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Training Log Archive: philm64

In the 7 days ending May 6, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering4 2:28:24 12.2 19.64 411
  S&C1 1:00:00
  Running2 31:06 4.49(6:56) 7.22(4:18) 60
  Total7 3:59:30 16.69 26.86 471

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Monday May 6, 2019 #

11 AM

Orienteering race (Relay) 31:09 [5]
(injured) shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

British Relay champs. M50, leg 1 (Clive has now decreed that I do leg 1 - cheers), 4.7km/120m, Middleton Park.

BOK team. Ankle strapped up, indecent amount of painkillers taken, Nigel Bunn in the start pen, me hobbling. Oh dear .

SOD THAT. Within 5 mins of starting , the pain was bearable, and I set off in pursuit of the leaders, Martin Ward & Duncan Harris (the latter possibly being a tad over-optimistic). Nigel was just ahead after we suffered a small but nearly costly slip at no 2. Across the field, Nigel was 15 secs up but Al Powell (AIRE) was ahead - I took him on the running, but luckily for me - having lost sight of Nigel - Al re-arrived just as I was cocking up no 5 (Martin & Nigel were not soo lucky). Together we got it within a minute. Phew! !!!

So i was nosing in front again by no 7, missed no 8 HOW??? - Martin *just* ahead again, then i decided to do my thing, and spiked 10, 11, and found myself in the lead approaching 12. I could sense Martin tiring, and I spiked 12, and 13 - Nigel was NOT catching me - I've got this! Bugger me I'm going to come back 1st!!!

Of course, being me, I threw it all away.

Instead of a safe big path/road route to no 14 (essentially the last control), I tried to find a vague path thru the green. Failed - 15 seconds. Got some sort-of "track"- not great - stuck in brambles - tore arm - 15 seconds . To my dismay Nigel had gone round & was now 10 seconds ahead, and I fought hard but by the time we got to the running track It was clear I would again (like the JK) be staggering in behind him.

2nd back, 4 seconds down, (Chris Smithard tore past me on the track - and he also passed Nigel!). 1 min up on Martin (SYO) but a below -par run from Ifor (sadly) meant Clive went out wayyyy too far behind Tim, and rather worrying far behind TVOC (Roger).

Run of the day? Jules B, who beat my time & Nigel's, & held off Bill. Roger Thetford's run was also below par so BOK scooped... silver. As 2017. OK.
that will do. Ankle swollen & bruised when I got home . REST.

Was it worth it? Of course it was. But I am "not there yet".

Quite chuffed to be so close to Bill:

Sunday May 5, 2019 #

1 PM

Orienteering race 48:32 [5] 8.13 km (5:58 / km) +250m 5:10 / km
(injured) shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

British "Long" O champs, Kilnsey/Armcliffe, 7.3km / 310m

Nearly late for start. wore shorts. Felt confident, and started OK, small (45sec ) miss at no 6 - annoying. Took me til the huge climb to 12 to catch Jules Birkinshaw 2 minutes, straight past, no messing. Flogging myself - TODAY IS THE DAY.

Of course, being me, I threw it all away. Despite lying 2nd at one point less than a minute down, I SPRAINED MY ANKLE (shades of 1984 when i did the same thing here in M19 Northern champs) - yet I won that split - no 14) - how? Agony to 15 then red mist descended & i went bonkers to 17 (won that split too - in 2nd place now). But .....

Being, me, I threw it all away - stupid S shaped route to 18, and my luck was out as I struggled horribly on the steep-ish descent, witha ballooning ankle , to stay sensible . lost time on all these splits, and so ended up.....


Like the JK


Tim T won in 46, me less than 1:40 down, Graham Patten fulfuilled his wish to run well here, and Nigel was strong too. Clive messed the order, Charlie was unhappy with the course / terrain / his Achilles, & Quentin is unfit I assume, so there was my chance. & I blew it.

The race wasn't good enough as a Long championships, I agree. From my POV, however, once i had hurt my ankle, I just needed it to end a.s.a.p., so I could get to First Aid, but that's only my own personal view. Had I not hurt myself, another 2km on undulating terrain after the "finish" could have got me back in the medals. Sigh.

Back to Tim's for ice, ice , drugs, alcohol , and ice, and nightmares about the relays with no ankle tape. (no shit)

Saturday May 4, 2019 #

2 PM

Orienteering race (Urban) 13:54 [5] 2.77 km (5:01 / km) +49m 4:37 / km
shoes: Innovate Terraclaws

My first British mixed (!) sprint champs, with Alice & Clive. Super vets. 2.7km optimum. Bradford campus.

