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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending Oct 1, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering2 3:23:52 10.81(18:51) 17.4(11:43) 335
  running2 1:33:20
  riding1 58:00 12.12(4:47) 19.5(2:58)
  swimming1 34:00 0.62(54:43) 1.0(34:00)
  Total6 6:29:12 23.55 37.9 335

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Saturday Oct 1, 2011 #

1 PM

orienteering race (Oceania Long) 1:44:37 [4] 8.3 km (12:36 / km)
shoes: new Olways

Starting 3rd-last in a long race in the Warbys at 1pm on a rainy afternoon more suited to June than October wasn't really my idea of a good time as it would be a long time until lunch, and although WMOC had taught me plenty about waiting around when the entire day is taken up with orienteering and the getting to/from thereof, wearing a GPS unit was an entirely new experience and one which made me rather jittery.

Started out slowly and sensibly but that only lasted about 2 controls and then I remembered about my 'extra bra' and got distracted just long enough to veer in the wrong direction crossing the track to 3. Corrected okay and went cautiously down the rock slabs to the correct little gully but thought I was above the control when I was actually less than 5m below (didn't spot it because of foggy glasses), and came back to punch a minute later. Long leg to 7 was okay, very slow up the hill through the rubble, then really cautious in to the circle. Overshot 8 (on a bearing and a prayer) but when things didn't seem right I slowed down, looked behind me across the clearing and saw the control - good save. Basically, every time I couldn't see to read the map, I made a mistake - the next was on 10 where coming down the hill I couldn't make the little gullies fit and the bare rock to the south seemed closer than it was.

Still, was feeling okay (if slow) running-wise but could feel an attack of the vague-and-hungries coming on. Disaster struck in the same place it did two years ago, coming over the ridge above the spectator/radio control. I crossed the minor track right by twin/split boulders* and a tree with a blue blaze on it, headed NW across the saddle and ended up in completely the wrong spot, unable to make anything fit. Somewhere between 6 & 8 min later I decided that the blur of the commentary was definitely coming at me from too far south, so I headed south in search of the control.

Final loop was okay, took a poor down/up route across the hill/valley, Tash caught me here - first person I'd run with all day - but got away from me towards the end, by which time I was very glad to see the finish. Really, it was a great course and a good physical challenge but I made close to 12 min of mistakes, which is definitely not cool. Probably the hardest I've had to concentrate all year, plus my brain was otherwise preoccupied.

*In hindsight, I think that these rocks aren't mapped at all but that in both 2009 and 2011 I have mistaken them for a pair of boulders marked near, but not on, the track - about 150m south of where I actually was.

Thursday Sep 29, 2011 #

7 PM

running (Belair night) 56:20 [3]
shoes: Asics Gel 2160

Didn't leave work until the time I was meant to be at Belair so met Zara at her place and we went for a run through the park with Callum. It was a lovely chance to catch up and we are both (independently) looking forward to a week of not being at work!

Wednesday Sep 28, 2011 #

8 AM

swimming 34:00 [3] 1.0 km (34:00 / km)

Between the rain showers, some of which were rather heavy, judging by the amount of water flowing past the pool (in Brownhill Creek) . Unley Council has gone high-tech, with swipe cards and a sensor-operated turnstile, but I kind of miss the books where you could tear out a ticket and know how many were left. As for the swim, first since May some time, it was pretty good and I felt much fresher than last night.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 #

7 AM

riding (Brownhill Creek) 58:00 [3] 19.5 km (2:58 / km)

Pretty tired this morning, but my head was much clearer by the end. Hot-and-cold patches along the creek were weird. NO DAM signs are gradually propagating.
6 PM

running 37:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Gel 2160

River run through Hackney: suspension bridge, playground (where the slippery dip is new and un-slippery) and back to the uni footbridge so we could try to make it bounce - but we only got the cadence right for about 2 steps - with Fern, Tyson, Bridget, Eric, Robin, Mel, Aiden, James. I was very weary but the stops to play on things were fun.

Monday Sep 26, 2011 #

(rest day)

Something to do with hosting a Wallaringa meeting at my place tonight - I had spent too much time enjoying the great outdoors on the weekend to actually get any housework done until today!

Sunday Sep 25, 2011 #

11 AM

orienteering race (Lady Alice Goldfields OY) 1:39:15 [4] 9.1 km (10:54 / km) +335m 9:13 / km
shoes: new Olways

Thought I'd better do the longest course as next Saturday won't exactly be short & sweet. And certainly this map had rather more in common with the Warbys than with a really intricate goldmining area. Phil had set a number of good short legs early on, some of which I stuffed up - was one ruin too low on 1, lost a couple of minutes on 2 because I looked up the hill from the ditch end at the earthbank I wanted but couldn't see the control (found it a couple of minutes later - it was in a pit at the foot of the earthbank) and more than once I climbed higher up the hill than I needed to. Overshot 16 on a long downhill leg by being about 200m further down the creek than necessary. Feel that I may have lost as much as 8-10 min all up on this course? Was generally out of breath and a bit preoccupied, never really fast, neuroma played up from halfway but I managed the distance okay, and it was a lovely sunny day with nice wildflowers (and friends). Time for an easy week, methinks.

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