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Training Log Archive: moojieturtle

In the 7 days ending Jul 29, 2019:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 25:36:23 2.75 4.43 29429c
  Hiking6 14:44:38 22.81(38:47) 36.71(24:06) 1257
  Total8 40:21:01 25.56 41.13 155129c
  [1-5]4 39:21:22

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Saturday Jul 27, 2019 #

12 PM

Orienteering long 23:19:43 [3] ***
25c shoes: Inov-8 X-Talon 212

WRC2019! weather forecast was worrisome and our tent had already leaked earlier in the week, so morale leading in wasn't the greatest. initially, it looked like it would rain the entire first daytime portion of the race, but we figured we should at least start, see how it went and then possibly go hide out in the hash house until the rain stopped. but once we got going, it didn't feel sooo bad, so we kept at it!

did stop often to pre-emptively treat feet for blisters so as not to repeat what happened to us in latvia. we also restrategized our route planning to allow for returning to the hash house to change out of wet clothes midway through the race. didn't help us optimize our score, but the plan was to avoid hypothermia. :)

all in all an epic experience - we were hailed on, fogged in, heard thunder, saw lightning, avoided aggressive cows. the unexpected heated aid station at the high point of the course was a lifesaver as i'm not sure how i would have made it back down to the hash house without first being able to warm up there a bit. though weather conditions weren't ideal, it did feel like we had the true mountain experience and were quite happy with our preparation for it. e also was battling a cold and was a trooper to get through it all. felt like we learned a lot from latvia and executed better this time - already looking forward to the next one!

Friday Jul 26, 2019 #

1 PM

Hiking 6:11 [0] 0.25 mi (24:45 / mi)
shoes: Inov-8 Road Claw 275 Berry

day before WRC! decided to try and take it easy today - when we arrived in la molina, we saw they had updated the bulletin to add poles to recommended gear. we had seen some reasonably-priced poles when we went to andorra a few days earlier, so we decided to take a mini pole-acquiring 3-country road trip on our rest day.

stopped at col de puymorens (france - could barely tell we had crossed a border) to stretch our legs.
2 PM

Hiking 21:50 [0] 0.63 mi (34:39 / mi) +31m 30:03 / mi
shoes: Inov-8 Road Claw 275 Berry

next stretch stop in andorra! stopped at port d'envalaria and walked up then back down a small hill.
3 PM

Hiking 13:39 [0] 0.37 mi (36:55 / mi) +30m 29:29 / mi
shoes: Inov-8 Road Claw 275 Berry

drove up into vallnord in andorra since we hadn't been there the other day. found a short hike past la massana (where we saw tons of signage for a skyrunner race happening in a few days). saw a waterfall and some trail runnery-looking people. oh and a telephone booth. :)

Thursday Jul 25, 2019 #

9 PM

Orienteering 2:16:40 [1] *** 2.75 mi (49:42 / mi) +294m 37:18 / mi
ahr:86 max:141 4c shoes: Salomon Speed Cross 4

WRC model map near castellar de n'hug

we went in the evening to get some nighttime orienteering practice - probably what we have the least experience with. also wanted a chance to test and figure out how to use my new headlamp/hand torch (thanks e!) before the real thing. an interesting decision by the organizers was to NOT put reflectors on the controls so getting our lighting situation sorted was important since we wouldn't be able to rely on searching by that method.

as advertised, terrain was steep! we set out just as the sun was setting and headed uphill. got to our first practice control with some light left, then it darkened quickly and we had the chance to practice all things related to lighting. overall, things went pretty smoothly - some of the marked faint trails were difficult to find in the dark - not sure if it would have been more visible in the daytime. did 3 more controls, then decided to head in as we didn't want to be out all night.

eek! can't believe the real one is coming up so soon now!

Wednesday Jul 24, 2019 #

9 AM

Hiking 4:06:44 [1] 9.28 mi (26:35 / mi) +51m 26:08 / mi
ahr:90 max:130 shoes: Salomon Speed Cross 4

we bid farewell to refugio goriz and hiked out today. decided to take the easy route out and hiked down the valley back to the pradera. lots of waterfalls and great views of the valley from its floor. oh and this time there was signage for the prime meridian!

super hot out and lots of tired, hot-looking people headed up as we glided by on our mostly downhill hike.
5 PM

Hiking 17:59 [0] 0.58 mi (31:01 / mi)
ahr:94 max:118 shoes: Salomon Speed Cross 4

started heading to la molina for the rogaine and stopped for a leg stretch at this short trail designed for accessibility. it was pretty cool - there were a bunch of stations to learn about the surroundings that involved touch.

Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 #

9 AM

Hiking 9:38:15 [2] 11.7 mi (49:25 / mi) +1145m 37:54 / mi
ahr:108 max:154 shoes: Salomon Speed Cross 4

today we hiked to france!

started out from the refugio and headed towards the brêche du roland via collado del descargador and collada de millares. we decided not to go the route that involved chains and a lot of exposure. at collada de millares there was a herd of chamois gathered around salt blocks that had been dropped by a helicopter for the cows. kept our distance and they were so intent on the salt that they didn't seem perturbed by us at all.

the climb up to the brêche gave us a good view of the chained route we didn't take. a large group of teenagers were stuck there for quite a while, so glad we opted for an alternate route. had lunch up at the brêche with views into france and the cirque de gavarnie.

continued along the ridge between spain and france up to la breca falsa and then summited pic du taillon (3144m). the sense of height up there was pretty nuts - i don't normally get vertigo, but was definitely feeling it today. eep!

hiked back the way we came - had to make a wider berth at collada de millares as an aggressive chamois wanted to make sure we didn't interfere with his salt. made it back in time for hut wine and dinner again!

oh, and we passed through the prime meridian on this hike! no signage but we took pictures of our gps watches as we passed through. :P

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