1st leg, with Bilbo, and very fast start, i was dropped immediately - not just Blibo, but Keith Tonkin was away! I was about 6th. shit!

Slowly reeled them in despite some small early slip ups, then at the far end Bilbo had the controls in reverse order to me, somehow I came out in front, so put foot down & got a large-ish lead (25 seconds), by the spectator.

Obviously, being me, I threw it all & more away by making a huge error immediately (which Clive & Graham Patten also made!). Bilbo ahead again. Passed him for the 3rd time, cursing as I did, and made sure to come back 1st by a few seconds. (nb. Bilbo doesn't do this sort of race....!)

Super fun little race, Alice won it for us, Clive just chugged round & had a quick moan about the error he said I should have warned him about! Gold. Bok also bronze when Mark caught Graham after G made "that" error - the run-in was a right scrap, so I'm told !


Friday May 3, 2019 #

11 AM

S&C 1:00:00 [4]

Indoor bouldering/ climbing at TCA, with Liz, Lynne & Jude.

OK, a bit hurty in the elbow. Did a load of hard-ish problems (nothing more than 5b/c), but was not on great form unlike Liz who is storming it post-Fontainbleau.

Fingertips all got skinned. Heh ho! Good for flexibility with BOC races coming up now.

Thursday May 2, 2019 #

(rest day)

Much needed "rest" day (12 hour day, door to door, in London)

Great to see i got some of my lowest Ranking points in history from running as hard as I could, with few errors and being closer to the winners in the JK (% wise) than ever before (closer than when i was 2nd to Clive in 2017), one of my scores isn't even in my top 6, and I've dropped to 10th M55, and 201st in the UK.

Just as well no one gives a t0ss about the rankings, eh........... New M55 no 1 G.P. hasn't exactly been ahead of me in many races this year (yet?) . (like Chas: nothing personal!).

Cheat the system - find a Black course (preferably a middle) & have a good run, or a Long Black, and have a steady, no errors run. Tis my advice.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 46:32 [4] 7.36 km (6:19 / km) +108m 5:53 / km
shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

Army Blue course, Old Windmill Hill, as 11 days (!) ago, scene of my best ever Middle run (at the JK), delighted to be back (despite being beaten to a pulp from the 5km last night).

Blue (sorry - not running Brown today!), 6.6km/200m, 46:32, 1st

Lovely jaunt into the woods, less hot & less stressed, easier course, a couple of small slips, nothing major, and really spiking the control pick section early on. Not flat out, 80% effort today thanks, mindful of BOC this w/e.

OK on looking at splits i made a silly error on no 12, wrong crossing point, 1 minute+ lost - twit! Also lost 30secs leaving no 10 en route for no 13 (d'oh!)

2 legs were the same as the jk: Jk 2-3 (1:00 at JK, 1:01 today) & JK 9-10 (46secs at JK, 1:01 today - but circle not visible, lost 10-15 secs). Definitely more leisurely today!


Orienteering 8:17 [1] 1.38 km (6:00 / km) +4m 5:55 / km
shoes: Innov8 MudClaw 300 2019

Warmdown. including the last 4 controls from the JK - the blue tape is still there! I ran this last bit smiling constantly, really felt I'd earned that. Took me 4:15 today (running easily), and 4:01 flat out in the JK, the power of knowledge!

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019 #


JK relay splits are up. Kev Fielding - in the mass start with me - clearly did a Tett & was appalling at no 1.
11 AM

Running 12:15 [2] 2.22 km (5:31 / km) +48m 4:59 / km
shoes: Brookes Ravenna 8

Gentle jog to assess options - 5k race tonight, BOK run? Army race at Windmill hill tomorrow!?

Inconclusive. Still hurting in hips / buttock.
7 PM

Running race (Road race) 18:51 [5] 5.0 km (3:46 / km) +12m 3:44 / km
shoes: Saucony Fastwitch 6

B&W fast 5km, Pomphrey, new course,

1at Vet50, 18:51 official (18:49 on my timer, as started 1-2 secs behind line)

Start fast, Tim Tett ahead, going too fast.

3:34 , 3:45 (overtook Tim, but Paul Deaton & the leading women Vet45 overtook me) , 3:52, 3:55 (ouch), then somehow 3:42 as I caught my clubmate Paul Deaton, and as I moved out to sprint him, I caught his foot with my knee, breaking his stride. I apologized immediately, but still pulled away to win Vet50

Tim Tett dropped out, as his foot hurt. Later he was running around saying it was no longer hurting. Phew (felt guilty). So a win, and an OK time, but not exactly a great feeling , as doing an steady run would have been more sensible. Fast running isn't easy anymore.....

New course? Fast but not superfast. Good value! May do it next month to help a friend break 20.

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