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Training Log: Torino

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking1 3:37:03 4.91(44:11) 7.91(27:27) 569
  Orienteering4 2:53:32 8.85(19:36) 14.24(12:11) 193
  Snowshoe Touring1 49:06 1.5(32:42) 2.42(20:19) 67
  Walking1 35:56 1.37(26:14) 2.2(16:18)
  Jogging2 24:00 1.26(19:01) 2.03(11:49) 34
  Mountain Biking1 27 0.01(1:12:25) 0.01(45:00)
  Total7 8:20:04 17.9(27:56) 28.81(17:21) 862

Friday Jul 19 #

11 AM

Mountain Biking 27 [3] 0.01 km (45:00 / km)

Snowshoe Touring 49:06 [3] 2.42 km (20:19 / km) +67m 17:51 / km
ahr:99 max:143

Thursday Jul 18 #

9 AM

Hiking 3:37:03 [2] 7.91 km (27:27 / km) +569m 20:11 / km
ahr:114 max:207

We decided on a grey day with occasional sun rays to try to get out and start on the way up Ben Nevis. I had caught a terrible headcold in the new and beautiful hotel on campus of the Hariet Watt where one couldn't open the windows and had only AC available. Most of our group caught some sore throats and more. I thought it would do me good to do something not very strenuous but outside. And it really worked.
I had pleasure getting the almost 600 m up on a good but rocky trail in an unique landscape. We took a break at the lake up there on a passlike flat area but we knew that the wind had picked up and drizzle set in and we had to get down. It was no problem for me and took my time, the rocks weren't slippery at all. Ferns were quite high and very green. The temperature was about 15-17 degrees and fairly plaisant. I enjoyed it even though we never saw Ben Nevis or even the last approach from there.

Tuesday Jul 16 #

10 AM

Jogging 8:12 [3] 0.79 km (10:23 / km)
ahr:116 max:149

Orienteering 29:52 [3] 2.82 km (10:35 / km) +17m 10:16 / km
ahr:96 max:97

Monday Jul 15 #

10 AM

Walking 35:56 [1] 2.2 km (16:18 / km)
ahr:107 max:179

Walking with Urs from the Event Center at Pollock Halls to the Meadows where the Arena was. He had an early start time and I went along and stayed in the Meadows as it was a beautiful morning. Time passed quickly.
Just as I wanted to leave for my start, he came running back from the finish. I was SO amazed, he must have blazed through his course in 37 min and got 3rd on his course (which included several classes)! in his Open course 8 class he was the only once and was first on every single leg ;-)!!
Of course we walked that distance 2x also back after I finished my course.

Jogging 15:48 [2] 1.24 km (12:44 / km) +34m 11:12 / km
ahr:124 max:146

Walked up with Urs to the start, then back down to the Meadows (arena) then back up for my start.
12 PM

Orienteering race 48:03 [5] 4.43 km (10:50 / km) +80m 9:57 / km
ahr:146 max:218

Whew that was hard! It was a long urban sprint in the old part of center town of Edinburgh. And, of course, it was packed with tourist on the main drags of the Royal Mile and the Victoria street down to the Haymarket. In between, we had to climb, discend through those narrow allayways, some were obvious, others weren't. I really, really felt tired towards the end, hadn't run so much every day and my knees were kind of protesting (biking is much gentler on them) plus most was on asphalt or some kind of hard ground.
I made one route choice mistake as I didn't see the way around which would have saved me many steps on some ultra-long stairs. But other than that I did fine.
I kind of limped into the finish and Urs was worried when he saw me, but it was the little downhill into the Meadows and the long flat section on the grass to the finish that got to me.
But still was pleased as for the first time I was among the first 10 on my class. Progress, but running flat and long will never again be my strength and I'll lose time.

Photo of the map on strava:

Sunday Jul 14 #

3 PM

Orienteering 43:03 [3] 3.84 km (11:14 / km) +16m 11:00 / km
ahr:150 max:219

This was the day of the WOC Sprint Relay and it was right across our hotel on the campus!! How cool is that? So the Swiss spectator were present in great numbers and cheered the 4 runners on and they actually won gold!! Wow was that exciting and not clear until the very end when Simona brought in the victory with a cool head and ultrafast legs.

Later, we had our spectator races (there are between 800-1000 runners registered each day). It was fun to do the middle long urban sprint (which actually is never a real sprint for me). This campus is beautiful with big trees, some patches of woods and a lake and a creek. I made 2 mistakes, one cost me about 30 secs in the parking lot on bushes separating the parking spaces and the other was more significant as I confused two houses and searched on the wrong corner. That was bad with at least 4 min too much. But other than that I had fun, it seemed easy if one focused. The end was inside the huge arena where we also had to do some kind of labyrinth which was a long run-in. It took me longer than I anticipated.

Saturday Jul 13 #

1 PM

Orienteering race 52:34 [4] 3.15 km (16:40 / km) +80m 14:47 / km
ahr:106 max:192

Wow, was that hard! An indoor sprint in a 4-story university building with teaching classroom (aulas, which looked funny on the map) Pretty quickly from 1-2, I couldn’t find a way how to get there. Lots of areas, passages, or stairs were blocked. There were 4 floors plus the lower level ground floor. So from 1-2 I had to get to the ground floor by taking stairs A to reach the first floor then over to E to ground floor and over to G to lower ground floor and No 2, whew! 3 was easy two levels up, 4 also on second floor was easy. But then to 5 took me forever bc I couldn't figure out how to get there. And so on. Took endless long or less long stairs up and down. It was also tough when the stairs wound up and down changing directions which was confusing. But a good learning experience. And after wanting to give up twice, was proud that I did it all in the end.
PS: time and distance isn’t accurate as did not get gps in the building.

maps of the race on strava:

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