) but recovered okay. Didn't see anyone else (most folks probably did course 1 first) until I was almost to number 5, a cliff in a narrow wash. I hesitated to find the best way between an ocotillo and a palo verde and a couple of guys working together caught up there.

Next control involved cutting over or contouring around a hill then finding the right wash to get pointed in the direction of the proper boulder. I thought I was headed to the right 5m boulder but the pair of guys were headed down from the one I was headed for towards another one (off to my right) and saved me from climbing too high.

8 was at the end of an area of elongated bare rock which had a teddy bear cholla nearby running a nursery so I picked my way carefully around it so I didn't get "stuck" playing with them. ;-) No troubles with the rest. And I had enough time to do the shorter course before they started control pickup.
11 AM

Orienteering (Desert "sprint") 43:40 intensity: (16 @1) + (30 @2) + (13:53 @3) + (24:50 @4) + (4:11 @5) *** 3.04 km (14:21 / km) +37m 13:32 / km
ahr:135 max:158 spiked:9/10c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-B 2013-10

Because the sprint 1 was made by the mapper for tomorrow's NRE I figured I'd better go out there. I had 45 minutes before the courses closed and Glen had made it around in less than 30 minutes so I figured I could do ~45 if I did more jogging than I've been doing. Lungs feeling a bit better today and I was "warmed up" from the earlier course, so I was able to jog the trails and push a bit. No navigation problems; the desert was more open (fewer cacti close together) with more trails to use.

I did turn the wrong way under the power line to 2 but realized I needed a reentrant that was *not* near a power pole and corrected.

Afterward we headed farther up the road and atopped to look at Canyon Lake and the ducks swimming/fishing there. Not sure what they all were but there were a number that weren't coots and mallards. :-)

Thursday Feb 22, 2018 #

9 AM

Orienteering (Campus) 57:45 intensity: (3 @1) + (9:14 @2) + (32:18 @3) + (15:21 @4) + (49 @5) **** 5.31 km (10:52 / km) +4m 10:50 / km
ahr:123 max:158 spiked:17/19c shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue

U of Arizona campus sprint training, with a 1.54 km corridor to follow (all other map info removed) to the first control. Fun variation. Total: 4.1 km

Between the cold air and my chest cold I couldn't get much air in the lungs but that meant I had more time to look at the map to choose routes in detailed areas.

Temp in upper 40s, a bit on the brisk side but nice out of the breeze and in the sun (start/finish location...near the building where Cristina and Melissa first met).
2 PM

Orienteering (Park) 55:26 intensity: (21:35 @2) + (32:58 @3) + (53 @4) *** 4.12 km (13:27 / km) +5m 13:23 / km
ahr:114 max:137 shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue

Practice event designed to have us quickly find a start triangle and orient the map using only features, to head off towards one or two controls. Go from the finish circle on that map snippet to the start of the next. Regroup, then flip to the next map snippet, find the triangle and orient the map, and repeat.

Track/time doesn't include about 100m or so from the first start to the first control, or about 50 seconds to get there. Partnered with Eileen, since we were both moving at about the same pokey pace (she due to a hamstring strain, me due to continued chest congestion). Didn't find the flag/tape at one location, and moved a piece of tape we thought was mis-placed, in the line of rocks, closer to the end and under the tree canopy (as shown on the map).

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 #

10 AM

Orienteering race (Score/trivia) 1:47:42 [3] *** 6.21 km (17:20 / km) +202m 14:55 / km
spiked:14/15c shoes: Sauc TriumphISO-silver/gr/blue

Trivia (multiple choice) O in historic Bisbee, home of the Copper Queen mine (which you could tour if interested). Fun, two hour limit. Many staircases, not all of them indicated on the aerial photo we used as our map. Thanks to Mark Parson for organizing and coming up with the questions. Upper 40s and mostly sunny.
4 PM


After I dropped my marking pen (no backup) I started to take photos at controls to jog my memory when I finished. May post them later (or a link).

Some memorables:

Bumper sticker on a car (presumably a local's): BZB We're here because we're not all there

On Laundry Hill Rd, an old fashioned laundry tub in a parking lot

All the staircases! They run a race here every October that climbs 1034 steps of various staircases.

Houses practically on top of each other except for the steep hillside they are on

Old Bisbee Brewing's Sterling Saison in Brewery Gulch

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