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Training Log Archive: BrandNewMe

In the 7 days ending May 15:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering - race2 1:47:56 8.36(12:55) 13.45(8:01) 482
  Intervals - short and speedy1 42:48 4.59(9:19) 7.39(5:48) 1
  Orienteering - training1 34:00 3.7(9:11) 5.95(5:43)
  Total4 3:04:44 16.65(11:06) 26.8(6:54) 483

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Sunday May 15 #

11 AM

Orienteering - race 1:13:29 [3] 5.64 mi (13:02 / mi) +308m 11:08 / mi
ahr:151 max:180

Our coach at OK Tisaren once took us to a horrid area for training. It was really grim. Waist deep heather and fir trees in the face all the way. Why the hell did we come here I asked. Well orienteering is supposed to physically and navigationally tough, and this area is both was the answer. I was not convinced. It has to be fun too doesn’t it?

Controls 6-12 on today’s Loch Ordie’s brown course were definitely type 3 fun. Not fun at the time and not fun in retrospect. I’m not one to swear but the heather was just fucking awful. Really, really fucking awful. About as pleasurable as slamming your hand in a car door repeatedly. Can we just not go there again ever? Please? The other bit was fine. Course wasn’t v tricky and some of the controls I’m not convinced were in the right place 13 (too far W) and 14 (on the lower crag) but that might have just been my shite nav and a trundle around the area found them. Pleasant day out for half of the course thoufh

Let’s go back and miss out the grim bit - please!

P.S. goal was not to let James Hammond catch me up 20 mins and I did it by the skin of my teeth!

Saturday May 14 #

11 AM

Orienteering - race 34:27 [3] 2.72 mi (12:40 / mi) +174m 10:34 / mi
ahr:139 max:179

Scottish middle

Great weather, nice forest, early split start and off with other split starter Chris G just behind. He caught me to 7 and we both ran to and punched 8 instead thinking it was 7, then couldn’t find 8 anywhere (obvs). Eventually got back to 8. Chris punched it and ran on to 9. I recognised 8 though and realising what we had done, went back to 7, then 8 again and on. 4mins + dropped, and any chance of a respectable performance.

Really nice forest though and of a style fairly unique in Scotland. Nice little course. Good socialising afterwards too. This ‘good weather at orienteering events’ has all happened since Ray declared himself an exclusively fair weather orienteer.

Thursday May 12 #

(rest day)

Bit of a busy day helping Laurence with his sprintelope. I was on setting up, helping Lucy with the baking (essential to provide sustenance for runners obvs), childcare, printing (I actually had to go in to work today to get the printing done!) while he and Ray hung. The courses were wholly planned by Laurence and we didn’t do any controlling, so I’m glad he managed to get the winning times about right and no one got squished on the road crossings.

Laurence did this and a winterlope as his DofE bronze volunteering, but I hope he enjoyed it enough to do it again in future years.

Tuesday May 10 #

7 PM

Intervals - short and speedy 42:48 [3] 4.59 mi (9:19 / mi) +1m 9:19 / mi
ahr:135 max:158

8 x 2, 4 x 1. ‘Hanging out my arse’ the whole way, as Major Rollins would put it.

Monday May 9 #

5 PM

Orienteering - training 34:00 [3] 3.7 mi (9:11 / mi)

Reccying Laurence’s long course for Wednesday. Felt quite terrible but that could be down to going to Waitrose at lunchtime when I was starving and buying mainly just lots of ice cream. So much in fact that when it was all laid out on the conveyor belt it looked pretty bad and I had to roll my eyes and say breezily ‘kids birthday parties eh’ to the check out lady. Then eating quite a bit in the afternoon, which you have to do if you you want to get any in before Loz hoovers the lot up. Anyway, I was DYING on the ‘run’. Some walking was done in fact. 3.7miles is not quite optimal route but nearly.

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