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Training Log Archive: moojieturtle

In the 30 days ending Jun 30, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 7:20:04 21.1(20:51) 33.96(12:58)70c
  Road Running2 3:15:44 20.51(9:33) 33.01(5:56)
  Hiking2 2:40:00 3.5(45:43) 5.63(28:24)
  Biking2 1:28:42 14.26(6:13) 22.95(3:52) 130
  Urban Hiking2 1:22:00 3.8(21:35) 6.11(13:25) 225
  Trail Running1 40:42 2.54(16:01) 4.09(9:57)
  Total12 16:47:12 65.71(15:20) 105.75(9:31) 35570c

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Thursday Jun 30, 2016 #

10 AM

Urban Hiking 15:00 [1] 0.8 mi (18:45 / mi) +70m 14:45 / mi

quick walk up and down queen anne

Wednesday Jun 29, 2016 #

10 AM

Urban Hiking 1:07:00 [2] 3.0 mi (22:20 / mi) +155m 19:15 / mi

over the weekend i was finally able to do the big reveal to ethan that i've been keeping secret for a while. as a birthday/belated anniversary/sorry-i'm-going-on-vacation-with-my-family-without-you trip, we're going to do a road trip late august/early september that includes the high sierra rogaine! i've been bursting to tell him for over a month but it was worth the wait because he was really happy and excited by the surprise. hooray!

but now it's time to get ready for it, so we're going to try and fit in whatever prep we can to make the experience as pleasant (not super painful?) as possible. started off with a hill training walk up and over queen anne a few times - basically a super roundabout way to get to the amazon locker to pick up a package.

Monday Jun 27, 2016 #

4 PM

Hiking 1:40:00 [1] 1.5 mi (1:06:40 / mi)

beautiful drive all the way up to the very northeastern corner of the state to visit crawford state park. the main attraction is gardner cave - the third longest limestone cave in washington (who knew washington had much limestone?!).

arrived in time for last tour of the day at 4pm - turned out we were the only people there and got a private tour! short hike up to the cave entrance, then gradually descended 95 feet underground. saw all sorts of cool cave formations and unfortunately, a lot of cave formation damage done over the years. still really impressive though! cave temperature of 39F a stark contrast to the 80F outside the cave. lights turned out at very bottom of tour - not sure if i've ever been in such pitch darkness before. could hear the drips of water above us that continue to incrementally form the cave.

after climbing back out of the cave, continued on trail to see the canadian border. from where we were, it was downhill to canada. :P found the border where the sign had been taken out by an american tree falling into canada (our tour guide said it was an act of tree-son ...) over the winter. no visible sign other than its metal signpost which the tree had impaled itself on - yikes! however, there is a swath of clearcut along the 49th parallel that we were told stretches from the pacific ocean all the way to the great lakes. i had no idea! it was kind of strange to see such a stark boundary in what otherwise appeared to be random woods.

easy hike back to the car and then set out for the looooong drive home.

Sunday Jun 26, 2016 #

10 AM

Orienteering 1:30:49 [3] ** 5.5 mi (16:31 / mi)
13c shoes: North Face GTD

somehow my watch lost the file for this so guessing at distance.

another orienteering race! wasn't feeling the freshest after the nearly-5-hours trek from the previous day, but still looking forward to the opportunity to explore a new place on a gorgeous day. felt pretty good throughout, had a lot of fun running through such open forest and it smelled so good!
1 PM

Hiking 1:00:00 [1] 2.0 mi (30:00 / mi)

exploring q'emiln park in post falls, idaho after the weekend's orienteering events. had to kill time before checking into our hotel - otherwise i'm sure the time would have been spent napping instead!

goal was to check out the climbing area for possible climbing the next day. wandered through the river beach area of park in search of the right trail. had to detour around/sneak through park construction before ending up where we wanted. found main crag - pretty cool setting and well-maintained-looking routes! chatted with group of ~60s-women sport climbers (so cool!) and got directions for getting back to the park without needing to go through the fenced-off construction area.

wandered on down the trail to the riverside (actually drained dam channel due to dam maintenance). took nap on rocky beach. hiked back up to main trail and out of park.

decided we were too worn out for climbing after all and that a celebratory birthday breakfast for ethan would be a better use of the next morning. :) unexpectedly impressed with post falls though and definitely want to come back to climb someday!

