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Training Log Archive: PrincessTom

In the 14 days ending Aug 21, 2006:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering8 11:54:00133c
  Run3 1:32:00
  Row1 30:00
  Total11 13:56:00133c

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Sunday Aug 20, 2006 #

Orienteering 2:15:00 [3] ***

US Champs, Big Sandy
12.5km w/ 410 Cm in 2:03:01

Not as calm before race as yesterday.

Careful to 1. Looked at C2 and decided on an ultra safe route on the road. Had precise map contact not 100m away from the control and then missed. Had to relocate off road to the north. To C3 counting two streams aiming right then turn left to the bag. Somehow I counted too fast and ended up searching one stream too short all the way up to the road again. Sigh... Slow to 4. Hesitant to 5; couldn't make sense of all the rocks and gray. And the day continued... I really tried to put the errors behind and just try to do each control the best I could; maybe I could have some fast splits or a fast second half. Overall, I was not successful in understanding the map, the terrain, or the relationship between the two. Bummer.

Though as others have said, it's a great area and I'd really like to have another go at running here.

I think the magifier caused me some problems today. First, it was so sunny that it was burning holes in my map. Well, not quite, but at times it focussed so much light I couldn't read the map. However, the real problem was aligning the map. It made it harder to read and align to the N/S lines as they shifted in and out of the magnifier window. At least that's my hypothesis of why I found C9 before C8.

Saturday Aug 19, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:45:00 [3] ***

US Champs at Buena Vista, CO
10km w/ 480 Cm in 1:24:15

Finished feeling like I had a good race. Not super fast but I didn't have many errors and I had tried to keep moving throughout. Placing was much higher than I expected. Used magnifier in a race for the first time and I think that it helped.

Regarding the infamous C13, I didn't think I would be able to navigate cleaning through all the black on the right approach. Thus, I went around to the left, checked off the lone boulder, continued forward about the right distance to a "white" slope that looked correct. Got to the top of a cliff/boulder, no bag. Eventually spotted bag to the south.

Friday Aug 18, 2006 #

Orienteering 20:00 [3] ***

US Champs model event.

In hindsight, I did not make good use of the model. I just sort of jogged it as a mini-course. I should have spent more time studying the mapping in the area of C4 and C5.

Feeling the altitude here more than WY. Even in town, which is only 8k. Odd.

Made it to the car just as the rain got hard. Lisa got pummeled by hail. :-(

Thursday Aug 17, 2006 #

Run 30:00 [3]

One-hundred and a bizallion degrees out so went to gym. Apparently the other profs didn't give enough homework on this the first day of class because it was packed. 6x100 strides. Legs tired running easy but strong on strides. I'm all backwards.

Wednesday Aug 16, 2006 #

Run 30:00 [3]

Easy run then easy row. I'm feelin' mighty slooooow. Need more sleep.

Row 30:00 [3]

Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 #

Run 32:00 [3]

Got good sleep last night. Legs feel good. Very happy about that as last year after the CO5Day I was fried for a couple of weeks.

Sunday Aug 13, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:45:00 [3] ***

LROC/RMOC 1000Day, day 5, A day 2, Superfly Marsh
10.3km in 1:21:23

Plan for the day:
* Even out running pace and keep moving on the hills. Even if I was slow, I was able to keep at a run/shuffle. So I was being a sissy.
* Precise nav. Make sure I have a good plan and AP. Do not run hard into the control circle without having a good mental picture of how things should look. For the most part, I was successful. Have trouble fully grasping the detail black areas on the 1:15 map while running, e.g., C6 and C13. Maybe a magnifier would help.

No go in my legs but, overall, I am happy with all my races. I've been trying to "rework my swing," (ala Tiger Woods) and I think I am making some progress.

Saturday Aug 12, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:37:00 [3]

LROC/RMOC 1000Day, Day 4, A day 1, Twin Bounders East
10.2km in 1:21:16

~4:30 boom on C2. I didn't note that the extra lines were just form lines as was looking for a much steeper reentrant. Also thought rock would be a tip. Hence, I was looking too low. Afterwards, I was able to put it out of my mind and had a generally clean run. RC sometimes was questionable but there weren't any control circle delays.

I think I kicked a mouse/chipmunk on the way to C6. Storming downhill through the sage I heard a sqeak and saw something flying out in front of me. Today, I am the elk!

Clouds and rain. Ahhhh..., that feels good!

Walking too many hills. I wonder if I'm just being a sissy.

Friday Aug 11, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:40:00 [3] ***

LROC/RMOC 1000Day, Day 3, Prologue/Chase
Prologue: 2.52km in 16:33
Chase: 6.57km in 47:01

Decent sprint with no nav errors. Legs aren't particularly fast but having little climb helped me keep moving. Good for about 6 controls of the chase and then I started fading and had to walk a lot (I really don't like running in the afternoon sun). Had been running with Samantha and Ted at the head of chasing pack but then lost contact. Happy with nav. I got really confused on this map during the team trials in 2004 so I was happy to be able read the map and terrain.

Almost got taken out by an elk on the long run to C10. Flew down from the hill on the left crossing perpindicular to our path about 20 ft in front of me. Too stuned to be scared. Had a full rack and was hauling. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to break stride. Peter and Ted were just behind me and were nice enough to offer thanks for being ahead of them at that point.

Fun course. I've really enjoyed all the courses the last three days. Interesting legs with a lot of change in pace.

Thursday Aug 10, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:27:00 [3]

LROC/RMOC 1000Day, Day2, Stampede.
5.7km in 47:27.

"Hey! My map doesn't have a course!... Oh, there it is way down there. Hey! I don't have a start triangle!" Meanwhile the whole race is running away so I figure I better start moving. As I look for the triangle I trip on sage and fall on my head. Spend the first two loops working through the field and catch up to Ted, Peter, Samantha and Hillary. We generally stay close through C4 of third loop. I discover that staying right and high is the slow route to C5.

Fun course. Enjoyed the race. Except that I don't like running in Wyoming afternoons. Even if it is not too hot, the sun drains me. No energy at all on climbs.

Wednesday Aug 9, 2006 #

Orienteering 1:05:00 [3] ***

LROC/RMOC 1000Day, Day #1, Sprint at Diamond Bay.
3km in 20:30.

Ok run on fun course -- except for 2:50 error on C5. Miscounted rocky hills and stopped too soon; 1:15 map also messed with judgement. Jogged whole course after practicing reading detail in terrain and map.

Right outside calf said "Yowsa!" on the way to C9 so I backed off a bit. I guess it didn't like to be in spikes on hard ground. Wore my trail shoes the rest of my time in WY. I didn't want it to get worse and not be able to run. Really missed the grip at times and took a couple of good spills.

Tuesday Aug 8, 2006 #


I was feeling a little sick yesterday. I felt better after taking a nap when I came home from work. Slept in today. Had to mow the lawn before traveling. Decided that was enough.

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