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Training Log Archive: furlong47

In the 7 days ending Feb 3, 2018:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering3 3:47:18 10.8(21:03) 17.38(13:05)23c
  DDR2 1:19:10
  walking2 1:19:05 4.29(18:26) 6.9(11:27)
  horseback riding (english)1 1:00:00
  Total8 7:25:33 15.09 24.2823c
averages - weight:33.4lbs

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Saturday Feb 3, 2018 #

Event: QOC Patapsco
11 AM

orienteering 2:41:19 [4] *** 11.65 km (13:51 / km)
12c weight:35lbs shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280 Red

QOC Bumble - Patapsco - Mint

Distance from Garmin

Often start these thinking that I may add more windows, but 2 windows was definitely enough today! I chose the PQRST and WXYVU windows (and did them in that order) as they appeared to be the least steep and had the most roads and trails within them. They were more spread out than some of the other windows, however.

The rules this year were changed in that there were no controls between windows (just a mandatory control at the beginning and one at the end) and you could also choose windows in any order. This was likely somewhat due to the map setup with two river crossings being at mandatory points and possible railroad track crossings as well. I felt like this took away a lot of the mass start feel early on, though, as after the first control people went off in all directions and I didn't see too many people after that.

Was in a mass start mob to number 1, then headed SE and worked my way out at the powerline. I decided to do P and Q first to get the climbing in the window out of the way and give an easy road/trail option getting into the second window. Actually ended up slightly above P and got a little out of contact on the way to Q, but saw the stone wall at the fence intersection and used that to adjust. Then a nice flattish trail breather and small climb to R, easy cut across the powerline to S, and across road/trails to pop in and out of T.

At this point I really wanted to be done but made myself go on to the second window. Down the road to the stream and up along the smaller stream to W, then across the top and down the other side to X. At this point I could see a train was sitting on the tracks that I needed to cross and there were no underpasses close by. Luckily, it wasn't moving and I could see the end of it. I walked along the side of the second set of tracks and crossed once I was well in front of the engine, even though this still made me a bit nervous. Down into the park on the other side to easy control Y, then across the river on the bridge into the Orange Grove area where I climbed up and down the steep hill to V and then went up the road and up and down the steep hill to U.

At this point only a loooong slog back to the final control remained. And now looking at my map I realize I'm an idiot and probably should have taken the road all the way up this side of the map to the other river crossing and then would have cut a lot of climb, although possibly adding some distance. I was of the impression that the other bridge was all the way at the top of the map and with map folded never even really looked at it. Duh.

Instead I crossed back at the bridge and crossed the railroad track at the grade road crossing. The train was still sitting there. I went back along the other side of the tracks but as I neared where I wanted to enter the woods, I heard the whistle of a second train coming on the set of tracks right where I was walking. So I cut off into the woods early and ended up having to go down and then up, and also got into a sticker bush which covered me in burrs.

I went back up the road by T, back across the trail toward S. Random bush/tree here all decked out in purple Christmas ornaments. Then cut through the woods, along the openish area with a stream in it, reached the corner of the OOB properties and went N to the final control. Then it was just up to the trail and in along the tennis courts to the finish.

Friday Feb 2, 2018 #

6 PM

walking 38:48 [1] 1.87 mi (20:45 / mi)
weight:34lbs shoes: Reebok Realflex Train 4.0 WS

Phone app GPS measurement accuracy definitely in question when indoors.

The massage chair ate my first 5 bucks :-( Had to go back to the car for more money.

Thursday Feb 1, 2018 #

7 PM

horseback riding (english) 1:00:00 [1]

Lesson on Shorty

Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 #

9 PM

DDR 40:22 [1]
weight:34lbs shoes: Bare feet

Tuesday Jan 30, 2018 #

9 PM

DDR 38:48 [1]
weight:33.4lbs shoes: Bare feet

Monday Jan 29, 2018 #

6 PM

walking 40:17 [1] 2.42 mi (16:39 / mi)
weight:31.6lbs shoes: Reebok Realflex Train 4.0 WS

Sunday Jan 28, 2018 #

11 AM

orienteering 45:32 [4] *** 4.32 km (10:32 / km)
6c shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280 Red

DVOA President's Cup at Springton Manor Farm

Distance from Garmin

This year's twist was a Poker-O where the controls had various card values. You could try to put together a Poker hand or try to get them all in an hour. I don't know that I could have cleared the course in my current shape, so I went for the highest poker hand which was a royal flush.

Did them in an order such that I climbed the worst part of the hill first, then went mostly downhill until coming back up via trail/fields at the end. 38-36-50-49 (didn't need but it was right there so I punched)-46-41. Might have been better to do 36 first and go around the other way and snag 50 last, coming up the road at the end.
12 PM

orienteering 20:27 [2] *** 1.41 km (14:30 / km)
5c shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280 Red

Picked up a few controls

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