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Training Log Archive: bl

In the 7 days ending Mar 21, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 3:17:58 10.08(19:38) 16.23(12:12) 140
  Trail/woods running2 1:54:00 6.1(18:41) 9.82(11:37)
  Total6 5:11:58 16.18(19:17) 26.04(11:59) 140

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Sunday Mar 20, 2016 #

Orienteering race 14:43 [3] 1.5 km (9:49 / km)

Sprint. Felt OK about the run. Finished, met up with Beth, grandchildren and Lyn and Jim. We walked a yellow course. Everyone had fun. Got back to upload about 50' post finishing, picked my map off the ground, put my SID into the upload station. The first 3 letters that appear are "dnf". Wtf! :(. Blockedhead left out a block of points, going from 4 to 9. Mindfulness not.

Nice weekend anyway. No rain, nice venues, and catching up with O friends. Mills College is an intricate and lovely campus and was excellent for the sprint O. Did get a first and a "crippled" third to cheer me up.


Saturday Mar 19, 2016 #

Orienteering race 1:19:29 [3] 4.5 mi (17:40 / mi)

Brown long course. Found all the points w/o difficulty. The first was down and then up, maybe around would have been as good, maybe better. The second was contouring. I found a bovine trail which just about led me there. A bit high, I did not see the point at first, headed down and saw it (maybe 15” lost). Three was up and up - about all I could do to to get to it.

The big problem was my compass coming apart on the way to #4. The dial came off the housing. I had it, as well as a bronze lock ring in one hand, baseplate and housing in the other. It wasn’t due to a fall. I considered my operative attitude like a well-tuned guitar and a string just broke! My psychological adjustment was not the best it could have been because I learned this lesson before, in Scotland in 2011 when I fell near the finish and my new Silve ty5 baseplate broke in half. No need to travel thousands of miles to run in Europe or CA w/o a contingency plan. But my spare was in the trunk of the car, not on my person today. Distracted, I progressed along - a mix of map reading and trying to rotate the housing which was still in the baseplate. I figured that out, made #4 ok. The 5th was perhaps the most compass-dependent leg. I was shifting to trying the compass in thumb compass style - all the while the housing becoming looser. I missed a junction on the way to #6, figured that out (maybe 30”). 6 & 7 were ok, 7 a bit slow w/o compass.

Off to #8: the large map was folded, so I did not actually take the time to see #8. I set off contouring, all the while distracted by the compass issue (and yet, doing w/o the compass efficiently on this leg was doable I think). About 150m along, I unfolded the map, saw where the point actually was and that the nearby path would take me almost all the way there. My concentration had been altered. I did not really consider possible disadvantages of the path route enough, wanting to save seconds…. So a bit SE of 7, I headed NE to the nearby path. First it went N and then SE forever and down and down, to Purgatory, I eventually decided. After an eternity, I came to the bend, just off the edge of the map. And now, the trail started up with a vengeance. It went up and up and around this and that - painful. I’d have given anything for the sanity of contouring. Finally, a last curve as attack point and #8 was reached - after 32’. 8 to 9 was fun, being open and using contours. Didn’t need a compass much after the midway point to 6. On the way to 8, I’d separated the housing from the baseplate.

Pennywise, pound foolish re fretting seconds and forgotten lesson relearned. I don't care for a spare compass in the zip pocket small of one's back - seems too hard to get it out.

More than 250m climb by quite a bit. 4.15 mi per 310XT seems too much wasted effort.

Initial points

The long route in the green area.

End of the road

Friday Mar 18, 2016 #

Orienteering race 33:46 [3] 2.15 mi (15:42 / mi) +140m 13:04 / mi

Morgan Territory brown middle, 3.1k, 13c. A good run, I’d give it a B+. Missed the first, not seeing that the path led just about to the point. It was partly hidden by the line to the point - lost about 45”. Also lost about 15” on #3. The rest were straight to. Was pedantic, checked all the point numbers & set my compass leaving the point nearly every time. Walked some, too. Could not have covered it as fast as Dennis including his #11 misfortune. Singularly beautiful place! This photo is immediately to the right of download, assembly, parking (waited til competitors were invisible). Route. 310 isn't going to work, given interest I have in trying at present

Thursday Mar 17, 2016 #

Orienteering 1:10:00 [2] 2.5 mi (28:00 / mi)

Visited the Sunol map, steep with 7.5m contours. Green as Ireland. Actually, the terrain resembled Scottish experiences. The 5.7k, 27c green course from February seemed over the top. Sampled about 8 points, crossing two small streams that were so steep-sided I, not being "adrenalized", spent several minutes getting across. Pleasant and a worthwhile visit, helped much getting oriented.

Wednesday Mar 16, 2016 #

Trail/woods running 54:00 [3] 3.1 mi (17:25 / mi)

From Bo's down to Tomales bay, ended up at Shell Beach. I'd allotted 1.5 mi out (and down) and wondered if I'd have the time. Finally I could see that the water was actually closer - and voila, the beach. Pretty forest of eucalyptus, pine and some oak. Very quiet.

Tuesday Mar 15, 2016 #

Trail/woods running 1:00:00 intensity: (30:00 @1) + (30:00 @2) 3.0 mi (20:00 / mi)

Drove up to the regional park at the top of the ridge & jogged around and to Mt. Vollmer summit and environs. Everything is so green. Have not been in the Bay area in springtime, I don't believe.

Brought only an iPad and don't think I can get 310 data to AP and doesn't seem plausible on Beth's MacBook Air either.

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