Easy Run15:50 2.24 km (7:04 / km) +7m6:58 / km ahr:129 max:153 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Quality Orienteering1:27:25 13.53 km (6:28 / km) +141m6:08 / km ahr:171 max:184 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Focused on bearings. Most of my bearings were fine, but on every mistake I was consistently not only off to the left, but my bearing was consistent for the entire leg, meaning there is something going consistently wrong when I am taking a bearing.
Current thoughts are that it's a mental flaw. I have a feeling that I am less likely to be strict with the needle when it is to the right of the north lines than when it is to the left. This would not be so different from right and left handedness. I think that instead of having essentially a window of accuracy centered along the north line, which would be ideal, my personal window is only the right side of that ideal window. It almost feels like I have stronger internal alarm bells when I'm straying right than when I'm straying left.
This could be paired with a preference to turn my body and/or head to the left. On that note, I also have to consider the possibility that when I look up from my bearing, I am looking slightly left rather than perfectly straight ahead. Occam's Razor would probably support that idea.
It's just a starting theory based on what I've seen so far, but I'll see if it goes anywhere and if it's something I can adjust.
Highly focused on sighting bearings based on Pedley's comment, which did feel much better. Would like to integrate it into my normal process, would be a huge step forward; not active enough today in my map reading, which was apparent in my mistakes to 22 and perhaps 19, which should have been avoided fairly easily. I'd like to focus my upcoming orienteering trainings on this aspect.
Orienteering22:57 3.16 km (7:15 / km) +16m7:05 / km ahr:128 max:156 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Morning Training at Dunachton. Nice forest.
Orienteering19:37 2.04 km (9:38 / km) +35m8:53 / km ahr:134 max:161 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Window training at Uath Lochans. Missed four of the windows, each time to the left, and used full map to relocate.
Easy Run3:20 0.56 km (6:00 / km) ahr:124 max:152 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Orienteering51:19 6.93 km (7:24 / km) +53m7:08 / km ahr:156 max:178 shoes: VJ Bolds X
Training at Nethy Bridge. Map was fairly bad. Many features missing or wrong.
My big issue today is that my precise compass is very bad. I have a tendency to stray to the left, and I seem to have a tendency to overcommit to the left when trying to approach the control. Improve by precise compass practice, and shorter term expect to stray left more often, try aiming off on both sides of the needle, make use of distance estimation, relocate on the line I'm on rather than major direction changes that I'm prone to.
Easy Run13:05 2.37 km (5:32 / km) +16m5:21 / km ahr:123 max:140 shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12
Quality Run35:08 8.49 km (4:08 / km) +16m4:06 / km ahr:171 max:186 shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12
8T + 4x2, 4x1, 4x30s
Felt tough, especially going into the wind. Struggled to push the 1s faster than the 2s, and 8T was aiming more for 3:33-35, but generally happy. Smash some weekend O.
In the 2s, put more focus thinking about my cadence. My stride length felt a little bit lethargic, so tried to shorten it marginally, landing more closely to my center of mass, increasing the cadence, and feeling a little more springy. Got a few seconds faster per km without feeling like I was aerobically pushing any harder, although it did make my legs tired slightly faster.
Easy Run13:53 2.1 km (6:36 / km) +13m6:24 / km ahr:135 max:159 shoes: New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12