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Training Log Archive: wilsmith

In the 7 days ending May 22, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 3:16:36 13.54 21.79 52056 /63c88%
  Running3 1:15:00
  Total3 4:31:36 13.54 21.79 52056 /63c88%
averages - sleep:3.4

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Monday May 22, 2006 #

slept:3.0 (rest day)

Rest day - would have been a rest day anyway, even if I wasn't covering in the ER after a night of (nearly) no sleep. Busy day too - didn't even get a chance to eat supper until I stumbled home well after midnight. Sigh....

Sunday May 21, 2006 #

Orienteering race (Long) 1:41:37 [4] **** 13.5 km (7:32 / km) +330m 6:42 / km
spiked:19/21c slept:5.0 (sick)

US Team Trials Day 3 - Long distance at Hawn SP.

Ah, this was the day that was so close to being great. I again felt a bit sick before the start and hadn't slept well the night before, but I wanted to get out there and get the job done.

I had no real illusions about being able to run a top pace today - I knew it would hurt and that I would just have to battle through somehow. In the US Long Champs I faded after about 105 minutes - with this week of illness I wasn't sure how far I'd make it this time around but I'd give it a go.

In the end, it went really, really well except for one control, which went really, really badly.

Bad news first: we were told beforehand that some sections of the map had grown up and were greener than mapped. Well, on the way to number 4, I managed to go though one of these sections and my rough compass was sufficiently sloppy that I missed the target, and ended up on a parallel feature. Looked pretty similar, so I searched around - nothing. Searched the next one up - still nothing. Then looked more closely at the map - couldn't actually decide what it was the circle was supposed to be on - still can't really decide even now sitting still and looking carefully. I hope they upload the maps - if they do check out Blue #4. Anyway, I then decided that I should be looking beside the reentrants that I had already searched. So back again - still nothing. Another look around (it's a little bit thick - maybe I missed it - "it's on some kind of vague nebulous feature, or else my circle is off" was my line of thought) - still nothing. Bail out south and lo and behold, there's the flag hanging high in a kind of bland area. One of those locations that if you hit it directly or get led in you think nothing more about it, but if you miss it, you're a very unhappy camper....

Turns out, after looking at splits, that I lost a remarkable 8 minutes there - can't believe how fast the time flew by! Haven't made a mistake like that since August 2004. I guess there's still a lot of learning to do!

But the good news: made a great recovery from there and except for a little bobble on the next control (again through greener-than-green), took the rest of the race very cleanly. Even better, the pace I ran actually would have put me in amongst the leaders. Was able to maintain a good pace right through - although I did have to force myself to run up the hills in the end - it was starting to get tempting to walk a few steps....

My time was 101:37 - the winner (a crafty Swampfox) ran it in 91:11. Without the 8 minutes of blundering and dashing around on number 4, I figure I would have actually had a decent shot at the title today. Excellent news considering the past week. On a great day, maybe 85 was do-able. Today, 90 was in reach. But I'm satisfied with my 101 as well - a painful mistake (compounded by unusual control location), but I'll fix that for next time, not to worry. And the legs are there - with some rest and a little more sharpening I'll be "fit for fight" on the long distance at trials, too.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [3]

Warm up and cool down for the above.

Saturday May 20, 2006 #

Orienteering race (Middle) 34:36 [4] **** 5.67 km (6:06 / km) +115m 5:32 / km
spiked:16/17c slept:6.0 (sick)

Middle distance at S-F Scout ranch.

Still feeling sick and quite tired, but the goal was to race cleanly and see how things stacked up. Middle distance is my favorite and best event, so it felt pretty frustrating to not be healthy and rested, standing on the start line.

Did my full pre-race preparations, minus a complete warmup. Felt too awful after even a few minutes of jogging to really contemplate much more than that. Lots of coughing - I'm not usually one for seasonal allergies but after yesterday and today I've been covered in pollen dust and I wonder if that's contributing to coughing so much...?

Quite a successful race, no serious problems technically. Took virtually every control aggressively and directly. The only time I tried to take a "safe" route I ended up in an area with too many felled trees to let me read the map and actually lost time versus the straight route. Otherwise, I had to make a detour for some greener-than-expected green on the long leg, but no other major problems. Total loss of maybe a minute. My time of 34:36 was good enough for third. Magnus (also sick) ran a nice steady race to finish in 35:26, good for 5th place. Of note is that we were the only runners in the top 6 to not have contact with any other blue runners on the course - in this terrain it would have been quite useful to have another runner to help push the pace and lessen the chance of missing a control.

Still sick, but less sinus and runny nose - mostly coughing and shortness of breath now.

Running warm up/down 20:00 [2]

Warm up and cool down for the above. Mostly cool down since the warm up felt so bad.