Saturday Jun 25, 2016 #

12 PM

Orienteering 4:47:40 [4] *** 11.1 mi (25:55 / mi)
ahr:138 max:172 28c shoes: North Face GTD

it was so beautiful and i had so much fun! ...and i was able to finish - hooray!! :D

started a minute late so i was pretty much by myself at the beginning. ended up overlapping with people from the kid from controls 5-12, then back on my own for the rest of the race. energy really flagging by control 20 and i was happy when i got to skip 24 and 25 since i was pretty tired and it was a nice morale boost. was also getting a little worried i wouldn't be able to finish within the time limit and tried to hustle the best i could for the last 5 controls.

all in all, i had a great day and was very relieved to finish with 12 minutes to spare. whew! i found it really tiring to push through the fields upon fields of tall grasses (sometimes taller than me!) - it was crazy how many different kinds there were. flowers were abundant and beautiful. really cool giant dandelion seed puffs. startled two spotted fawns from their hiding spots as i approached control 5. lots of american goldfinch flashing their yellow at me around the water areas. enjoyed wading/fording past-waist-deep water - felt good to cool off though i was a little concerned it would keep getting deeper (it didn't). really cool rocks to look at, climb and run across/towards/up/down. managed to not get terribly lost.

yay orienteering!

Thursday Jun 23, 2016 #

10 AM

Trail Running 40:42 [2] 2.54 mi (16:01 / mi)
ahr:119 max:170 shoes: North Face GTD

bop around seward park with ethan. ran the first half but then decided to walk the second half.

Wednesday Jun 22, 2016 #

Biking 34:40 [1] 4.85 mi (7:09 / mi)
ahr:122 max:152

had to pick up a package from rei - decided to bike there and then to work. the westlake cycle track is really coming along! very cool! i am so impressed how fast they seem to put bike path in once a project gets going.

easy coast from rei to downtown - gave myself enough time to cool off and look presentable before work. perhaps biking to work more is an option?

was looking forward to biking home after work but ethan was trying to be super nice and texted that he was coming to pick me up. i couldn't tell him not to since he and his phone fell into the water earlier and he had messaged from his laptop. it was really nice to see him though! will have to test biking home another night. :)

Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 #

9 AM

Road Running 1:13:48 [2] 7.25 mi (10:11 / mi)
ahr:151 max:172 shoes: Brooks PureFlow 2

dropped the gus bus off at the mechanic and then ran home via green lake/woodland park. mostly downhill! fremont bridge went up!

Monday Jun 20, 2016 #

4 PM

Biking 54:02 [2] 9.41 mi (5:45 / mi) +130m 5:30 / mi
ahr:122 max:163

gorgeous day out once the clouds parted a little! biked to discovery park then around magnolia

Sunday Jun 19, 2016 #

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hello (attackpoint) world!

Saturday Jun 18, 2016 #

8 AM

Road Running race 2:01:56 [4] 13.26 mi (9:12 / mi)
ahr:165 max:193 shoes: Brooks PureFlow 2

seattle rock n roll half marathon!

okay, when i signed up for the rock n roll full marathon last year, i envisioned this day going much differently. however, priorities changed over the last year and i found the date of this race approaching with very little actual marathon training having happened. oops.

it's been 10 years since i've been serious enough to consider myself a runner (the last time i ran a half marathon) and i've been trying to get back into it off and on ever since with no real traction developing. i thought that if i signed myself up for a marathon, that would be a good kick in the butt but as it turned out, i found this sport called orienteering and realized how boring road running is for me. that and i was lazy. :P

my original intent had been to cross-train for the race by doing things i enjoy like hiking, running, biking, etc. as it dawned on me how awesome orienteering is, my main motivation to run shifted to getting better at orienteering (i still didn't run much though). leading up to race day, i realized i was not prepared for a full marathon. however, a half seemed within reach if i took it slow and it turns out you can switch course lengths merely by not running the longer length - very convenient!

on race day, my plan was to run/walk and i set my watch to go off at regular intervals. however, being in a slow-people corral, it took almost an hour to even get up to the start line (what's the deal with not getting to start when you feel like it?). i was tired of being around all the other runners/noise/hoopla, so i figured i'd run a couple of my run/walk intervals to get rid of that frustration and then start throwing walks in after a mile or so. but! i was feeling pretty good and decided to listen to my body and ended up running the whole thing! crazy!

i'm pretty happy because between orienteering sporadically through the winter and being on my feet at work, i think i'm in better shape than i thought i was. woohoo! mostly, i'm happy that i actually went out and did it. when i got off work at midnight the night before and it was pouring rain and i'd been battling a low-level cold all week, i was pretty sure i wasn't going to go run in the morning. but when i checked the weather at 5am and saw the forecast had improved, i thought rats! now i have to do it. and i did! go me! :D

Wednesday Jun 15, 2016 #

6 PM

Orienteering race 1:01:35 [3] *** 4.5 mi (13:41 / mi)
ahr:157 max:184 29c shoes: North Face GTD

i was excited to return to lake wilderness park - only my second repeat venue since i started orienteering last year. the last time i was here, i arrived late, got started at the end of the start window, felt rushed, didn't know what i was doing, got lost, it started getting dark, got caught in a blackberry bramble, aborted the course early and returned to the finish with bloody knees. i was hoping to do better than that this time!

happily, everything went much smoother! made it through the course without any major mishaps - hooray! cool to see how far i've come in a year and cool to think about getting better in the coming year. :)

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