De lo mejorcito de la orientación. Freezing rain, 0 to 1 degree Celsius, and a brutal long. True hero conditions. This is the stuff they write into the sagas. Thanks to the Canucks for the camp and a big thanks to Eric and Jeff for their work on the map. Very, very fun terrain.
This was the first true long I've done since I started the 10-second alactic sprints to train the connections in my hamstrings to not cramp. I didn't get any cramps, not even a hint of a cramp coming on. I slowed down early on and took different routes anticipating hamstring cramping, which is a bad habit I've developed over the years of dealing with cramps in longs. But when I saw nothing was cramping I decided to push the pace to try to make them cramp. Nothing at all. So that opens up a fun new world!
Running20:01 3.38 km (5:56 / km) +23m5:44 / km ahr:130 max:148
So, I meant to do this around Thanksgiving, but I got distracted with life stuff.
But there are a lot of things I'm grateful for this year.
Here's a short list of them: -My family and Summer for being great people and support when I need it. -My friends around the world who push me to be better and work towards my goals. -The world around us, and especially the parts where we've let other species thrive (i.e., forests and similar). -My job since it gives me a way to provide for myself but with an incredible amount of flexibility and work-life balance. -Bikes, amazingly simple tools that make you into a superhuman. -Friends who put me up and put up with me in their homes (mostly Mr. O'Callaghan this year). -Event directors and course setters who pour their lives into putting on a weekend of fun, exploration, and self-actualization. -Mappers. They almost never get enough credit. -The shareconomy because of how it enables me to do more with less time in front of a screen. Important to note that I don't consider AirBNB or Uber/Lyft to be part of the shareconomy anymore. -And so many minor instances of gratitude that I can't even remember now, but I was grateful for them at the time.
Running30:01 6.87 km (4:22 / km) +46m4:14 / km ahr:138 max:153
Running20:00 3.37 km (5:57 / km) +30m5:41 / km ahr:123 max:144
Circuit Training21:57 ahr:98 max:126
Running30:00  6.01 km (4:59 / km) +86m4:39 / km ahr:149 max:167
While it sounded like Sandy F's snow only lasted a short bit, we had on and off snow all day here. Summer was even caught in a quick little white-out on her bike ride to work. So a nice adventure for her in the morning.
Chill day with low mileage. Preparing for the weekend.
Rough Translation of some good advice received in Spain.
TEN BASIC MENTAL ASPECTS OF ORIENTEERING 1. Your SELF-ESTEEM does not matter to others, only your results. Value your effort whenever you do things well and whatever the result may be. 2. If you make a MISTAKE of any type, it is not anyone else’s fault, only yours. Learn from them and apply what you have learned. 3. FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND, not on the result. If you improve these tasks, the results will come by themselves. 4. The relationship between training and results is not always fair. GET USED TO IT. 5. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE anyone. Everyone can beat you. 6. If you always do the same thing, you will make the same mistakes. DO NOT STOP LEARNING, EVEN WHEN YOU WIN. 7. Always do your own orienteering in races. DO NOT THINK ABOUT OTHERS. 8. You are the one who best knows how to do your best. SELF-CONFIDENCE. 9. You must always THINK POSITIVELY. 10. Have fun training and competing. MOTIVATION is fundamental.