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Training Log Archive: jtorranc

In the 7 days ending Apr 6, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering3 3:10:00 13.79 22.2 730
  Form exercises2 41:07
  Cycling1 34:00
  Running2 13:44
  Total6 4:38:51 13.79 22.2 730

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Sunday Apr 6, 2008 #

Orienteering race 2:00:46 [4] 16.6 km (7:17 / km) +600m 6:10 / km

US Ultra-Long Champs, Blue - 1st. No big or even medium-sized errors of execution plus making what appear to have been consistently good (or at least unbad) route choices and at least a decent day physically turned out to be enough for an unexpected, based on demonstrated form over the weekend thus far, victory.

I caught up with Clem at control 5 and spent most of the rest of the course with him, I believe (I successfully kept my focus almost exclusively forward and on navigating rather than behind me and on getting away from him), within sight behind me - though we made slightly different route choices on the first bit of the long leg to 15 and elsewhere. At one point starting up out of the bottom of a reentrant, I saw that it was Sergey Velichko just behind me, whom I thought I'd run through on the trail a minute or so before, rather than Clem, but Clem was right there with me again at the water control in the camping loop. Clem got ahead with a better line through the dark green going from 20 to 21 and disappeared quickly with, I believe though I'm not sure, a route choice somehow to the right of mine to 22 but he was exiting 22 as I attacked it and I caught and passed him on a really nasty section of trail with standing water, during the crossing of which the wetness finally fully penetrated my socks, on the way to 23.

Apparently, IIRC, on the leg to the campground loop water control just south of the finish, Will took a route to the right of mine that involved some wading and Eric took a route to the left of mine. And neither of their routes would have intercepted Dan on her way to her first control - clearly one of my better decisions all day.

Saturday Apr 5, 2008 #


Likely date of next NCAC orienteering event - try to keep the date free so I can help.... okay, OCIN seems to have dealt a death blow to that idea.

Orienteering race 15:07 [5] 2.9 km (5:13 / km) +60m 4:43 / km

US Sprint Champs, part 1, blue - 5th. Good execution of, in retrospect, mostly good route choices but a few less good ones, most notably the one from 6 to 7, though it wasn't my route choice that was at fault since the problem was I failed to notice the pass through in the building between the two of them.

Orienteering race 15:02 [5] 2.7 km (5:34 / km) +70m 4:56 / km

US Sprint Champs, part 2, blue - 3rd, 10 seconds behind Eric. Quite good execution - the most dubious decisions were taking the direct route on the longest leg (reasonable on the map but the map was not only not the territory but bore much less resemblance to the territory in this instance than should have been the case in an A meet let alone a US Championship and I wasn't looking far enough ahead in the terrain, as feet was, to see the problem before I was committed) and going left of the line through two patches of medium green to the go control (didn't notice the gap through the thick stuff slightly right of the line on the map and thought the green was light until I got close to it - medium and light were clearly distinguishable when adjacent but seemed and continue to seem closer in colour to me than usual).

Friday Apr 4, 2008 #

Orienteering race 39:05 [4]

Flying Pig WRE - 9th, good race except for a slightly more than two minute error crossing the field from 18 towards 19 (my best explanation, based on the recollection of others, is that I mistook what were mapped as white woods in the field for individual trees further west and consequently 'corrected' my direction too far to the left - not that that explains why I took so long to check my compass and realise I was searching the woods on the wrong side of the field) that dropped me 5 positions in the standings.

Thursday Apr 3, 2008 #

Running 7:28 [1]


Form exercises 19:38 [4]

Silly walks and 7x100m strides. No intervals yet this season but hopefully I've done enough recently for my legs to be ready to run fast as far as neuro-muscular factors go.

Wednesday Apr 2, 2008 #



Cycling 34:00 [3]

Riding home by way of Nadim and Peggy's, where I caught a round trip ride to the QOC BOD meeting.

Tuesday Apr 1, 2008 #


On second and this time more thorough reading of the Gmail opening window after a hurried check of my email this morning, have realised that their new feature of sending messages with timestamps, etc. indicating they were sent earlier than they really were is unlikely to be available tomorrow (or for that matter, today), even given the proviso in the description saying each Gmail user will only get to use the feature 10 times annually.

Running 6:16 [1]


Form exercises 21:29 [4]

Not wanting another day of sloth, silly walks and 7x100m strides before going to my rest.

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