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Training Log Archive: stever

In the 7 days ending Jun 5, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:50:22 7.95(21:25) 12.8(13:19)
  Jogging1 29:50 3.11(9:36) 5.0(5:58)
  Total4 3:20:12 11.06(18:06) 17.8(11:15)

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Sunday Jun 5, 2016 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Team trials middle red) 1:04:05 [4] 4.8 km (13:21 / km)
shoes: Integrators

Better. Much better. A few oopsies of 30-60 seconds here and there, but no major disasters like yesterday. Felt like I was back to recent normal, ie, where my limiting factor is my complete lack of any fitness whatsoever.

Drizzle on the way there, poured on the way home, but no rain while I was in the woods. Sweet. But it was still misty, and wet in the woods. Glasses fogged up several times.

And speaking of glasses, today confirmed they are useless now for O. Even though today's map was 1:10K, it was dark enough in the forest that I still couldn't read a darn thing with them. So I didn't, and did all my nav by stopping, taking them off, checking the map, and then heading off again. I even ran a bit just carrying them, but xnayed doing more of that because I couldn't see the ground well enough to feel confident that I wouldn't quickly face plant. I even contemplated throwing them deep into the woods a few times in disgust, but figured that wouldn't be prudent, nor environmentally friendly.

Only down side was having my hamstring act up on the run in from the go control. Hopefully nothing too serious. Fingers crossed.

Saturday Jun 4, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering race (Team trials green) 1:25:36 [3] 5.5 km (15:34 / km)
shoes: Integrators

Oh dear. The O gods giveth, and they taketh away. What a disaster.

Hot, and very humid. I was soaked in sweat just getting to the start.

And the map was 1:15K. Impossible to read without stopping and removing my glasses, and peering intently. Which I did a lot of in the vicinity of control 1, because I was there a really, really long time, completely lost. This was one of those days where I wish I had the nifty garmin tech, because it would've been hilarious to see the track of just where the heck I had gone.

When I did finally figure out 1, I was demoralized and pooped out, and the rest of the course was a death march extreme.

A good reminder of how stunningly awesome the elites are in comparison.

Friday Jun 3, 2016 #

5 PM

Orienteering race (Team trials sprint red) 20:41 [5] 2.5 km (8:16 / km)
shoes: Pro Grid 7

Really encouraging day, quite pleased. Met all my goals. Stayed in front of Jeff (which probably means he just wasn't trying very hard), didn't get lost, walked much less than I thought I would, and the finish shute was still there when I arrived. Unfortunately all of this led to my first ever DSQ!

First, because Jeff hadn't passed me yet, I felt compelled to actually, you know, *sprint* from the go control. And not having done that, meaning sprint, in I don't know, 10 years, must have been a shock to my old brain.

Presumably the finish shute appeared much sooner than the old brain could process ... and I missed it. Yup, entirely missed the entrance, which quickly had me 20m from the finish tent but on the wrong side of a hedge.

Now normally this wouldn't have been a big deal. I would have stopped, laughed, checked my map, figured it out, and gone back to the entrance. But not today. That hedge was a sad little thing, and I was running well, and I knew Charley and Jeff were just behind me, and I remembered seeing one of the elites jump this little hedge earlier, and before I knew it I was air borne, just as I heard someone shout "NOoooo, don't do it!". Yup, before I hit the ground I already knew what color that stupid little hedge was going to be on the map ... olive green. Rats.

The wonderful thing, though, is that I had a great time. So glad I went. Loved the chance to experience the fancy start bar with personally handed map, and the touchless controls, and see the elites show their stuff.

Thursday Jun 2, 2016 #

6 PM

Jogging (Holyoke 5K) 29:50 [4] 5.0 km (5:58 / km)
shoes: Pro Grid 7

Pluses, um, let me think. Not quite as bad as last week? And the weather was nice. Let's go with that.

Tomorrow, will be "sprinting" . Goals are to reach control 1 before Jeff blows by me, not get too lost, not walk too much, and finish before the organizers have removed the finish shute.

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