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Training Log Archive: rcro

In the 7 days ending Jul 12, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering - Urban3 4:54:10 13.95(21:05) 22.45(13:06) 150
  Running - off road1 1:00:40 6.05(10:02) 9.73(6:14) 170
  Orienteering1 8:00 0.31(25:45) 0.5(16:00)
  Total5 6:02:50 20.31(17:52) 32.68(11:06) 320
  [1-5]4 6:02:49
averages - sleep:4.3 weight:69.6kg

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Thursday Jul 11, 2013 #

11 AM

Orienteering - Urban 4:00:00 [1] 13.5 km (17:47 / km) +100m 17:09 / km
slept:4.0 weight:69.2kg (injured) shoes: Saucony Powergrid Triumph 9

Mapping. Lovely day, nice place, good company - not a huge amount of issues with the map so far either. Went some way to reigniting my interest in orienteering again.
6 PM

Orienteering - Urban race (NGOC Score) 1 [0] 0.01 km (1:40 / km)
shoes: Saucony Powergrid Triumph 9

All the positives from earlier on in the day now lost. Hugely fundamental errors on the behalf of NGOC and the organiser today that were so bad that it shouldn't be allowed to be a club at all.

Got to the quoted grid reference at 5.50, no signs anyway. Go on a bit, turn around, head back, go south for a mile find nothing, head back. Go back into Tewkesbury take every side road and do several laps of the town - found only what looked to be a lost Tony Noott not having found assembly either. Head the other way and do a grand tour of Northway - see an orienteer running, then 40 minutes after first arriving find and chase after Neil Cameron who tells me where to go. Grid reference was wrong and the first three times I drove past the turning there was no sign/kite and the fourth time there was a kite but was only visible from the other direction.

Get there so pissed off that I have some sharp words to say to both Pat and John Fallows. Too angry and upset to hang around or orienteer - so much so that I felt I could cry. Reminds me exactly why I've been getting so disenfranchised with orienteering recently - very tempted to just pack it in now and find something else to do. Have another counselling session at work tomorrow - the expectation was that a day off would do me some good...

In the latest Legend, Pat expresses disappointment in the numbers attending the Thursday evenings. I for one will never bother making the journey up to attend until the following basic event standards are used:
* event flyer
* correct grid reference
* signs from the point where it is supposed to be signed
(I would then add an expectation for a proper map and proper courses at a reasonable length rather than 13k but I suppose that isn't quite so basic...)

I know we are not supposed to criticise volunteers, but I would rather there be no event than for one this badly organised.

Wednesday Jul 10, 2013 #

Orienteering - Urban race (BOK Long Ashton) 54:09 [4] 8.94 km (6:03 / km) +50m 5:54 / km
slept:4.0 weight:69.3kg (injured) shoes: Saucony Powergrid Triumph 10 g

BOK Urban in Long Ashton - 6.2km "blue" course.

Really not been feeling well today and eaten nothing since half of dinner last night, and appear to have been the subject of a few too many meetings at work today - hence no energy at all in the heat.

Thought the course was too long, lots of doubling back, some controls very hidden. Not a huge amount of positives for me to take away from this.

Tuesday Jul 9, 2013 #

Running - off road (BOK training run) 1:00:40 [3] 9.73 km (6:14 / km) +170m 5:44 / km
slept:4.0 weight:70.4kg (injured) shoes: Saucony Powergrid Triumph 10 g

BOK training run from Cleeve.

Out via Goblin Combe, back over the top of the hill in the sun. Think I need a few more days like this to work on my tan and bleach my hair.

Ankle survived mostly ok - at one point foot landed awkwardly but didn't do any harm. Was going pretty slowly. Left knee felt like it hadn't had chance to properly stretch for some time.

Saturday Jul 6, 2013 #

Orienteering race (JWOC Tour Day 6) 8:00 [3] 0.5 km (16:00 / km)
slept:5.0 (injured) shoes: inov8 Mudclaw300 Yellow1

11km course.

Was in a positive mood after Latvia's strong finish in the men's relay left GB for dust. Then was demoralised to find my start time shifted back to be the last start and for all runners starting within 13 mins of me not turning up.

GPS seems to be broken - 40 mins to locate, lost charge, unsure whether I am stationary or doing 60kph - worsened mood further.

Then within 100 yards of starting ankle turned multiple times and it was game over.

Brings to a close what has been, even by recent standards, a particularly shit week. Think I'd have been better off at work all week...

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