Friday May 19, 2006 #

Orienteering race (Sprint) 15:23 [5] *** 2.62 km (5:52 / km) +75m 5:08 / km
spiked:14/17c slept:2.0 (sick)

US Trials day 1 - Sprint at UMSL.

Nice day - very warm to me (got up to the mid-high 80's), but that's probably useful acclimatization for Barebones in June.

My thoughts and expectations for this weekend are that it'll be a good chance to develop toughness, both mentally and physically, while racing under decidedly suboptimal conditions (i.e. sick, no rest, sleep deprived, first weekend away from baby). I might not have the legs this weekend but I'll give it a fight every time I step to the line. I've been really missing out on running in real pain and discomfort. This will be a good chance to force myself to run hard when it hurts.

Race-wise, it was actually pretty decent. Was sitting up in 3rd place by the 8th control or so, but had a few problems from then. My SI didn't register on one post and I lost several seconds struggling with it and eventually punching manually. One bad route choice, one mistake (with the glare I didn't see an uncrossable wall that was pretty much covered by a line between controls that arguably should have been broken), and one more bad route choice. Total miss of about 40-50 seconds, but that was enough to keep me off the top of the list. Ended up 10th, about 50 seconds behind Jon Torrance, the top North American. I will consider that a huge success, considering how the week has gone.

Running warm up/down 35:00 [3]

Warm up and cool down for the above.

Orienteering 45:00 [3] ****

After the sprint, piled into the car and headed south through rush-hour traffic to get to the model event for tomorrow's middle distance event at S-F Scout ranch.

Felt a little bit uncomfortable with the map (though not nearly as uncomfortable as what the others were describing), but realize I'll have to be quite careful tomorrow. Visibility is sup-optimal in places, and the terrain is quite subtle and doesn't have many truly distinct features to aid in relocation should contact be lost....

Still sick, need sleep.

Thursday May 18, 2006 #

slept:3.0 (sick)

Another tough night - not on call but Mia seems to prefer sleeping in the day and being awake at night. Hopefully we can convince her of the benefits (to mom and dad at least) of sleeping when it's dark outside.... Katta is threatening to banish me to the sofa until after our test races so that I can at least get enough sleep and rest to be healthy again.

Nice to have the day off work, though. Lots of little and big household tasks to take care of. Thankfully Ulf and Sigyn are tireless workers and are happy to take care of getting the garden in, the bushes pruned, planting flowers, and so on. We've done a lot this week but it still seems like there are lots more things to do.

Mia is (other than staying awake at night) doing wonderfully well and is a real joy to be around at any time of the day.

Had intended to play badminton tonight but since I can barely keep my eyes open, it just didn't make any sense. I have to get up at 0300 anyway to make it to Timmins for my flight to St. Louis, plus a weekend away from the girls will be strange. Better to be at home as much as I can for the moment. Plus, I'm still sick as a proverbial dog and rest is likely better than badminton for what ails me.

One of the nurses at work also foisted some Cold-FX on me. Started the cycle today and am crossing my fingers that it actually works. I'm a pretty die-hard evidence-based-medicine guy for the most part, but at this stage it seemed that Cold-FX is likely to be in the "probably not harmful, possibly helpful" category and I'm willing to give it a try.

Wednesday May 17, 2006 #

slept:2.0 (sick)

Brutal night in the ER. Home for a little bit around 0100 to help out with feeding and changing and so on, plus just enjoy being around Katta and Mia. But the pager sprang to life at 0130 and back to work I went - an intoxicated and ?suicidal leap from a second-floor window luckily ended up with no truly serious injuries, but by the time the labs, xrays and ultrasound are done, plus everything else, all of a sudden it's after 4am and fatigue is really setting in....

Heavy day in the OR too, especially after only 2 hours of sleep. The list was cancelled yesterday so I could be with Katta and Mia and bring them home, so it got added onto today. Long day and I was very happy to make it home by 8pm. Except for a couple hours of sleep it's been pretty much straight on for nearly 30 hours....

Obviously, too sick to train - and with the lack of rest and sleep it'll probably not get better very soon. Does not bode well for this weekend's races (yes I'm still insane enough to go - with Katta's blessing and encouragement, particularly since she's doing so well with Mia already and she has her parents here as backup).

Tuesday May 16, 2006 #

slept:2.5 (sick)

Not enough sleep last night, but who cares? Things went so well with Mia and Katta that they were allowed to go home this morning, so we're all back at home in Cochrane. Proud grandparents Ulf and Sigyn (vising for the month from Sweden) got their first glimpses of their latest grandchild.

Perhaps rather stupidly, I agreed to take call tonight so that I could have both Thursday and Friday off this week. Pretty busy so far with a couple of admissions already - hope it doesn't get too bad overnight.

Still too sick to train.

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