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Training Log Archive: BigWillyStyle

In the 7 days ending Sep 17, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 2:14:28 13.99(9:37) 22.51(5:58) 51561c
  Running2 30:00 2.86(10:29) 4.61(6:31)
  Total4 2:44:28 16.85(9:46) 27.12(6:04) 51561c

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Saturday Sep 17, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering race 1:43:45 [4] *** 15.51 km (6:41 / km) +465m 5:49 / km


US Classic Champs, Day 1. Not a horrible run but too many mistakes - mainly on 13 where I made two separate errors. Fitness okay but not satisfactory.

Video by John Brady

Running warm up/down 10:00 [2] 1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)

Friday Sep 16, 2016 #

8 PM

Running 20:00 [2] 3.0 km (6:40 / km)

Monday Sep 12, 2016 #


SART was a fantastic event again this year; major major credit to Patrick and Gina. There is such quality in both the maps and the course setting - particularly the three campus events. I can legitimately say that I've run in WOC races - albeit not very many ;) - which are less challenging and interesting than some of these sprint courses.

From the local rumor mill: I have heard that next year's edition of SART may possibly take place in conjunction (either just before or just after) the 2017 edition of CROC's Deschutes Daze, centered around Bend, OR. I fervently hope this indeed turns out to be the case as it would mean some of the best forest orienteering in North America coupled with some of the best sprint orienteering in North America. Seems like a orienteering bucket list item - get to the west coast y'all.

Sunday Sep 11, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering race 14:09 [4] ** 3.35 km (4:13 / km) +30m 4:03 / km

Round 4 @ U of Washington, semifinals. Had Graeme and Ian in my heat so I knew this would be the first real fight of the weekend.

S-1: Graeme took the lead out of the start with me right behind; at the first decision point I was still figuring my map out so went with him. Luckily he chose the best route :)

1-2: Still right behind.

2-3: I went right, Graeme and I think Ian went left. Right appears to have been better as I got a couple seconds ahead.

3-4: I went low, Graeme went high, Ian did a middle route. We all had the same split on three different routes.

4-5: First mistake - bungled this one for 12-15s loss. I missed the small entrance into the area with the bridge, then missed it again coming back and ended up going up and around. Graeme took the lead by ~10s here, Ian still just behind me.

5-6: Went right on the small trail which I think was a good choice.

6-7: Around on the sloping path to the right to avoid the stairs. Still ~10s behind Graeme and just ahead of Ian.

7-8: The long leg. I picked out the straightish route just left of the line early, and then caught a glimpse of Graeme heading off to the right into the zigzaggy area. Was pretty sure my route was better so was encouraged to push hard to get back into it, but then Ian comes storming by me and I'm unable to match his pace. Punched 8 ~10s behind Ian, just a couple ahead of Graeme.

8-9: Went right around the building; left may have been better.

9-10: Second mistake - went to the wrong tree, which cost me 5s and allowed Graeme to jump ahead by a couple seconds.

10-11: Short leg. Feeling pretty gassed by now.

11-12: Decisive third mistake - wrong route choice. Dropped 10s to Ian and Graeme here. Went left around the first building, then right around the second one. Graeme went left, which is clearly better. No longer in contact and now 29s behind Ian and 13s behind Graeme, which would basically be the ending margins.

12-13: Nailed this one with the right/left zigzag.

13-14: Did this one well too - straight through the quad, right of the peanut-shaped open area and left at the Y junction.

14-15-F: Pushing hard as I could since I knew I had to beat Eric out in the other heat to sneak into the final. Ended up 31s behind Ian, 10s behind Graeme.
12 PM

Orienteering 16:34 [4] ** 3.65 km (4:32 / km) +20m 4:25 / km

Round 5 @ U of Washington, Le Final. Got smoked pretty good in this one. There were three butterfly loops, which meant that in each five-person heat there would be two pairs of people beginning their first loop together. It was set up such that the fifth qualifier in each heat would be the fifth wheel, as it were, which is totally fair as it's a sort of punishment for being slowest in the previous round. Anyway, that was me in the final, so I didn't have the benefit of a first-loop buddy like the other guys did - but more importantly I didn't have much juice left in my legs and was just too slow to be in contention. Made a few small inefficiencies and hesitations but no real mistakes per se. My main achievement was being first to the first control :)

So - the Predictilator 2000 was spot on. It's a new goal of mine to convince J to try for a spot on the NZ WOC team. In my estimation he could certainly be competitive for one of the non-Robertson sprint spots, but he is noncommittal thus far.

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