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Training Log Archive: Anna

In the 1 days ending Jul 21, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering1 1:08:17
  core/legs1 10:00
  Total1 1:18:17

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2009 #

core/legs 10:00 [3]

After setting out my tapes, I had more time till the agreed-upon meeting time so I did my circuit and sockfoot strides in the road. I measured 100 meters between a road junction and a reentrant that came right up to the road.

10 side-to-side double leg raises
20 side-to-side back-ups
12 each side single leg balance drill
calf raises? I'm not sure, but it was another one where I wasn't laying on the ground, because that was the end with no grass.
7 dog pees each leg
10 each side front plank up-and-downs
10 each side twisting situps
20 each side bicycles

orienteering 40:01 [3]

Set tapes for controls 9, 10, 5, 4, 3 of the course Mom drew, then ran back on the road. I got off to a not-so-pleasant start because the woods were super-thick where I left the road, but it felt a lot better after that. Goal was to be super-careful since I had to set tapes and since there were a lot of similar-looking reentrants and ditches, and it went quite well in that respect. I also wanted to include in my leg plans where I would plan the next leg, but that was not 100%. I always had a complete plan for the next control, but I caught myself a couple times being indecisive. I didn't change my plans at all during the legs.

For the course to have felt really good, I would have had to plan the places where I'd read ahead. It felt much smoother on the legs when I did it right, because I wasn't hesitating where I couldn't read easily, trying to decide whether or not I should plan ahead. This terrain was good to make me notice that, because there was lots of underbrush concealing fallen trees, so you really had to pick carefully where you wanted to read the map.

orienteering (Cuivre River) 28:16 [3] ***

Ran to some of the controls Mom put out the tapes for, and some without tapes: 12, 7, 2, 1, 8, 13. Compass was very important, which made lots of the legs simple because you didn't have to make as many decisions about how to find the controls; there weren't really trails, lots of it was very flat, it wasn't steep enough to contour, and all the vegetation was the same. The compass work was good for me, and it went cleanly except on leg 1-8 where I didn't have a clear plan. It was one of those painfully frustrating legs where I couldn't decide between going straight and going all the way around, so I went halfway around, not taking the short route and also not taking the safe route. Recovered relatively quickly but it was still really frustrating.

I was really glad to get out in the woods, and the fact that Mom said the woods were "unbearable," or "impossible," or something like that, made me feel tough. It was challenging to run through all that junk.
What made me even happier was that I only got one chigger and 2 ticks. I was expecting my socks to be full of chiggers! Actually, probably the happiest part of my day was when I checked my socks afterwards and didn't find any itchy animals. Maybe they were scared off by all the spiders I accumulated.

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