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Training Log: Bash

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  XC Skiing - Classic1 2:28:38 9.34(3.8/h) 15.04(6.1/h) 190
  XC Skiing - Skate1 1:28:23 6.97(4.7/h) 11.21(7.6/h) 234
  Running1 35:35 3.11(11:27) 5.0(7:07)
  Total3 4:32:36 19.42(14:02) 31.25(8:43) 424
  [1-5]3 4:28:38
averages - rhr:53
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Saturday Feb 24 #

1 PM

XC Skiing - Skate (Orienteering) 1:28:23 intensity: (3:39 @0) + (7:30 @1) + (28:07 @2) + (38:59 @3) + (10:08 @4) 11.21 km (7.6 kph) +234m
ahr:131 max:153

Scenic Caves Ski-O hosted by Mark and Jackie Tarnopolsky

Just like 5 years ago, we had perfect sunshine but it was cooler this time, which was nice. I'd felt stressed beforehand about doing a tough skate ski but I ended up making enough stops to check the map that I felt OK. Also, conditions were pretty quick for skating, I think. I'm not a great judge of it but some trails were borderline icy. My heart rate was about the same as a similar classic ski.

Bushwhacking was permitted this time and I took full advantage in a few places. The snow in the forest had a crust that held me up pretty well. I got tangled in branches occasionally, and my skis had no grip so the uphills were hard work. It was fun, though!

Scenic Caves is a busy map and it appeared that the rough open symbol didn't print, which messed with my mind in a few places. It was a complicated course that often had flags on snowshoe trails rather than ski trails, and we had to observe one-way directional markings on most trails on the map. These didn't always match the one-way signage in the real world, just to make it a little more interesting. I loved the brain teaser/maze aspect of it. It was a really fun, varied course.

It was great to see national team athletes here competing alongside first-time orienteers. Robbie Graham took the win in about 50% of my time. Bob Miller was 8 minutes back in 4th place and would have had a great battle with Robbie if he'd known he could bushwhack. (He was handling SI timing so he started early before the race briefing.)

Fun! We had a nice visit with Arthurd and Gary, both of whom were popular with our dogs.


Thursday Feb 22 #

Note

Remember that treadmill run I logged a few weeks ago for a stress echocardiogram? Well, I got a call within 48 hours on a *Saturday* telling me that the cardiologist wanted to chat. Well, damn. Of course, I had to relax and wait a few weeks before I could hear what he wanted to talk about. Today was the day and my anxiety was through the roof.

Well, funny story... Turns out that my ECG looks like I've had a heart attack - except they're quite sure I haven't. I just have an unusual ECG - weird Q waves. This explains why I've received so much attention since my first ECG almost 25 years ago. I remember seeing "Possible MI" written on that first ECG; it was crossed out later. The good news is that the testing was totally normal - no signs of my family history coming into play, and my heart looks fine. There was a little tachycardia during my test so they'll keep an eye on that, but this is much, much better than what I was expecting to hear. PHEW.

Wednesday Feb 21 #

3 PM

Running (Treadmill) 35:35 intensity: (19 @0) + (42 @1) + (3:10 @2) + (20:18 @3) + (6:59 @4) + (4:07 @5) 5.0 km (7:07 / km)
ahr:143 max:167 rhr:53

My walk to the mailbox was a depressing mix of soft snow and sloppy mud, so I opted for an indoor workout and a Radiolab podcast on the scientific inevitability of death. That certainly improved my mood!

Monday Feb 19 #

1 PM

XC Skiing - Classic (Ungroomed) 2:28:38 [3] 15.04 km (6.1 kph) +190m
ahr:125 max:147

Family Day ski in Kolapore - this time from the County Forest parking lot. 'Bent and I skied over to John's Portage, Quiet Pastures, Southern Crossing and back to County Forest. There was only a little overlap with our previous two days' skis, which had no overlap with each other. It's nice being able to ski out the back door but variety is nice too!

It's going to warm up a bit this week but we should still have a good amount of snow for Saturday's Ski-O at Scenic Caves. Tarno has put a lot of work into it but the registrations are low. :(

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